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I've loved this series for nearly twenty since finding a copy of Knots and Crosses at a friends house on a trip to London. Over the years in the Rebus books Ian Rankin created a great series of characters and plots that never failed to please.This book is purported to be the last in the John Rebus mysteries and I am extremely sad to see this series end.
Exit Music has the usual characters such as Ger Cafferty and DS Siobhan Clarke, plot twists and descriptions of Edinburgh that make this series so great. Tom Cotcher does a wonderful job reading this book and all the characterizations and accents are first rate.
You don't need to have listened to the previous volumes to enjoy this book but I highly recommend them as well.
I hope that we will see Rebus in some future books if only to find out how he is coping with his retirement.
Not his best novel, but still light years better than most of what's out there. Rankin gives mystery lovers their gift of intricate plotting and the sorting through of what's related and what's not, whom to trust or not. And admirers of his writing see a new depth of characterisations and introspection. But there's a listlessness under it all. This listlessness is a legitimate element of the story but obviously drains energy. The ending is a type of cop-out that I would never have expected from this writer. Perhaps he meant it as a courtesy to the readers, allowing them to choose where they want to take it, but for me it was a pain in the neck.
AUDIO: What a dreadful choice Cotcher was! And how sad to see him ruin Rebus's last appearance. Cotcher's ignorance of Rebus turns the witty, sharp, and aware hero into a clumsy and inferior clod. Sad.
I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.
This is my first Ian Rankin Inspector Rebus novel, and--"bloody hell"--I enjoyed it.
Rankin tells a first-rate crime-mystery story, with intriguing loose ends, suspects, and "coincidences," as well as a charismatic old nemesis. He creates a vivid sense of place, the changing Edinburgh of the mid 2000s. He writes engaging dialogue with witty banter that runs playful or ominous by turns. He creates appealing characters (like Inspector Rebus, DS Clarke, gangster turned businessman Cafferty, Constable Goodyear, and the dead Russian poet Todorov). The situation, that of Rebus' last week or so of work before retirement, is also compelling, as Rebus tries to solve a new case and clean up old unfinished business, wonders what he'll do without his job, and helps his understudy Clarke gain the confidence to fly on her own. In addition to all of that, Rankin deftly works in topical issues, like Scottish independence, Russian oligarchs, powerful bankers, patriotic politicians, the uglification of modern cities, and the ubiquity of CCTV, as well as universal themes regarding the relationship of the "overworld" (politicians, bankers, and businessmen) to the "underworld" (riffraff poor and middle and lower classes), the difficulty of working as a productive part of a team without sacrificing one's independence and integrity, and the often painful nature of love and relationships.
Tom Cotcher delivers a first-rate reading of the novel, reading every word and sentence with accuracy and understanding, and modulating his voice between alcoholic Scottish car park attendants, surly Russian exiles, ambitious politicians, slimy bankers, snotty teenage girls, and more. His reading of Cafferty (purring, malevolent, clever), Rebus (throaty, ironic, cynical, sensitive), and Clarke (cool, intelligent, strong, female), are all wonderful. The last "pages" are breathtaking.
To enjoy this book it wasn't necessary to read any of the many earlier Rebus novels, but now I'd sure like
If you enjoy British police procedurals, listen to the Rebus series, every available UNABRIDGED title, in order. You won't be disappointed. Rebus is an unforgettable character. After one or two titles, you will be laughing out loud at his outrageous behavior. Exit Music as a fitting conclusion to this fantastic series.
Hopefully not his last book, but about growing older and making sense of
his life, while solving a mystery. Good fun to read.
Ian Rankin's books are chock full of references to specific places in and around Edinburgh. For the "Scotophile" who enjoys reading about sites she has been or knows of, this is the book! It is also a complex, carefully plotted story that will keep the listener puzzling about the outcome right up to the end. Detective Inspector John Rebus is wrapping up his career on the police force with a doozy of a case, hence "Exit Music."
Narrator Tom Cotcher does an excellent job with all the different voices that Rankin includes in the novel. I really enjoy his reading!
A great book for long car rides or cold wintry days indoors.
Loved the story, and the narrator even more. This was my first Rebus novel, and I'll be looking for others. Tom Cotcher does wonderful accents, I really enjoyed listening to his narration.
It was a decent story - nothing spectacular. The characters and character development were good.
Every time I thought the story was going to get going though it crawled to a stop.
The narrator has a VERY heavy Scot accent and some of the words were intelligible to my American ears.
Overall, I am not sure if I will try another one in the series.... probably not unless my list is light at the time.
Certainly, it's a must for the series fans, but I can't recommend to a 1st timer.
Entertaining at times. Good story line, yet slightly unimpressive at the conclusion. Overall, it is worth reading, as long as your bar is not set too high. I will probably seek out another Ian Rankin book to read. I like his style.
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