In the city's red-light district, men live out their sordid fantasies, and women with no other choice sell their bodies to make a buck. It's a neighborhood of lost inhibitions, forgotten scruples, and hopeless dreams. In its seediest clubs, refugees seeking asylum are subjected to the whims of the most ruthless characters in the crime world...men Rebus knows all too well.
Crack another case with Inspector Rebus.
©2005 Ian Rankin; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"This is a superb crime novel, a pivotal entry in a uniformly fascinating series, and a remarkably perceptive analysis of the contemporary immigration dilemma at its most achingly human level." (Booklist)
I really enjoy the Rebus Novels. But, I do not enjoy listening to the narrator read these novels.
I find it distracting to listen to him mispronounce words e.g. "Niaff" , "Irn Bru", place names etc.
As I'm from Scotland these errors jump out at me. Others probably will not find this an issue at all.
Better plot and better writing
I though the plot was weak and not compelling. Had I not paid for the book, I would have stopped listening to it. I have have other of this series and liked them. This one fell flat.
He has a great voice and interprets the wording well.
In that I thought it was really boring, I would cut the whole book.
In listening to this book I settled into a semi comfortable state of boredom, it was as if the characters and I had been involved in a long stale marriage. You kind of knew them but there was nothing exciting about either them or the story. The villains, such as they were, weren't all that villainous and the ending was more of a dull thud then a surprise. I didn't hate this book but I was glad when it was over and I could get on to something more engrossing.
This is a good, very timely story regarding the exploitation of immigrants both legal and illegal. Overall though it seems that Rebus and Rankin are just going through the motions waitng for the time they can both retire from the series. Not bad, just not very memorable. In five or seven months I'll probably have to check to see if and when I listened to it.
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