After a tip-off, a man's body is exhumed from a shallow grave in Edinburgh. Murder surely, yet he died from natural causes, so, case closed? Indeed was there ever a case? But Chief Constable Skinner and his people keep on digging. Who was the man, why was he buried so reverentially, and by whom? Meanwhile corruption is discovered within the force, and an investigation launched. Immersed in crises, his marriage heading for the rocks, Skinner finds his very career hanging in the balance, its fate beyond his control. Can he win out, or will his life implode?
©2012 Portador Ltd (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
Yes, I would go back to the normal narration system.
Bob Skinner as usual
Some of the people doing the narration, should do something else. it was terrible.
Not really. I want to return it.
As an Scot from Edinburgh, Scotland. The American woman on this recording should be shown a map of Scotland. Her accent was mostly Irish, with some of the Western Isles thrown in. It was murder to listen to. She was not alone.
If you don't have an ear for, or aptitude to speak other accents. Please don't do it!!!!!
We pay a lot of money for these audio books, and expect to enjoy them.
I did not enjoy this one. I can imagine Quentin Jardine never listened to this audio book.
"Too many readers"
Was surprised that this audio book had so many people taking the parts. Some of them were difficult to listen to. These books are normally read by James Bryce who is excellent to listen to. Not one of the best Quintin Jardine, Bob Skinner story, in my opinion.
"Keep James Bryce - drop the others"
Sorry, I have to agree with the other reviewers, switching between voices as the book does might be flashy, but irritates rather than enhances. where it really falls down is where characters are speaking while being voiced by some other narrator so central characters can end up being be 'voiced' by all narrators, I'm sure that Bob Skinner has an irish accent at one stage...
"in total agreement with other reviewers"
I have persisted in listening to this book for the sake of continuity. The plot seems week and only pops its head above the life stories of all the main characters. James Bryce is an excellent reader but the rest contribute only annoyance. The American lady tries to imitate a Scottish Accent and it turns out like a bad Irish accent. One saving grace is that all the readers introduce themselves, otherwise it would have been impossible to listen to. Shame it is the Quintin Jardine novel I have enjoyed the lease. Drop the other readers Isis
"Awful, don't bother..."
If you've enjoyed James Bryce reading the other Quentin Jardine books DON'T buy this, is simply terrible. The other readers are dreadful and although I've tried, listening to the voices are was unbearable. Deleted..
"Fab apart from appalling accent"
The narrator of Sarah had the kind of fake Scottish accent that make me grind my teeth in frustration and pain
"So very disappointing!"
Someone who does not know the difference between Scottish, Irish, London and American accents.
Not one with multiple readers!
The idea of the story seen through the eyes of the individual characters is fine but why muddle them up like this. The American woman reading the voice of Bob Skinner merely sounds ridiculous. She was the least effective but closely followed by others
Frustration and disappointment.
Impossible listening, please stick with the excellent James Bryce.
"A brilliant idea -"
- To have a different reader for each of the different characters in this book! And every one superb!
I've just completed the Skinner Series, and couldn't believe the ending of this book, being the current last in the series. I actually went looking for the next one, just to be sure it didn't yet exist! Some of the accents are a bit dodgy, but I liked the mix of characters. Bob always steals the show, and his voice is instantly recognisable and heartwarming. I'd recommend the full series to everyone, as it's like a soap opera of characters and crime. Mr Jardine, please hurry up with the next one, because I'm thinking the obvious, isn't probably the case.
"worst novel ever"
has Mr Jardine run out of ideas the idea to have multiple voices making some character's sounding deranged and so un scottish made listening like pulling your nails out with pliers
I persisted for continuity purposes
Although I really enjoyed the story I was disappointed by the narration in some places it would have been better if James Bryce had read all the Skinner dialog
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