©1996 Christopher Brookmyre; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
Certainly a story to listen to again, highly entertaining and even when you know whodunnit, these are characters well worth re-visiting.
All the characters in this story are interesting, even the bad guy, who you really can't wait to see get his comeuppance. The pacing of the story keeps you guessing, but gets you to the end at a gallop.
The story is set in Scotland so obviously a Scottish narrator suits perfectly. David Tennant has an extremely expressive voice, keeping the dialogue entertaining and the narrative passages engaging. Plus, he has a dead sexy voice that's no hardship to listen to either!
I listened to this in my car and on a number of occasions simply sat in the driveway before going inside because I wanted to hear "just a little bit more". Was tempted to take a road trip somewhere just so I could listen to it all at once!
A thoroughly enjoyable listen, recommended for anyone who likes a good crime drama with a healthy helping of humour!
The performance rates up there with the best. David Tennant is my number 1 narrator, and he does comedy so well. The story is the best light comedy I've listened to so far.
The female doctor. This relatively straight character has some fantastic dry wit.
The little old lady. How he does female characters so well is beyond me.
I only bought this audiobook because David Tennant narrated it in his native Scottish accent. I was delighted with David's performance, but was really surprised at how funny this book was. Its not a genre I would normally go for, but it was really, really entertaining. I can thoroughly recommend it if you want a light, funny listen.
At several times while listening to this I had to make sure I didn't have anything in my mouth or risk spitting it right back out. While the story was predictable it was easy to follow and David Tennant is a joy to listen to.
I'm a huge Christopher Brookmyre fan in general, and I love
David Tennant's rough and lively performance was perfectly suited to the material.
Gruesome, very funny at times, high paced.
I was somewhat thrown aback at the unexpected parallels my live with my ex-boyfriend, also per chance anesthetist, and also a very close-minded, quite arrogant high-roller only ever looking to get admiration. I work in the medical field myself and found the description of the feelings between the management team and the "white-coats" very on point as was the exchange with the network manager. A highly amusing interlude on its own.
I haven't listened to other performances by David Tennant but was very taken in by this one. Not often does listening to an audiobook make me want to still buy the paper version and read it again to see how it is actually written down and wonder if I would have been able to make the story so animatedly come alive too. I also very much like the pace that David Tennant set, he kept calm and focused in moments where a lot was going on at the same time. Scenes I would have probably skimmed through if I were reading the book myself being excited by the turn of events and going fast in order to arrive at the conclusion immediately.
On a side note, how the narrator managed to portray so many characters so convincingly amazed me very much. Male or female, posh or very destitute. All were plausible and all were recognizable even after a time of absence from the main story lines.
Though this seems a very humorous detective story at first, it is more than that and actually rather gruesome at times. Besides the almost obligatory romance it does not really move you.
I really very much enjoyed this audio-book!
Yes. It was entertaining and I really enjoyed David Tennants reading.
I was as expected.
Not before but I will in the future.
It was bad enough that the story was so predictable but the reader's accent was so thick and the sound quality of the recording was so poor, the whole thing was very difficult to follow.
The 'Only Fools & Horses' of detective fiction - with un-deleted expletives! A huge belly laugh from start to finish. I can't wait for the next instalment.
"Dark, funny and compelling"
The man who first said that he prefered radio to television because the pictures were better had obviously just listened to Quite Ugly One Morning. The imagery is brutal and vivid yet there is humour here, black humour where each laugh carries a pang of guilt. The pace of the story keeps you listening and it is as well read as you might expect. Marvellous and recommended to the strong of stomach and those not easily offended.
"David Tennant talking dirty!"
More accents and expletives than you can shake a stick at, in the narration from the gorgeous David, in a pre-Dr Who guise. Oh and the story is pretty good too!
This book was very entertaining and well read.
"Black humour at its best !"
I would recommend this to anyone .... except those of a sensitve nature !
The language is 'rich' and the humour is too good to miss.
Can't wait for the next one
"Brookmyre at his best"
As much as a I don't usually go for the abridged version of a audiobook I was forced to in this case as the unabridged version has not yet been made.
A fantastic edit keeping all the satire, story and enjoyment of this story!
Admittedly, the main reason I was drawn to this book is because it was read by David Tennant, but it looked intriguing as well. I am so glad I did. This is one of the best stories I have ever listened to. Funny and entertaining, I did not want to switch it off. I loved it.
This is black humour and full of body parts and dirty deeds in modern day Edinburgh, conjuring up villains that even Rebus would pass on. Witty and satirical, but probably not to everyone's taste. However, I could listen to David Tennant reading the Yellow Pages and enjoy it- and this was particular fun to hear him doing something a million miles away from the Doctor!
Nor for those with a sensitive stomach and some of the humour and vernacular may confuse non-Scots but I absolutely loved this. Laugh out loud funny with some decent intrigue. Oh, and of course David Tennant does a great job narrating.
"A rattling good read"
A good story well written with strong characters and a frighteningly believable plot. A group of individuals are determined upon a course of fraud and they have the National Health Service in mind. Beware there is an excess of gruesome injuries and gory discoveries and the language is 'strong'. Only four stars because the music is unnecessary and irritating. David Tennant brings the whole thing to life with glorious and colourful reading. Highly recommended .
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