The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Hangman's Song, the third in the phenomenally successful Inspector McLean series by James Oswald. Read by the actor Ian Hanmore.
The body of a man is found hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force this appears to be a simple suicide case. Days later another body is found. The body is hanging from an identical rope and the noose has been tied using the same knot. Then a third body is found. As Inspector McLean digs deeper he descends into a world where the lines of reality are blurred and where the most irrational answers become the only explanations.
©2014 James Oswald (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
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"A MUST AUDIO BOOK"
James Oswald is a very clever writer, leading you through his stories with a natural apptitude for crime solving, some of which are horrendous so be prepared. I would advise that you listen to "Natural Causes" and "The Book of Souls" before you hear this, although it can be a stand alone audiobook. I guarrantee you will like all of them.
This is difficult to answer without giving the story away, just trust me enough to know there are plenty of memorable moments.
Yes, he is a brilliant narrator. The voices he produces for each character are mind blowing with the ease he slips in and out of them. I hope that Mr Oswald or would that be Penguin manage to procure him for subsequent novels.
Although DI McLean does have a sense of humour, his job is not really conducive to make you laugh, although there are incidents that made me smile.Crying on the other hand depends on the readers sensitivity, I cried in places others may not.
I put these books on audio as I wasn't getting anything done. Unfortunately it is impossible to do anything that needs your brains attention. If you get distracted you will miss important additions to the story line!
"Too much of the supernatural"
If your into the supernatural then its a good book,but if you want a detective story without this its not for you
"Mr Oswald has honed his craft"
I have listened to all three books in this series and I can honestly say that you can see an improvement in each of these books. The story line was excellent, the narration was excellent and the continuity of characters was excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend this series. Keep it up Mr Oswald.
"Very enjoyable listen"
I did enjoy this book and was very pleased to see this new release after listening to other books in the series. Ian Hanmore reads the book very well and pulls you in to the story. Very enjoyable listen.
This kept me guessing until the end, it was very tense and thoroughly enjoyable.
I like McLean and although there is more aggression in the Police department than seems reasonable, I enjoyed it.
There were a couple of other details that I found a bit 'odd', but don't want to spoil the story so won't mention them in detail. Worth a listen!
"Supernatural elements beautifully narrated"
This is the third book in the series and I would recommend reading the series in order. This book can be read as a stand alone book but as the story follows on in parts it may mean the reader does not fully understand the context of some of the writing or development of the characters throughout the book.
It is so beautifully read by Ian Hanmore. His voice is (in my opinion) like a fine wine with great depth and really aids the enjoyment of the story.
The characters and the story are so interesting and I didn't want to stop listening.
Other reviewers say that the details of the crimes are horrendous. I would say that depends on individual viewpoint. I did not find the details that bad and to be honest the descriptions of the crimes are mild compared to descriptive text of other authors for example Stuart MacBride.
The character of Tony McLean is a very well rounded one and he has a kind nature as well as being very interested in his job. Other characters support him well. I love the supernatural elements to the story and it so draws you in. I really liked the descriptions of Tony's cat who is called 'Mrs McCutcheon's cat' What a name!
I have the next book No 4 in the series but am saving it as I am waiting for No 5 to come out in February 2015 before I start reading it.
If you like a good mystery with interesting characters with a hidden element of the supernatural then this is the series for you. Highly recommended.
"another thrilling listen"
I have listened to the previous books in the series and thoroughly enjoyed this book. i have already downloaded the next book.
For the underlying not quite occult theme it reminds me of the rivers of London stories a little bit.
his reading and expression is fantastic.
The monster in the mind
Cant wait to listen to the next book. although listening to this at 6am walking the dog in the park is a bit scarey
"Good but not the best"
We are reunited with inspector McLean and he has been seconded to the Vice squad although he initially regards this as a punishment it soon pans out and the reality is that he has been put there to sort out other bent cops. This time he is dealing with sex workers and people trafficking but with his usual team around him things progress quickly.
Very enjoyable and narration superb but I gave this 4 stars again instead of 5 as it didn't quite hit the mark the way the first one did.
"Not as good as no.2."
Difficult because I really liked no.2. and this was a bit of a slog for me. I am not sure it worked as an audio book, in that I think I would have skipped certain bits. I have bought the next one in the series though.
The second one was so much better. This might be partly that I have little sympathy for stories with the supernatural element.
He suits the role and tells the story well.
"In well-worn shoes .. follow the master"
An excellent narration by Ian Hanmore, with just the right amount of world-weariness in his delivery, brings the grimier side of Edinburgh, and the limitations of Inspector McLean's world, fully to life.
The murders - post-event - (apparent suicides) are described in quite graphic detail .. one of which is decidedly more graphic than listening aloud would safely permit. So my advice is to strap on the headphones. Chilling and thoroughly engagingly portrayed.
The characters are very well rounded and distinct - it's clear that Hanmore empathises with some and is largely turned off by others, exactly as the narrative requires. Skillfully done without being in the least caricatured.
This is not a book to make you laugh out loud, though it's certainly not without an evident dry humour. The author's intention is to entertain and to provoke thought and occasionally to shock; he is well served by his prose as well as by this reading.
This is the third in the Inspector McLean series. I sincerely hope it's not the last and I for one look forward to more.
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