©1993 Ian Rankin; (P)2002 BBC Audiobooks Limited
"Rankin features a fresh dossier of detectives in this gritty, multilayered yarn about an ingenious femme fatale." (Booklist)
This audiobook was such a pleasant surprise: the book in itself was very well written with good action, well thought, believable and touching characters and pacing that keeps the reader/listener interested all the time. The reader was well chosen for the job and he made the book alive with a professional voice that had the warmth and dramatic depth to carry the listener throughout the book.
Being used to listening to the Audible audiobooks narrated with an American accent I was a bit worried at first that the British accent might be a distraction, but I soon found out that those fears were unfounded. Since I feel that 5 stars is meant only for an extremely special book & narration I'd give this book 4.5 stars in its genre, but since half points are not accepted in the rating system here I have to give only 4 stars. Anyway, Class A entertainment: enjoy!
This is the second Ian Rankin book I have listened to. I'm not a book expert, but it seems that Ian's books focus a lot on developing characters well. This coupled with this brilliant narrator make this book a great listen. The narrator was consistent with his voices to the point where it was close to listening to a play.
It's also the second Rankin book I've read/listened to that doesn't climax as much as you'd expect. I expect this is just a writing style.
Unfortunately, this audiobook was let down by the audio editing. We know that the narrator breaks during the recording, but this was obvious as the volume levels changed a bit in the strangest places.
Peter Capaldi is a fantastic narrator and I'll listen to the story at least one more time because of him. The story itself is equal parts predictable and laughable in its plot.
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