This is my first Peter May book. It won't be my last! I finished the novel in 2 days; I just couldn't stop listening. What an intriguing plot set in t..Show More »he Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Steve Worsley does a fantastic job as narrator. Unfortunately, as I was looking for another May book, I noticed that Worsley was not the narrator listed in other novels. The ending of the story, though joyous in one way, is quite surprising in another. The book is filled with marvelous real life characters all portrayed quite authentically by the narrator.
This is well-worth the credit.
As I listened to Peter Forbes in his wonderfully accented Scottish, describing the diverse and desolate landscape of these islands, I came upon an ide..Show More »a to "see" the countryside more fully. l used the Street View feature in Google Maps to "drive" around the Outer Hebrides as I listened.
By following the author's detailed descriptions of prominent physical features in the story, I easily found landmarks, settlements, and roadways. This gave me a much deeper appreciation of the setting while adding great credibility to Peter May's illustration of these places he obviously knows well.
As for the story itself, I came to admire May's device of occasionally inserting chapters written in the first person voice of the elderly Tormod Macdonald, who gives us insight into the frustration of what it must be like to live with dementia.
For valuable background of this second piece of the Lewis trilogy, I recommend listening to The Blackhouse before enjoying The Lewis Man. The third part, The Chase Men, is due out in 2013.
I have only red 2 books in the trilogy because audible, inexplicably, only has 2 and 3 in English. The first book is only available if German (WTH?). ..Show More »That said, the 2 books I have read are utterly engaging and impossible to stop listening to. You will be okay not listening to the first book and diving right into book 2.