• Dead Souls

  • An Inspector Rebus Novel
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (208 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A colleague's suicide. Pedophiles. A missing child. A serial killer. You never know your luck, muses Rebus. Driven by instinct and experience, he searches for connections, against official skepticism. But at night, unsoothed by whiskey, Rebus faces his ghosts, and the prospect of his daughter's possibly permanent paralysis. Soldiering through dank, desperate slums and the tiny flats of the Scottish chic, Rebus uncovers a chain of crime, deceit, and hidden sins, and knows it's himself he's really trying to save.
©1999 Ian Rankin (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Using vocal nuances, Geoffrey Howard conveys the atmosphere of Rebus's Edinburgh, its slums and pubs, and their inhabitants. He also conveys the fine points of character in a well-paced and involving performance." (AudioFile)
"Not everyone will want to follow the crime novel where Rankin dares to take it, but for those who do, the journey will be unforgettable." (Booklist)

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bad reader

I had to stop listening to this book because the reader sounded like a news anchor rather than a storyteller. Clipped and monotonous in tone.

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Shoot the narrator !

The narrator has the worst, most phoney Scots accent I have ever heard. He murdered the Scots language, mispronounced dozens of well-known placenames, and even tried a phoney US accent... ouch ! He pronounced Kirkcaldy as Kirk-cal-dee... painful to the ears. In no way does he do justice to Ian Rankin's writing.

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Better and better

Seriously, each book is better than the preceding one. This book was great! Ian Rankin is simply brilliant.

We learned about the young Johnny Rebus. A new villain kept Rebus, and readers, on edge. Too bad John is off the wagon, though.

The narrator was not as bad as some listeners have said. He wasn't as good as the previous narrators but he was easy to listen to.

I am so into this series. Can't wait to start the next one.

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Not a fan of the reader

We have had the same voice for 9 books and this new voice really took some time to get used too. Made me not want to finish the book.

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a very dark book in the series

lots of twists and turns here, just when you thought the main character might turn things around the death of a good friend sends him down a rat hole again. good deals with a lot of issues like pedophiles that are just darken themselves, as well as some very clever evil characters. I don't like to criticize performance in the audio realm but this is a new player and he does not do as good a job as the previous ones in differentiating the characters. it may be that I have to develop a new ear for the new actor.

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Truly Boring Reader

Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample. This is a truly lifeless read. It feels like punishment after listening to the first nine books. It is doubtful I'll stay awake for this one, let alone complete the book. This should be re-read by a better reader.

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Please re-record this without this narrator

You hear every intake of breath, jolty sentence structure. Can’t pronounce a single Scottish word. Makes this completely unlistenable!!

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Love Rebus, terrible narrator.

I sure hope this book gets recorded again, with a better narrator. This guy is like fingernails scraping on a chalkboard. Simply awful.

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Big Rankin/Rebus fan but the narrator not so hot

As the series develops Rebus seems to be maturing in an interesting way. Among Rankin’s gifts appears not only to be narrative arcs within each novel but a long character arc for Rebus and the other characters.
However, Geoffrey Howard did not do such a great job. I’m no expert, (but I have traveled extensively through out the England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as the Irish Republic) and his characters sounded slightly Irish at times. He wasn’t able to capture the class differences between characters nor get at that trilled inflection that the Scottish have in their tongues.

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Awful, awful monotoned narration.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would only recommend this audio book if you, like me, are trying to go through the Inspector Rebus series in order and you really need it to be audio. I'm only partway through and I'm severely tempted to stop and buy a Kindle or printed version instead. This guy's reading has all the pizzazz of an old fashioned radio weather reporter.
I think this may be only the second book in my life where I'll try accelerating the speed to 1.25x in the app, just to get it over faster.