That was Jack Parlabane's stance on the matter, anyway. But this was before he found himself in the more compromising position of being not only dead himself, but worse: dead with an exclusive still to file.
From his position on high, Parlabane relates the events leading up to his demise, largely concerning the efforts of charismatic psychic Gabriel Lafayette to reconcile the scientific with the spiritual by submitting to controlled laboratory tests.
Parlabane is brought in as an observer, due to his capacities as both a sceptic and an expert on deception, but he soon finds his certainties crumbling and his assumptions turned upside down as he encounters phenomena for which he can deduce no rational explanation. One thing he knows for certain, however. Death is not the end - it's the ultimate undercover assignment.
I'm a little thick so it took me a few chapters to realize the first person narrative switches between three people - but once that was established I was able to enjoy how well-written, insightful, and witty this book was. Billy Boyd was a lovely narrator although once in a blue moon his Scottish accent slipped through when voicing an American character - this honestly made it sound more charming. If you're looking to buy an easy book which doesn't involve thinking, maybe go in a different direction - there are a lot of political undertones which drive you to do some critical thinking. Overall excellent!
Billy really can't do a Lancs accent, but it doesn't spoil the enjoyment. In fact it just adds to the humour. if you like Parlabane and his antics, you'll enjoy the listen. The side characters blossoming romance is really endearing and as an added bonus Michael's a Firefly fan.
I love Christopher Brookmyre and this book didn't alter that!
Listening to his stories added an extra entertainment factor!
The book is based around an investigation into the paranormal, and unexplained murders around the central characters. The story had me both laughing outloud and tense listening out for the conclusion to situations.
A book dictated from beyond the grave....gave me shivers and laughs.
Jack Parlabane is back, possibly as a ghost but definetly causing problems for someone. Brookmyre is great at keeping you interested and moving a thickening plot along at speed. He is normally angry, bitter and twisted; in a funny way. The books is ready by Billy Bragg who does an excellent job and I am looking forward to more Brookmyre books being available on Audible.
I got lost several times, not knowing from whose POV the book was being read, as it seemed to change several times. Maybe it would be better to read, maybe I will listen to it again just to make a bit more sense of it. I did not find it that funny, and Billy Bragg's pronunciation of some things is a bit suspect but it was okay. It wasn't really what I expected, though, and I think the writer is very cynical about the subject matter. But it had some good twists and turns.
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