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Publisher's Summary

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path?

Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

©2015 Graeme Macrae Burnet (P)2016 Saraband Books, Audio produced by RNIB Talking Books Service, Glasgow

Critic Reviews

"A truly ingenious thriller as confusingly multi-layered as an Escher staircase." ( Daily Express)
"The Man Booker judges got it right: this really is one of the most convincing and engrossing novels of the year." ( The Scotsman)

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  • Heine
  • Jelling, Denmark
  • 01-15-17

A story without purpose...

The story is just an account of events 150 years ago in the scottish highlands.

If the history of Scotland is of interest to you then you might enjoy the book. The book is well written and the narration is fine.

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  • David
  • 03-07-17

Great

Loved it, just a great read. From start to finish. I have spent a lot of time in the Scottish Highlands and this tale gives you a real sense of its historical way of life. The story itself is gripping.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. Karen Proctor
  • 01-16-17

Remarkable

Brilliantly written and narrated. I was totally absorbed into the lives it describes. I have read the book and found it's audible equivalent superb. My maternal grandmother came from a crofting community which she remembered as harsh but community spirited in a way our urban world has largely lost. I will read and listen to this novel many times I am sure.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • hinckley anne
  • 03-29-17

Dramatic tale of bygone days

Gripping story, delivered with drama and poignancy. It will make you feel every emotion possible

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • N Hutchinson
  • 03-05-17

Beautifully crafted and balanced.

Beguiling and evocative of place, time and a way of life. Utterly convincing and gripping.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • TomzMullen
  • 12-06-16

Completely absorbing

Well written and masterfully narrated. A tragic story which provided an insight into highland life in the late nineteenth century.


13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex
  • 11-18-16

Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests

What did you like most about His Bloody Project?

The different styles of prose. The novel comprises witness statements, two memoirs, a trial transcript and more - each flawlessly executed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main protagonist is Roddy - a triple murderer. While it may be hard to take his side, he is nevertheless a sensitive and sympathetic character.

What about Crawford Logan and Cameron Mowat ’s performance did you like?

DO NOT BE PUT OFF BY THE SAMPLE! This is merely the author's prologue. He is great at writing, but narration, not so much. The two narrators perfectly capture the tone of their respective parts and were a pleasure to listen to.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Pass. This reads more like a documentary than a feature film - and is all the more compelling for it.

Any additional comments?

I wish Audible would feature the narration of all readers in a multi-reader production. Otherwise the sample can be very misleading.

38 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Úna
  • 03-10-17

Bleak chronicle

Would you listen to His Bloody Project again? Why?

I would, it is very rich.

Any additional comments?

This book reminds me of Hannah Kent's saga 'Burial Rites'. Its meticulous investigation into and reanimation of historical events was brilliant . The characters are worked with skill and the world around them is real and drew me in completely. I would highly recommend this book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-04-16

Loved this book, well read don't be put off by the first reader you hear, I nearly was

Enjoyed this book, I would describe it as a slow burner, that when the core deed is done, it seemed to thump me in the chest! Bam....so well written to make me feel like that.

Dont be put off by the author reading the preface, (very staccato) the core book is well read by Crawford John and Cameron Mowat. I was totally gripped. Loved and hated the ending! Loved the discussion of pros and cons, hated the continuing story in the court room, felt the book ended at the original outcome.

Loved the setting, the history, loved the situation

Would recommend. Loved it.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • Fiona M. Bell
  • 11-09-16

fantastic

hard to stop listening. I didn't want it to finish. I loved every word and I now really want to visit the area. the story was brought to life wonderfully.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Keith
  • 03-13-17

Excellent

One of the best audible audiobooks I have listened to yet. A great story, well suited to listening. I enjoyed the first half, the story as told by the protagonist but loved the second half the trial notes and other material.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • 10-27-16

Thoroughly enjoyable!

This was a great book! Thought provoking and beautifully written. Was gripped from start to finish.

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  • wesley
  • 12-24-16

absorbed til the final moment

I was disappointed that it ended.
interesting structure as well to the book with different accounts as well.
great read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • ROBYN PETCH
  • 01-05-18

Very good, but not for me

This unusual book is an interesting true story brought to life through excellent prose and faultless narration, but it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, even if they like tales of murderous crime. I found the details of rural life in the Scottish highlands fascinating but a little tedious, the characters beautifully drawn, but the narrator not quite able to make them seem quite alive, I couldn’t quite feel empathy for them. This is an award winning book and I can see why (though Wolf Hall towers above it for me), but it’s still not my cup of tea.

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  • Helen Esdaile
  • 05-02-17

A little disjointed

It was a bit like reading three different books. The first two parts were quite good although took a while to get going. The last part was a bit flat.
The historical descriptions of the crofters was very enjoyable.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 01-11-17

BORING

This book is slow the entire way through. The narrator did his best but it was so boring.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful