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Knots and Crosses Audiobook

Knots and Crosses

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Publisher's Summary

'And in Edinburgh of all places. I mean, you never think of that sort of thing happening in Edinburgh, do you...?' 'That sort of thing' is the brutal abduction and murder of two young girls. And now a third is missing, presumably gone to the same sad end. Detective Sergeant John Rebus, smoking and drinking too much, his own young daughter spirited away south by his disenchanted wife, is one of many policemen hunting the killer. And then the messages begin to arrive: knotted string and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with pieces of a puzzle only he can solve.

©2008 Ian Rankin (P)2011 Orion Publishing Limited

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-02-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 10-02-11

    Narrative makes the world go round.

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    "not as dark as his reputation"

    I've stayed away form Rankin previously because of his reputation for dark tales. While this was certainly not cozy, neither was it gruesome. Interesting character, narrative and atmosphere - almost in a league with PD James. If the other Rebus audiobooks are this engrossing, I'll soon use up my remaining annual credits - and between Rankin and McCall Smith, I'm developing an obsession to visit Edinburgh.

    The narration was excellent, and looking ahead, I'm disappointed that Macpherson is not narrating the rest of the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terje 08-26-12
    Terje 08-26-12
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    "Good story well narrated"

    This is my first Ian Rankin book, and I enjoyed it enough to immediately buy his next one after I finished it. The story is original and interesting, and the narrator is excellent! He manages to tell the story with a fine Scottish accent that fits the setting of the story very well, and at the same time be clear enough to be easily understandable to me as a non-native English speaker.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    4/29/16
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    "Great Debut!"

    Living in Edinburgh and having worked in the Central Library featured in this book, i found the story very close to home. This was my first Ian Rankin book and i have to say i really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more about John Rebus.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Redpath
    Newcastle, UK
    12/2/15
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    "great start to the series"

    after only recently stumbling across the rebus series, where better to start than the first book. I'm hooked already and I'm on book 7 within a month.

    narration is excellent and really completes the package. only negative, the book seems quite short as do the first few rebus books, thankfully 7 and 8 appear longer and I feel I'm getting more for my audible credits.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    9/2/15
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    "An uncertain beginning"

    This is the first of the Rebus novels and a relatively gentle introduction to the character, his flaws, his strengths and many of the themes that run through the whole series. These of course includes the vividly described Edinburgh, a struggle against authority, no little dark humour and the demons set to haunt Rebus across the coming decades.

    Although expertly narrated by James Macpherson the story is not the best of Rebus, not the most chilling and possibly lacks a little in the usual length and depth. This is a series and character that grows in integrity and intensity as the series develops. It's a good enough start though and anyone new to the series is well advised to begin their journey into Rebus's mind here rather than with a later novel.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Cassidy
    8/24/16
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    "Great intro to John Rebus"

    interesting enjoyable story line and intro into the Rebus series. looking forward to the next one

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amo
    UK
    3/13/16
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    "Not a Strong Story"

    Having listened to much grittier books by the likes of Craig Russell and Laura Wilson I was hoping for a lot more from the likes of Mr Rankin.

    This is perhaps an opener to the Rebus stories but it certainly didn't grip us. The actual story is a very, very sad second to Rebus' own tale and didn't amount to much at all. James Macpherson is a good narrator but perhaps too singsong for a roughty toughty, down at heel Scottish policeman on a murder team.

    I have read other reviews and maybe, just maybe, there is a chance the other books warm up a little but I don't think I am willing to invest our time in them just yet. Thankfully this was a short book for the money, which was quite a surprise to start with, but we can now move on without feeling guilty we didn't give it it's best shot!

    One for the return pile I'm afraid.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie King
    Durham City, Co Durham United Kingdom
    4/18/15
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    "My first Rebus - and definitely not my last!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Knots and Crosses to be better than the print version?

    Yes. James MacPherson's excellent narration really brought it to life, and I became really immersed in the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rebus of course! I felt sorry for him, the hard-bitten cop with a messy divorce and haunted by the demons of his past. I was rooting for him all the way through the story.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The part where Michael (his brother) hynotises him and he regresses to his army days - I don't want to say too much and spoil it for people who don't know the story. I listened to that chapter twice!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes - I was saddened by the scene with Gordon, I didn't want that to happen. I thought it was an awful moral issue.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed this and am looking forward to listening to more in the Rebus series. Also liked listening to James MacPherson's voice - I would buy other audio-books read by him.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "New to Rebus"

    I've heard a lot about this Rebus character but never read any of Rankins' books. This is a good introduction and really fleshes out the character and plot. Good interpretation by Macpherson and quality recording. Shall now download book 2!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    2/16/17
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    "No storyline"
    Would you try another book written by Ian Rankin or narrated by James Macpherson?

    The narrator James MacPherson is very very good I would definitely listen to another book narrated by him but I would only listen to another Ian Rankin book if someone else read it first and told me that it's worth listening to and even then I'm not sure if I would


    What was most disappointing about Ian Rankin’s story?

    This book is just what Rebus does in his day to day life and then stumbles on the person they are looking for at the end it's supposed to be a crime novel and Rebus is supposed to be a police man he does no detective work at all through the hole book


    What does James Macpherson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    James is very good at making you feel what the character feels at the time he puts a lot of feeling into his reading if the character is feeling happy, crazy, drunk, angery, are just doesn't care you feel that to


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    NO!!!! It would be pointless and a waste of time


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it's because it's Ian Rankin's first novel that it's so weak I don't know maybe they do get better but I won't be wasting my time finding out

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M.A.
    6/16/16
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    "ian Rankin at his best"

    The plot got more interesting as it went on.

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a real down to earth British detective story.

    The narration was good however i sometimes didn't realise who was who. Perhaps because it was all Scottish accents.

    Overall a thoroughly good read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Don
    Curtin, Australia
    7/7/14
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    "An enjoyable read"

    This is my first Ian Rankin and Rebus novel and I really enjoyed it. It is a good punchy novel that moves along at a good pace while still doing a good job of developing and introducing characters.

    The reading was excellent and it was a joy to listen to the Scottish accent. I have read a lot of US and Australian crime novels and this was a pleasant change, I look forward to following on with this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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