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Standing in Another Man's Grave Audiobook

Standing in Another Man's Grave: A Rebus Novel

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Its 25 years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and 5 years since he retired. But 2012 sees his return in Standing in Another Man’s Grave. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin's latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit. Added to which, Rebus may be about to derail the career of his ex-colleague Siobhan Clarke, while himself being permanently derailed by mob boss and old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. But all Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances stretching back to the millennium.

The problem being, no one else wants to go there - and that includes Rebus's fellow officers. Not that any of that is going to stop Rebus. Not even when his own life and the careers of those around him are on the line.

James MacPherson played DCI Jardine in Taggart for 16 years, and has acted on stage in plays as diverse as The Taming of the Shrew and ART by Yasmina Reza. He has presented a regular books programme for Radio Scotland - for which he has interviewed Ian Rankin. He won a Spoken Word Gold Award for his reading of

Strip Jack, a Crimefest Audible UK Sounds of Crime Award for Doors Open and has narrated all the Ian Rankin Rebus books. James lives in Glasgow.

©2012 John Rebus Ltd (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-11-12
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 11-11-12

    Narrative makes the world go round.

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    "Rankin fans' fantasy fulfilled"

    Any avid Rankin reader must wonder what would happen in a universe where Rebus and Fox coexist. Rankin manages what most writers attempting similar cross-overs don't do well: he permits them to meet in a credible way. However intriguing that is, it's a minor part of the story. They cross paths in a typical Rebus case.

    I had missed the announcement that a new Rebus was in press, so this appearance on Audible delighted me and set up great expectations, especially after the classic Exit Music. While Standing…Grave is a welcome, credible and solid return for Rebus, the novel doesn't rank as one the best on the series. But Rebus is back, still ageing in real time and dealing with his demons. And it sounds like he's here to stay for further detection of crime and complacency. If this is a first Rebus novel for you, start with an earlier one to better appreciate ongoing elements like debate on Scottish nationalism and complicated relationships with Siobhan Clarke, Big Ger Cafferty, authority figures and mortality.

    Happily, happily, "in this geographical region", this time we get narrator James Mcpherson for an unabridged Rebus. If your ear isn't used to a Scottish burr, take some time to adjust because he seems to me the perfect voice for Rebus - not an intellectual detective, but a clever, wiley, gritty, witty one.

    Rebus is not the kind of protagonist I usually like, but Rankin creates him and his Edinburgh with some kind of addictive writer's magic. McCall Smith does Dr Jekyll; Rankin, Mr Hyde (on the road to redemption).

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Aspley, Australia 12-25-12
    Greg Aspley, Australia 12-25-12
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    "A great listen - not that rapped in the way it end"
    What did you love best about Standing in Another Man's Grave?

    it was a great story, well told and well narrated. i always enjoy the depth of the character that Rankin puts together and the dialog between them is exceptional


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No but it didn't need to


    What about James Macpherson’s performance did you like?

    i did


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had to drive 1500km in 3 days in the Australian outback so it was great company. It got me from Charleville to Cunnamulla going a long way round.

    It did the job nicely thank you.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 11-21-12
    Sandy 11-21-12

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Has Rebus lost his twinkle?"

    James Macpherson is reading an unabridged Rankin. Yes!

    Rebus is back with us. Yes!

    The unsolved units are not new and have been employed by lots of other crime writers.
    Same old Same old. No!

    While the Unsolved Unit forms a backdrop for this story, what stands out is how retirement has altered Rebus's lifestyle.
    Could this be a mature Rebus? A more self reflecting Rebus? Has he lost his twinkle? And, are his relationships with Big Cafferty and Siobhan Clarke altered?

    Can we hope for more Rebus from Rankin and Macpherson?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Plympton, Australia 01-14-13
    Paul Plympton, Australia 01-14-13
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    "A mystery with character"

    What really stands out in this latest Rebus novel is the variety of characters among the detectives and the criminals. A common theme in both groups is the old guard being replaced by the new. But Ian Rankin doesn't waste his words or your time overdoing the personal details; he gets on with telling an intriguing story. Unlike lesser writers, he doesn't contrive a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter, but there are enough twists and turns to keep you baffled. I've only read one of the previous Rebus novels, so don't worry if this is your first encounter with Inspector Rebus. You don't need to read all the other sfirst, but I guarantee you'll want to read more of them once you've tried this one. The Scottish accent took a little getting used to, but it was appropriate. So bear with it, and it will repay your effort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Olds, Alberta, Canada 12-18-12
    Carole Olds, Alberta, Canada 12-18-12
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    "Rebus still has my vote"

    Nor as action oriented as in his younger days, but wile and wit are still there. Hoping for more...still one of my favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey 04-20-14
    Lindsey 04-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Standing in Another Man's Grave to be better than the print version?

    I much prefer the audible version. I took it every where so I did not need to interrupt flow.


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    Jenny Landsborough, Australia 05-10-13
    Jenny Landsborough, Australia 05-10-13
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    "A great reading"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this reading. The pace was perfect and the story entertaining. Off to source another similar title right away!

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  • Emrick
    6/23/16
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    "Brilliant but..."

    This was brilliant but I can't help feeling it could have done with one more chapter.

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  • Michael
    1/7/16
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    "Gripping, entertaining and just all around an excellent read."

    JR's fatalistic attitude to life, his cynicism, sarcasm and general sense of resignation and disillusion give his character a refreshingly honest quality... The characterization generally is good, the plot is strong and consistent, the style is entertaining. Good escapist fiction, and like all good escapist fiction the story points out the dark irony of real life.

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  • helle
    11/12/15
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    "Love the Scottish language 😊"

    I enjoy the puzzling choice of Words In Ian Rankins Novel, feel i have watched a Scottish Road movie.

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  • hannah
    Brighouse
    11/5/15
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    "Disappointing"

    Well read and a great story until the end when I just sat and went really!!!!!

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  • MAGGS
    Port Talbot
    9/21/15
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    "Standing in Another Man's Grave-another cracker"

    Standing in Another Man's Grave-another cracker by Ian
    Rebus back doing was he does best annoying the hell out of people @ solving the case with his old sidekick Clarke.
    Narration Excellently performed as always

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  • Iain
    Nr Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "Iain Rainkin at his best"
    If you could sum up Standing in Another Man's Grave in three words, what would they be?

    Rebusw after retirement


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Standing in Another Man's Grave?

    Rebus had retired in Exit Music , Book 17, back in 2007, and Rankin has him popping back up as a civilian working with the cold case squad.


    What about James Macpherson’s performance did you like?

    James Macpherson bring the book to life. As much as John Thaw was Morse in the TV dramatizations James Macpherson readings bring Rebus to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His on going relationship with Siobhan Clarke.


    Any additional comments?

    If you thought Rebus was dead and forgotten he is as alive in retirement as he ever was when he was on the Force.

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  • alexjayne
    11/29/14
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    "fab book"
    Would you listen to Standing in Another Man's Grave again? Why?

    The author writes a good yarn and James Macpherson brings it all alive. I have listened to it twice - getting rid of the biggest pile of ironing and walking to and from work. Nice twists and turns the accent makes it more 'real' but not so broad a poor Brit cant understand.


    Have you listened to any of James Macpherson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but will look for his name again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Loved the bit where the young lad gets one over on the long time baddie :-)


    Any additional comments?

    will keep it on my phone for replaying.

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  • Michelle
    Hawthorn, Australia
    10/1/13
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    "Lots of Rebus, Fox cameo only"

    Great story but I was slightly disappointed by the ending - possibly because for once I saw it coming. I love Rebus and I love Fox, but their head-to-head in this didn't inspire me - it seemed no more than a cameo. Love James McPherson and eagerly await the next Ian Rankin. Please Audible UK can we have the entire backlist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L.
    Clarkston, United Kingdom
    9/6/13
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    "Nice to see Rebus back"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - BUT sadly not with James MacPherson narrating. I enjoy MacPherson's acting but he should really stick with that. His staccato delivery leading to interruptions in mid-sentence and even at times in 'mid-word' is infuriating and I found myself finishing his sentences for him.....


    What other book might you compare Standing in Another Man's Grave to, and why?

    I was just about to pre-order the latest Rankin till I saw that MacPherson was in the driving seat again - no thanks!


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Macpherson’s performances?

    NO!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johan
    Monumentpark, South Africa
    4/13/13
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    "Not the best from Ian Rankin"

    As a fan of inspector Rebus I love these books by Ian Rankin but this is not the best. Pleasant to listen to if you are a Rebus and Rankin fan but not the best story line this time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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