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Not quite Rankin, but who is?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-06-14

This is a well written, tightly plotted contemporary mystery. Its setting is strongly evoked and its protagonist appealingly human. The crimes are graphic and the language a bit rawer than the norm. The reader was excellent, with a nice line in rueful understatement. I will definitely pursue this series further, if only to see if the sun ever actually shines in Aberdeen.

Great, as always

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-09

Shame about the abridgement. Full text, please! This is an excellent story, beautifully performed. I just wish there was more of it.

Impeccable, as ever

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-22

An unusually graphic series of murders drive this Rebus. But the setting, relationships , plot twists, descriptions and characters are superlative. And the performance of the text is brilliant.

I have run out of superlatives

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-21

You won't be able to stop listening. Simply perfection. The sense of time and place are extraordinary. The plot is intricate and suspenseful without trickery. And the reading absolutely impeccable .

Simply Wonderful!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-13

It really doesn't get better than this. A tightly plotted interlocking set of mysteries finely observed details of setting and culture, serious issues handled with understated compassion. And the usual stellar reading by Macpherson. Superb.

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This is How Rankin Should Sound

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-11

I have been a fan of Rankin's Rebus novels for years. I was hesitant to listen to one fearing it couldn't possibly do justice to the texture and atmosphere of the books. I shouldn't have worried. This is a note-perfect reading, handled with intelligence, sensitivity and clarity. I have already bought another and am sure it will be just as good.

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Well Plotted Regional Adventure Beautifully Read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-17

A thoroughly enjoyable production. A tightly plotted story, a vividly evoked regional and historical setting, and a note-perfect reading/performance. Highly recommended.

very disappointing

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-12-09

There was something very odd about both the timing and the interpretation of this performance. The actors galloped through the text with no emotional inflection or nuance. Individual speeches were clear enough but this sounded like an exercise in reading not a performance. I would have expected much better from the BBC!

Beautifully read, heartbreaking story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-30

It's a very rare mystery novel that can leave one in tears at its conclusion. Ms. Porter's utterly restrained and compelling reading makes this powerful story quietly and completely overwhelming. Why hasn't she recorded all the Monk novels?!

A Fully Realized Performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-21

This is much more than an accomplished reading. The marvelous Thandie Newton single-handedly creates a full dramatic performance of the novel. The range and depth of her characterizations are simply astonishing. Even the most minor chaeacters are completely individualized. The two protagonists are brought to life so compellingly, they are fully present to the imagination. I don't believe you could find a better "reading "of Jane Eyre than this.

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