I listen to a lot of audible books (whilst dog walking, ironing, driving to meetings etc) and I think this is probably the best I have listened to thus far. I came to this via Sean Barrett who I find an excellent reader but this particular download is a 100% on every score. The plot is good, the characters wonderfully drawn and the reading - very slow - is absolutely spot on. I cannot recommend it highly enough and I am now at this moment going to look at other titles from the author who I have not come across before.
Whilst you could undoubtedly enjoy each part of this trilogy as a stand alone story - listen in the correct order and you will gradually absorb the complete tapestry of Fin's life as well as pick up sub-plots, stories and clues that weave their way throughout the 3 books. Rarely have I come across a trilogy that has been so cleverly constructed. Well written and well read The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and now The Chessmen are thoroughly absorbing and I would have thought enjoyable for men and women alike.
This is an absolutely great A star download. I was in a hurry to download a new book and chose this as it was book of the week. I had no previous experience of author or reader and i really did just have to make an immediate choice as I had nothing to listen to.
Have to say thought was going to be a bit naff.
How wrong I was and what a great choice I made.
I hate giving reviews that tell you too much about the plot - so all I will say is that our narrator is a very lowly legal clerk who finds himself on the legal team defending a murder charge of a man who he knew as a child - and who put a very big blip into his own life.
This tale does span the who dun it sector, possibly a bit of spooks, and personal stuff too. It took me 3 chapters to appreciate the reader but once I got into his rhythm I rate him as highly as the author. And indeed am now going to see what else he has read.
This is a really good story suitable for men and woman I would have thought.