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.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all the Michael Robotham books that I have read or listened to - but I would agree with a number of other reviewers that this latest story involving Joe O'Loughlin and Vincent Ruiz surpasses even the others. I could not stop listening, with the result that I have completed in just a couple of days and now can only look forward to the next audible title being launched next week!
Because of the subject matter I have been steering clear of 'Say You're Sorry' for sometime - however when considering again recently I saw a comment from one reviewer that made me take a chance. Certainly if anyone else out there particularly dislikes the idea of young girls being kidnapped and imprisoned I would say that I found the story was handled incredibly well without any gratuitious violence or sexual titillation and was perfectly OK to listen to. Clues were so skilfully laid that I believed I could see 5 possible suspects and although 1 of my choices was indeed correct I had still not made a final choice until right up to the very end. Absolutely first rate - and fully deserves 5 stars on all fronts, Sean Barrett as always putting in a marvellous performance.