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Close to the Bone Audiobook

Close to the Bone

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Publisher's Summary

From the number-one best-selling author of Shatter the Bones and Birthdays for the Dead, a new crime thriller featuring DS Logan McRae. Detective Inspector Logan McRae is finally getting back on his feet after the events of the last few years. Putting things behind him. Getting better.... But it was never going to last. A body turns up on the outskirts of Aberdeen: burned from the neck up, hands chained behind the back.

More murders follow - all gruesome, and with only one obvious connection. The similarities between the real-life killings and the plot of a best-selling novel about witchcraft seem more than coincidental, but the more Logan digs the more dangerous and blurred the line between fact and fiction becomes. It's a small step from police officer to victim. And somebody's got to take it, or everyone will die.

©2013 Stuart MacBride (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field." (Independent)

"MacBride is a damned fine writer - no one does dark and gritty like him." (Peter James)

"Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven - or should that be hell?" (Express)

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    Baladobabe Scotland 01/02/2013
    Baladobabe Scotland 01/02/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Jeepers!"

    I loved this book - my favourite Logan McRae so far. It had me hooked. Stuart MacBride is totally into his stride with some of his best description yet. I don't care that it's far-fetched because it's a great listen and the narrator has his north-east accents down to a T. I may be biased as I'm originally from Aberdeen. Perhaps this is my guilty pleasure!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Dalkeith, United Kingdom 06/02/2013
    Ms Dalkeith, United Kingdom 06/02/2013 Member Since 2016

    Happily retired, more time for listening!

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    "Another good listen"

    A good laugh and a good listen. Always awaiting the next Logan McCrae instalment. A different kind of crime novel, but I love it

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce YORK, United Kingdom 07/04/2013
    Joyce YORK, United Kingdom 07/04/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent tartan noir"

    I've read several of the Stuart Mcbride novels, but this is my first audio version, and I must say the reading enhanced the experience. Steve Worsley's narration is excellent and adds to the story, he is especially good at regional Scottish accents.



    I thought this story was well written and well paced, and the characters continue to develop and mature, although Inspector Steel is possibly becoming even more of a caricature than in previous novels. Great plot, one or two nice twists, kept me interested to the end. I would recommend reading these in the right order as otherwise some things will be inexplicable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JANE WILSON 07/04/2013
    JANE WILSON 07/04/2013
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    "STUART M KEEPS US GUESSING"

    It is quite unusual for excellent plots to combined with in-depth characterisation. Stuart Macbride manages both with great style.

    DI Steele is one of the great grotesques of literature - I love her! The interactions between her and poor Logan are laugh-out-loud, and getting even more sadistic. Not to mention bio-hazard Bob.

    Not wishing to give the plot away - Stuart keeps that cliff hanging. No way we can NOT buy the next book.

    Good narrator, but not as good as when Stuart reads his own books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Erica Robb 07/04/2013
    Erica Robb 07/04/2013
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    "Another great read/listen!"

    I really enjoyed this book, I'm a great McRae fan, and I thought it was well read. The characters are very convincing - I'm a forensic psychologist, and I know Aberdeen so the book was a real connection for me. The best reading of a Stuart MacBride audio-book was done by John Sessions, whose various accents were superb but Steve Worsley comes a close second.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    11/02/2013
    11/02/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "He just gets better"

    Really enjoyed the book and have listened to it 3 times. Great characters and patter What's next for Logan and Steel? Cant wait for the next installment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Wirral, United Kingdom 15/04/2013
    David Wirral, United Kingdom 15/04/2013 Member Since 2007
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    "Logan McRae is..."

    ...great fun to listen to - he's a gem when it comes to detective novels - I've loved them all, this is no exception...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland 07/03/2013
    Joanne Newtownmountkennedy, Ireland 07/03/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Laugh out loud humour"

    I dont know if this book was supposed to be so funny, but it made me laugh out loud on many occassions. An enjoyable listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul bedford, United Kingdom 20/07/2013
    Paul bedford, United Kingdom 20/07/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic. ... . Gripping.... Funny"
    If you could sum up Close to the Bone in three words, what would they be?

    As with the review title... Fantastic... . Gripping.. . Funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the characters, the banter between them was brilliant.


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

    He adds a whole new level of atmosphere and brings the characters, especially Steele, to life.


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

    Definitely, would find myself driving the long way home just to hear more


    Any additional comments?

    One of the most enjoyable books in my considerable audible library, utterly gripping with some genuine laugh out loud moments

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle chef boutonne, France 08/07/2013
    Michelle chef boutonne, France 08/07/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent, if just a wee bit gruesome !!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this to a couple of friends , it is my first MacBride and now am listening to another, I love the fact that it is a serious crime book but has an underlying sense of humour so as not to drag you down


    What did you like best about this story?

    DI Steel, and Logans ringtone for her


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

    His fabulous different Scottish accents


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't eat before you watch !!


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best listens in a very long time

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Goody2shoes
    15/06/14
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    "Couldn't even finish the book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story.
    Better writing.
    Better narration.


    Has Close to the Bone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Steve Worsley’s performance?

    Accent


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Very poor descriptive narrative, other than the blood and guts. Will never buy anything by this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sævar
    Hvalfjarðarsveit, Iceland
    14/07/13
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you listen to Close to the Bone again? Why?

    Too much dialogue that respects not have any other purpose than to be funny, where cops whining over savings or officers, as their only purpose seems to be to bring the jokes.

    McBride is actually good at writing such conversations. But when this continues indefinitely but will be wearing this. Ceases to function as comic relief, and gets a bit silly


    What about Steve Worsley’s performance did you like?

    5 stars, and more if was possible


    Any additional comments?

    The plot, the basic idea had all that a book of this genre needs. A bit more editing and it would have been a great book, not just OK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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