After a tip-off, a man's body is exhumed from a shallow grave in Edinburgh. Murder surely, yet he died from natural causes, so, case closed? Indeed was there ever a case? But Chief Constable Skinner and his people keep on digging. Who was the man, why was he buried so reverentially, and by whom? Meanwhile corruption is discovered within the force, and an investigation launched. Immersed in crises, his marriage heading for the rocks, Skinner finds his very career hanging in the balance, its fate beyond his control. Can he win out, or will his life implode?
©2012 Portador Ltd (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
Was surprised that this audio book had so many people taking the parts. Some of them were difficult to listen to. These books are normally read by James Bryce who is excellent to listen to. Not one of the best Quintin Jardine, Bob Skinner story, in my opinion.
Sorry, I have to agree with the other reviewers, switching between voices as the book does might be flashy, but irritates rather than enhances. where it really falls down is where characters are speaking while being voiced by some other narrator so central characters can end up being be 'voiced' by all narrators, I'm sure that Bob Skinner has an irish accent at one stage...
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I have persisted in listening to this book for the sake of continuity. The plot seems week and only pops its head above the life stories of all the main characters. James Bryce is an excellent reader but the rest contribute only annoyance. The American lady tries to imitate a Scottish Accent and it turns out like a bad Irish accent. One saving grace is that all the readers introduce themselves, otherwise it would have been impossible to listen to. Shame it is the Quintin Jardine novel I have enjoyed the lease. Drop the other readers Isis
If you've enjoyed James Bryce reading the other Quentin Jardine books DON'T buy this, is simply terrible. The other readers are dreadful and although I've tried, listening to the voices are was unbearable. Deleted..
Someone who does not know the difference between Scottish, Irish, London and American accents.
Not one with multiple readers!
The idea of the story seen through the eyes of the individual characters is fine but why muddle them up like this. The American woman reading the voice of Bob Skinner merely sounds ridiculous. She was the least effective but closely followed by others
Frustration and disappointment.
Impossible listening, please stick with the excellent James Bryce.
Although I really enjoyed the story I was disappointed by the narration in some places it would have been better if James Bryce had read all the Skinner dialog
"Please use narrators who are able to use an accurate Scottish accent and not on that sounds Northern Irish!"
As usual a gripping storyline. Good idea to use different narrators. The American accent was ok for Sarah but her Scottish one grated and sounded Northern Irish. I almost stopped listening because of it but my curiosity got the better of me.
Have read all the Bob Skinner books but the narration of this one really irrated me, Some narrators called Bob's daughter Shona - Sinead and Bob's wife Aileen _ Eileen I thought these new names were new characters in the book. Apart from this the book was ok.
Enjoyed the plot .
James Bryce on his own
No the narration and the mispronounced character names were irritating and spoilt the listening pleasure.
Does no-one proof listen to the audio book before being released and mistakes rectified
I enjoyed the different narrators for this one. It made it easier listening than some of the other books in the series.
Yes, I would go back to the normal narration system.
Bob Skinner as usual
Some of the people doing the narration, should do something else. it was terrible.
Not really. I want to return it.
As an Scot from Edinburgh, Scotland. The American woman on this recording should be shown a map of Scotland. Her accent was mostly Irish, with some of the Western Isles thrown in. It was murder to listen to. She was not alone.
If you don't have an ear for, or aptitude to speak other accents. Please don't do it!!!!!
We pay a lot of money for these audio books, and expect to enjoy them.
I did not enjoy this one. I can imagine Quentin Jardine never listened to this audio book.
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