I had already listened to and enjoyed another book in this series but for some reason I hadn't got around to buying this one. I loved it and I felt lo..Show More »st when I reached the end because I'd become so wrapped up in the story.
I can understand why some people haven't liked the style because there is a lot of description, but the pace and the detail is vital to the story. I loved the way that the story sucked me in and created a vivid picture of the people and events. It's beautifully written and it has a haunting quality which will stay with me and cause me to listen to it again (probably more than once).
It's very well read in an effortless way which suits the book perfectly. I would be happy to listen to other books narrated by Steve Worsley and I will certainly look out for more books by Peter May.
Although this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel, you'll get more from it if you listen to the first part of this trilogy of books largely set..Show More » in the Outer Hebrides. Many of the characters from the first novel re-appear in the Lewis Man in which their lives are moved forward in time. As with The Blackhouse, though ostensibly a detective novel, that aspect of the narrative is just the back-drop to life stories that switch between the 1950s and the present day. There's lots of atmospheric writing about the scenery and weather (!). Along the way we learn more of how life on the islands has changed and social attitudes altered.
Peter Forbes is an excellent narrator who really brought the characters alive for me.
This is the third of the Lewis trilogy by Peter May. I read the first two but, after starting a job which involved a long drive, decided to listen to ..Show More »this one. This was very much the right choice.
The story is wonderful, dark and brooding, realistic about life and love and evoking the bleak environment of the islands. It’s tension never lets up and it’s very difficult to stop listening.
For me, however, this story was improved a hundredfold by Peter Forbes’s excellent narration. His accents are superb, his delivery is pitch perfect, adding a real dynamism to the tale. He is at no point over dramatic, which I find a lot on Audible, but managed to convey real emotion without sounding hammy.
Five stars aren’t quite enough for such excellent story telling.