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Not often the TV or film is better, but ...

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-19

With this title, skip the book and watch the show.

It’s such a shame, the idea is great, but the writing isn’t, and highly emotional and whiney pitch of the narration makes it worse.

Classic MacBride

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-19

This is everything you want from a Stuart MacBride novel, winding plot, big characters you can care about, and funny dialogue that doesn’t try too hard.

8 people found this helpful

Makes the subject accessible

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-19

I’m not a science person, so any book that can cover a lot of scientific ground pretty much from start to finish without losing me is a winner.

This is a well presented look at the background, the history, the politics, the science, and the people involved.

It covers the stories of various individuals, managing to make you care, but never overstepping the line into being sentimental or sensational about deaths.

The narration is very good. A little fast, given the amount of unfamiliar names and the science involved, but still very clear and well performed.

This is the only book on the subject I’ve read, so I really don’t know how accurate it is. But if you are looking for a good overview of the story rather than a definitive work, then I can absolutely recommend it.

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Better and Better

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-19

This series of novels are just fantastic, and this one was no disappointment.

Crime novels with all the grit filled mean streets you could ask for, but with an abundance of characters - all begging for stand alone novels of their very own - who add wit and emotion and a painful realism to utterly bizarre events and situations.

This is laugh out loud funny, but has a solid plot, and is genuinely touching in parts too.

3 people found this helpful

Atmospheric

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Reviewed: 28-04-19

I’ve been enjoying a lot of Australian Crime and Thrillers lately, and this one was particularly good.

Although I find the ‘good man with a dark past’ Detective a little overdone, in this novel it actually feels right, perhaps because the tale of that dark past is fully explained and would work well as a novel in its own right.

The setting is wonderful. After lots of hot, arid, vast open spaces as the settings for the Australian novels I’ve read recently, this was set in a hot, wet, swampy countryside that was just as thoroughly Aussie, but a welcome change. The constant threat of crocodiles was very interesting.

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Not his usual standard

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 28-04-19

I was really disappointed by this. It lacks the sharpness, in plotting, characters, and dialogue, of most of his novels.

What I can only assume was supposed to be a big twist, was glaringly obvious from very early on. The characters had potential to be interesting, but they mostly remained little more than drafts. The turns of phrase that made, for example, The Sacred Art of Stealing or Quite Ugly One Morning so mesmerising were missing.

The book has a lovely scene where a character rips into conspiracy theories, and this incident, as well as the debunking of conspiracy theories in general, is referenced often in the book, but I was disappointed that there was no careful but brutal dismantling of the subject the way The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks did with Mediums.

Although it’s a different type of book anyway, having more in common with his recent few novels than the many that came before, it wasn’t even equal to those latter ones. I’d have thought it was so-so if it was written by someone else, but it struck me as a genuinely surprisingly poor novel from Christopher Brookmyre.

It was not helped by the narration, which I thought sounded like the narrator was endlessly and breathlessly being taken mildly by surprise.

22 people found this helpful

Poor writing

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Reviewed: 17-11-18

Very badly written, felt like a school kid’s effort. The amateur sounding narration did not help at all. Part way though the second chapter was as far as I got, so I couldn’t comment on the story itself, which did seem interesting from the description.

1 person found this helpful

Stylish and Dark

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-09-18

Really excellent novel, very well plotted and paced.

I loved the sense of it’s setting - late 60s in Glasgow - which is a constant, but never feels like hard work, ie there are references to current events, but they arise naturally and don’t feel like they’ve been shoehorned in to remind you.

The central character was easy to get along with. A decent man with a few issues, but again nothing was laboured, nothing forced, which made him feel quite real.

The narration was excellent.

A Joy to listen to

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-18

I found myself not giving a damn about the plot, I just wanted more and more from these characters.

Lovely writing, funny and well paced. The narration was spot on.

I hope the other books in the series will be available on Audible soon.

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Didn’t really work for me

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Not very well put together, more highly unrealistic plot devices than I could excuse really.

I don’t know if the narration or writing was at fault, but it was often difficult to keep track of which character I was hearing from.