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Prayer for the Dead Audiobook

Prayer for the Dead: Inspector McLean, Book 5

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Prayer for the Dead, from the best-selling Inspector McLean series by Sunday Times best-selling author James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore.

Are you ready to be reborn? The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder. In a sealed chamber, deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh, the victim has undergone a macabre ritual of purification.

Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can't shake off the suspicion that there is far more to this case than meets the eye. The baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible. But it is not the only thing about this case that McLean will find beyond belief.

Teamed with the most unlikely and unwelcome of allies, he must track down a killer driven by the darkest compulsions, who will answer only to a higher power...

Are you ready for the mysteries to be revealed?

©2015 James Oswald (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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    Lucy 08/03/2015
    Lucy 08/03/2015 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading but never find the time to pick up a book so Audible has been a great find! Addicted to good detective crime books!

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    "Another great book in the series"

    Another excellent book in the series excellently narrated as usual!

    I do think they need to be read in order as there are lots of references to previous stories and McLean's background.

    Hope there are more and read by Ian Hanmore- he is up there in my top 2 of narrators with Sean Barrett!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 28/08/2015
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 28/08/2015 Member Since 2017

    Another 20 downvotes from Wras and his other accounts. Why do audible not do something about him?

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    "Nearly as good but not quite"

    I'm a genuine fan of what James Oswald has done with this series and I think that in Ian Hanmore he has paired up with a stylish narrator perfectly suited to the stories. The characters are easy to identify with and "Grumpy Bob" never ceases to put a smile on my face. This story though didn't engage me as much as the previous ones and while still enjoyable I hope for a stronger and more gripping plot next time. Still well worth a read and while I think I can imagine why people found the whispering irritating I think it was a good touch and added the right creepy notes. A matter of taste!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda R East Anglia 06/03/2015
    Amanda R East Anglia 06/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as the last three"

    Beautifully narrated again by the velvet voice of Ian Hanmore. Unfortunately whilst there's nothing wrong with this book, it's not nearly as gripping or exciting as the last three. Feel a tad disappointed as I was so eagerly awaiting this title.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Animal lover Wales UK 13/02/2015
    Animal lover Wales UK 13/02/2015 Member Since 2017

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    "Been up all night reading!¬"
    What did you like most about Prayer for the Dead?

    Great story, love Mr Oswalds books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Prayer for the Dead?

    I'm not saying you have to read it for yourselves!


    Have you listened to any of Ian Hanmore’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Ian Hanmore is totally brilliant and yes I have listened to him on other novels, Stuart McBride for one.


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

    YES YES and YES


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    Andromeda's Twin 13/02/2015 Member Since 2016

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    "The whispering is irritating"

    Firstly I was disappointed with the narration, Ian Hanmore is an excellent narrator, he has done an excellent job with most of the story but the whispered parts, where the murderer is speaking, are just irritating and rather spoilt my enjoyment of the overall book.

    Secondly, I may have missed it but the fantastic supernatural elements of the first four books, seems to be missing from this one, except for Madame Rose who has her own weird thing going on. I was disappointed with this lack but enjoyed the story overall despite this.

    To sum up, good story line, supernatural element is missing which will probably suit some people, Ian Hanmore does his usual excellent job except for the whispering, which is why I've only given 3 stars for the narration but this is in no way a reflection of Ian Hanmore's overall performance, he is an excellent narrator when speaking normally.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Blyth 03/03/2015
    Kevin Blyth 03/03/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story shame about whispering"

    Another good story well written and narrated - know what he was trying to do with the whispering just not sure it worked.

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    Wras 14/02/2015
    Wras 14/02/2015 Member Since 2017

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "Easy to like but with no surprises"



    This series is like a comfortable pair of shoes, easy to like but with no surprises and there is part of the problem after five books, the one character we would like to know more about is inspector Mclean but we are fed crumbs and innuendo, by now I think we deserve a little bit more and a few more answers, or at least some plot development on the occult side of things. The X Files was like this all conspiracy but no conspirators. So I ask Where is the MEAT? When will some of the mysteries develop out of the shadow and into the plot proper and not as just insinuations?
    The procedural side of the story is a strong as ever and the investigation is well described and plotted, the surrounding character apart from the bosses ( who are like a parody of management and stupidity ), all appear real and likeable. All that said I read this book in two seating and enjoyed it for what it is, but I think the writer needs to give us a bit more than a formula that works, it is getting old in book 5.

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    "Another terrific listen"

    Lovely narration and the story keeps you guessing till the end. Insight into police and forensic operations and real characters.

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    lynda1504 02/04/2017
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    "excellent book"

    loved this book from start to finish, another McLean triumph, kept me hooked to the end,

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    Kirsty UK 04/03/2017
    Kirsty UK 04/03/2017 Member Since 2008
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    "I found the whispering annoying"

    story good and we'll narrated but the whispered segments were annoying, couldn't always hear well what was being said.

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