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Summary

Brought up by his hard-nosed father and ferocious Spanish grandmother, Xavier Aislado is a gentle giant. And though Xavi’s bond with his grandmother grows, he is abandoned when his family return to Spain, leaving him in Edinburgh to complete his education. Years later, when his promising sporting career is cut short, Xavi pursues his true passion: journalism. And when his first assignment ends in violent death, he is drawn into a dark new world. With his childhood sweetheart, Grace, by his side, and a burgeoning career, Xavier has everything to live for. As his life and work become increasingly entwined, Xavi is immersed in a story of tragedy, loss and betrayal, in search of a truth that may ultimately destroy him…

©2011 Portador Ltd (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd

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A good listen but not the same as Bob Skinner

Once I understood that this was not a straight crime story, ( I spent a long time waiting for the story to begin) I settled down to just enjoy the tale. It was interesting, followed a number of twists and turns and although not in the Bob Skinner series, I enjoyed it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark H
  • Kilwinning, United Kingdom
  • 12-01-12

Has the paint dried yet?

I bought this book based on the high rating and the two reviews. However, after listening to it for about three hours I am giving up. At the point where I abandoned this book, the protagonist, was a rich 17 yr old, bilingual, precocious teenager over 2m tall. He had an exceptional intellect (stays at the top of the class without any effort and passes exams easily) . And he had great physical talents (plays rugby above his age group and is snapped up by a professional football club having never played the game). His wealth came from his self-made, ruthless, and foul-mouthed capitalist father, who also plays an important role in the narrative. From what I have read, I also know a lot about his irascible and inscrutable Spanish Grandmother. And I know about his school friends and acquaintances. But the plot alludes me and for a thriller it is just too slow. Having said this, the characters are quite well drawn, and could be believable if you wanted to believe in them. The Scottish context is good. And the reading is good. Perhaps if I had stuck with it until something thrilling, mysterious or exciting happened then it might have turned into a great novel, but my attention span is just too short. And I think that giving it three hours to get going is more than enough.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Alan
  • Perth, United Kingdom
  • 02-12-11

New central character, same QJ magic

The Loner is an excellent listen. Good pace throughout the narrative, plenty of action, QJ's Edinburgh background and some superb twists from early in the book all go to make this highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • mr
  • CLEVEDON, United Kingdom
  • 01-11-11

Apart from some of the accents.....

Really enjoyed this book, the plot i thought was very good, and Grandma Paloma was an inspired character, some of the accents were a bit strange but overall very good.

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  • Dr
  • 06-05-17

Brilliant book

Excellent storyline, beautifully performed and very compelling listening. Lots of surprises throughout . I would recommend this to anyone.

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  • Brian
  • Livingston, United Kingdom
  • 24-01-18

Managed it on my second attempt

Would you consider the audio edition of The Loner to be better than the print version?

The reader was great for most of the Scottish words but some small issues with town names or places at times.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Liked the twist at the end. Did'nt see all of it coming. The reason it took two attempts was that the first time, I could not be bothered with the super guy who was great at every thing and rich.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Near the end in the Australian outback.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some surprise with the twist.

Any additional comments?

Took me a long time to get into it, as above. it must be about 3-4 years between the first and second attempt. Having a bad memory meant at the beginning the whole thing seemed familiar. Glad I got to the end.

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  • SLM
  • 11-04-17

good story

not great but good. interested in trying out more from this author but found the constant "future hints" technique annoying at times

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  • Roxy R. Flanders
  • 10-09-12

Great book lots of twist, slow start but great

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great book slow start but worth the build up to the story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Xavie