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Summary

He's the best cop they've got.  

When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath, it's up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess. 

He's also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past.  

He's rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They're all within reach. 

But a man like him won't get to the top. 

Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He's convinced he won't get what is rightfully his. 

Unless he kills for it.  

©2018 Jo Nesbo (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Brilliant

As much as I missed Sean barret Reading it, the narrator was absolutely brilliant.. I’m a huge fan of the harry hole books, but I think this is actually better.. the transference of placing Macbeth into 70’s (Glasgow) - it’s never named..but pretty clear...was very clever with the perfect intonation of all the classic Macbeth beats. I thoroughly enjoyed this and sacrificed a few hours sleep to finish it

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Nesbo’s Macbeth

A clever, well written book which echoes Shakespeare’s play, but maintains it’s own identity. It’s flawed characters lure you in as the web of double dealing, power struggles and betrayal creates a compelling read.

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Mmmm

Sorry not for me, not what I thought it would be, I found it very boring, and could not get to grips with the storyline

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Nesbo takes on the human condition, good and evil.

it took s few chapters to adjust but the adoption of Shakespeare's Macbeth worked for me. set in a dystopian seventies Scotland (with its I institutions based more on Scandinavian than UK models), I found the spreading of the characterisation to more fully explore the motivation of MacDuff ( "Duff") and the supporting Thanes ( here police officers) compelling and made it a really rewarding listen. there's also the fun of lining up the re-written soliloquis and re staged set pieces with the original. For a hardened Nesbo reader it's difficult not to see Duff and Macbeth as two sides of Harry Hole, of course. But not to linger over this it's brilliant and compelling.

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  • 18-05-20

Wow wow wow wow wow!

I love Shakespeare and have never been afraid to leave a theatre if a performance was terrible. I am also a huge fan of Jo Nesbo's writing. Few authors have me so enthralled. However, I avoided listening to this for some time because I wasn't sure what to expect. What an incredible take on MacBeth. I have previously referred to Jo Nesbo as a wordsmith, someone who can wrote in such a way that the reader/listener becomes emotionally invested in the story and the characters. This is possibly his best work and I've read and listened to upwards of 15 of his books. A true masterpiece and very well read. With 2 small children, i no longer have time to read so Audible is an absolute godsend because I can still enjoy a good book whilst doing house stuff, bum changes etc. If you haven't tried audible yet, use it for some "me time".

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Complex, Tragic

A brilliant modern setting for Shakespeare's tragedy. Including plot twists. It goes beyond the scope of Shakespeare's original and uses Nesbo's own literary devices to satisfy reader's need for rhetoric.

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big mistake.

I loved the Harry hole series and looked forward to this new book I was very disappointed and had to force myself to finish listening .Resurrect Harry please !

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Could not get into this story at all.

Could not get into the story at all. Couldn't keep track of what was going on.

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Give up on it, sounded like an amalgamation of authors doing a parody on Scottish crime writing

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I have read every Nesbo book so far but this was n

I impaitiently await every new book that Jo brings out, but i just could not stick with this new format. i could not engage in the story with the narrator and i did not enjoy the opening chapters, this is the only book i could not listen to till the end. Still dedicated to waiting for the next!

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  • 11-05-18

Terrible Scottish accent through

There is only one reader with a forced Scottish accent which is really tiring to listen to.

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  • FrankstMal
  • 16-05-18

Another brillitany reimagining by Hogarth

A superb story, tightly written to keep you resetting the sleep timer as you just cant stop listening. The narrator is superb. He has created perfect characters. Highly recommend this and the entire Hogarth series.

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  • Joliat DuBerg Suzanna
  • 21-05-18

Excellent!

Excellent literature! Depth of insigh, interesting characters, recognition of the variety of outcome of child abuse.