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The Blackhouse

The Lewis Trilogy, Book 1
By: Peter May
Narrated by: Peter Forbes
Series: The Lewis Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

A Sunday Times and Richard and Judy best seller and the first instalment in Peter May's sensational, million-selling Lewis trilogy. 

A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. 

A Murder
Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. 

A Secret
Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. 

A Trap
As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface, and soon he, the hunter, becomes the hunted. 

©2011 Editions de Rouergue (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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An Utterly Compelling Atmosphere of Desolation

If ever a book has exceeded my expectations then it is this one. While yes it is a murder mystery, it's also so much more. Few books that I've read have ever evoked a stronger identity of locale and atmosphere. The people and places on this Scottish Island are beautifully described and take top billing over the mystery. May delivers a master class in building his story and the coming of age of his lead Fin Macleod is revealed as a beautifully human story. All the time the atmosphere and vision of the isolated and desolately beautiful island literally breathe through the text. Rarely have I felt so completely transported to a place.

The odd thing is that one of the first books I ever listened to using Audible was the third book in this series, Chessmen. I can see now that I really didn't get it and need to read the trilogy in order . . . which I will do.

Peter Forbes is an excellent choice of narrator and plays his full part in the authentic success of this production. His stylish Scottish burr brings May's characters and descriptions to genuine life.

Maybe some will feel that the murder seems to be almost forgotten at times but the whole thing comes together beautifully at the end in a darkly-thrilling wind-swept conclusion that is made all the more exciting by the care with which the characters have been built and the depth they have been imbued with.

In short, I would say this is as good as almost anything in the genre.

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This book is a gem

This is not an easy listen. Yes, there is a crime to be solved and it is central to this strong storyline, where the characters are clearly written and the past and present collide. The insularity of the islanders is both their strength and their weakness; where even if issues are never spoken of, memories are long. This is not the homecoming Finn had planned on.
It is is a long book but the the background information is necessary to takes us to the present events and my interest never waned.
Peter Forbes narration is excellent. The characters voices are distinct and even English ones are accurate.
This is my first Peter May book. have the next book downloaded.

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  • Lee
  • Aberdeenshire
  • 10-06-18

A wonderful listening experience

I've read a couple of Peter May's other books and found them just okay then The Blackhouse popped up on sale and I dithered. After buying it I left it in my library for a while and listened to some mediocre books which I sent back to Audible before I finally started to listen to it. What a fool I was. This book is simply wonderful. Peter May took me to The Isle of Lewis and I felt the wind in my face, smelt the peat bogs and the fires. The screech of the gannets swirled in my head...oh how I wished I'd stumbled across the gem of a book ages ago.

Yes it's a murder mystery but it's so much more than that ...the murder is a tiny part of the book. It's the beautiful narrative by Peter Forbes that brings this book alive. All I can say is just buy it...it's everything an audio book should be.

I've downloaded the next two books.

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  • Salter
  • Herefordshire, UK
  • 12-06-18

Brilliant, in every way...

For some strange reason i've completed the Lewis Trilogy in a back-to-front order, but that hasn't detracted in any way the sheer brilliance of the three books.
The Blackhouse is the first in the trilogy, and is a superb example of what a compelling murder/mystery should be. The plot line is gripping, and the characters are described superbly well. The sense of isolation and desolation in the Outer Hebrides is truly magical. Since listening to these books I've put it at the top of my list of places I really must visit. The scenery, barren land and sense of remoteness is described like no other.
Superbly narrated by Peter Forbes once again. I can think of no other better suited to such a uniquely absorbing story.
I cannot recommend the Lewis Trilogy enough. The best I've had the pleasure to enjoy...

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Great book

A very interesting detailed book with many surprises, a felt part of the story. Great narration.

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Enjoyable and entertaining

I picked this up as an easy listen and it was! I enjoyed the characters and learning more about the Hebridean life. Peter Forbes is really pleasant to listen to.

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Historical interest and local customs always add depth

I’m drawn to listening to either easy listening rom coms or murder mystery thrillers
What makes books like this more interesting is the inclusion of local customs which add that extra depth to the storyline. The descriptions are super I really want to visit Lewis now - May really adds descriptions that means you can almost smell the countryside and Forbes voice is super to listen to. I’ll be looking out for more of May’s books

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  • Isobel
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • 10-06-18

twisting Scottish drama<br />

Took a while for me to get into this but boy was it worth sticking with! A haunting crime novel like nothing I have read before. written based on Lewis and read in a gentle Scottish accent. cracking ending. off to find another one!

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The. Black house

Brilliantly compiled and I found it difficult to put it down. Real piece of creative writing

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Totally recommended.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to end; gripping story, well told and narrated superbly.

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  • Mtorvik
  • 28-03-18

Fantastic!!

This book is so amazing! It has been a long time since I’ve raced through a book so quickly, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Don’t hesitate buying it - you will be amazed of how the hours fly by! Narration is also a top notch, the scottish accent of the narrator brings the story even more to life. I LOVED IT!

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  • Kerry Gilbert
  • 02-06-19

Pathetic

The worst story I’ve ever listened to located in the last place on earth you would want to visit.