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I have the book as well as the audiobook, and a great story is let down by a poor recording which shows evidence of a significant lack of research into the correct pronuciation of place names, etc.
The story is excellent. Intriguing characters, and a terrific sense of place. Well written, and a fine new entry into the Tartan Noir genre.
The reader falls down in several areas. Despite being a Scot, his attempt at an Inverness accent is somewhat lacking, but it is his pronunciation of place names that causes the most issues. For example, Tomatin should be stressed on the second syllable, To-matin, not To-ma-tin. He can perhaps be forgiven for getting a US name, La Jolla, wrong, but a simple bit of research would have revealed that it is pronounced La Hoya.
A little more care would improve this audiobook considerably, so that it does justice to the writer’s efforts in telling a good story
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This had everything going for it, narrated by one of my favourite narrators and set in and around Inverness and the Black Isle, some of my favourite places. Nothing disappointed, it was everything I could have hoped for. The main character is well drawn and interesting and there’s a quickly developing and intricate plot.
Looking forward to Book 2.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful