The Blackhouse : The Lewis Trilogy

  • by Peter May
  • Narrated by Steve Worsley
  • Series: The Lewis Trilogy
  • 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Blackhouse was first published in France and enjoyed a wealth of success. Now available in author Peter May's native English, it is given a sense of effortlessness by Steve Worsley's unmistakable flair for narration.
The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.
No longer necessary for survival, this rite of passage is still fiercely defended. But for Fin the hunt harbours a horrific memory which might, after all this time, demand an even greater sacrifice.

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I loved this book

I had already listened to and enjoyed another book in this series but for some reason I hadn't got around to buying this one. I loved it and I felt lost when I reached the end because I'd become so wrapped up in the story.

I can understand why some people haven't liked the style because there is a lot of description, but the pace and the detail is vital to the story. I loved the way that the story sucked me in and created a vivid picture of the people and events. It's beautifully written and it has a haunting quality which will stay with me and cause me to listen to it again (probably more than once).

It's very well read in an effortless way which suits the book perfectly. I would be happy to listen to other books narrated by Steve Worsley and I will certainly look out for more books by Peter May.
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- Flint

A Gripping Read

Peter May has blended the past and present seemlessly in this story. I know the island of Lewis well (and have eaten guga) so I had a head start in enjoying the descriptions of its beautiful north and west coastline. A bit dour in places, The Blackhouse intermingles a wonderful chronicle of island life with a different but gripping detective story. It is also beautifully narrated and I thoroughly recommend it!
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- Ann Watson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-06-2011
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd