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By Lorraine on 13-08-11
Great characterisation and a hot plot
I'm a BIG fan of Brookmyre and was excited to see that this title was on Audio just in time for the mid-year holidays.
Jasmine Sharp is the fragile herione of this novel and her character is brilliantly written. Insecure and more than a little bewildered with the world, Jasmine carries half of the plot with her through the fast paced action, piecing together a cold-case mystery as she escapes bullets and double-dealing thugs alike. The other half is carried by a top female cop in the Glasgow poe-liss who, with her family problems and hostile male counterparts, has her own set of problems. The depth of these two leading ladies' characters is enriched by contrast with a bunch of Glasgow underworld drug dealers and bent cops.
The plot moves along at a rattling pace and resolves neatly, if a little sweetly, and is excellently narrated by Sarah Barron. A wide range of accents, tones and pitches keeps the Glasgow voice alive, perfectly portraying youth & age, regret and joy, fear and peace. Though I am not Scottish and am therefore possibly not qualified to judge, all the characters accents sounded genuine and brought the location of the action alive.
Excellent stuff, Chris Brookmyre! Keep it up!
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Vincent on 23-12-13
"This is Glesga"
Would you listen to Where the Bodies are Buried again? Why?
Instantly listen-able, draws you in and postpones your sleep.
What did you like best about this story?
Great contemporary story that manages to capture Glasgow and all its idiosyncrasies. A city where a short walk can take you from the fattest cats to the scrawniest rats of modern life.
What does Sarah Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Sarah's reading shows great characterisation and range in a story that uses most of Britain's social ladder, her performance is excellent.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Gideon on 20-08-12
Brookmyre for beginners
What did you like best about Where the Bodies are Buried? What did you like least?
The central mystery is really clever and the various story lines weave together nicely. The characters are well imagined. Jasmine Sharp, the wannabe private investigator around whom the story unfolds, is sure to be with us for a while. Having said that, everything is a little too contrived. Brookmyre (who claims to have moved into a more serious, less anarchistic mode - he now writes as "Chris" as opposed to "Christopher") seems to be trying too hard to be conventional. "Where the Bodies are Buried" lacks some of the irreverence and exuberance of earlier works like Quite Ugly One Morning and the Unsinkable Rubber Duckies, but is still well worth the effort.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
A little too predictable.
What does Sarah Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The book is really well read with Sarah Barron's Scottish lilt adding a level of atmosphere and intensity that a reading of the book would lack.
Was Where the Bodies are Buried worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
Brookmyre has long been a favourite author and I have both read and listened to all his books. Here's hoping he finds the groove he is looking for.
By Barbara on 24-09-11
Great story! I don't know why mr. brookmyre lost the topher to his chris, but i was delighted to find a new book by him, as i`ve read and hugely enjoyed his previous ones. The characters are, as usual, very rich and the storyline comes together nicely. the narrator did, in my humble opinion, an excellent job of giving life to the story, with a nice bit of scottish inflection, not so thick that non-native-speakers like me don't get it, but adding a nice bit of authenticity to a story set in glasgow. an extra bonus to this recording is its length. with a little more than 11 hours, it isn`t over too fast and gives the plot enough time to tighten to the end. and the ending is great, by the way. it ends on a sentence that isn't there....