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The Dark Remains

By: William McIlvanney,Ian Rankin
Narrated by: Brian Cox,William McIlvanney
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Summary

In this scorching crime hook-up, number one best seller Ian Rankin and Scottish crime-writing legend William McIlvanney join forces for the first ever case of DI Laidlaw, Glasgow’s original gritty detective.

Lawyer Bobby Carter did a lot of work for the wrong type of people. Now he’s dead, and it was no accident. Besides a distraught family and a heap of powerful friends, Carter’s left behind his share of enemies. So, who dealt the fatal blow?

DC Jack Laidlaw’s reputation precedes him. He’s not a team player, but he’s got a sixth sense for what’s happening on the streets. His boss chalks the violence up to the usual rivalries, but is it that simple? As two Glasgow gangs go to war, Laidlaw needs to find out who got Carter before the whole city explodes.

William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw books changed the face of crime fiction. When he died in 2015, he left half a handwritten manuscript of Laidlaw’s first case. Now, Ian Rankin is back to finish what McIlvanney started. In The Dark Remains, these two iconic authors bring to life the criminal world of 1970s Glasgow and Laidlaw’s relentless quest for truth.

©2021 William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin (P)2021 Canongate Books Ltd

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Omg

This is just one continuous drone!!! Absolutely awful narration!!! I’ve never felt the need to write a review in over 300 books but this is truly awful.

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Not for me

Much as I like Ian Rankins books, I have read all of Rebus, this story does not grab me at all. I have stuck with it to chapter 10, but have had to go back so many times because it was not holding my attention. Sadly I don't think the narrator helps, the delivery is very montonous. Disappointed.

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Rankin must be gutted; Cox is murdering it.

It's just awful - Cox simply can't read properly. I thought he'd be a bonus but Cox only plays Cox - you can't even tell which character is talking in a dialogue between 2 people as he stammers along and leaves really odd pauses for breath. He also does nasal luvvie Edinburgh accent or the one he does in RobRoy or Bourne - it's just Cox doing Cox badly. Truly the worst narration in ten years of audible. Saying that, I didn't love the book and I'm a Rebus fan. The 'deep thinking cop' is tired and pretentious, basically you think 'what a d*c* when he has his profound thoughts. Dated. If you like Rankin you'll probably buy it anyway, but Cox is truly awful - even my husband came in the room and said ' God, Cox doesn't read so good does he'...

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Terrible

I’m a huge Ian Rankin fan and have read all his previous books, but the story line just didn’t grab me and the narration was dire. Made myself read to chapter 11 then have up. So disappointing.

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Narrator awful

A fairly tedious story read by a terrible narrator. Sentences ran into each other without different voices for the different characters. I loved Rebus/Ian Rankin so stuck with this as I need another series of similar novels, huge disappointment. BUT The taster of William McIlvanny’s book Laidlaw read by the author WAS good & will be my next listen

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Brian cox reads a story

The story is ok- but the narration is so bland. It’s impossible to differentiate between the characters . I got to the end but still didn’t know who was who

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Boring narration

Loved previous Ian Rankin books, have read/listened to every one.
Love Brian Cox as as actor, but as a narrator….. no thanks!
Book is delivered in a monotone, and he sounded bored at times. I almost gave up, but persevered to the end, which I’m sad to say was a bit predictable.
Wouldn’t listen to another narration by him, will watch his movies however!

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Spoilt by narration

I’m a big fan of Rebus books and was looking forward to discovering a new detective character from Rankin especially when narrated by BRIAN Cox. I’m sorry to say I was disappointed for as great as Cox’s voice may be when it comes to narration it lacked any change in tone or accent making it very difficult to distinguish between the characters. This made story and plot difficult to follow and you really had to pay attention to keep up with evolving plot

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A whole not as good as its parts.

A good book, but it's not up to the excellence of either author. A little cumbersome.

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A Period Piece. Great if you like the period

I’ve sort of fallen in love with crime drama set in Glasgow (Denise Mina’s “Garnethill” anyone)? And I’ve tried Iain Rankin in the past (& been unimpressed) & William McIlvanney too (& enjoyed that, after a fashion). So when I heard Rankin had finished off the McIlvanney estate’s notes on an unfinished novel, I wanted very much to read the outcome - out of interest. It’s good: dramatic, readable, etc. It’s 1970’s Glasgow from the perspective of a ‘strong man’ figure. It fails the Beckdale test. More than that: when Laidlaw might be picking up clues from men he can’t be bothered with - his boss, a drunk, a taxi driver - he’s instead rude & dismissive. The fairground procession of gangland bosses fronting up to each other in the end begin to resembles the point at a children’s party when tears break out. On the plus side: it’s great, and an excellent introduction to the Laidlaw character.

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