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Blind Eye

Logan McRae, Book 5
Lu par : Stuart MacBride
Série : Logan McRae, Volume 5
Durée : 12 h et 16 min
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Aberdeen's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves mutilated victims to be discovered on building sites - eyes gouged out and the sockets burned.

Detective Sergeant Logan McRae is assigned to the investigation, codenamed Operation Oedipus, but with the victims too scared to talk, it's going nowhere fast.

When the next victim turns out to be not a newly arrived Eastern European, but Simon McLeod, owner of the Turf n' Track bookies, Logan suddenly finds himself caught up in a world of drug wars, prostitution rings and gun-running courtesy of Aberdeen's oldest and most vicious crime lord.

©2009 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lesley
  • 24/08/2009

Blindingly Fast & Furious

Fabulous ! This would have to be THE best crime novel I've come across. Congratulations to Stuart MacBride. Wonderfully rounded, characters written with humour and a gritty understanding, even when they're being vile humans. Some writers seem to forget that even the worst villain likes him/herself a bit... MacBride remembered. D.I. Steel is a knockout character. Loved her!! The violence was brutal, the language chosen for realism and the plot was riveting.
The narration by the author was a magical PERFORMANCE and totally sold the book to me. All in all I resented being dragged away from listening and would recommend it to anyone who likes a tough, fast, real read.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Christopher J. Ward
  • 09/01/2012

Crime addicts take note!

When I was young man, crime novels were big but being in the UK, the main books I read were set in that country.

UK crime, more specifically Scottish crime has been popularised on TV with Taggart and Rebus. Stuart McBride's dark hero is a detective sergeant, an increasingly popular rank in police series, because everyone knows that policing will fall apart without the backbone of the police NCOs. Furthermore, Mr McBride has made his work more interesting by setting his tales in Aberdeen, a granite city, with granite crims and cops and I can almost smell the fish from the port. Once visited never forgotten, especially the rain.

Logan McRae, troubled detective is a survivor in a pretty primitive police culture, hard drinking smoking men and women bothered occasionally by political correctness. This is the most recent of the series and I wouldn't like to discriminate in any way - they are uniformly (sorry) tough, gritty and very well written examples of the genre. Furthermore, McRae is McRae and not Rebus. Stuart MacBride narrates this novel and does a superb job. I hope I live long enough to read forthcoming instalments of the travails of Logan McRae, his boozy lesbian Inspector, with whom he has a basically symbiotic relationship - they need one another.

There is no doubt in my mind that Stuart MacBride is a top-notch author who deserves to be read and heard.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Pamela
  • 11/09/2017

MacBride should not narrate his own books

I am a big fan of Stuart MacBride. This is not actually a critique of the book as I just started it. It's about the narration. This is the first of the Logan McRae series which isn't narrated by Steve Worsley, and I didn't notice the change when I bought it. Worsley's dry delivery, command of accents, and well paced delivery, suit MacBride to a T. MacBride's own voice does not.


While MacBride is better than a number of professional narrators I've heard, it's really affecting my enjoyment of this book. His version of the irascible DI Steele, as well as Logan's superior officer nemesis (in this book Finney), is just grating. He rushes the narration (I've actually had to slow it down), is too emotional, and it always sounds like he has an excess of saliva in his mouth. He also doesn't seem to understand how to convey someone speaking loudly without actually yelling in one's ear.


Because I like the series, I will continue. Unfortunately, to do so I will have to put up with MacBride in Book 6, too. Why oh why do authors make this mistake??? Neil Gaiman is one of the few authors whose narration of his own works I can count on.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • 6catz
  • 05/09/2013

Solidly entertaining

What did you love best about Blind Eye?

The humor. Dark Scottish humor, yes, but MacBride gets me to laugh in the weirdest places of his story.

What did you like best about this story?

The main character, who keeps trying to do the right thing under awful circumstances.

What does Stuart MacBride bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Usually when an author reads his/her own book it's a disaster, but MacBride is actually an excellent reader despite what you may have read in some other reviews. I have a couple of quibbles with his reading: In the beginning I wanted him to slow down just a bit, and he does make the female gay detective Steele sound like a truck driver, which I thought was over the top. But he settles into a really good stride after the first couple of chapters and does a great job with dialogue and with expressing Logan's thoughts.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

In spite of the violence in the book the writer got me to laugh a lot.

Any additional comments?

Willing to read another. That was fun!

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anniebligh
  • 25/05/2011

What a welcome surprise, Stuart MacBride is!

And only 3 stars. Well..yes. High 3 though.
It took me a while for my ear to adjust to the Scots. So be warned and listen to the preview. Once you are hooked in, this is a roller coaster of a story being read by the author, so the voice is pretty much as writ.
If you are easily offended by swearing, sadly you are likely to miss the humour and creativity of Mac Bride's descriptive language. This had me mentally picturing the images described and really laughing out loud. The hero is a superhero who somehow manages to survive all limbs intact. It is fast paced and grisly. Rumbling along in the 'background' are crooks and turf wars.
Good story, and full of surprises.
I have already downloaded two other MacBride stories.
I loved this one. and expect I will be wanting more.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lia
  • 07/05/2016

Good Police Procedural Book

The fifth installment in Stuart MacBride's acclaimed DS Logan McRae series takes us once more into the dark heart of Aberdeen, although this time we're looking through the sticky lens of a sweltering summer, rather than the rain-smashed freezing winters of previous books. And while the cannibalistic serial killer of Flesh House is thankfully in the rear-view mirror, McRae and the rest of his Grampian police colleagues are still struggling with the after-effects.

And then they're faced with something perhaps even more gruesome.

The city's growing Polish community is under attack from a serial offender who leaves behind horrifically mutilated victims. Not dead, but perhaps wishing they were - their eyes have been gouged out and the sockets burned.

With the victims too scared to talk, McRae has an investigation going nowhere.
Then things get even worse - well-known bookie Simon McLeod becomes the latest victim, and McRae is swept up into the world of Aberdeen's most vicious crime lord - a world of drug wars, hardcore porn, prostitution rings and gun-running. As if that wasn't enough, McRae must also fend off the maternal needs of DI Steel, his hard-living lesbian boss.

MacBride's crime writing is high quality and well worth a read by those not worried about weak stomachs. Fans of Mo Hayder, Mark Billingham or Paul Cleave will love his mixture of dark crime and dark humour.

Blind Eye is packed with ferocious action, an engrossing story-line and crackling dialogue. One of the most enjoyable aspects is the realistic portrayal of group dynamics the interactions between McRae and his police colleagues are full of colourful language, ribbing and shared histories.

Stuart MacBride was great with the delivery of the story

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ken Graves
  • 05/02/2019

Superb!

I liked Steve Worsley's job but Stuart MacBride turned out to even better. Great perfomance!

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 10/12/2018

A little over the top

My favorite part of these stories are the characters. The crimes were particularly bit gory and not for the faint of heart.

*SPOILER* The portion of the story taking place in Poland (and especially the gun fight/explosion in Nowa Huta) was too far fetched. And while I enjoyed seeing my compatriots appear as relatively significant characters in a book targeting western audiences, the description of Poland was somewhat disappointing and too cliched (dark, depressing and plagued by the ghosts of its communist era).

This is the first book read by Stuart MacBride rather than Steve Worsley. I thought Steve did a better job differentiating characters by their voices - MacBride sounded too gravely for me. However, by the end of the book I was actually enjoying the accents, other than the attempts at Polish. Speaking of which, the Polish pronunciation was crummy. Also some of the Polish was a bit off, for example, at one point one of the supposedly Polish characters seems to confuse the word for "sister's daughter" and "brother's daughter". It was the poor attempt at getting the Polish right which made me knock off one star.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Marsha
  • 07/12/2018

Blind eye

As with all his books he keeps you wanting for more Logan is an awesome character he gives way more than he gets

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mark
  • 07/10/2018

Another great page turner from Suart MacBride

Another great page turner from Suart MacBride. While his books are often brutal in details he doesn't just rely on graphic descriptions to fill pages. There were some unexpected twists and turns in the plot as well as the relationship between DS Logan and DI Steel developing in an unusual way. I look forward to the next one.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • L.R.
  • 28/09/2011

Großartig!

Klar - man muss schon englisch können, um hier mitzukommen. Aber man kann sich gut in die Sprache hineinhören - und ein Buch direkt vom Autor vorgelesen zu bekommen, ist immer von Vorteil. Wer weiß besser, wie es gemeint ist? Und die Stimme von Stuart MacBride ist angenehm, die Aussprache ist klar, der manchmal notwendige Dialekt witzig und die Betonung ist lebendig - er macht also alles richtig.
Stuart MacBride schreibt irre spannend, sein Buch hat eine unglaubliche Vielzahl von (glaubwürdigen) Charakteren, hat überraschende Entwicklungen, Humor; ein wenig Grausamkeit, Ahnung von Psychologie, ein großes Herz für seine Heimat Aberdeen und ... erwähnte ich schon jede Menge Spannung? Ein Buch zum Immer-weiter-hören, da beißt man sich auch gerne durch vielleicht noch unbekannte Vokabeln!
Auch die anderen Bücher sind empfehlenswert, besonders eben die von dem Autor selbst gelesenen.

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