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Caffeine

317 ratings

Summary

Michael Pollan, known for his best-selling nonfiction audio, including The Omnivores Dilemma and How to Change Your Mind, conceived and wrote Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World as an Audible Original. In this controversial and exciting listen, Pollan explores caffeine’s power as the most-used drug in the world - and the only one we give to children (in soda pop) as a treat. Pollan takes us on a journey through the history of the drug, which was first discovered in a small part of East Africa and within a century became an addiction affecting most of the human species. Caffeine, it turns out, has changed the course of human history - won and lost wars, changed politics, dominated economies. What’s more, the author shows that the Industrial Revolution would have been impossible without it. The science of how the drug has evolved to addict us is no less fascinating. And caffeine has done all these things while hiding in plain sight! Percolated with Michael Pollan’s unique ability to entertain, inform, and perform, Caffeine is essential listening in a world where an estimated two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day.

©2019 Michael Pollan (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
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A Snowball's Chance in Hell

3 ratings

Summary

Which list are you on?  When a young man is found frozen to death on a Highland street in mid-December, DCI Jack Logan initially puts it down to a Christmas night out gone tragically wrong.  But, when a postmortem reveals something more sinister, Jack discovers he is dealing with a cold, calculating killer with a long line of victims, a talent for torture, and a perverse sense of justice.  Half a decade ago, the press dubbed him "The Iceman" - a twisted vigilante who successfully evaded capture for two years, before melting away into the night.  Now, The Iceman has come back. His naughty list is longer than ever.  And it contains some worryingly familiar names.... A Snowball’s Chance in Hell is the ninth book in the internationally best-selling DCI Jack Logan Scottish crime fiction series. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Stuart Macbride, and Val McDermid.

©2020 JD Kirk (P)2021 JD Kirk

Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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Shuggie Bain

72 ratings

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This is the unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher’s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie’s mother Agnes walks a wayward path: She is Shuggie’s guiding light but a burden for him and his siblings. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good - her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamourous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion’s share of each week’s benefits - all the family has to live on - on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs.  Agnes’ older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to care for her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Meanwhile, Shuggie is struggling to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that he is “no right”, a boy with a secret that all but him can see. Agnes is supportive of her son, but her addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her - even her beloved Shuggie.  A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction.

©2020 Douglas Stuart (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
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Blood and Treachery (A Scottish Crime Thriller)

5 ratings

Summary

How far would you go to bury the truth?  While searching for a missing hill walker, Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team uncovers a body - just not the one they were looking for.  Still dealing with the fallout from their last case, DCI Jack Logan and his team venture south from Inverness to investigate a brutal, gangland-style execution in the wilds of the Highland countryside.  As the victim's dark secrets are gradually revealed, Jack uncovers the rot lurking beneath the stunning scenery, making himself the target of a criminal more dangerous than any he has faced before.  If he isn't careful, it won't just be a murder he's dealing with in Glencoe.  It'll be a massacre.  Blood and Treachery is the fourth book by number one Amazon best-selling author JD Kirk, perfect for fans of Tartan Noir.  "A breath of fresh air in the crime fiction genre." (L.J. Ross)

©2019 JD Kirk (P)2020 JD Kirk

Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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Le Vieil homme et la guerre 1

5 ratings

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"J'ai fait deux choses le jour de mes soixante-quinze ans : je suis allé sur la tombe de ma femme. Puis je me suis engagé." À soixante-quinze ans, l'âge requis, John Perry n'est pas le seul à intégrer les Forces de défense coloniale, billet pour les étoiles, mais sans retour. Rien ne le retient plus sur Terre. Combien d'années peut-il espérer vivre ? S'engager, c'est protéger l'expansion de l'humanité dans la Galaxie, retrouver une seconde jeunesse et, à l'issue du service, obtenir le statut de colon sur une planète nouvelle. Mais qu'advient-il réellement de ces recrues ? Le premier tome de la saga devenue culte de John Scalzi, entre science-fiction militaire et space-opera débridé.

©2005 / 2007 John Scalzi / Librairie L'Atalante (P)2021 Audiolib

Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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The Big Man Upstairs (A Scottish Crime Thriller)

4 ratings

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Just when he thought he was out.... Burdened by guilt over the trauma recently inflicted on his friends and colleagues, former-Detective Chief Inspector Jack Logan has spent the past nine months living in self-imposed exile. When a mother and her young daughter are the victims of a double murder staged to look like suicide, Logan is dragged back to help hunt down and catch a brutal, calculating killer. But the world has moved on without him. To do what needs to be done, Logan must first find his place among old friends and new enemies before the killer strikes again, and a whole Highland community tears itself apart. Maybe early retirement wasn't such a bad idea, after all.... The Big Man Upstairs is the seventh novel in the internationally best-selling DCI Jack Logan Scottish crime fiction series, and perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, and Stuart MacBride.

©2020 JD Kirk (P)2020 JD Kirk

Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
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There's Only One Danny Garvey

Summary

Danny Garvey was a 16-year-old footballing prodigy. Professional clubs clamoured to sign him, and a glittering future beckoned. And yet, his early promise remained unfulfilled, and Danny is back home in the tiny village of Barshaw to manage the struggling junior team he once played for. What’s more, he’s hiding a secret about a tragic night, 13 years earlier, that changed the course of several lives. There’s only one Danny Garvey, they once chanted...and that’s the problem.

©2021 David F. Ross (P)2021 Isis Publishing Ltd

Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
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Death on the Nile

30 ratings

Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture sequel to Murder on the Orient Express with a screenplay by Michael Green, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh alongside Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer - coming September 17, 2021! Beloved detective Hercule Poirot embarks on a journey to Egypt in one of Agatha Christie’s most famous mysteries. The tranquility of a luxury cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything...until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: “I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.” Yet under the searing heat of the Egyptian sun, nothing is ever quite what it seems. A sweeping mystery of love, jealousy, and betrayal, Death on the Nile is one of Christie’s most legendary and timeless works. “Death on the Nile is perfect.” (The Guardian) “One of her best.... First rate entertainment.” (Kirkus Reviews) Death on the Nile®, Agatha Christie® and Poirot® are registered trademarks of Agatha Christie Limited in the UK and elsewhere. All rights reserved.

©1937 Agatha Christie (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
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The Killing Code: A Scottish Crime Thriller

7 ratings

Summary

What would you do if there weren't any consequences? After 20 years on the force, Detective Chief Inspector Jack Logan thinks he has seen it all. He is wrong. When a nurse is murdered on her way home from nightshift, Jack and his team go on the hunt for her killer. As more victims are uncovered, Jack finds himself tracking a murderer afflicted by a unique psychosis - one that leaves him free to maim and kill without a shred of remorse. Facing a new type of killer in an unfamiliar city, DCI Jack Logan is about to be pushed to his limits, before being forced to realize just how little he truly knows. The Killing Code is the third DCI Jack Logan crime thriller, and perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre, and LJ Ross.

©2019 JD Kirk (P)2020 JD Kirk

Narrator: Angus King
Author: JD Kirk
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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The Quaker

13 ratings

Summary

It is 1969 and Glasgow is in the grip of the worst winter in decades, yet it is something else that has Glaswegians on edge: a serial killer whose name alone is enough to make them tremble with fear. The Quaker has killed another victim, snatching a young woman from a nightclub and dumping her body like trash in the back of a cold-water tenement. He leaves no clues, and the investigation has led police down one blind alley after another.  DI McCormack has few friends in his adopted city and a lot to prove. A talented young detective from the Highlands, an outsider with troubling secrets of his own, Duncan McCormick is brought into the investigation to identify where, exactly, it's gone wrong. His arrival is met with anger and distrust by cops who are desperate to nail a suspect. When they identify a petty thief as the man seen leaving the building where the Quaker's last victim was found, they decide they've found their serial killer. But McCormack isn't convinced.  From ruined backstreets, to deserted public parks, and down into the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city - and his life - forever.

©2018 Liam McIlvanney (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
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A Litter of Bones: A Scottish Crime Thriller

11 ratings

Summary

Was the biggest case of his career the worst mistake he ever made? Ten years ago, DCI Jack Logan stopped the serial child-killer dubbed "Mister Whisper", earning himself a commendation, a drinking problem, and a broken marriage in the process. Now, he spends his days working in Glasgow's Major Investigations Team, and his nights reliving the horrors of what he saw. And what he did. When another child disappears a hundred miles north in the Highlands, Jack is sent to lead the investigation and bring the boy home. But as similarities between the two cases grow, could it be that Jack caught the wrong man all those years ago? And, if so, is the real Mister Whisper about to claim his fourth victim? A Litter of Bones is the explosive debut crime thriller novel from JD Kirk, an exciting new voice in Scottish crime fiction.

©2019 Zertex Media Ltd (P)2019 Zertex Media Ltd

Narrator: Angus King
Author: JD Kirk
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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The Horus Heresy Audio Collection: Volume 1

22 ratings

Summary

An audio drama collection. For the first time, get seven classic audio dramas from the Horus Heresy in one fantastic collection - including a brand-new audio drama edition of Dan Abnett's short story 'Little Horus'.  If you don't know where to start with Horus Heresy audio, this curated collection is the perfect beginning - and if you just want to reexperience these exciting adventures, this is your chance!   For more than 200 years, the armies of the Emperor of Mankind fought to reconquer the galaxy - led by the superhuman primarchs, the Space Marine Legions brought countless worlds back under the rule of ancient Terra. Now Horus, once honoured Warmaster and favoured son of the Emperor, has been corrupted by the whispered promises of Chaos. At his command the Imperium is torn apart by a terrible and bloody civil war, the likes of which the galaxy has never seen....  This audio drama anthology contains seven stories, detailing brutal wars - from the aftermath of the Isstvan V massacre to the horrors of the Shadow Crusade and even the doorstep of Terra itself - and bringing new insights into the heroes and villains of the Horus Heresy. It also includes a brand-new audio drama version of Dan Abnett's classic short story 'Little Horus', specially converted into a script and recorded for this collection.  Performed by Gareth Armstrong, John Banks, Tim Bentinck, Steve Conlin, Rupert Degas, Martyn Eliis, Chris Fairbank, Andrew Fettes, Jonathan Keeble, Angus King, Toby Longworth, Charlotte Paige, Jamie Parker, Richard Reed, Tania Rodrigues, David Seddon, Ramon Tikaram, David Timson and Tim Treloar.  Contents: Raven's Flight by Gav Thorpe  Butcher's Nails by Aaron Dembski-Bowden  Templar by John French  Thief of Revelations by Graham McNeill  Hunter's Moon by Guy Haley  The Sigillite by Chris Wraight  'Little Horus' by Dan Abnett

©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

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The Mum Who Got Her Life Back

Summary

The laugh-out-loud Sunday Times best seller is back and funnier than ever! Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks. When her 18-year-old twins leave for university, single mum Nadia’s life changes in ways she never expected: her Glasgow flat feels suddenly huge, laundry doesn’t take up half her week, and she no longer has to buy ‘the Big Milk’. After almost two decades of putting everyone else first, Nadia is finally taking care of herself. And with a budding romance with new boyfriend Jack, she’s never felt more alive. That is until her son, Alfie, drops out of university, and Nadia finds her empty nest is empty no more. With a heartbroken teenager to contend with, Nadia has to ask herself: is it ever possible for a mother to get her own life back? And can Jack and Nadia’s relationship survive having a sulky teenager around? A gloriously funny and uplifting audiobook perfect for fans of Gill Sims and Jill Mansell.

©2018 Fiona Gibson (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Fiona Gibson
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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A Whisper of Sorrows

3 ratings

Summary

The hunter has become the hunted. Ten years ago, DCI Jack Logan caught the twisted child killer known as Mister Whisper. Two days ago, Mister Whisper escaped. Now, Jack must track down the most ruthless enemy he has ever faced before he can strike again. But after 10 years behind bars, it isn't just murder that Mister Whisper has in mind. It's revenge. A Whisper of Sorrows is the sixth book in the DCI Jack Logan crime thriller series, all based in the Highlands of Scotland, and it's perfect for fans of Tartan Noir crime fiction.

©2020 JD Kirk (P)2020 JD Kirk

Narrator: Angus King
Author: JD Kirk
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Boy in the Well

2 ratings

Summary

Book 2 in the DI Westphall series.  The body of a young boy is discovered at the bottom of a well that has been sealed for 200 years.   Yet the corpse is only days old....  Soon, similarities from an old crime emerge, and DI Ben Westphall must look to the past to piece together the dark and twisted events taking place in the present.  

©2019 Douglas Lindsay (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
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In the Absence of Miracles

4 ratings

Summary

A young man discovers a family secret that turns his world upside down in this dark, emotive, shocking psychological thriller by number-one best-selling author Michael J. Malone. John Docherty’s mother has just been taken into a nursing home following a massive stroke and she’s unlikely to be able to live independently again. With no other option than to sell the family home, John sets about packing up everything in the house. In sifting through the detritus of his family’s past he’s forced to revisit, and revise his childhood.    For in a box, in the attic, he finds undeniable truth that he had a brother who disappeared when he himself was only a toddler. A brother no one ever mentioned. A brother he knew absolutely nothing about. A discovery that sets John on a journey from which he may never recover.    For sometimes in that space where memory should reside there is nothing but silence, smoke and ash. And in the absence of truth, in the absence of a miracle, we turn to prayer. And to violence.   Shocking, chilling and heartbreakingly emotive, In the Absence of Miracles is domestic noir at its most powerful, and a sensitively wrought portrait of a family whose shameful lies hide the very darkest of secrets.

©2019 Michael J. Malone (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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Thicker Than Water

6 ratings

Summary

Not all monsters are make-believe. When a badly mutilated body washes up on the shores of Loch Ness, DCI Jack Logan's dream of a quiet life in the Highlands is shattered.  While the media speculates wildly about monster attacks, Jack and the Major Investigations Team must act fast to catch the killer before they can strike again.  But with Nessie-hunters descending on the area in their dozens, and an old enemy rearing his ugly head, the case could well turn out to be the most challenging of Jack's career.  And, if he isn't careful, the last.  Death and dark humour combine in this fast-paced Tartan noir crime thriller set in the Highlands of Scotland. ‘DCI Logan is sure to become one of Scotland’s best-loved detectives.’ (Adam Croft)

©2019 JD Kirk (P)2019 JD Kirk

Narrator: Angus King
Author: JD Kirk
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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The Last Bloody Straw

2 ratings

Summary

How do you solve a murder when everyone's a suspect? Tormented by the recent loss of a colleague, DCI Jack Logan is on the warpath, determined to bring down all those he holds responsible for the officer's death. His quest for revenge is cut short when a woman's body turns up on the remote island of Canna, and Jack is summoned to investigate. As a storm closes in, Jack finds himself cut-off from the rest of the world, with no car, no phone signal, and only DC Neish for company. With time running out before the ferries resume, Jack must act fast to crack the case before the killer can escape. But with the victim widely hated on the island, everyone on it is a potential suspect. Even the scarecrow.... The Last Bloody Straw is the fifth book in the DCI Jack Logan series, set in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre, and Stuart Macbride.

©2020 JD Kirk (P)2020 JD Kirk

Narrator: Angus King
Author: JD Kirk
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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Blood Brothers

Summary

When you’re running the streets, loyalty is everything.... Gangs rule the streets of the rough Gallowburn Estate in Glasgow, but the deepest rivalry of all is between Jamie Gray and his friends, known as the Blood Brothers, and their enemies, the Lawsons.  The two gangs clash frequently, but when a phone containing incriminating evidence disappears after a particularly brutal run-in, the stakes are higher than ever.  Jamie’s mother Jackie is as hard as nails and is not going to let anyone hurt her boy - even if she has to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in. What she wants more than anything though, is to see Jamie turn his back on the street life. And when he meets spoilt rich-girl Allegra, who has a penchant for shoplifting, Jackie thinks she could be Jamie’s way out.  But with the Lawsons closing in, and everyone taking sides, there is only one way out for Jamie, and to triumph he must take out his biggest enemy....  If you love Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, and Jessie Keane, you’ll love Heather Atkinson.

©2020 Heather Atkinson (P)2020 Boldwood Books

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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We Germans

1 rating

Summary

A letter from a German soldier to his grandson recounts the terrors of war on the Eastern Front - and a postwar ordinary life in search of atonement in this “impressively realistic” (Antony Beevor) and “haunting” (Financial Times) novel.  In the throes of the Second World War, young Meissner, a college student with dreams of becoming a scientist, is drafted into the German army and sent to the Eastern Front. But soon his regiment collapses in the face of the onslaught of the Red Army, hell-bent on revenge in its race to Berlin. Many decades later, now an old man reckoning with his past, Meissner pens a letter to his grandson explaining his actions, his guilt as a Nazi participator, and the difficulty of life after war. Found among his effects after his death, the letter is at once a thrilling story of adventure and a questing rumination on the moral ambiguity of war. In his years spent fighting the Russians and attempting afterward to survive the Gulag, Meissner recounts a life lived in perseverance and atonement. Wracked with shame - for both himself and for Germany - the grandfather explains his dark rationale, exults in the courage of others, and blurs the boundaries of right and wrong.  We Germans complicates our most steadfast beliefs and seeks to account for the complicity of an entire country in the perpetration of heinous acts. In this breathless and pause-resisting story, Alexander Starritt also presents us with a deft exploration of the moral contradictions inherent in saving one's own life at the cost of the lives of others and asks whether we can ever truly atone.

©2020 Alexander Starritt (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
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The Art of Dying

Summary

Book 3 in the DI Westphall series.

©2019 Douglas Lindsay (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Nala's World

12 ratings

Summary

Discover the heartwarming true story of a life-changing friendship between a man and his rescue cat, Nala, as they adventure together on a bike journey around the world - from the Instagram phenomenon @1bike1world. When 30-year-old Dean Nicholson set off from Scotland to cycle around the world, his aim was to learn as much as he could about our troubled planet. But he hadn't bargained on the lessons he'd learn from his unlikely companion. Three months after leaving home, on a remote road in the mountains between Montenegro and Bosnia, he came across an abandoned kitten. Something about the piercing eyes and plaintive meowing of the bedraggled little cat proved irresistible. He couldn't leave her to her fate, so he put her on his bike and then, with the help of local vets, nursed her back to health. Soon on his travels with the cat he named Nala, they forged an unbreakable bond - both curious, independent, resilient and adventurous.  The video of how they met has had 20 million views and their Instagram has grown to almost 750k followers - and still counting! Experiencing the kindness of strangers, visiting refugee camps, rescuing animals through Europe and Asia, Dean and Nala have already learned that the unexpected can be pretty amazing.  Together with Garry Jenkins, writer with James Bowen of the best-selling A Street Cat Named Bob, Dean shares the extraordinary tale of his and Nala's inspiring and heart-warming adventure together. 

©2020 Dean Nicholson and Garry Jenkins (P)2020 Garry Jenkins

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
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How a Gunman Says Goodbye

Summary

The stunning new novel from the author of The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter How does a gunman retire? Frank MacLeod was the best at what he does. Thoughtful. Efficient. Ruthless. But is he still the best?A new job. A target. But something is about to go horribly wrong. Someone is going to end up dead. Most gunmen say goodbye to the world with a bang. Frank’s still here. He’s lasted longer than he should have... The breathtaking, devastating sequel to lauded debut The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, How a Gunman Says Goodbye will plunge the reader back into the Glasgow underworld, where criminal organisations war for prominence and those caught up in events are tested at every turn. The final book in the Glasgow Trilogy The Sudden Arrival of Violence will follow soon...

©2013 Malcolm Mackay (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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Dear Mr Murray

Summary

Selected and edited by David McClay.  The publishing house of John Murray was founded in Fleet Street in 1768 and remained a family firm over seven generations. Published to coincide with this 'remarkable achievement' and in the anniversary year, Dear Mr Murray is a collection of some of the best letters from the hundreds of thousands held in the John Murray Archive. They reveal not only the story of some of the most interesting and influential books in history but also the remarkable friendships - as well as occasional animosities - between author and publisher as well as readers, editors, printers and illustrators. Despite the incredible number of letters that were retained by the Murray family, some failed to arrive, others were delayed and some barely survived, but longevity added to the reputation and fame of John Murray, and a correspondent in Canada who addressed his letter merely to 'John Murray, The World-wide famous Book & Publishing House, London, England' as early as 1932 could be confident that his letter would arrive. Intended to entertain and inspire, and spanning more than 200 years, Dear Mr Murray is full of literary history and curiosities: from Charles Darwin's response to the negative reviews of On the Origin of Species to Adrian Conan Doyle challenging Harold Nicolson to a duel for insulting his father in the press; from David Livingstone's displeasure at the proposed drawing of a lion to represent his near-death encounter in Missionary Travels to William Makepeace Thackeray apologising for his drunken behaviour; from Byron berating John Murray for being fooled by his girlfriend's forgery of his signature to the poet James Hogg so desperate for money that he claims he won't be able to afford a Christmas goose; and from Jane Austen expressing concern about printing delays to Patrick Leigh Fermor beseeching Jock Murray not to visit him until he'd completed A Time of Gifts. 

©2018 David McClay (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Where the World Ends

Summary

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year "McCaughrean takes the bones of a real event, wraps it in immersive, imaginative detail and thoroughly real emotion, and creates an unforgettable tale of human survival. A masterpiece." - Kirkus Reviews  Winner of the 2018 Carnegie Medal! New from Michael L. Printz Award-winner Geraldine McCaughrean comes an extraordinary story of eight boys stranded on a rock in the middle of the sea, left to fight for their survival. Every time a lad went fowling on the stacs, he came home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is. Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned - cold, starving, and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive such a forsaken place of stone and sea? This is an extraordinary story of fortitude, endurance, tragedy and survival, set against an unforgettable backdrop of savage beauty. A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books "McCaughrean, who won the Printz Award for The White Darkness (2007), slips into the cracks of the human soul, dissecting with compassion the many paths that a person might take when confronted with such a challenge." (Booklist, starred review)

©2019 Geraldine McCaughrean (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
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The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

Summary

It's easy to kill a man. It's hard to kill a man well. A 29-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation but behind this a job offer. The clues are there if you know to look for them. He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organization wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A target: Lewis Winter, a necessary sacrifice that will be only the first step in an all-out war between crime syndicates, the likes of which hasn't been seen for decades. It's easy to kill a man. It's hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. The hard way has consequences.

©2015 Malcolm Mackay (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Song of the Dead

2 ratings

Summary

Book 1 in the DI Westphall series. A dead man walks into a police station. He tells a tale - bizarre as it is grotesque - of kidnap and organ harvesting. John Baden's story of being held prisoner for 12 years sounds far-fetched - but it's all about to get much, much stranger.   DI Ben Westphall has been given the case because of his background in MI6. He also has a knack for getting inside people's heads and seeing things others would miss. Westphall is no ordinary detective, and this is no ordinary case.   When his suspects start dying, Westphall realises someone is killing to cover up the truth. But what exactly is the truth? To find out, he'll have to question everything he's been told, before there's no one left to ask.

©2018 Douglas Lindsay (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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Every Night I Dream of Hell

Summary

Nate Colgan: a violent man; 'smart muscle' for the Jamieson organization. Someone to be afraid of. But now, with its most powerful individuals either dead or behind bars, things within the Jamieson organization are beginning to shift. When Nate, long working on the fringes of the business, is reluctantly appointed its new 'security consultant', he can little imagine how things are about to unravel.... It begins with an execution, a message, and soon the various factions within the organization are sent into chaos. But out of the confusion comes one clear fact: a new group has arrived in Glasgow, and in their quest for power they are prepared to ignite a war. But who is behind the group? And why has the calculating Zara Cope - the mother of Nate's child - suddenly appeared back in town? Meanwhile DI Fisher, buoyed by his recent successes in finally jailing some of the city's most notorious criminals, is prowling on the edges of these latest battles, looking for his chance to strike before all hell breaks loose.... A dark and thrilling Glasgow crime drama from the award-winning author, in Every Night I Dream of Hell Malcolm Mackay takes us deep into a world of violence, fear and double-crossing that grips. Long-listed for the Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year 2016.

©2015 Malcolm Mackay (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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Breakers

Summary

A pulsatingly tense, deeply moving psychological thriller from the number one best-selling Scottish author of Fault Lines. A toxic family...a fight for survival... Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum.   On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt.   With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger’s house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation...unless he drags her down too.   A pulsatingly tense psychological thriller, Breakers is also a breathtakingly brutal, beautiful and deeply moving story of a good kid in the wrong family, from one of Scotland’s finest crime writers.  

©2019 Doug Johnstone (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
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The Night the Rich Men Burned

Summary

There's nothing so terrifying as money.... Two friends, Alex Glass and Oliver Peterkinney, look for work and for escape from their lives spent growing up on Glasgow's most desperate fringes. Soon they will become involved in one of the city's darkest and most dangerous trades. But while one rises quickly up the ranks, the other will fall prey to the industry's addictive lifestyle and ever-spiralling debts. Meanwhile, the three most powerful rivals in the business - Marty Jones, ruthless pimp; Potty Cruickshank, member of the old guard; and Billy Patterson, brutal newcomer - vie for prominence. And now Peterkinney, young and darkly ambitious, is beginning to make himself known.... Before long, violence will spill out onto the streets as those at the top make deadly attempts to outmanoeuvre one another for a bigger share of the spoils. Peterkinney and Glass will find themselves at the very centre of this war, and as the pressure builds both will find their actions - and inactions - coming back to haunt them. But it is those they love who will suffer most.... The incredible standalone novel from the award-winning author of The Glasgow Trilogy. Longlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger for Best Thriller 2015.

©2014 Malcolm Mackay (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
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The Sewing Machine

8 ratings

Summary

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred unpicks the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

©2017 Natalie Fergie (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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Edge of the Grave

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Glasgow, 1932. When the son-in-law of one of the city’s wealthiest shipbuilders is found floating in the River Clyde with his throat cut, it falls to Inspector Jimmy Dreghorn to lead the murder case - despite sharing a troubled history with the victim’s widow, Isla Lockhart.  From the flying fists and flashing blades of Glasgow’s gangland underworld, to the backstabbing upper echelons of government and big business, Dreghorn and his partner ‘Bonnie’ Archie McDaid will have to dig deep into Glasgow society to find out who wanted the man dead, and why.  All the while, a sadistic murderer stalks the post-war city leaving a trail of dead bodies in their wake. As the case deepens, will Dreghorn find the killer - or lose his own life in the process?  Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison is a dark historical crime novel set in Glasgow, 1932. A city still recovering from the Great War, split by religious division and swarming with razor gangs. For fans of William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw, Denise Mina and Philip Kerr. 

©2021 Robbie Morrison (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
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The Sudden Arrival of Violence

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The stunning conclusion to the Glasgow Trilogy from the celebrated author of The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter and How a Gunman Says Goodbye. He's touching the front of his coat, feeling the shape of the gun. Should have got rid of it. On any other night, any other job, he would. This isn't any other job. This, he intends, will be his last... It begins with two deaths: A money-man and a grass. Deaths that offer a unique opportunity to a man like Calum MacLean. A man who has finally had enough of killing. Meanwhile two of Glasgow's biggest criminal organisations are at quiet, deadly war with one another. And as Detective Michael Fisher knows, the biggest - and bloodiest - manoeuvres are yet to come... The stunning conclusion to Malcolm Mackay's lauded Glasgow Trilogy, The Sudden Arrival of Violence will return listeners to the city's underworld: A place of dark motives, dangerous allegiances and inescapable violence...

©2014 Malcolm Mackay (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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Dead Girl Walking

2 ratings

Summary

Famous, beautiful, and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then one day she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything. A call from an old friend offers a chance for redemption--but only if he can find out what happened to Heike. From Berlin to Barcelona, from the streets of Milan to remote Scottish islands, Parlabane must find out what happened before it's too late, all while the walls are closing in...

©2015 Chris Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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Hit and Run

Summary

Driving home from a party with his girlfriend and brother, all of them drunk and high on stolen pills, Billy Blackmore accidentally hits someone in the night. In a panic they all decide to drive off. But the next day, Billy wakes to find he has to cover the story for the local paper. It turns out the dead man was Edinburgh's biggest crime lord, and as Billy struggles with what he's done, he is sucked into a nightmare of guilt, retribution, and violence. From the author of the acclaimed Smokeheads, Hit & Run is another pitch-black psychological thriller. Doug Johnstone is the author of five novels, most recently the acclaimed Gone Again. He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter, and a musician and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh.

©2012 Doug Johnstone (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
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Gone Again

Summary

"It's just to say that no one has come to pick Nathan up from school, and we were wondering if there was a problem of some kind?" As Mark Douglas photographs a pod of whales stranded in the waters off Edinburgh's Portobello Beach, he is called by his son's school: his wife, Lauren, hasn't turned up to collect their son. Calm at first, Mark collects Nathan and takes him home, but as the hours slowly crawl by he increasingly starts to worry. With brilliantly controlled reveals, we learn some of the painful secrets of the couple's shared past, not least that it isn't the first time Lauren has disappeared. And as Mark struggles to care for his son and shield him from the truth of what's going on, the police seem dangerously short of leads. That is until a shocking discovery... Doug Johnstone is the author of four novels, most recently Hit & Run, acclaimed by Ian Rankin as "great slice of noir" and by Irvine Welsh as "a grisly parable for our times". He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter, and a musician and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh.

©2013 Doug Johnstone (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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All the Hidden Truths

1 rating

Summary

A wrenching, gripping, unforgettable debut crime novel for fans of Susie Steiner and Kate Atkinson.  This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed 13 women, then himself. But no one can say why.  The question is one that cries out to be answered - by Ryan's mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families' secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame...the truth seems to vanish.  A stunningly moving novel from an exciting new voice in crime, All Hidden Truths will cause you to question your assumptions about the people you love and reconsider how the world reacts to tragedy. 

©2018 Claire Askew (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Author: Claire Askew
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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Black River

1 rating

Summary

The incredible new novel from Tom Harper, set in one of the most dangerous environments on the planet. Perfect for fans of Dan Brown and The Lost City Of Z. Tom Harper has taken you to the underworld. He's taken you to the Arctic. Now he's taking you to the deadliest jungle on Earth. When Kel MacDonald joins an expedition looking for a legendary lost city in the Peruvian Amazon, he's expecting the adventure of a lifetime. But things are not what they seem. Paramilitaries, drug cartels, and wildcat prospectors all want what the jungle has to offer - while untamed local tribes will fight desperately to protect their way of life. Maps of the region have been doctored. And what exactly happened to the previous expedition, a government vaccination program that went upriver and never returned? Soon the expedition finds the lost city is the least of their troubles. The jungle hides deadly secrets that must be hidden at all costs. And someone in the group wants to make sure they never get out.

©2015 Tom Harper (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

Narrator: Angus King
Author: Tom Harper
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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A Death Most Monumental

3 ratings

Summary

We all have our little secrets. When the remains of a brutally murdered young woman are left hanging from the Glenfinnan Monument in the Highlands of Scotland, DCI Jack Logan and his Major Investigations team are dispatched to investigate. At first, the case appears to be fairly open and shut. But, as evidence mounts, Jack uncovers some shocking truths about the victim that risk turning the investigation into a potentially explosive international incident. With a billionaire baying for his blood, a former FBI agent breathing down his neck, and half the world's press watching his every move, it isn't the murderer that Jack's afraid might be the end of him. It's the stress. And don't get him started on the bloody tourists.... A Death Most Monumental is the eighth book from internationally best-selling author JD Kirk and is perfect for fans of Stuart Macbride, Ian Rankin, Chris Brookmyre, and Val McDermid.

©2020 JD Kirk (P)2020 JD Kirk

Narrator: Angus King
Author: JD Kirk
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter

1 rating

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An arresting, gripping novel of dark relationships and even darker moralities: introducing a remarkable new voice in crime fiction. A 29-year-old man lives alone in his Glasgow flat. The telephone rings; a casual conversation, but behind this a job offer. The clues are there if you know to look for them. He is an expert. A loner. Freelance. Another job is another job, but what if this organisation wants more? A meeting at a club. An offer. A brief. A target: Lewis Winter. It’s hard to kill a man well. People who do it well know this. People who do it badly find out the hard way. The hard way has consequences. An arresting, gripping novel of dark relationships and even darker moralities, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter introduces a remarkable new voice in crime fiction. The second book in the Glasgow Trilogy How A Gunman Says Goodbye will follow soon…

©2013 Malcolm Mackay (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Narrator: Angus King
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Ahead of the Game

Summary

When a body is discovered at a popular Highland landmark, it seems like just another day on the job for DCI Jack Logan and his team.  Except this body is missing a very vital component, and given its location - The Well of Seven Heads - it seems like someone is trying to send a message. But why? And to whom?  With pressure mounting from his superiors, 600 teenagers baying for blood, and the press sniffing around for a scandal, the only chance Jack has of cracking his latest case is if he finds a way to keep the heid, while all around are losing theirs.  Ahead of the Game is the 10th book from best-selling Scottish crime author, JD Kirk, and is perfect for fans of Ian Rankin, Stuart Macbride, and Val McDermid.

©2021 JD Kirk (P)2021 JD Kirk

Narrator: Angus King
Author: JD Kirk
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
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What You Pay For

1 rating

Summary

Thirteen years ago, DI Helen Birch's little brother Charlie disappeared.  Two days ago, Birch was part of a raid on one of Scotland's most feared criminal organisations.  Yesterday, Charlie came back.... Now Birch has a choice: save her career, or save Charlie?  As she interrogates her brother, we see his story, in a brilliantly tense and clever story about what people will do to survive and the lines they'll cross to protect those they love.

©2019 Claire Askew (P)2019 Bonnier Publishing

Author: Claire Askew
Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
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