J.S. Law says The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a must-listen.
Debut novelist J.S. Law, author of Tenacity and audiobook addict, reveals his 10 top crime novels to listen to on the move...
Itried to read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and couldn’t get past the very long opening chapter. I turned to the audiobook and the narrator, Saul Reichlin, brought the tale of Lisbeth Salander to life, breathing pace into this twisty tale and, frankly, by the end of the trilogy, I was left bereft and at a loss to find another audiobook to match it.
This type of captivation, where you find yourself sitting in your car waiting for a chapter to finish, is a fantastic experience and seldom have author and narrator bonded as in The Beauty
Of Murder by A. K. Benedict. Narrator Nick Rawlinson draws the reader along the path of Stephen Killigan’s adventures through time, and the resultant audiobook will remain one of my top ten of all time.
I’m generally not a fan of authors reading their own books. However,
Laidlaw by William Mcilvanney (read by the same) is the first in the series of Glasgow detective Jack Laidlaw and was delivered to perfection by the man who understood the story and the location better than any other. This is a must-listen.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was a phenomenal bestseller, and the audiobook doesn’t disappoint. Julia Whelan, who reads Amy, and Kirby
Heyborne, the voice of Nick, both brilliantly capture the souls of their characters. Some will say it isn’t the best of Gillian Flynn’s books, but it is by far the best audiobook in her offering.
I stumbled upon the creepy and atmospheric A Pleasure And A Calling by Phil Hogan, an excellent find. Leighton Pugh delivers a master class in the telling of Mr Heming’s story, the man who sold you your house and, all these years later, still has the key… The Necessary Death Of Lewis
Winter by Malcolm Mackay, read by Angus King, follows the story of a freelance Glasgow gunman as he executes a hit. From the cast list and character description that open the book to the gunman’s thought processes, it remains a top 10 for me.
There are some classics that shine in any medium and the story of Patrick Bateman is one. Nick Landrum nails Bateman’s descent into madness in American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis and it’s an audiobook I’ve gone back to time and again.
I could have picked any of Val Mcdermid’s Tony Hill series, but it’s
The Wire In The Blood – which spawned the eponymous hit television series – that stands out as The One. Saul Reichlen (again) delivers an outstanding performance, as Hill and his colleague, Carol Jordan, try to discover what links the disappearances of women from around the country.
Another from television is David Hewson’s novelisation of the hit series, The Killing, read by Christian Rodska. It’s long, and it’s detailed, but the delivery makes it an effortless listen as Sarah Lund tries to find out who killed Nanna Birk Larsen.
My final must-listen audiobook is one that chills me every time I hear it. The opening scene for A Time
To Kill by John Grisham, read by Michael Beck, is one of the most shocking and heart-breaking I’ve heard. The trial of Carl Lee Hailey for the murder of the two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter is charged with racism and hatred, making for one of the most compelling audiobooks of all time.
“The audiobook breathes pace into Stieg Larsson’s twisty tale”
J.S. Law is the author of Tenacity (Headline). He will be appearing at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, on Val Mcdermid’s New Blood panel.