• Strange Loyalties

  • Laidlaw Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: William McIlvanney
  • Narrated by: Mark Bonnar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • 3.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When his brother dies stepping out in front of a car, Detective Jack Laidlaw is determined to find out what really happened. 

With corrosive wit, Laidlaw relates an emotional quest through Glasgow's underworld, and into the past. He discovers as much about himself as the loved brother he has lost in a search that leads to a shattering climax.

©2019 William McIlvanney (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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  • Robert E.
  • 01-22-20

Brilliant

A truly gripping story heart wrenchingly honest and written so beautifully and poetically that you want to stop listening regularly just to absorb the intensity and density of imagery within the writing. Some might describe it as grim and depressing, relieved only by the pepperings of dark Glaswegian humour, there were times when I felt this was the case but on reflection and having completed the book I understand the profound messages it conveys about our human state. I feel a better person for having read it.
The narration was perfect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-22

Gloomy Scottish Introspection

Disappointing given McIllveneys high standards. This is a dull listen. Detective wanders around suburbia in gloomy fatalistic introspection not much happens

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-13-22

Excellently written and narrated

This audiobook was my introduction to the great William MacIllvanney. He takes description of a thought , person or scene beyond adjectives. Mark Bonnar was the perfect narrator and I wish he had been chosen to narrate all of his books.

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  • YellowDeeBee
  • 04-30-22

Pacy and dark - expertly told by Mark Bonnar

An original telling of a familiar story. The hard but poetic darkness of Laidlaw perfectly complimented by Mark Bonnar’s narration. And no distracting voices and accents hooray!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-19-22

Good story, experience could have been better.

Jack is undoubtedly v well meaning and one of ‘Jock Tamson’s bairns’, but even before the final revelation, perhaps somewhat over obsessed and self indulgent. The narration was fine but the enunciation was a little too English at times. No offence, just didn’t suit all the characters.

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  • Paul Manson
  • 04-01-22

Excellent book and Narration

Mark Bonnar’s performance is top drawer!

Classic McIlvanney exploring the human condition. Sad that this is the last Laidlaw book!

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  • Alistair Stobie
  • 12-03-21

The Least Good

So unrelentingly dark. It felt like a 8 hour conversation with the a morose drunk.

As, ever brilliantly narrated. I preferred the previous books, leavened with some Glasgow wit

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  • Mr M Durkin
  • 10-05-21

Enjoyable end to the trilogy

The third part of the trilogy is a different fish, as Laidlaw investigates (unofficially) the death of his brother, which may or may not, have been suicide. Or were the usual cast of thugs and thieves responsible?

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  • Brian
  • 10-17-19

Typical McIlvanney

Laced with very descriptive and thought provoking language throughout all very philosophical in nature and with its roots in a hard working Scottish heritage. This was a tad morose and fairly slow to start but nonetheless engaging for that.

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  • Peter b
  • 11-21-19

Churchill Ian language

Found it hard to follow dialogue at times but his wielding of the full force of the English language kept me listening and riveted. I forget actual wording but he described a large apartment block as industrial in which melancholy or despair was manufactured in bulk. Worth listening to the entire work again