• The Lewis Man

  • The Lewis Trilogy
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (720 ratings)

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The Lewis Man

By: Peter May
Narrated by: Peter Forbes
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Publisher's Summary

Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times raved: "Peter May is a writer I'd follow to the ends of the earth." Among the many honors received, The Blackhouse, the first novel in May's acclaimed Lewis trilogy, won the Barry and Crime Thriller Hound awards.

In The Lewis Man, the second book of the trilogy, Fin Macleod has returned to the Isle of Lewis, the storm-tossed, wind-scoured outer Hebridean island where he was born and raised. Having left behind his adult life in Edinburgh - including his wife and his career in the police force - the former Detective Inspector is intent on repairing past relationships and restoring his parents' derelict cottage. His plans are interrupted when an unidentified corpse is recovered from a Lewis peat bog. The only clue to its identity is a DNA match to a local farmer, the now-senile Tormod Macdonald - the father of Fin's childhood sweetheart, Marsaili - a man who has claimed throughout his life to be an only child, practically an orphan. Reluctantly drawn into the investigation, Fin uncovers deep family secrets even as he draws closer to the killer who wishes to keep them hidden.

Already an international best-seller and winner of numerous awards, including France's Prix des Lecteurs du Telegramme, The Lewis Man has the lyrical verve of Ian Rankin and the gutsy risk-taking of Benjamin Black. As fascinating and forbidding as the Hebridean landscape, the book (according to The Times) "throbs with past and present passions, jealousies, suspicions and regrets; the emotional secrets of the bleak island are even deeper than its peat bog."

©2014 Peter May (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"May is a masterful story-teller. He skillfully combines pathos and the themes of identity, lost love and family ties to create an exciting, page-turning thriller." (Laura Wurzal, The Irish Examiner)
"In mood and texture, Peter May's novels, set on the Isle of Lewis, are essentially Nordic, and he bears comparison with some of the best writers from those cold desolate climes... the plot throbs with past and present passions, jealousies, suspicions and regrets; the emotional secrets of the bleak island are even deeper than its peat bog." (Marcel Berlins, The Times)
"Spell-binding... the book's a delight: bringing people and place alive in equal measure." (Jim Kelly, ShotsMag)

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What Trilogy???

Where does The Lewis Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my top 5

What other book might you compare The Lewis Man to and why?

Can't think of any quite like it.

Have you listened to any of Peter Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

My first and he is outstanding.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

John and Peter's treatment as children.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed it so very much that before I even finished the book I began for the other two thirds of the Trilogy only to find out they they are not carried by Audible. The Lewis Man is the second in the series and was made available by Audible knowing they did not have the rights to Parts 1 and 3. Who's decision was that? When I went online to 'chat' I was told it was the publisher's fault for not making the other two books available to them but the bottom line is that Audible chose to release the second book only. Go figure. Last I looked a Trilogy was to be read in order and best to be read back to back to back. Now, getting back to my initial comment, EXCELLENT STORY AND NARRATION! Just be fore warned.

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Not a detective story

This book was well-written and well read by the narrator. I wanted so many times to like this book but I just couldn't. This is not a detective story as it turns out. This book was recommended to me based upon my purchase history of many detective stories. This is a story of family and coping with dementia. It reads much like an episode of Downton Abbey and I am not into soap operas. Many like this book but I was looking for something a bit more macho. I know that I am not in the majority but I hope this review is helpful to you.

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Beyond 5 Stars

This is second book in The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May, this book is beyond 5 stars. The narration by Peter Forbes of an elderly alzheimer's patient broke my heart and made me chuckle. Listening to this book was an experience for me and brought back so many memories of my own grandmother who lived with us in her last years.

Mystery, Police Procedure books are my favorite genre and this is well written with a lot of heart. I will be listening to the rest of the series as soon as it is available in the United States...........blasted Geo Restrictions. In the meantime I will listen to what is available by Peter May.

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Outstanding Book! Even better than The Blackhouse

This book is a sequel to The Blackhouse which introduces the characters also in The Lewis Man. Each book has a mystery at its heart but the characters are as important as the plot. Both books are love letters to the Hebrides and Peter May lavishes beautiful writing on the wild landscape. I cared very much about the characters and found them believable. Peter Forbes is a marvelous narrator, equally good with men, women, old, and young characters. His Irish accent (the pathologist) is as authentic as his Scottish one.
An earlier review of The Blackhouse erroneously stated that the recording is abridged; I looked into the question and the recording is actually unabridged.

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Truly an exceptional book.

What did you love best about The Lewis Man?

It is exceedingly rare to find a book this well written. And in this case, similarly so well narrated. May is an exceptional author and storyteller. The plot, the story behind The Lewis Man, is very well developed, with characters you become deeply engaged with in so many ways and at so many different levels. While I was initially caught off balance by the way the book was written in several voices, this itself was mastery by May. In this way, you are drawn deeply and personally into the lives and experiences of the characters; their hopes and disappointments, sorrows and joys. This is a soaring story of people whose lives you feel as if you are seeing, and at times even experiencing. People whose stories you can't help but become emotionally engaged in, and who you will come to care for as if they were your friends and family members. A crazy description? Indeed so. Hyperbole? Hardly. I'm also an author, and like most authors I read / listen to the works of other writers extensively. For me, this is truly a once-in-a-decade novel. Beyond the skill of May as a masterful storyteller, the narration of Peter Forbes carries the reader into the Scottish countryside in a way that can only be experienced by the audio book. I cannot imagine so rich an experience in reading this particular book, as in listening to it. We all seek out those novels that are worth our cherished reading / listening time. I sincerely hope you will choose to experience The Lewis Man. It is a jewel; a wonderfully rare find. Experience it.

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I would never, never recommend this book

Peter May is a superb writer. Peter Forbes is a superb narrator. That being said, I'm returning this book after 5.09.33 hours. I can't take any more. Not one single good thing has happened since page one. It's been a steady onslaught of depression, dementia, divorce, accidental pregnancies, accidental deaths, betrayals, and hopelessness. One of the protagonists, is now shipboard with his brother and a friend (who is a girl and has already been raped by a Catholic priest during their journey). Orphans all, the hints have been BROAD that they are bound for hell on earth, having been sold down the river by their (Catholic) church. I know human beings have endured lives like these, but I read for the sake of entertainment, not to be reminded of man's inhumanity to man. It's going back.

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Wonderful Narration

The characters, plot and language are thoroughly engrossing, but it is the wonderful narration that makes the listening experience memorable.

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Intriguing Story and Setting, Fabulous Narration

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Set in the remote isles of Scotland, this story brilliantly interweaves the past into the present by having the past told through the memory of a man stricken with dementia. Fin Mcleod has returned to his roots, having retired from the Edinburgh police, only to be faced with solving the mystery of a body found in a peat bog. The characters are well drawn, there's poignancy in the old man's tragic childhood, the pace is perfect, and the ending has some surprises. All in all, it was a compelling story--and the outstanding narration could not be better--wonderful accents appropriate to each character.

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A very good book

May drags you through the ringer and squeezes most of the emotion out of you before he releases you to a shocking and uplifting conclusion. This is a well crafted novel rich in history with a mystery as a subtext. The characters are extremely real with texture one can feel. The narrative is a treat and completely engrossing. Well written with a performance to match. A rewarding read. Mike

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Eh...

I was excited to listen to this book and it starts off interestingly enough. Unfortunately, it drags at several points and "the mystery" is easy to figure out and the ending had me rolling my eyes. While this is a series, I don't care enough about anyone in the story to read the next book. However, the narrator was great.

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