Oh the serendipitous nature of blogging!
It has only now come to my attention that crime author Ian Rankin’s site provides audio extracts (AmE: excerpts) from nine of his Inspector Rebus novels. If you click here, eg, you will be taken to a two minutes or so snippet (in Macromedia Flash format) of Black & Blue, read in a most beautiful Scottish accent. I’m going to listen to all of them again and again until I understan’ each and every word. (I’m still having problems with three or four bits, but I won’t get the books out and cheat.)