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A New Lease of Death Audiobook

A New Lease of Death: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Wexford had every reason to remember the Painter case - it was the first murder he'd ever handled on his own. There had been no doubts about the case, until now. Someone wants the case reopened, and they want Wexford proved wrong.

©1994 Ruth Rendell; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Susan MilanoItaly 24/08/2009
    Susan MilanoItaly 24/08/2009 Member Since 2015
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    "Unmistakable Ruth Rendell"

    One of her best - the caracters are beautifully drawn and as the story unfolds it continually holds surprises and twists due to human nature - I thoroughly enjoyed it as I did the voice of Nigel Anthony.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. Myers 11/10/2013
    G. Myers 11/10/2013 Member Since 2015

    A modest genius & all round good bloke!

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    "Long winded and very dreary"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is the second chief inspector Wexford book I have purchased, and it may well be my last I spend valuable credits upon.
    Quite how Ruth Rendell got such a huge following is almost beyond me, her takes are drawn out and overly fussy without the ability to create (in me at least) any kind of enthusiasm for the characters.
    I am afraid the best I can say of this book is it is slow & dreary i am seeking to return it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    melissa 24/11/2015
    melissa 24/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    I normally love her books but found this story a bit tedious. Good narrator though.

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    GR 25/07/2015
    GR 25/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "not enough Wexford"

    Despite being a Wexford mystery, there was very little Wexford in it. The main character was not very likeable. and didn't improve as the story progressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 24/07/2015
    Judith 24/07/2015

    I am an avid multi tasker, I love to listen as I walk, ride, clean... Mostly love crime novels but have an occasional foray into other genre

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    "A sound Wexfotd novel"

    This is a very early Wexford novel which stands the test of time. As usual the narrator is excellent at bringing all the characters to life.

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    Mrs F. 04/06/2015
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    "Not the best"

    Wish I had taken notice of other reviewers. I didn't like this book, Inspector Wexford very much in the background and I figured out how the plot was resolved before the end. Shame really as I very much enjoy Ruth Rendell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Nicole
    Flemington, Australia
    09/07/12
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    "A New Lease of Death"

    I enjoyed this one much more than the first Wexford book: it's like Ruth Rendell is getting into her stride, the characters are well painted and the story satisfyingly complex. Nigel Anthony does a good job bringing it to life too: I could almost see the house where the murder took place.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mara
    EUREKA, CA, United States
    26/12/11
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    "Great Wexford"

    I love Wexford and Burden. I haven't finished all of the story but I know it will be great. So far I am liking it.

    I am listening to the series from the beginning. This my second Wexford. Over the years I have gotten either a cassette or CD and listened to the series out of order, but I still like the stories.

    I have something to look forward to my train and bus trip home.

    Mara Pemberton

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    BOERNE, TX, United States
    05/04/15
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    "Great story - I was engrossed!"

    Police politics, intricate mystery, well drawn characters, great narrator - an excellent listen!
    How do so many amazing mystery stories come from one person's mind?

    My only criticism of Ruth Rendell's books as audiobooks is they are too short. This is fine if I read them in print because I have limited time for reading, but I have lots of time for listening!

    One of the few writers I choose to read AND listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Homestead, FL, United States
    25/03/13
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    "Delicate and Deadly Characterization"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A New Lease of Death to be better than the print version?

    Often, audio doesn't compare to print. But this is quite excellent.


    What other book might you compare A New Lease of Death to and why?

    This book is in line with Rendell's other Wexford novels, because her characterization, especially of younger people, is well developed. That is to say, she masters all aspects of human nature. She illustrates that the "formative years" really form the individual.


    What does Nigel Anthony bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings refined poise to the work. It is a joy to listen to him.


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

    At times, the end of a Rendell novel is brutal, but I enjoyed the end of this novel.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable experience!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • InfoGirl
    COLLINSVILLE, IL USA
    11/08/16
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    "another great wexford"

    enough twists,and turns to keep you guessing till the end. love ruth rendell, her wexford and all the stand alones. this narrator is very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. K.
    Tennessee
    25/07/15
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    "Clergyman's Dilemma; Solid Storytelling"

    Interesting, if a little dated story: Or is it? Clergyman is concerned because his son wants to marry the daughter of an executed murderer. The degree to which this is such a deal breaker was amazing to me. Thinking this is more of a cultural issue. In the U.S., this would be stored up as ammunition for use at a later point. Unless, the offspring foamed at the mouth or displayed signs of violent behavior no one would care very much. The mysteries surrounding the executed man keep the story moving and the resolution is sound. However, you really need to be invested in the clergyman's dilemma to fully appreciate this one. Wexford is a marginal character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lesley
    13/11/15
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    "Dissapointed"

    I was bored from beginning to end, story weak hard to pay attention to,
    Very Dissapointed

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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