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Footsteps in the Dark Audiobook

Footsteps in the Dark

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Publisher's Summary

Locals claim it is haunted and refuse to put a single toe past the front door, but to siblings Peter, Celia, and Margaret, the Priory is nothing more than a rundown estate inherited from their late uncle, and the perfect setting for a much-needed holiday.

But when a murder victim is discovered in the drafty Priory halls, the once unconcerned trio begins to fear that the ghostly rumours are true and they are not alone after all! With a killer on the loose, will they find themselves the next victims of a supernatural predator, or will they uncover a far more corporeal culprit?

©1932 Georgette Rougier (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Rarely have we seen humour and mystery so perfectly blended." (The New York Times)

"Bright and effervescent." (The Times Literary Supplement)

"Georgette Heyer is second to none in her ability to make detective stories entertaining. Praise for the author." (Sunday Times)

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    Jill 03/08/2014
    Jill 03/08/2014 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great book ruined by terrible reading!"
    What didn’t you like about Ulli Birvé’s performance?

    Terrible English accent - all over the place! This reader's style is hopelessly distracting, making it almost impossible to concentrate on the story.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tab uk 30/07/2014
    Tab uk 30/07/2014 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, grating narrator"

    Enjoyably tongue in cheek mystery from Georgette Heyer (dare I hope her other mysteries may eventually be released?), mildly spoiled by poor narration - a faint Australian twang, and a scattering of mispronunciations (so far we've had host-ellery instead of hostelry, and deh-sultry instead of desultory.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa ST NEOTS, United Kingdom 21/09/2014
    Melissa ST NEOTS, United Kingdom 21/09/2014 Member Since 2013

    I have always loved to read, mainly classic detective stories, and audible allows me to 'read' whilst I'm cooking dinner 😀

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    "Highly enjoyable story spoiled by narration"
    What did you like best about Footsteps in the Dark? What did you like least?

    I most enjoyed the overtones of sardonic humour running through the story - I least enjoyed the rambling of the artist Duval, and the rather pedantic pace of the narration


    What other book might you compare Footsteps in the Dark to, and why?

    Death in the stocks, also by georgette heyer, because of the balance of humour with some dramatic tension in places


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ulli Birvé’s performances?

    I would rather not


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Mason Auckland, - New Zealand 27/10/2016
    Sheryl Mason Auckland, - New Zealand 27/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my favourites"

    To those of you (and you're mostly UK) who found the narrator irritating, I can only say that I'd like to see you do a better job.

    I loved this story and found that the narration was part of that magic. It was one I'd missed during my Heyer book days and I was delighted to find it.

    Georgette Heyer was fond of adding romance to her mysteries and this is no exception.

    Yes, there are a few mispronounciations but few of us are perfect and dialects vary (example: the American pronounciation of the letter Z and the English one). It happens.

    I expect I'm one of the few who gave this book 5 stars across the board but then my tastes probably vary from most.

    And yes, my descent IS English.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emilia London, United Kingdom 29/11/2014
    Emilia London, United Kingdom 29/11/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable mystery, shame about the narrator"

    I really enjoyed this story but found the narrator very strange. Thinking that maybe I was being overly fussy I had a look at other reviews of this audiobook and it turns out I'm not the only one. The narrator's attempts to disguise her Australian accent with an RP one made some passages quite stilted and her native vowels shine through anyway. Her pronunciation of some English words is very strange and her pronunciation of French words is wrong and inconsistent.

    What a shame since this is a great Georgette Heyer mystery and it seems the same narrator has been chosen for the others too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan southampton, United Kingdom 19/11/2014
    Susan southampton, United Kingdom 19/11/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "great mystery stories by Georgette Heyer"
    If you could sum up Footsteps in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, mysterious, fun.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration is good but sometimes slightly off key as you can occasionally hear an Aussie accent in there and it can sound a bit strained and ponderous. Mostly good though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs S United Kingdom 05/08/2014
    Mrs S United Kingdom 05/08/2014 Member Since 2011

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    "Another golden oldie long awaited"
    Where does Footsteps in the Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not easy to answer this one. I tend to rate books as to whether they go on the play again shelf. This one definitely rates that distinction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think, Charles. He seemed to have a handle on the situation and then lost the plot.


    Have you listened to any of Ulli Birvé’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No - I took time to listen as I had waited for this title for a long time. The voice did not gel at first but it was not unpleasant. As mentioned, it rates a second playing at a later date.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did raise a chuckle in parts as it was so predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Patricia
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    11/08/14
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    "Entertaining mystery from the great Georgette"
    Any additional comments?

    Unlike some other reviewers, I think the narrator did a very fine job. I enjoyed her reading, characterizations, and she has a lovely voice. Having read the book already, I knew the plot, but nevertheless I was kept engaged by the wonderful dialogue.Thank goodness Heyer's mysteries are being made available in unabridged audiobooks!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Becky Price
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    28/01/15
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    "A Fun Story!"

    The story was incredibly fun with ancient houses, secret passages, and interesting characters. Ulli Birve did a fine job with the narration. After I listened to Why Shoot a Butler, I was reluctant to listen to Ulli Birve narrarate another Georgette Heyer novel. But the last two novels I have listened to with Birve as narrator have been very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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