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  • A Dark-Adapted Eye

  • By: Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Like most families, they had their secrets...and they hid them under a genteelly respectable veneer. No onlooker would guess that prim Vera Hillyard and her beautiful, adored younger sister, Eden, were locked in a dark and bitter combat over one of those secrets. England in the '50s was not kind to women who erred, so they had to use every means necessary to keep the truth hidden behind closed doors - even murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling exposure of a family’s secrets

  • By Kirstine on 06-07-15

Tedious at beginning

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-17

Tedious in the first few chapters where there were too many non essential characters. The book improved however with excellent characterisation of the main protagonists. Quite gripping in the last third of the book. Not Vine's best.

  • Asta's Book

  • By: Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

It is 1905. Asta and her husband, Rasmus, have come to East London from Denmark with their two little boys. With Rasmus constantly away on business, Asta keeps loneliness and isolation at bay by writing a diary. These diaries, published over 70 years later, reveal themselves to be more than a mere journal. For they seem to hold the key to an unsolved murder and to the mystery of a missing child. It falls to Asta's granddaughter, Ann, to unearth the buried secrets of nearly a century before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing Story

  • By Carrie on 22-11-10

Unputdownable!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Beautifully read by Harriet Walter, this book takes you on a journey lasting almost a century . Walter's reading of the diary entries is exquisite. Highly recommend

  • The Chimney Sweeper's Boy

  • By: Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by: Frances Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

The obituaries for Gerald Candless were respectful. He had been, after all, an admired and popular writer, and his sudden death at his home in Devon was a loss to literature as well as to his family and friends. The trouble was, as his daughter Sarah soon discovered, that it seemed that her father had taken on a different identity that he wasn't Gerald Candless at all. But if he wasn't Gerald Candless, who was he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost the plot at the end but a great listen

  • By S. K. Doughty on 01-02-10

Brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-17

This must be one of the best books i have ever read of listened to. Frances Barber's narration is delightful and very well suited to the 'story'. Highly recommend this book for its excellent characteristics too.r

  • The Birthday Present

  • By: Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by: Ruth Sillers, Paul Blake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Ivor Tesham is a handsome, single, young Member of Parliament whose political star is on the rise. When he meets a woman in a chance encounter–a beautiful, married woman named Hebe–the two become lovers, obsessed with their illicit and adventurous trysts. But when Ivor plans for a surprise daring sexual adventure as a birthday present for Hebe, things take a disastrous turn it's late spring of 1990 and a love affair is flourishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing

  • By Jill on 20-06-09

Intriguing read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

I really enjoyed this book. I particularly liked the way in which Vine narrated the story using one of the protagonists and a family member of the other. Highly recommend.

  • The Girl Next Door

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108

In the waning months of the Second World War, a group of children discover an earthen tunnel in their neighbourhood outside London. Throughout the summer of 1944 – until one father forbids it – the subterranean space becomes their 'secret garden', where the friends play games and tell stories. Six decades later, beneath a house on the same land, construction workers uncover a tin box containing two skeletal hands, one male and one female.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More about relationships than a crime novel

  • By Kirstine on 29-08-14

Tedious at beginning

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-09-17

Rather tiedious n the first few chapters but improved later on. Very well read by Rid Jerrom

  • The Rottweiler

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

The first girl had a bite mark on her neck, but they traced the DNA to her boyfriend. But the tabloids got hold of the story and called the killer 'The Rottweiler' and the name stuck. The latest murder takes place very near Inez Ferry's antique shop in Marylebone. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in the shop, suddenly, everyone Inez knows is a suspect, and the killer feels all too close.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rottweiler

  • By Susan Random on 28-02-16

.gripping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-17

The usual mix of odd balls and sane characters, Rendell provides a compelling story right to the end

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