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River of Darkness Audiobook

River of Darkness

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Publisher's Summary

In 1921, the bloodied bodies of Colonel Fletcher, his wife and two staff are found in a manor house in Surrey. The police have put the murders down to a violent robbery, but Detective Inspector Madden from Scotland Yard has his own suspicions. In the meantime the killer is plotting his second strike.

©1999 Rennie Airth (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Amazon Customer David Hand Cornwall England 11/04/2011
    Amazon Customer David Hand Cornwall England 11/04/2011 Listener Since 2008
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    "River of Darkness"

    This story is first class and should be rated as one of the best thrillers ever produced. I am a walker and listen to the storys as I walk, but I found myself rooted to the ground due to the sheer suspense, this book had you twisting from one spot to another. For the first time in the whole of my life (and I am no chicken), I found tears in my eyes. Its a book you will never forget and that is what a good book should do.I must make a mention of the reader he is so good that you think you are there with him, and the many characters are treated to their own accents.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Davies 22/04/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Easy"

    This is an 'easy' listen. For me, there was no 'rewinding'; the story flowed easily and the characters were memorable. I enjoyed the historical setting and the reading. Good, good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, United Kingdom 16/11/2014
    Roberta Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, United Kingdom 16/11/2014 Member Since 2008

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    "Evocative and Spellbinding"

    Wonderfully engrossing tale remininscent of Barbara Cleverly's atmospheric crime stories expertly narrated by Christopher Kay. So moving a memoir of the terrible loss to humanity of the generation of first world war victims of that madness in an entirely accessible account from a small scale perspective. Beautifully written. I can't wait to read more from this talented author. Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zed Bay 20/03/2017
    Zed Bay 20/03/2017
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    "Disappointing"

    I bought this on the strength of other highly positive reviews. Sadly I was not gripped by this book at all. My husband thought it might make a better film than book. The characters were numerous but flimsy and somewhat stereotyped, the sex was exceptionally explicit in a what-bit-goes-where Sex for Dummies kind of way. The final denouement, after you think the story is wrapped up, was quite exciting, but very bloody and violent. Just not a very crisp, tightly structured or intriguing book. I never really cared enough about what might happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MAGGS Port Talbot 09/11/2016
    MAGGS Port Talbot 09/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "River of Darkness - good old fashioned classic detective read"

    River of Darkness - good old fashioned classic detective read
    Narrator Christopher Kay would have got 4 stars but detective madden seemed to pronounced madam.
    Good classic detective book could be a bit slow for some listeners
    and storyline was a bit dark but I enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Nancy J
    Tornado Alley OK
    27/06/12
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    "New Mystery Written in 1920's Style-What A Thrill!"

    Mysteries written in the 20s or 30s -- or set in the 20s or 30s -- are some of my favorites. Rennie Airth has written a wonderful story, evocative of post WWI era, but introducing modern elements, like a serial killer with psychological problems. The characters are well-drawn, the plot keeps you interested, and a little love story is thrown in for added enjoyment. Christopher Kay does an excellent job narrating, making vaious regional British accents sound believable (at least to an American!) and still making them understandable.

    I will definitely be looking for more from Airth.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Marie
    ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
    05/01/15
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    "Exceptional Story"

    This book kept me up all night listening. While seemingly a story of gratuitous murder, River of Darkness also explores the theme of how a person's psyche long after a war is over. War, in fact, is never over for some. Airth skillfully weaves together a police investigation, a love story, and a killer's narrative. I highly recommend this book. The narrator was excellent and his regional accents sounded authentic, at least to my untrained ear.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Cynthia
    Nanaimo, BC, Canada
    15/08/13
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    "Story could lose the romance."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like romances with a bit of detective work thrown in you would probably enjoy this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rennie Airth again?

    No.


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

    First time, he was adequate.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I though it was trying to ride the fence between romance and mystery/war in order to interest a broader audience. Failed.


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Flavius
    Morro Bay, CA, United States
    28/06/13
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    "This Mystery Does Not Sacrifice Story"

    River of Darkness exceeded my expectations. I thought I was buying a detective yarn, where a brilliant detective would be paired against a wily and diabolical killer, chasing clue after clue until finally piecing together the mystery. And make no mistake, those elements are strong throughout the book, but at the same time, RoD offers quite a bit more.

    Like all the best stories, this is really about living people, not murders. This is somewhat ironic, given that when we first meet him, the protagonist is a man in many respects already dead. Set just a few years after WWI, the echoes of that terrible conflict are still very much present in the world of "River." It seems to stain combatants and non-combatants alike, men and women both.

    Despite the grisly subject matter and the sense of ennui that seems to surround so many of the characters when we first meet them, this is ultimately a positive, redemptive book.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Julia McLaughlin
    22/12/14
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    "A Delightful New Series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely yes! I would recommend it for anyone who loves mysteries, complex characters, and a powerful story.


    What other book might you compare River of Darkness to and why?

    I love mysteries and suspenseful books like Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Charles Todd, and Louise Penny, but have read all of those. This was an amazing find and I wish there were more in Airth's series!


    What about Christopher Kay’s performance did you like?

    I thought it was varied and that he captured a great range of emotion throughout the book, especially for some of the darker moments.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I broke it up since I'm in grad school but it became harder and harder to turn it off!!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful mystery and anyone who likes Agatha Christie, Charles Todd, or Louise Penny will love this new series and the depth of these captivating characters. I also hope that Audible makes the 2nd and 3rd books in the series quickly, since only the 1st and 4th have been recorded so far!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zachary
    11/05/15
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    "Pleasant and Familiar"

    A nice if formulaic historical serial killer mystery. Unlike many mysteries, the question isn't whodunnit, but rather when will he be caught and why does he do it? It's an interesting enough premise that suffers a bit with the length of the novel. The perspective shifts between characters occasionally at chapter breaks which was a bit disorienting to listen to. However, the narrator has a pleasantly dry British reading that made it easy to let the story ramble on. Perhaps one of the more unnecessary plot aspects is a tacked on romance between one of the main characters and the village doctor. Not enough time is given to the relationship to let it develop enough that I felt invested. The doctor, while an important character early in the novel, fades out of the plot in the second and third parts, which further derails the attempt at a romantic subplot.

    That being said, I did enjoy the book and am interested in reading more of the authors work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • carol m. yates
    leonard, MI United States
    20/03/15
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    "characters, story and narrator ❤"

    Ronnie Airth. is such a good story teller. the character development is so complete for me and combined with Christopher Key as narrator. makes this one I listen too. over and over.
    traveling so much for work. this is lime my bed time story.

    I would recommend this audio. I wish Mr Airth had his other books in audio format. with Mr Key.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beverly
    Goleta, California 93117
    14/01/11
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    "More Please!"

    Great book for this genre. I would love to see more of Rennie Airth's work if available.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Blair Kellner
    FORT WORTH, TX, US
    13/03/17
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    "my review"

    it's a little bit hard to get into other once you do it's a good story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    16/02/17
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    "Complex tale, convincing period detail"
    Would you consider the audio edition of River of Darkness to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    See headline!


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

    I have not, but I liked his voice and think he did an excellent and consistent job of narrating the different characters and their accents.


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

    It was gripping, and had some difficult (ie gory) detail, but not gratuitously so.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the others of the series were available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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