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  • One Across, Two Down

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Nicky Henson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (627 ratings)

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One Across, Two Down

By: Ruth Rendell
Narrated by: Nicky Henson
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Summary

There are only two things in life that interest Stanley: solving crossword puzzles, and getting his hands on his mother-in-law’s money. For 20 years, the puzzles have been his only pleasure, the money his only dream. It has never occurred to Stanley that his mother-in-law would try to outsmart him and the money would never be his. Until now.

It is only now that Stanley, so clever at misleading double meanings and devious clues, decides to construct a puzzle of his own - and so give death a helping hand.

©1971 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A gripping story


This is one of those books where the central character, Stanley, is so villainous that one keeps hoping he will get his comeuppance. In this story the son-in-law is the scoundrel who bullies his meek wife whom he married in the hope of eventually getting her inheritance. A series of bungling catastrophes makes for a gripping listen as Stanley tries to cover up what he has done.
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Enjoyable.

A very enjoyable 'read'. Set many years ago, you got a feel of the times aswell as the storyline. Nick Hensen was a superb narrator.

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Excellent again.

Good storyline, very well narrated. Kept my interest to the end. Never tire of Ruth rendell.

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A nice easy listen

Not the most thrilling of story lines, but a perfectly acceptable background audio book. Loved Nicky Henson’s narration though.

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Surprisingly good

When I first started listening I thought it sounded plodding and dated. But the reader’s voice is mesmerising and I carried on listening. After a short while the story pulled me in. The narration is quietly compelling and matches the story well. It is as though he reads it for me personally. The story has a number of turns and twists, each logical and curious, keeping me interested. Nothing fancy: just a good story well told.

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Not so good

This book really wasn't that great it has some good bits but overall I found it quite boring

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True Ruth Rendell 🧡

Narration is excellent and the tawdry tale makes you shout out loud. Poor old V. Most enjoyable.

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Excellent

An excellent story with a fantastic narrator who really brought the story and characters to life. Highly recommend

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Not my cup of tea

I found the plot to be extremely boring. Enjoyed the date it's set in as it gives you an idea of how it was 'back in the day'. I just found the story to be slow and predictable.

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Finally :)

I loved this book. It caught me from the start, and that is a rare thing. It build up nicely, without too many surpices but still catching. The narrator did a very good job, at least for me who is not native to English, and this helped keeping it interesting to listen.

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