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River of Destiny

Narrated by: Gina Peach
Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Summary

From the best-selling author of Time’s Legacy and Lady of Hay comes her thrilling new novel River of Destiny.

On the banks of the River Deben in Suffolk lies a set of barns dating back to the Anglo Saxons. Within their walls, secrets have been buried deeply. Zoe and Ken have just moved into one of the barns, ready to start a new life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To the outside world they seem like an ordinary couple, but underneath they are growing more distant by the day. And when Zoe becomes close to local recluse, Leo, she finds her attraction to him undeniable.

Whilst farmers are ploughing the land surrounding the barns, sets of human bones are found and when the police arrive it becomes clear that the bones are much older than first suspected…. From an ancient burial ground to a Victorian murder, Erskine will have you gripped to her every word as the mystery unfolds.

©2012 Barbara Erskine (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Spoiled by the narrator

I love Barbara Eskine and had been waiting for this for a while, but i so wish i had bought the written version. The story is excellent but this narrator ran one section into another - barely drawing breath and when you are changing time zones you really need at least a short pause in between. Often taken by surprise by scene and character changes because of this, then taking a few seconds to get back on course with the story , sometimes winding back to clarify at which point the change had happened. Reading was flat and boring. Such a shame because as always Barbara Erskine has written an excellent tale.

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Over zealous editing.

I’ve no problem with the storyline jumping around, but the editing was so tight that it often seemed to jump from present day to Anglo Saxon times within a sentence!

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Barbara Erskine at her best

I love the mix of real and ghostly in Barbara Erskines books. This keeps you on your toes.

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Shame about the reader

This would have been a good book but it was spoiled by the reader as all the voices were the same.

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Another Great listen

Loved this story, i couldn’t stop listening . The narration is easy to listen to and matches the story perfectly.
This book is beautiful written and i was gripped by the stories from the different time periods and how they all twisted together to make an exciting tale . I can highly recommend this book

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Ms Erskine never disappoints

Not read / listened to Barbara Erskine for a while, I forgot how good she was... Loved the three stories that all entwined, the characters and the narrator... definitely worth a few hours of happy escapism...

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iver of Destiny<br />

A good story plot though found at times the time shift slightly confusing would recommeand

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An enjoyable book, with lots of intertwined level

It has been many years since I had read a Barbara Erskine's book, really did not want to switch it off, so many twists and turns, through different events in time. I look forward to hearing more of these types of stories

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Predictable and boring and over-long

What would have made River of Destiny better?

A more animated reader and cutting the story by half

What was most disappointing about Barbara Erskine’s story?

The characters were all one-dimensional; it was very difficult to emphasize with any of them; the story was predictable;

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes - slow and steady. There would have been an improvement if the narrator had hesitated for a moment between time zones - moving straight from the present day to Viking or Victorian times was a little confusing.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. None of the characters had anything to recommend them: no sense of guilt amongst the married couples being unfaithful, cliched badly behaved children and unsympathetic parents and the obligatory loony middle-aged woman. Appalling

Any additional comments?

I have read Barbara Erskine novels in the past and enjoyed them; this was the worst one I've listened to and it will be the last.

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Wonderful

Hooked from the start. The plot was addictive and the characters well drawn. So glad that the ending ended hopefully

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  • Sharon
  • 11-02-13

Romantic Entertainment With Suspense

Where does River of Destiny rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The audiobook is an interesting and entertaining experience ... Although engaging, the book does not provoke deeper thoughts or lasting impression... It is, however, amongst the most entertaining books I have listened to so far.

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

The Book isn't as good as The Lady of Hay but is similarly structured.

Which character – as performed by Gina Peach – was your favorite?

I didn't really have a favourite, but I found Gina conveyed a variety of characters very effectively.

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

No, it just was good entertainment.

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