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The Burning Air

Narrated by: Candida Gubbins
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)
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Summary

Of course it was love for my children, love for my son that caused me to act as I did. It was a lapse of judgment. If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late....

The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year everything is different. Lydia, the matriarch, is dead; Sophie, the eldest daughter, is desperately trying to repair a crumbling marriage; and Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a girlfriend with him for the first time. The girl, Kerry, seems odd in a way nobody can quite put their finger on - but when they leave her looking after Sophie's baby daughter, and return to find both Kerry and the baby gone, they are forced to ask themselves if they have allowed a cuckoo into their nest....

©2013 Erin Kelly (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • MRS
  • Pego, Spain
  • 30-10-13

A gripping tale

If you could sum up The Burning Air in three words, what would they be?

Good plot and believable characters

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Burning Air?

This story was full of surprises and twists and turns. The final undeniable "madness" of Darcy in his quest for revenge against the Mc Bride family was awesome.

What does Candida Gubbins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brilliant interpretation of the characters of which there were quite a few and a seamless move between the characters every time. Easy on the ear.

Any additional comments?

My only surprise was that It was some hours into the book before I realised that Darcy was a male! Maybe I missed something along the way but the only Darcy I had previously come across was Darcy Bussell!

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Revenge!

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"Revenge" would be a better title for this book. An act of revenge, some twenty years previously, but not generally known about, leads to a second attempted counter act of revenge and the lives of the McBride family are irretrievably affected. Three generations have gathered in Devon for the bonfire celebration as they always have done, but the death of the matriarch of the family and the recent birth of a third child to the eldest daughter, who had suffered badly from post-natal depression after her second delivery, mean that the family dynamic is altered. We learn why the McBride's have been targeted by someone who has good reason to hate them and the story outlines how the second act of revenge unfolds with its tragic outcome. None of the participants are particularly sympathetic, smug complacency on one side, destructive obsession on the other, but all are believable. This is not a "nice" story with a happy ending but I couldn't put it down and Candida Gubbins does an excellent job of narration.

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  • Margaret
  • Northampton, United Kingdom
  • 09-03-13

A terrific read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Erin Kelly is certainly skilled at creating a tense atmosphere! The reader's sympathies are encouraged to shift between characters due to the use of different narrators to tell the story. Candida Gubbins did the whole thing justice with her beautifully flowing narration too. The lead up to the end of the book creates a totally unexpected ending. Well worth a read!

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  • Brian
  • united kingdom
  • 24-08-15

Disturbed revenge

Written well, I was believing the main character was in the right....at first. It was a bit ott on the revenge part, but I was curious how the writer would bring it all together.
The only thing was a creaking sound during the whole narration, like a chair, which was distracting, especially because I was home alone and made me pause the book to listen.

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  • sally
  • Nelson, New Zealand
  • 15-06-15

Family secrets unfolding and...

What made the experience of listening to The Burning Air the most enjoyable?

I knew the setting of the story and was interested to see how it entwined into the story. A middle class (not an every day) family emerged in secrets that unfold, I enjoyed the way that they also seemed to create more of a problem for themselves as the story progressed. An unsatisfactory conclusion with more secrets but a reflection of the whole story.

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A fantastic, gripping listen

I loved Erin Kelly's first novel 'The Poison Tree' but was hugely disappointed by her second novel. This, her third novel, is excellent, her best yet. I was gripped from the opening lines to the last and could not stop listening. It is the best novel I have listened to this year, without doubt and has renewed my faith in the genre of psychological crime fiction. Like 'the Poison Tree' there is a hint of Barbara Vine at her best. Erin Kelly writes beautifully, her characterisation is perfect as is the evocation of place. I found the characters a little unbelievable in 'the Poison Tree' but they are far more developed here. I love the use of different narrators as I think this adds an extra twist to the story. Of course the excellent writing is also helped by the brilliant narration of Candida Gubbins who brings the characters to life perfectly.

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  • jv
  • 06-04-18

Original and a great listen

The narrator is excellent. Unique storyline. A sad tale of circumstances. I Would highly recommend.

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worth a read

good characters and storyline worth a read well written and narrated if recommend this book

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Not for me

Finished, but struggled with both narration and then the story line from about half way through.

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Not satisfied!

Hmmmm I was torn between giving this book 2 or 3 stars, but decided on 2 stars in the end. This is mainly based on the overall fact that I feel so dissatisfied after finishing it. Without giving anything away I felt that the ultimate major twist was given up way too early in this book, so much so, that the remaining twists seemed to pale in comparison, it all seemed to get a bit predictable from that point onwards up until the last twist (which was literally within the last 30 mins) but by that point I had completely lost interest. Also for the fact that I gave 'I let you go' by Clare mackintosh 3 stars and I enjoyed that story much more than I did this one, so it wouldn't seem fair to rate them the same.

Lastly the reasoning behind the whole plot of this story, the actual crux of the matter, the supposed reason for all this hate and revenge started off in such an unnecessary way, that it almost tempted me to stop reading this book quite a few times, but I stuck it out in the hope of a, fantastically twisty, turny ending, but was left feeling an overall meh! & irritation once it was all over. I'm afraid this one really wasn't for me, so I'd find it difficult to recommend it.

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