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The Darkwater Bride

An Audible Original Drama
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (208 ratings)
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Summary

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona's search for her father's killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss.

An epic drama starring Adrian Scarborough, Claire Corbett, Freya Mayor and Jamie Glover, The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

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Ghostly Thriller With a Dark Heart!

This is another deeply atmospheric Audible Studios offering coupling a rich soundscape with some high quality acting which evokes a feel of the darkness that was much of Victorian London. It would be fair to call it a piece of Victorian Noir as what begins as a young girl's attempt to find out what happened to her father descends into the seediest and darkest corners of a depraved city. It's also truly a ghostly tale and most definitely not one for those who like "cozy" mysteries.

I wouldn't rate it quite as highly as say the wonderful "Scarlet City" out of these Audible productions as it is a little repetitive in terms of the relationship between the two main characters; the poor hapless Culley striving to keep his feisty female companion in what he saw as her place. And some of the acting is also perhaps a little overwrought at times but it's a very enjoyable play all the same overall which builds up to what I thought was a thoroughly satisfying climax.

A genuine ghostly thriller with a dark heart, well worth a credit.

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Best listen since getting Audio

Really enjoyed it scary at times always a thriller,well read by several readers to keep tension going

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FIRST TIME I TRULY FELT CAPTURED!!

First off. I HATE horror stories or crimes on audio books. Most of them are boring or not scary at all. And this book was for me personally not scary or super complex with crime...
...But.

Thru all my entire list of audiobooks (I got too many) this instantly landed on my top 3!! Never expected; as I felt like a child hearing his first ghost story, like a young adult feel his first love to women's voices, and the love for true good old British accents. I still can't believe I was so captured.

Acting and the narrators: I sometimes end a book quickly if a narrator breath too much, make too much S'hissing noises or being too flat and lifeless. But these performers made me truly laugh on my bus home, in public, as I got so impressed by the sound and their performers. Honestly I don't know if I if I would read this book on my own as it quickly would dismiss it as another average book (which is just me being too rude and impatience as it's a well written book). But, knowing how good a theatre performance can sound like, I gave it a small chance, and I TRULY found a hidden gem!

Good story overall, with lovely descriptions, not too much and too heavy, but greatly added actions in between. I find "great readers" often describe way too much, so I close the book or audio-book way before the end. The combined creepy descriptions of eels, blood, corpses to touch of love, sensuality and the focus of courtesy in this era... well I just love it!!

Thank you so much for making me stay up all night for this astonishing performance! Well worth the money!

ps: sorry for the long review, but I don't care. It's well deserved!

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Beautifully done

I got so completely lost in this tale that I didn’t turn my TV on for days, I just spent my evenings lost in the world of the beautifully narrated story. A proper joy!

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An excellent storyline, extremely well performed

An excellent and novel story, extremely well performed and executed. I really couldn't put this one down. It's great to hear the sound effects and dramatisation, nice one.

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Fantastic gripping story

This story had me gripped from start to end, so many twists, and it kept you, wondering what next? Victorian London at its basic, and the murky underworld, and River Thames interweaving throughout the story, well written and performed too.

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Gripping and creepy

This is a great creepy thriller. Set in Victorian London, this follows a young woman's search for answers about her father's death. The characterisation is great, and the story moves at a fast pace. As a change from readings, this dramatisation is well worth the listen.

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Superb

A brilliantly dark ghostly tale that examines the sexual perversity of men in the Victorian era and, let's be frank, today at a time when misogyny is on the rise and violent crime against women remains high. Given the subject matter, it makes sense and balance to have a strong female narrator who combines a certain vulnerability with a dogged determination to find out about her father's secret life and how and why he died.

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Well done

Great Narration very much enjoyed.
The story was not bad at all but the ending seems a bit cobbled together... shame but as I said a very enjoyable listening due to the narrators.

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Brilliant

Really atmospheric takes you back to the old eastend of London.
If you like old time radio drama you'll love this.

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  • Sean Kennedy
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Fantastic!

This was a wonderful production! The story was fun, creepy, and went to some dark places, and the production was top notch! If only every audiobook could be this good! I listened to this mostly riding my bicycle in the evenings, and it was perfectly fitting. Really looking forward to more original dramas!

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