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Summary

No one would have described Manningtree Grove as fashionable. Few would have found it especially interesting. But it was not an unpleasant place to live: the old railway line lay in a valley, and the gardens looked onto it. It was the kind of place where nothing ever happened. Yet it was here that Peter Yearman first sold his soul to the devil....

©1984 Kingsmarkham Enterprises Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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The Killing Doll

What made the experience of listening to The Killing Doll the most enjoyable?

Ric Jerrom's cool, yet understated performance - he really brought the lives of the inhabitants of an inner city area to life.

What did you like best about this story?

It's the story of outsiders being forced to interact with different people within a somewhat closed society. The character of Pup and Dolly were probably the most interesting - Diarmand, less so. It was a disturbing listen though.

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

I'm always happy with Ric narrates Rendell's novels - his voice has a soft, low, yet slightly menacing tone. He seems to end every sentence with a question mark - if you know what I mean? A raised intonation.

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

It made me feel sorry for the character of Dolly especially, but also try to imagine what it would be like to be isolated in a city as busy as London. It was interesting to learn what drives certain characters to carry out the actions that they do.

Any additional comments?

Really good.

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Too far fetched for me

Really struggled with this storyline, couldn’t get into the heads of the characters and the two storylines so weakly joined together. The only thing that got me through it was the first class narration - Ric Jerrom now in my top 3.

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A bit grim. Try one of her others.

I usually enjoy Ruth Rendell, but this was rather relentlessly, tediously grim and miserable. I didn't feel engaged with the characters as I usually do, and didn't enjoy the ongoing mental suffering of most of them.

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Confusing, not up to usual standard

I didn't enjoy this book as much as others by the author. There are too many characters who make little impression and the two story lines don't have much to do with each other and one of which goes nowhere and adds nothing to the book except adding more characters.
The narrator is very good