Listen free for 30 days

The Way of All Flesh

Narrated by: Bryan Dick, Louise Brealey
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

Regular price: £14.99

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Edinburgh, 1847. City of Medicine, Money, Murder.

Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson.

Simpson's patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia. It is here that Raven meets housemaid Sarah Fisher, who recognises trouble when she sees it and takes an immediate dislike to him. She has all of his intelligence but none of his privileges, in particular his medical education.

With each having their own motive to look deeper into these deaths, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive.

©2018 Ambrose Parry (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"Parry's Victorian Edinburgh comes vividly alive - and it's a world of pain." (Val McDermid)
"Menacing, witty and ingeniously plotted, Ambrose Parry’s debut draws you into the dark heart of nineteenth-century Edinburgh and won’t let you go until the final page." (S.J. Parris)
"Utterly compelling, this tale of Old Edinburgh is so full of characters and startling incident that I never wanted it to end." (Denise Mina)

More from the same

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    78
  • 4 Stars
    33
  • 3 Stars
    11
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    79
  • 4 Stars
    30
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    67
  • 4 Stars
    32
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Brian
  • Livingston, United Kingdom
  • 15-10-18

Great historical background

To begin it takes some time to get into . I was wondering where it is going. I like the historical back ground of Dr Simpson and Ye olde Edinburgh. I guess this ending could lead to a sequel. Is this Chris B writing under a pseudonym?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • El
  • 27-11-18

Fabulous book

I loved this mix of historical fiction, detective and history of medicine within the vivid setting of Edinburgh. I listened to this after a friend recommended it and will be keen to read much more from this duo! I only wish it had been much longer, I didn’t want it to end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Victorian melodrama

An enjoyable romp through Victorian Edinburgh via a murderous path. A cross between Hammer Horror and Conan Doyle, with a touch of penny dreadfuls. Unconvincing way that 21st century sensibilities were brought to bear on mid -19th century awareness in places, eg messages about women's rights were far from subtle and could have been more adept. This lacked the sharpness and insight of some of Brookmyre's other novels, but was an entertaining read set against an jnteresting backdrop showing the historical development of anaesthesia.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Superb historical fiction

Incredibly interesting & well researched historical crime novel. Great narrators. Really looking forward to the next in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointed

Overall I was disappointed in this book. I’m usually a fan of Christopher Brookmyre but I felt the story was quite weak. I wasn’t a fan of the two narrators either, I would have preferred just one.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Doesn't go anywhere

This had all the components of a story I'd adore: Medical themes; interesting period; 'thriller'... But it was so. slow. I also found the characters very hard to like or engage with - Will Ravens is boring and a bit wet at times, and the girl is obnoxious.

Wouldn't recommend.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it

Great story - really enjoyed it - the narrators were excellent also - highly recommend

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Dr Simpsons is remarkable

a great book with an interesting look at the medical treatment of woman giving birth with the aid of anaesthetic amd how it has changed through out the years. The story was gripping and some of the characters were actually real as were the locations around Edinburgh. it was great to have some.of the history of Edinburgh brought to life.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

gripping from the first chapter

love love love this book. my favourite audible so far. interesting, clever and great story

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Well done

This brought Edinburgh at that time to life. it also shows the compassion that lives in the medical professional.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • LC
  • 24-03-19

5 Stars

I rarely give a 5 star review. But this book deserves it. The story was great and the performance was as well. I highly recommend this audiobook. And hope to see more from this author soon.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Web_mistress
  • 09-10-18

Not to be listened before (or at) mealtime :)

Enjoyable though too much gloomy midwifery and other scary medical practices irrelevant to the plot

1 of 2 people found this review helpful