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    • King Solomon's Carpet

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Michael Pennington
    • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    Eccentric Jarvis lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking the tube line, compiling his obsessive history of the Underground. A group of misfits are also drawn towards his strange house: Alice, who has run away from her husband and baby; Tom, the busker who rescues her; truant Jasper who finds his terrifying thrills on the tube; and enigmatic Axel, whose deadly secret casts a shadow over all their lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So different and absolutely gripping

    • By Nana Chris on 17-02-15

    Regular price: £19.69

    • No Night Is Too Long

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Alex Jennings, Shelley Thomson, Samuel West
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Tim Cornish thought he'd gotten away with murder. For months after he'd killed his lover off the Alaskan coast, there hadn't been a word. But then the letters started to arrive. It seems that someone knows what Tim has done.... This compelling thriller delivers such a dark picture of romantic love that murder seems its natural mate. Frightening, suspenseful, and deeply unsettling, No Night Is Too Long is a modern crime masterpiece and will be enjoyed by readers of P. D. James and Ian Rankin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Different from her other books

    • By debbieg on 15-04-16

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Chimney Sweeper's Boy

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Frances Barber
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    The obituaries for Gerald Candless were respectful. He had been, after all, an admired and popular writer, and his sudden death at his home in Devon was a loss to literature as well as to his family and friends. The trouble was, as his daughter Sarah soon discovered, that it seemed that her father had taken on a different identity that he wasn't Gerald Candless at all. But if he wasn't Gerald Candless, who was he?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lost the plot at the end but a great listen

    • By S. K. Doughty on 01-02-10

    Regular price: £19.69

    • A Dark-Adapted Eye

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Like most families, they had their secrets...and they hid them under a genteelly respectable veneer. No onlooker would guess that prim Vera Hillyard and her beautiful, adored younger sister, Eden, were locked in a dark and bitter combat over one of those secrets. England in the '50s was not kind to women who erred, so they had to use every means necessary to keep the truth hidden behind closed doors - even murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling exposure of a family’s secrets

    • By Kirstine on 06-07-15

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Asta's Book

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    It is 1905. Asta and her husband, Rasmus, have come to East London from Denmark with their two little boys. With Rasmus constantly away on business, Asta keeps loneliness and isolation at bay by writing a diary. These diaries, published over 70 years later, reveal themselves to be more than a mere journal. For they seem to hold the key to an unsolved murder and to the mystery of a missing child. It falls to Asta's granddaughter, Ann, to unearth the buried secrets of nearly a century before.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Intriguing Story

    • By Carrie on 22-11-10

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Birthday Present

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Ruth Sillers, Paul Blake
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Ivor Tesham is a handsome, single, young Member of Parliament whose political star is on the rise. When he meets a woman in a chance encounter–a beautiful, married woman named Hebe–the two become lovers, obsessed with their illicit and adventurous trysts. But when Ivor plans for a surprise daring sexual adventure as a birthday present for Hebe, things take a disastrous turn it's late spring of 1990 and a love affair is flourishing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Absorbing

    • By Jill on 20-06-09

    Regular price: £19.69

    • A Fatal Inversion

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In the long, hot summer of 1976 Adam, Rufus, Shiva, Vivien and Zosie are camping at Wyvis Hall. They don’t ask why they are there or how they are to live; they simply scavenge, steal and sell the family heirlooms. Ten years later, the bodies of a woman and child are discovered in the Hall’s animal cemetery. But which woman? And whose child?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very dated, and appalling narration!

    • By Helen on 14-05-14

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Child's Child

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Finty Williams
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    What sort of betrayal would drive a brother and sister apart? When Grace and her brother Andrew inherit their grandmother's house, they surprise few people by deciding to move in together. But they've always got on well and the London house is large enough to split down the middle. There's just one thing they've not taken into account though: what if one of them wants to bring a lover to the house?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disjointed and disappointing

    • By Jayne on 25-04-13

    Regular price: £18.49

    • Gallowglass

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Dermot Crowley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Sandor is a wonderful storyteller and little Joe is ready to listen. The power of the educated over the simple is horribly clear in this disturbing and unusual relationship. As Sandor’s motivation both for rescuing little Joe and then for weaving his spell of words becomes clear, the darkness surrounding him is too much for them both, and for the beautiful ex-model sequestered in her Suffolk mansion by an obsessive husband.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged!

    • By Susan Random on 17-03-17

    Regular price: £18.49

    • The Brimstone Wedding

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Unlike the other residents of Middleton Hall, Stella is elegant, smart and in control. Only Jenny, her care assistant, knows that she harbours a painful secret, and only she can prevent Stella from carrying it to the grave. As the women talk, Jenny pieces together the answers to many questions that arise: Why has she kept possession of a house that her family don’t know about? What happened there that holds the key to a distant tragedy?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bored at the end.

    • By MR on 16-10-15

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Minotaur

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Siân Thomas
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    Kerstin Kvist didn't know what to expect when she took up a job with the Cosway family at their odd, almost grand, house. The family turned out to be even odder than the house: living at home with the widowed Mrs. Cosway were her four daughters and a son who haunted the house. Then, just as Kerstin was getting some inkling of what was going on, a stranger sets the family on a path to self-destruction...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Quite an odd yet evocative read

    • By ORed on 18-10-17

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Grasshopper

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
    • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Clodagh was 19 when her parents packed her off to college and a relative’s house in Maida Vale, two years after the death on the pylon. They blamed her for it, everyone did....It was hardly surprising that she fell into the arms of Silver. In his flat at the top of his parents’ house, he played host to a strange crew of young drop-outs whose pleasure was to range the rooftops....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of my favourite Rendell/Vine books

    • By Maxine on 06-09-14

    Regular price: £20.99

    • The Blood Doctor

    • By: Barbara Vine
    • Narrated by: Robert Powell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 27

    The First Lord Nanther, expert in blood diseases, particularly the royal disease of Heamophilia, and favoured physician to Queen Victoria, clearly hoped to be the subject of an admiring posthumous biography. But when his great-grandson, Martin Nanther begins to research his life for a biography, the Martin comes to suspect that his great-grandfather’s old records conceal more than they reveal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Complex and Convincing

    • By Carrie on 11-11-10

    Regular price: £20.99