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Robert

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  • The House of Stairs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Annie Wauters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Elizabeth Vetch spots Bell for the first time in 17 years, she chases her down in order to learn why her old friend committed a terrible murder all those years ago. Bell has been in prison ever since the mysterious events that took place at the House of Stairs, a London mansion full of over-privileged, overstuffed, and somewhat sinister boarders, landed her there. Now it’s up to Lizzie to put together the pieces of her friend’s - and her own - fateful past.

    bonnie says: "Such an irritating reader"
    "Story is good but the narrator nearly ruined it"
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    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Annie Wauters?

    I have always liked Ruth Rendell's books and will continue to recommend her to others. I will not recommend Annie Wauters as a narrator. I have been much more impressed with Jenny Sterlin, Nigel Anthony, Julian Glover, and Davina Porter, who all narrate Ruth Rendell's books very well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Stairs?

    The moment at which we realize the protagonist's relationship with Belle was romantic.


    What didn’t you like about Annie Wauters’s performance?

    Annie Wauters’s performance was stilted, dull, and mechanical. At many points it sounds as if she is simply reading a list of words. Her voice gives no hint of changes in scenes and barely (at most) distinguishes between characters.It was only because I know Ruth Rendell always delivers a good story that I stuck with it.


    Was The House of Stairs worth the listening time?

    Yes but barely because of the narration.


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