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A Quiet Belief in Angels | [R. J. Ellory]

A Quiet Belief in Angels

In 1939 in the small, rural community of Augusta Falls, Georgia, 12-year-old Joseph Vaughan learns of the brutal assault and murder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will plague the community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the town from the evil in their midst and they form "the Guardians" to watch over the community.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1939 in the small, rural community of Augusta Falls, Georgia, 12-year-old Joseph Vaughan learns of the brutal assault and murder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will plague the community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the town from the evil in their midst and they form "the Guardians" to watch over the community. But the murderer evades them and they watch helplessly as one child after another is taken. Even when the killings cease, a shadow of fear follows Joseph and, 50 years later, he must confront the nightmare.

©2009 R. J. Ellory Publications Ltd; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"There aren't nearly enough beautifully written novels that are also great mysteries. Like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Smilla's Sense of Snow, A Quiet Belief in Angels is one of them." (James Patterson)
"A Quiet Belief in Angels is a beautiful and haunting book. This is a tour de force from R. J. Ellory." (Michael Connelly)

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    danpri 12-25-09
    danpri 12-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "One my Top 5 Audio listens of all time."

    If Gillian Flynn and James Lee Burke had a kid that grew up a writer, this might be the book produced. Beautifully written with a storyline that kept me guessing until the final pages. Ended all to quickly. Dave Robicheaux in a period piece and a plotline that extends the length of his lifetime.

    Narrator gets a 10/10 and is a top 5 narration as well, ranking with Stephen Hoye in Skinny Dip and McKintys books read by Gerald Doyle


    If you like Burke, Connolly, Gillian Flynn, or Stieg Larsson you will be pleased to have downloaded this book!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    greg sarasota, FL, United States 09-10-11
    greg sarasota, FL, United States 09-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Ineffectual whining"

    I feel that I've been subjected to 15 + hours of ineffectual whining. I had just finished A Simple Act of Violence and had been mightily impressed by Mr Ellory. This book is a diametric opposite from the former and I'm stunned that they were written by the same author.

    My advise is that unless you have difficulty sleeping avoid this drivel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marty Anna Maria, FL, USA 01-26-10
    Marty Anna Maria, FL, USA 01-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Repetitious and longwinded"

    This would have been an excellent book if the ruminations and inner dialogue of the protagonist had been cut by about 2/3. I found this aspect of the book repetitious and exhausting. I stayed with it only because I was curious as to how this murder mystery would turn out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aun Aprendiendo 03-31-13
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    "Annoying doesn't begin to describe this book."
    What would have made A Quiet Belief in Angels better?

    Heavy, heavy, editing.


    Would you recommend A Quiet Belief in Angels to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not at all. After the first couple of hours the listener starts developing an uncontrollable tic when he hears a synonym, redundancy,or hackneyed phrase. Then, certain events described will bring on nausea and will have to stop listening before the killer is revealed. Don't worry, you can probably guess and save yourself the suffering.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does great accents and is an excellent narrator.. I hope he got paid a lot.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Quiet Belief in Angels?

    Sex with the teacher is one of many.


    Any additional comments?

    Whats with the glowing reviews of this book? Michael Conelley? Jonathan Kellerman? Really?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy Zoe Potlatch, ID, USA 01-10-10
    Lucy Zoe Potlatch, ID, USA 01-10-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Cheers for Ellory"

    A well-written book that captures your imagination and keeps you guessing until the very end. Ellory uses words in a way that brings the characters to life and pulls you in. A tragic story with a morsel of hope. If you like using your brain...you'll love this story. The narration is excellent. Five cheers for Ellory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C newport beach, CA, United States 07-18-12
    C newport beach, CA, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2004
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    "For god's sake tell the story"

    Literary pretensions, endless internal dialogue, does not make for easy listening. If you want to be Joyce or Faulkner then please inform us up front. But, if you are going to tell a story, then this endless, boring,ridiculous, psychologizing,self-spelunking internal discourse is just plain annoying. This would have made an excellent story at one- third its length.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Janie O'brien US 10-17-13
    Janie O'brien US 10-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautifully written story."

    I you just want a fast paced thriller with tons of action and cracker dialogue then this book is not for you. This is more of a literary journey for both the writer and the main character - also a writer, Joseph Vaughan. Much of the prose is quite beautiful with one sentence forming a complete paragraph and where punctuation is all important. The performance of this beautiful prose was an outstanding effort by Mark Bramhall, an actor who I had not heard of before, but who I will look for again. I relished this book and each word written and because of the excellent writing, I did not want it to end. I highly recommend this book to all readers who love GOOD books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Portland, OR, United States 06-18-12
    Karen Portland, OR, United States 06-18-12
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    "A long and harrowing journey"

    I have very mixed feelings about this book. It is an intense and sometimes very uncomfortable 15+ hour journey. Mr. Ellory has a remarkable gift for story-telling and Mark Bramhall is, without question, the best possible person to tell his story.

    If you are feeling emotionally fragile, you would surely be better off to avoid this book, at least until you are feeling stronger. The protagonist encounters one gut-wrenching catastrophe after another, and finally utters the reader's inevitable question, “Why has all of this happened to me?”

    As a previous reviewer suggested, the book is repetitious. It could certainly benefit from a good editor, although Ellory may be (somewhat less than artfully) using a fugue, a powerful literary device that allows the author to continually reassert the important themes of the book. It is also undisciplined and unnecessarily verbose.

    Having said that, Mr. Ellory does a genuinely outstanding job of capturing the rural culture of the southern US, all the more amazing since he is an Englishman. I am glad that I listened to this book, primarily to make the acquaintance of Mark Bramhall, who is one of the very best narrators I have ever heard. I don't, however, agree with Michael Connelly and James Patterson that this is a “beautiful” book. I always question the motivations of authors who review other authors' works, so I tend to discount them, anyway. There are moments of beauty, to be sure, but much of this book is unrelentingly grim, relieved only by the soothing rhythms of Mark Bramhall's voice.

    If you have the patience and fortitude to endure a long and heartbreaking journey with a tiny light at the end of the tunnel, by all means, embark. But you are forewarned: the final reward is somewhat meager.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    computer asset Sacramento CA 01-06-12
    computer asset Sacramento CA 01-06-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Ellory's a quiet belief in angels"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is beautifully written!


    What other book might you compare A Quiet Belief in Angels to and why?

    A dark version of an Alice Hoffman book that is full of descriptions that pull you into the scene. More like literature than Ellory's usual crime novels.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice could not be more perfect for this novel. I could visualize the characters exactly like he describes them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book was very moving. From the tragedy of the murderers, to the fire, to the lifes that we're forever changed. The teacher who recognized unusual talent and encouraged and supported the shy boy. It is a very dark story and sad yet so beautifully written I am glad I listened to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 12-23-11
    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 12-23-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Over a year later and story still sticks with me"

    I'm writing this review almost 2 years after listening to this book. I have recommended to it many who don't want to read or listen because they say "I'm not religious." This is far from a religious story and has nothing to do with it. This story of the childhood and growing up of a young man in the South with the background of a serial killer is unusual. After finishing this listen I wanted to read something about the author and his story was quite a jolt. It is probably best not to read about the author until after listening to the book because you'll be amazed at his own story and wonder how and why he wrote this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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