As he begins to read the journal, Robert becomes convinced of it's authenticity and finds that the words of the Ripper have a strange and compelling effect on him. Unable to cast the pages aside he finds himself being drawn into the dark and sinister world of the killer until he is unable to distinguish what is fact and what is fantasy. In short, Robert Cavendish begins to feel as though he is being taken over in some way by the soul of the long-dead Ripper. What happens as he progresses through the journal will disturb and shock the reader as the close dividing line between sanity and madness is explored to the full.
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In spite of the many reviews here panning this book, the publisher's description intrigued me so I decided to give it a listen. I enjoyed it. For one thing, this account of the Ripper is not one of those that promotes one of the many theories about his identity. Neither is the premise of this story an attempt to forge a new theory about his identity. It's pure fiction and I found it eerie (in the enjoyable way) from start to finish.
I seldom listen to novels adapted to audio. Nevertheless, when I came across Brian Porter's award winning novel 'A Study in Red' I had to take a listen. The narration of this masterpiece performed by Mr. McKenzie was nothing short of superb... I know it is classified as an historical piece of fiction, but Mr. Porter's depiction of the Ripper murders come across as all too real. I was captivated by Brian Porter's 'A Study in Red' in print... Listening to this work of art in audio will intensify and evoke thoughts of terror as you anticipate the final climax.
As you listen you will be transported back in time to 18th century London...see the deprivation...smell the stench that engulfed the streets of Whitechapel. Be prepared to enter the sick mind of a notorious serial killer known as...Jack the Ripper!!!!!!!
Author/Reviewer, Barbara Watkins
The narrator was awful, even considering the terrible story he had to work with. Most of the time, it was obvious that the narrator was reading. His tone was mostly annoying with his voice rarely conveying the emotion of the text (what little there was.) Thankfully, there were only a couple of female characters in the story with speeches. He managed to voice these with a possible nod to “Monty Python.” For these women, he used a high falsetto voice of comical attributes.
The reaction most thought of, related to this book, is nausea. It is difficult to believe this novel managed to be published. It has a very weak plot, little character development, and none of the tension or apprehension that one might expect with this subject matter. The author will relate a couple of paragraphs of immature ramblings from the supposed “ripper.” Then the author will spend maybe a page or two of infantile prose on how the main character is affected by the two sophomoric paragraphs.
If you like books about Jack the ripper in the myriad of guises and plots in which he has been featured, this is another quite unusual version. It was enjoyable and unique. Worth a listen.
After reading a great deal of this author's work, I have to say he certainly deserves the movie deal in place to bring ASIR to the big screen. While it requires a certain intellectual level to truly appreciate this smart thriller, it also offers some very visceral impact. Written in a voice very appropriate to the period and material, this novel proved something of a time machine. Congrats to Mr. Porter on this project's already huge success. ~ Kristina Dalton, author of Taken, Unleashed, Untold, Until You, The King's Right, The Ring, and Vampire's Lover
This book has no character development whatsoever. The dialog is repetitious and the story is painfully overworked in a vain attempt to wring out some measure of suspense. It's so bad that after a while it becomes almost comical.
I was really looking forward to this book but absolutely could not stand the narrator! Rarely have I encountered a voice so frightfully nasal and utterly grating. It's almost impossible to detect inflection or dramatic nuance through what comes across as a whining sneer laced with snobbery and a total disconnect from any form appropriate affect. There is essentially zero dynamic in his reading which forces the listener to constantly question who's voice (meaning which characters voice) is being used. This completely robs the story of it's inherent plot driven quality as the narrators deficits are simply too distracting to allow the listener to truly engage. Unless you are highly adept at tweaking audio recordings, this hamfisted production of an otherwise promising story will leave you irritated- not intrigued.
Wow this book is really lackluster. There is very little character development. The dialog and slag for the Victorian era is all wrong. Plot points are repeated unto death! (it is almost as if it were written to be serialized).
The narration is utterly horrible! over acted, over done, and under produced (there is such a thing as a cough button, use it on inhales, and swallows too)
audible should have given me a credit for even considering to give this a listen.
"Good but the narrator could have done better"
I enjoyed this story especially the ending,but having listened to quite a few audio books now I found the narrator here
(Ian Mc Kenzie) not to be one of my favourites. Some narrators become the characters but this one sounded just like he was reading it off a card and in a hurry too. I also got irritated by the way that everytime Jack spoke you heard the sound of only what could be described as a motorcycle reving up in the distance.
I realize it was used for effect but I found it distracting
A good book that could have been better but for the above mentioned
"" A Study in Red""
This is a gripping book with an ending that you know is coming but you cant stop it. A brilliant book that you cant stop listening too.
Very simplistic story
The general quality of writing
I doubt it very much
The whole story was weak and unconvincing
"had to stop listening"
i listened to the first 2 hours and couldnt listen to it anymore. im not sure if its the narrators voice or the story its self, but i just couldnt stand to finish it.
'A Study in Red' is without doubt a masterpiece of psychological terror. The central character Robert Cavendish see himself falling deeper and deeper into the abyss of madness with every page he reads of the journal. Is Jack the Ripper able to reach out to those who read his terrible words as recorded so many years ago? For anyone with an interest in Ripper fiction this one is highly recommended, a superb blend of fact and fiction used to create a study in terror!
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