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Bellman & Black | [Diane Setterfield]

Bellman & Black

As a boy, William Bellman commits one small cruel act that appears to have unforeseen and terrible consequences. The killing of a rook with his catapult is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. And by the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, he seems indeed, to be a man blessed by fortune. Until tragedy strikes, and the stranger in black comes, and William Bellman starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, he enters into a bargain.
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As a boy, William Bellman commits one small cruel act that appears to have unforeseen and terrible consequences. The killing of a rook with his catapult is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games.

And by the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, he seems indeed, to be a man blessed by fortune. Until tragedy strikes, and the stranger in black comes, and William Bellman starts to wonder if all his happiness is about to be eclipsed.

Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, he enters into a bargain. A rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business. And Bellman & Black is born.

©2013 Diane Setterfield (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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  • Robert
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    1/11/14
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    "Save your credit!"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I've no idea who is going to like this book, after writing such an audacious debut novel it can only be read as a painfully dull follow up.


    What was most disappointing about Diane Setterfield’s story?

    It was told as some sort of parable, very basic and limited - no layering, no complexity. What you read is what you get. A moralistic tale with an achingly dull story at the heart of it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Philpott’s performances?

    No, the narrator had none of the gravitas that might have lifted this dirge to something with a bit more about it.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I stuck with it, so maybe it's not so bad. But then again, I think I only kept listening because I was sure at some point it would become as gripping as her last book. It never did.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit and listen to the unanimously mediocre reviews.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kath Potter
    Durham England
    7/15/14
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    "disappointing"
    Would you try another book written by Diane Setterfield or narrated by Daniel Philpott?

    no


    Did Daniel Philpott do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    reader was ok


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    started well then fell away


    Any additional comments?

    I loved her first novel 'The thirteenth tale' and had looked forward to the second one but found it drab and disappointing.I would have returned this but made a mistake and sent another book back instead!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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