On assignment in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls suddenly and desperately in love with a woman he meets by pure chance, Marian Esguard. Back in England, he separates from his wife and goes to meet Marian at an agreed rendezvous, only to hear her tell him on the telephone that she will not, after all, be coming. Then she vanishes from his life as mysteriously as she entered it.
Who and where is the woman he met and fell in love with in Vienna?
©1998 Robert and Vaunda Goddard (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
This is one book that just cannot be summed up in three words!
This is a powerful story of attachment, loss, and idealized love.It underscores for the reader how enduring and destructive revenge can be. It also demonstrated the role that unequal marital relationships can play in crushing creativity and achievement. This is the 6th Goddard book I have listened to in the last few months. They are all excellent in different ways, but this one was the first that prompted me to write a review!
I don't think I have heard Michael Kitchen before, but in the hundreds of audible books I have listened to, I think he is the best narrator thus far. He is so good that you never notice the narration - you feel you are listening to the different characters as they speak. Fantastic.
I think this was the perfect name for the novel in view of the number of the meanings that it pulls from the story.
Audible needs to purchase more Goddard books! I am almost done with the ones you currently have.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
(1) Listen closely to the details, but (2) Never accept anything at face value, and (3) Never assume you have it all figured out until you have read (or listened) to the very end. Goddard is a master at constructing complex, constantly shifting stories, populated by characters that you may think you know until the next ground shifting revelation. Just when you do sort out how some of the threads are woven together, that’s when you need to watch out. How Goddard manages his juggling act without making you feel foolishly manipulated is part of his genius. All of the twists and turns make sense in their context.
As with the other Goddard titles I have enjoyed, I will reveal nothing of the plot. You really must enjoy the story as he intends you to discover it. The editor's summary may sound kind of bland, but don’t let that fool you. For me this was the edgiest of his books that I have listened to, whose central mystery has the most at stake and a protagonist with the most to lose. There are plenty of villians, and some you’re not sure what they are. Protagonist Ian Garrett is self-centered, yet lacking in self-awareness at the beginning, and must undergo a painful quest to find out why his life has turned upside down. Not very sympathetic, but by the end of his quest he is nothing like the man who started. Only by experiencing his journey can you judge if he is a better man in the end. Michael Kitchen’s reading is absolutely brilliant and is reason enough in itself for the download.
I will not describe the plot - as any description would act as a spoiler - but this is Robert Goddard and Michael Kitchen at their best. I listen to books while walking each morning - and listening to this one pushed me an extra mile or two each day. Couldn't wait to get going - and hated setting the headset aside.
Avid Audible "reader" of historical & contemporary fiction, detective and crime novels.
This is such a good, good story; read by a superb narrator! I had no idea when I started this book that it was going to captivate me totally.
First, the story. . . the prose is amazing and like poetry to my ears. Just fantastic literature. This is not the usual mystery novel. It is a sweeping story of love, loss and the reshaping of the human nature. It was so well written that at first I thought it was going to be a story of time travel; then perhaps personality disorders; than I just didn't know. The twists and turns were so effective, so realistic. The story was wonderful.
The reading . . . Michael Kitchen was excellent through and through; offering clear and appropriate definition to Goddard's characters.
I will now purchase more of Robert Goddard's books. His story-telling is simply outstanding!
I think this "read" was even better then the last ("Painted in Darkness" by Goddard) - if that's possible!
Michael Kitchen reads lines so wonderfully and seems to understand each character so well that the slightest inflection or pause gives us hints of what is behind the written word - which is how the author would want it to be. His talent as a character actor teams up so well with Goddard's novels!! I hope there are many more to come.
I most certainly would recommend it.
Great lead characters once again. Goddard had an amazing gift for story writing
Could have but I listen while I drive long distances so having to wait for the next bit helps me look forward to the journey
Avid reader and audiobook listener; I love paranormal lit, mysteries, historical fiction, romance, Brit-crime novels and thrillers.
(Warning: one itty-bitty spoiler that you may not catch....)
No one writes mystery like the Brits, and _Caught In The Light_ is no exception. This was my first book by Robert Goddard, but it will NOT be my last. If you can't get enough of the "edge-of-your-seat, shredding-your-nails, MUST-find-out-what-happens-next" kind of books, then this is your next read/listen. Here you will find intrigue, history, sex, vengeance, cold-hearted betrayal and single-minded perseverance, a strange and wonderfully well-written sort of time-travel, and Goddard weaves in numerous plot-twists, and rabbit-trails that round out the story beautifully. He is incredibly gifted with the written word. His prose is often achingly simple, yet elegant in context and his use of descriptors made me feel as if I had been there, inside the story, not wanting it to end (e.g. "The only thing left in an empty life is time. I could almost touch it as it passed that spring and summer. Amy's existence slipped away behind me like a single turning on a long, straight road. I looked back at it fixedly, fearing that if I once glanced away it would vanish forever"). The characters as he has written them are real and very personally flawed, but I continually found myself wanting things to be put right for the protagonist, Ian Jarrett.
When the end finally came, it was not predictable as I had feared, but neither was it far-fetched. Just don't expect it to be happy. The story gripped me from the start, probably because I greatly admire Michael Kitchen ("Foyle's War") and, not surprisingly, his reading is another EXCELLENT performance. Once hooked I kept listening because I just could not stop and I finished the book in less than two days (it's nearly 24 hours long).
I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook version due to Michael Kitchen's massive talent. Mr. Kitchen's theater background enables him to portray this story's historical as well as its contemporary persons very convincingly. He reads female characters' dialog in a softer tone, not using an abrasive falsetto as some male readers do, distinguishing between male and female characters without vexing the listener. In my opinion, nothing lends authenticity to a great Brit mystery like having it read by a truly gifted player who can correctly pronounce proper names, locations, and who can switch seemlessly between different dialects. Do yourself a favor and skip the print version and go directly to the audiobook.
This book may have been a bit slower but still had the intrigue, great characters, twists with a memorable ending that is never quite what you think it will be. I have yet to listen to a bad Goddard book. Always paired with great narration, the stories always hold your interest and get you quickly involved in the plot.
I did enjoy the story, I read the other reviews and I guess I was expecting a little more. I did like the story. I know this is fiction, but it was just not believable enough for me.
I did like Michael Kitchen's performance. He did a fine job.
It was good enough
Goddard's masterful weaving of characters and their entangled interactions with each other developed into an intriguing plot that held me captivated throughout the entire book! I could never anticipate the next development nor foresee the ultimate consequences of the current developments.
Without giving this intriguing plot away, Ian's sheer shock, then his debilitating sorrow, and finally his justifiable rage when he reads Marian's letter of explanation was most memorable to me. Ah ha! Once Ian absorbs this 'confession', the plot thickens!
Excellent performance -- Michael was walking in Ian's shoes.
It held me spellbound. I could hardly fathom the all-too-believable twists and turns.
Caught in the Light is Goddard at his best! I recommend readers read this book first and then rush, don't walk, to purchase the next achievement of this gifted mystery writer.
"Intriguing and engaging"
This story is different, as well as being the well- trodden mystery thriller. Michael Kitchen's voice, as ever, enhances our enjoyment. The twists and turns of the plot will leave you intrigued and guessing, as you would expect with Goddard, but some of the twists in this one are so unexpected,. It s a fantastic story, will have you reaching for your earphones at every spare moment. Definitely a winner.
"Not what I expected"
Well, this is the second Robert Goddard novel I've listened to now, read by the excellent Michael Kitchen. Goddard obviously has an interest in the spiritual world, as is evident in the two books I've listened to. I have wondered sometimes if Michael Kitchen felt just a little embarrassed when reading certain lines (I don't think dialogue is Goddard's strength), however, as an actor he has the ability to transport the listener into a make-believe world. This particular make-believe world sometimes verges on the Mills and Boon but is entertaining nonetheless simply listening to the narrator tell the story.
Goddard's novels do follow a familiar pattern but they are generally very good intriguing reads. His story Caught in the Light has the usual down on his luck character whose experience is briefly transformed only for his hopes to be dashed. The twists and turns of the plot are certainly engaging and I would recommend any of his books as good entertaining light reading.
"Not Goddard's Best"
I really like Robert Goddard but I'm finding this too slow and it just doesn't get going. The story is well read by Michael Kitchen but the novel at the heart of it lacks Goddard's normal pace and customary storytelling ability.
Try something like 'Long Time Coming' or 'Found Wanting'.
None of Goddard's books are 'great' literature. They're well crafted, exciting and enjoyable and probably an ideal Audible listen but skip over this one.
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