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A Pale Horse Audiobook

A Pale Horse

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Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the Devil. Instead, they stumble over the Devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey--a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask.

Scotland Yard dispatches Inspector Rutledge to find out who the man was and why he died in such mysterious circumstances. But the villagers clearly have something to hide. And what does the huge chalk sculpture of a pale horse of the Apocalypse have to do with the crime?

©2008 Charles Todd; (P)2009 BBC Audio

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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 08-10-14
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The best story in this series so far!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this series and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys intricate details and mysteries set in English villages. I disagree, however, with those who say they prefer this narrator to Gilles. I like the more dramatic way Gilles reads, and his Scottish accent when he does Hamish is more pronounced and seems more authentic to me. I hope Book 6-9 will soon be available.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it was Inspector Rutledge and Hamish along with him. They make a great team.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think in terms of favorite scenes but I will say the ending in this one was particularly satisfying. Often an excellent mystery is spoiled by an ending that wasn't well enough developed by the rest of the story but this one, although surprising, was quite plausible.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just enjoyed listening to it as much as possible until I reached the end. After listening to seven of these audiobooks Rutledge's world has become almost real to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Before I started listening to this series I didn't think I would like mysteries set in the period just after WWI, but was caught up in that time immediately and now have acquired an interest in learning more about the war and the times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Midlothian, VA, United States 07-23-13
    James Midlothian, VA, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "It's a decent story for the sale price."

    Not much to say. It is a decent story, fairly well written and read. I bought this as a "sale" item and for that price it was worth it. It is not a story that I will return to though.

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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 06-21-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 06-21-13 Member Since 2014

    OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!

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    "THE ENTIRE SERIES IS ADDICTING!!!"

    Somehow I started with just one of the books in the series but soon bought all of them back to back. FYI: "A Pale Horse" is the 10th in the seriers. Simon Prebble, as always, is a superb narrator - much better than Samuel Gillies, who narrates like he's performing "Hansel and Gretel" to 6 year olds!

    No matter how hard you try, you will never guess who will be murdered and by whom. There are so many twists and turns and red herrings that the reader is always kept guessing. The Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is a tortured soul but a great detective. He suffers from World War I "shell shock" which is what we now recognize as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that is manifested by a dead "imaginary friend" named Hamish McCloud. This adds an interesting component into how this detective acts and reacts. Hamish is to Rutledge what cocaine is to Sherlock Holmes - a dangerous nemesis that both helps and hampers. All of the books are pretty much the same plot but just different enough in locations, people, class distinctions, and twists to make each worth reading. My suggestion is to go on Google or Wikipedia to learn the order of the series and start with the first one. Each book fills in the gaps if you start somewhere in the middle but the continuity really helps. It would be nice if Audible.com would assign chronological order to books which contain a series or prequels and sequels. )I will post this same comment on all of the Ian Rutledge books that I've read.)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Me PORTLAND, OR, United States 06-07-13
    Me PORTLAND, OR, United States 06-07-13
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    "...Kinda boreing"

    I bought this book purely because it was on sale for $5. I read the description and it talked about kids in a grave yard and raising the devil. It sounded intriguing. Unfortunatly that's about the first half hour of the book. The rest is a quite boring detective story with uninteresting characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Kopp 11-07-12
    Jamie Kopp 11-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "great series"
    Where does A Pale Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10


    What other book might you compare A Pale Horse to and why?

    the entire series is worth your time.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Rutledge, Prebble is a great reader and he helps the reader identify with the characters.


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

    Any time Hamish talks


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this series will continue. It brings history into the story along with the mystery. Please keep the same reader, he is wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard C. Thayer II Chapel Hil, NC 06-02-13
    Richard C. Thayer II Chapel Hil, NC 06-02-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Just Don't"
    Would you try another book from Charles Todd and/or Simon Prebble?

    Exciting, tight plot and engaging characters are just a few words that can never be used to describe this book. You could cut this boo down by 2/3rds and still have the same amount of story and even then it would be dull.

    I felt like an endurance runner reading this "just keep going. make it to the end"

    Just don't


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Historic fiction


    What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s performance?

    He was ok.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Pale Horse?

    All but the title


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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