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A Sight for Sore Eyes | [Ruth Rendell]

A Sight for Sore Eyes

Having published 45 books, Ruth Rendell is an internationally popular mystery writer. She has won four Gold Dagger and three Edgar awards. She has been presented with the Commander of the British Empire honor, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. In A Sight For Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell’s exceptional literary talent shines from each word. Teddy Brex is a handsome young man. Raised by parents who never loved him, he has grown to put his trust in objects.
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Having published 45 books, Ruth Rendell is an internationally popular mystery writer. She has won four Gold Dagger and three Edgar awards. She has been presented with the Commander of the British Empire honor, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. In A Sight For Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell’s exceptional literary talent shines from each word. Teddy Brex is a handsome young man. Raised by parents who never loved him, he has grown to put his trust in objects. Things rarely disappoint him the way people do. Francine Hill is a lovely sight. And, like Teddy, she carries deep psychological scars. What brings these two young people together, however, isn’t beauty. It is death. As Ruth Rendell probes the dark forces childhood has created in Teddy’s and Francine’s lives, an emotionally gripping story unfolds. Narrator Jenny Sterlin voices all the subtle layers of suspense that are the hallmark of Rendell’s incomparable work.

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    Connie DURHAM, NC, United States 07-19-12
    Connie DURHAM, NC, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Full circle"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish Teddy had had just an ounce of humanity in him. But he was a pure psycho.


    What was most disappointing about Ruth Rendell’s story?

    The depravity of Teddy. And the ending was unsatisfying. I usually adore Ruth Rendell's books, but this one, not so much. The whole story just made me feel very sick and sad inside.


    What about Jenny Sterlin’s performance did you like?

    She was actually very good.


    Was A Sight for Sore Eyes worth the listening time?

    I wish I hadn't read it. It was so disturbing to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Francine. If there was anyone who could've been Teddy's polar opposite, it was she.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 06-15-14
    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 06-15-14 Member Since 2008

    Audiobook addict

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    "Creepy"

    Ms Rendell is a master at creating characters that are creepy yet strangely compelling. The protagonist of the story is completely unlikable and yet I kept wanting to read on to see what he would do. This story is loosely tied in with a later Wexford mystery-The Vault.

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    Alice watsonville, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Alice watsonville, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2008

    Another Audible Addict

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    "Gets you hooked right off"

    I was so interested and drawn into Teddy's pschy. Being an artist I am sympathetic to his dislike for ugliness. It is chilling when the sympathy and understanding turns into pity and then disgust. It is a very good writer/performer that can make you feel so in tune like that. All in all, it seemed pretty believable to me the way ones enviroment can shape their future self.
    I agree with one of the other reviewers about the ending, I liked it, but it was somewhat off...maybe just cut short a bit? Somehow It was a tad lazy or lacking, after the build up to it. If not for that, this could be a 5 start book, for me.

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    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 07-12-12
    Greg minnetonka, MN, United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting Book"

    This is a well written, well narrated book. I'd have given the story a 5 but the ending missed slightly for me. If you are looking for something different, read this one.

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    Teresa Okemos, MI, United States 06-14-12
    Teresa Okemos, MI, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Reader emits noises that are distracting"

    It's unkind, but whether it's a result of a dry mouth or popping sinuses, there are noises associated with the reader's voice that are terribly distracting. These noises combined with her strange interpretation of many characters' voices make it difficult to listen to this recording. This is a very enjoyable R. Rendell book, but the reader definitely detracts.

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    Delah Palm Desert, CA, United States 05-29-12
    Delah Palm Desert, CA, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2011

    I like books

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    "Very Long... Recommend staying with it"

    This is a very long book. It starts out as 3 separate stories. I was wondering what the 3 different stories had to do with each other and when/if they would merge. They do but it takes a while. The narrator is excellent. This is psychological brain entertainment.

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    Margaret Santa Rosa, California, United States 01-27-12
    Margaret Santa Rosa, California, United States 01-27-12
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    "Rendell at her psychological best"

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    "A Sight for Sore Eyes" catches the reader up in the lives of three main characters and even more minor ones, all drawn with Ruth Rendell's maximum skill. Teddy Brex is one of Rendell's villains whom you can't help pity and understand even as you are horrified while he is almost casually drawn into violence and murder. Even a minor character such as Teddy's grandmother is vivid and memorable. More important still, reading this book is a great help in understanding the backstory of her most recent "The Vault". Don't miss either one!

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