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Defend and Betray Audiobook

Defend and Betray: A William Monk Novel #3

Ten people gather together for an elegant London dinner party. By the end of the party, only nine are alive. Sometime after dinner, General Thaddeus Carlyon is brutally murdered in the hallway. Who had the strength - and motive - to murder the distinguished military hero? Nurse Latterly and Inspector Monk find the answers in a nightmarish legacy of evil.
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Ten people gather together for an elegant London dinner party. By the end of the party, only nine are alive. Sometime after dinner, General Thaddeus Carlyon is brutally murdered in the hallway. Who had the strength - and motive - to murder the distinguished military hero? Nurse Latterly and Inspector Monk find the answers in a nightmarish legacy of evil.

Crack another case with William Monk.

©1992 Anne Perry; (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 12-26-09
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 12-26-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Listen"

    Anne Perry's books are well written, rich with historical details and the mystery always leads to something unexpected.
    Of course, Davina Porter's narration is delightful and absolutely perfect for the story. What a golden voice!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Vilim Dallas, TX 12-01-15
    Eric Vilim Dallas, TX 12-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant!"

    Narration: Davina Porter has become my favorite female narrator. She is articulate with a smooth and very pleasant voice. Though she does not sound like a man, it is easy for the listener to distinguish male from female dialogue.
    Story: As with the first two books in the Monk series, this one is intellectually and emotionally compelling, but even more so. Disgust and ridiculousness are greatly balanced with inspiration and wisdom.
    Author: Anne Perry. How I would so love to meet her in person. I imagine her to be a person of hard-earned integrity and wisdom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley M. Mather CADOTT, WI, United States 05-16-15
    Shelley M. Mather CADOTT, WI, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent"

    This is a book I could not stop listening to. Excellent story, excellent narrator. The suspense was overwhelming at times. Loved it.

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    Alice 05-16-15
    Alice 05-16-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Want my credit back..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having an interesting story line, and less characters continually small talking to each other about basically the same subject, instead of telling a story. It's not my style of writing.


    What could Anne Perry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She is not bad. Maybe making some difference of all the different female voices. Maybe bring in another or two readers would help? The voices all just run together with such long drawn out sentences and hard to keep tract of who's who without rewinding.
    I take it back I don't know if that would even help, the story is just too boring.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    None. They all seem the same and interchangeable to me. Boring, I can't see their individual personalities.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Defend and Betray?

    The death, because that is all that everyone is talking from the beginning.
    It's very stuffy, redundant, not exciting, not mysterious, not humorous and not suspenseful. These are things I hope I am buying with my Audible purchase, when searching for Mystery/Suspense titles.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to get into this, but it's more work for me than pleasure. Afraid I have to ask for my credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Gauthier 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!!!"

    It was very entertaining to read. I could hardly put it down. Brought me out of my melancholy mood. Monk and Hester are incredible. But the solicitor they hired was exceptional. Loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. D. Worden 11-16-14
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    "Agonizingly Slow moving"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Eliminate 1/3rd of the text... it is extremely repetitive and boring.


    What was most disappointing about Anne Perry’s story?

    It dragged on and on and on... and the same conversations and verbiage were used over and over again. It's almost like the author simply clicked "copy, cut and paste" to add dialogue and pages to the novel.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is brilliant. She is the main reason I kept listening, even though I wanted to just close the book, or skip to the end.


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

    The narrator is amazing. And I know that following books in the Monk series are better...I just plowed through this one so that I could move on. With hindsight, I wish I had skipped it. I wasted an Audible Credit by purchasing it.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author and the narrator are both gifted...it is just this particular book in the Monk Series that seems so terribly slow and boring. I doubt I'll ever listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Atlanta, GA, United States 04-03-14
    Alice Atlanta, GA, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2012

    Alice Roberta Matthews (Keith)

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    "excitine An all nighter!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Defend and Betray to be better than the print version?

    I always prefer the Audio version because I can read while working or driving. Sometimes while sleeping although I have to back track alot


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wife and Monk


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    I love her accent and her different voices. It makes is more realistic


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Get a view of the other side of Victorian England!!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way Ms Perry brings out the disrespect the Upper class has for the police dept. I never thought about that before. It seems as if they didn't want the crimes solved as long as their reputations were protected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L.A. Redwood Valley, CA, United States 04-17-12
    L.A. Redwood Valley, CA, United States 04-17-12
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    "Love It!"
    What did you love best about Defend and Betray?

    Love this series. Wish it was all on audible. And wish Davina was the narrator for all of them. Her narration is what captured me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abigail arlington, VA, United States 10-02-11
    Abigail arlington, VA, United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2014
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    "obvious and long"

    I've noticed the series has really become Hester based, and Monk doesnt have as large a role. No problem there. The problem with this book is you figure everything out hours and hours before it ends and just sit through tedium til it finally comes to the conclusion. do yourself a favor and once you've figured it all out fast forward to the last half hour if you bother listening to this one. Oh and the plot is ridiculous for the time period, not that such didnt happen, just that events would have happened differently. However, thats never the problem with these books, though the characters do have a thoroughly modern outlook. FYI you do find out the past lady in Monk's life and what happened with that in this book.

    (Oh and mini rant Napoleon wasn't considered short in his age (he was on the tall side of average for a man or solidly average depending on the part of europe the stats are from) and is taller than a great deal of world leaders today. Some measurement conversion problems (french to english) at the time could have lead english people to think him short but no one who saw him (like described in the book) would have thought him a short man.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Seattle, WA USA 04-28-15
    Sharon Seattle, WA USA 04-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awfully long"

    Awfully long and, as it comes to a close, quite ickky. Why, oh why, Anne Perry, do you have to do this?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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