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Defend and Betray Audiobook

Defend and Betray: A William Monk Novel #3

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Charlene 09-18-16
    Charlene 09-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Good storyline, but not as counterintuitive as the two previous."

    Overall a good book, but not an excellent book. I'm not sure I would recommend this to anyone, unless they are bored and have nothing else to read. The storyline was very obvious from the get-go, the characters were not terribly developed, and the outcome was obvious. There was way too much emphasis on the emotional history of the lead detective. His history is interesting, but should not be the focus of the book and in this case, it is. The actual drama seem to take a backstage to his revealing of where he wanted to go in his life. Again, interesting but should not be the focal point. In any case, interesting read, to a degree, but not something I would have read if I had been aware of the focus of the book. I would've simply skip to the next one in the series. In summation, just a little too predictable and A little bit lame.

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    Kaejae 09-14-16
    Kaejae 09-14-16 Member Since 2016

    Absolute bluestocking & love it!!

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    "Heart wrenching! Suspense till very end!"

    Totally different "who done it" with very interesting case! Still struggled a bit with Monk who wasn't really in much of first half of story - wondering if they shouldn't be called "Hester Latterly" mysteries?
    Still a great read/listen!

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    Janet K. 07-29-16
    Janet K. 07-29-16 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Best to skip this book. It is very boring."
    Any additional comments?

    I had a hard time finishing the book. I have enjoyed many of the books in this series but this one is awful. The narration was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carol resnick 07-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Edge.of your seat story."

    Well written and. well plotted.A Victorian thriller with a modern problem. Human weakness is theme

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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.

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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

    Another Audible Addict

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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

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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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