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Lucifer's Shadow | [David Hewson]

Lucifer's Shadow

In an ancient burial ground on an island off Venice, a young woman's casket is pried open, an object is wrenched from her hands, and an extraordinary adventure begins. From the moment he arrives in Venice, Daniel Forster is seduced by the city's mystery. An earnest young academic, Daniel has come for a summer job cataloguing a private collector's library.
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Publisher's Summary

In an ancient burial ground on an island off Venice, a young woman's casket is pried open, an object is wrenched from her hands, and an extraordinary adventure begins.

From the moment he arrives in Venice, Daniel Forster is seduced by the city's mystery. An earnest young academic, Daniel has come for a summer job cataloguing a private collector's library.

But when Daniel's employer sends him to buy a stolen violin from a petty thief, a chain reaction of violence and deception ignites. Suddenly Daniel is drawn into a police investigation - and a tempest swirling around a beautiful woman, a mysterious palazzo, and a lost musical masterpiece dating back centuries.

With each step he takes, Daniel unwittingly retraces a journey that began in 1733, when another young man came to Venice. And when, in this realm of intrigue and beauty, two lovers came face-to-face with a killer: and a mystery was born.

©2001 David Hewson; (P)2001 W F Howes Ltd

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    Elizabeth C. Moulton 09-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Keep Listening!!!!"

    Wonderful story - one of Hewson's best after you get through the first two hours. I listened to it twice before I "got" that the narrator was conveying verbally what would have been immediately obvious if I had been reading. Once I understood the structure the story unfolded as wheels within wheels. Very satisfying, intricate, stimulating, kept me glued to my iPod. Do read this book!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Burns Northern California 11-19-10
    Nancy Burns Northern California 11-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Spellbinding story"

    This is a wonderful, complex, literate thriller that interweaves two stories, one set in the present and one set in the 18th century. The characters are a unique and interesting cast. The plot moves briskly, with unpredictable twists and turns. The Venetian setting will appeal to anyone who has visited the city. The narrator is very good, changing voices quite deftly for so many characters. His Italian and American accents are not the best, but do not detract from one's enjoyment of the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debi Scottsdale, AZ, United States 01-14-12
    Debi Scottsdale, AZ, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not well suited to audio format"
    What disappointed you about Lucifer's Shadow?

    I found the story very hard to follow since it moves from past to present and back. The characters were not well developed and I could not follow who was who in the plot. I gave up and didn't finish the book....life is too short to listen to bad books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Hewson again?

    I would not search him out, but I wouldn't NOT listen to a book because he was the reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He needs to give more variation to his character voices to help the listner keep the separate.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lucifer's Shadow?

    Most of them!


    Any additional comments?

    I just did not like this book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evie Fass 01-15-11
    Evie Fass 01-15-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A Waste of a Credit"

    The hoaky Italian accents coupled with an awful plot is a recipe for a reader wandering how it got 4 stars

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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    11/5/08
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    "Complex stories cleverly intertwined"

    David Hewson is adept at combining fast-paced crime/thriller stories with the history, art and, in this book, the music of a particular place. Lucifer's Shadow is set in Venice and inter-weaves two parallel stories: one in the present day and the other about 300 years earlier. Gradually the two stories are brought together. This book is more complicated in its structure than his excellent Rome series and you need to listen attentively to the first few chapters to get clear in your mind the sets of characters in the two stories. The reader, Christopher Kay, helps by using a wide range of accents. I was hooked by the book and finished it over 3 days. I am, yet again, amazed by Hewson's divergent mind able to think up these astonishing plots inter-linking fact and fiction.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Adrienne
    Kettering, Northants, United Kingdom
    9/15/09
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    "the accent detracted from the storyline will"

    Whilst I enjoyed this book, the narrator's accent for one of the characters drove me mad. A sort of "shadda-uppa-your-face " accent? I understand from other readers reviews but I'm not the only one irritated by this. It did spoil my enjoyment of the book somewhat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    6/2/11
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    "Narration"

    Unfortunately I gave up on this due to the narration. A great shame as I have liked Christopher Kay reading the other David Hewson books. But this one had a huge amount of very heavy, presumably meant to be Italian accented English, and I found it too irritating to listen after a while. What a shame. The others were good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jayne
    cassop, United Kingdom
    4/4/10
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    "splendid"

    This was my first audio book and I can honestly say it won't be my last, the characters in this book came alive, my heart was in my mouth at times, the narrator was brilliant he added depth to the characters, I really enoyed how history was woven into the present, just wonderful...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Nth fremantleAustralia
    2/21/08
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    "Night Watch"

    I have just finished listening to this marvellous book. The characters hsve invaded my psyche as has Juanita Macmahon's wonderful reading. I reccomend it to all who enjoy a rich often confronting plot read with wonderful consistency and great insight into this bleak time in English History.

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • S. O'NEILL
    London UK
    10/12/09
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    "Drowning in Venice"

    This is such a slow and dull book. I must admit I nearly gave up listening at the end of the first part (though it picked up a bit in part 2) And the Italian accents should have been left behind. They don't add anything apart from disbelief at the awfulness of them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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