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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death | [James Runcie]

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners.
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Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners; whether it involves the apparent suicide of a local solicitor, a scandalous jewellery theft at a New Year’s Eve dinner party, or the unexplained death of a jazz promoter’s daughter.

Alongside his inquiries, Sidney also manages to find time to enjoy cricket, warm beer, hot jazz, and the company of an attractive, lively young woman called Amanda.

©2012 James Runcie (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 05-07-14
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 05-07-14 Member Since 2015

    A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)

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    "English mysteries featuring a clerical detective"

    Sidney Chambers, Canon in the Church of England, finds himself drawn into mysteries during his ministry to the people of Cambridge. These short stories are entertaining and amusing while also being solid mysteries which are not simply curiosities featuring a novelty sleuth in the figure of the investigating priest. Enjoy them, perhaps with tea, perhaps with a single malt, but Sidney wouldn't recommend a sherry ...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-05-15
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    "Nice cross over from Grantchester TV Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Nice listening and nice mysteries.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love almost anything British and this was just what I was looking for on the drive from WI to TX


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Zoe 02-05-15
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    "Enjoyable enough"
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    The narrator is not especially good at varying voices for characters, sounds too old for the main character, and is not very good with women's voices. I found the stories interesting enough to overcome the lackluster narration...and I may very well download the second book at some point. It was the kind of benign distraction I sometimes need.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mollie United States 04-02-15
    Mollie United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable first book in a new series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, so I cannot offer an opinion about this question.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, I would not say it kept me on the edge of my seat, but the crimes and characters are engaging.


    What does Peter Wickham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love his reading of the book. He is an excellent narrator, and he has such a smooth and calming delivery.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jean STAFFORD, VA, United States 03-31-15
    Jean STAFFORD, VA, United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2009
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    "The real Grantchester!"
    What did you love best about Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death?

    The every dayness and the relationship that Cannon Sidney Chambers has with his friend Detective Geordie Keating and Amanda. The stories have different set of dynamics than what we saw on PBS. It is almost the same six short stories as the series with Cannon Chambers as our moral compass, but they have reworked the characters and pretext behind the mystery plot. They also have dropped some characters in the PBS series. You will also notice the war and Sidney are not dominant in the book, something they added on the PBS series. The book takes you through a complete year, whereas the PBS series its just a season.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually I found myself really liking Amanda, she is less vague or snobbish than the PBS version. She is more rounded and involved with Sidney in the book and the reader gets a feel for the basis of the relationship and how he feels about her. I wish the books gave Leonard a bigger presence, because I really like him in the PBS series and Mrs M.


    What about Peter Wickham’s performance did you like?

    His voice is perfect and enjoyable to listen to, he also does the character voices well.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all its a enjoyable read, I couldn't get enough, I really looking forward to the other two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Peach Houston 11-09-14
    Ms Peach Houston 11-09-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Great book"

    Great listen. i really mean it was a great listen. The narrator Peter Wickham has the perfect voice. The story was very compelling. It leaves you wanting more.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Moonglotexas South Africa 03-14-15
    Moonglotexas South Africa 03-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable country-orientated, 6 part mystery book"
    What did you love best about Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death?

    The relationship between Geordie and Sidney is great. Unlike the TV series, the mysteries are less obvious for the most part and Amanda is a more appealing character


    What does Peter Wickham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Despite feeling his voice too old for the character who is just over 30, he does bring great pace and lovely accents. One can just relax into the story.


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


    Any additional comments?

    I preferred this to the TV series and will be reading the rest of the series. Loved the TV series, just wished they'd stayed truer to the narrative

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Art Grrrl milwaukee, wi 02-24-15
    Art Grrrl milwaukee, wi 02-24-15 Member Since 2010

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    "This is Not Grantchester."

    Sidney Chambers in Grantchester is so masculine. So world weary. So strong. So very heartbreaking.

    This Sidney Chambers is Very Moral. A little sanctimonious . Very Disappointing.

    When you hear "cozy 1950s detective stories with a country vicar as the sleuth", that's exactly what you get in Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is. It's so very Very Prissy.

    And the narrator . . . yikes. Most of the characters in the story are in their 20s. This narrator has the voice of an Old Cozy Country Vicar. And just as much acting ability. Sidney Chambers sounds like Miss Marple from St. Mary Meade.

    This is not Grantchester. Buy this if you're curious to see how a brilliant writer (Daisy Coulam) turned these typical stories into something really special. If you want more James Norton as Sidney Chambers, I am so very sorry to tell you, he is not here. Buy the DVDs.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    7/7/13
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    "old times at uniy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death to be better than the print version?

    yes it was lovely to sit back and injoy. being read to


    What other book might you compare Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death to, and why?

    goodbye mr chips


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the scean were the students were climeing about the spirer of the roof.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    love and mystery


    Any additional comments?

    all I can say is I loved it Im sorry Im such bad speller.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
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    6/26/13
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    "An easy, enjoyable listen"

    I downloaded this after hearing James Runcie on Radio 4's 'Saturday Live'. The description of this book conjured up a cross between GK Chesterton's Father Brown and Miss Marple- a perfect easy crime listen. OK, so it's not quite Agatha Christie but hugely enjoyable if you are in the mood for a 'nice' crime story with no violence but excellent characterisation and simple plots that will still keep you guessing. I like the fact that this book is made up of seperate interlinked short stories as this makes it very easy to dip into. My only complaint is that I wish the 1950s period had been better evoked.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    12/8/14
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    "Gentle & Astute"
    Where does Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my Top Five


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Geordie the Policeman because he appears to be Sydney's straightman and yet is often flexible.


    What about Peter Wickham’s performance did you like?

    Measured without boring my ears. Conveys the mixed emotions & thinking of Sidney. The vocal pitch for the ladies got on my nerves at times particularly during long speeches or maybe he successfully conveyed just how irritating they are.


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

    Generally I enjoyed the pace and the gentle astute thinking behind the plot & characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie
    Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
    11/18/14
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    "Most enjoyable"

    I tend to stick to authors and narrators I know and like, so this was a bit of an experiment. But I loved it. I was a bit put off initially that it wasn't once continuous 'whodunnit' rather several with the same characters. Once I'd got passed that I enjoyed the stories very much. James Runcie has created a very believable vicar in Sidney Chambers and I look forward to more of his adventures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emilia
    London, United Kingdom
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    "Next book please Mr Runcie"

    I thoroughly enjoed this and I'm already looking forward to some more from the same author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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