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The Angel of Darkness Audiobook

The Angel of Darkness

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In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew.

It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends - high-living crime reporter Schuyler Moore; indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard; the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert, the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime - have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case.

But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara's aid, the team reunites to help her find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Their investigation leads the team to a shocking suspect: a woman who appears to the world to be a heroic nurse and a loving mother, but who may in reality be a ruthless murderer of children.

Fast-paced and chilling, The Angel Of Darkness is another tour de force from Caleb Carr, a novel of modern evil in old New York.

©1997 Caleb Carr (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Susan St. Louis 02-20-14
    Susan St. Louis 02-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An enjoyable book"

    I listened to the abridged version of this book and enjoyed it so much that I decided to get the unabridged. It's a good story and is the type of book that I tend to look for. It's set in 1897, and is a refreshing step back in time when detecting was difficult and proving a crime even more so.
    Read the book description to get an idea of the story. There are so many characters, that it's difficult for me to pick a favorite one. They're all important to the story.
    Caleb Carr's characters are well developed and that is a big reason why I like this book. A flaw in my character maybe, but I have to like the main characters otherwise I find it difficult to spend time with them as the story is told. The main characters have idiosyncracies and flaws, but likable all the same.
    The story is, at times, a bit plodding, as Carr takes you through the process of developing proof and collecting evidence which was difficult at best during that time. You eventually find that Carr's development of the story builds up to interesting events in the book, so stick with it if it gets a bit ponderous at times.
    George Guidall is an excellent narrator, and I've listened to many books he's narrated. I listened to the abridged version of this book first, narrated by Boyd Gaines, and found that I preferred Gaines' version. Gaines did the accents and tones of the characters which made their personalities stand out a bit more. He is hard to top for this book.
    If Carr ever writes another book like this one or The Alienist, I'd get it without hesitation. Highly recommend.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Butterman Evanston, IL USA 10-23-14
    Mark Butterman Evanston, IL USA 10-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Please End So I Can Stop Listening!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If historical richness can excuse a plodding plot, and you have have plenty of time on your hands, this might be for you.


    Has The Angel of Darkness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, The Alienist was terrific.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not exactly George Guidall's fault, because he is normally a terrific narrator, but I couldn't stand anticipating the word substitution of "what" for "that", which seems to be Caleb Carr's way of providing colloquial verisimilitude. I was so attentive to the substitution that I nearly jumped out of my skin the one and only time I heard Mr. Guidall use the word "that" while voicing the character of Stevie.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Angel of Darkness?

    I'm immersed in the trial right now and the opening speeches of both lawyers was totally predictable and serves no purpose at such length but to restate the themes of the book. For about the seventh time.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept thinking how much more interesting this book would have been if Jack Reacher would have made an appearance to make it all right by busting a few heads and moving the plot along. I guess we have to be satisfied with Teddy Roosevelt instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Che` CANTON, GA, United States 01-13-13
    Che` CANTON, GA, United States 01-13-13
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    "A well-woven cliche."

    This book would be excellent for those who have a specific interest in this particular genre/style; that is, the sort of pop fiction of the late nineteenth- early twentieth-century, and popular to films up through as late as the 1970's but peaking in the '30's 40's and 50's. A squad off young detectives in an uncivilized, crime-ridden New York City of the Fin-de-siecle, lead by their scientific mastermind - complete with idealized Austrian accent - who must battle against the ignorance of the Old World to prove his case and save a child. It's basically Tim Burton's rendition of Sleepy Hollow in literary form, and with a few extra cliches added to fill the thing out. And, of course, no Sir Arthur Conan Doyle rehash would be complete with out the perfunctory aborigine assassin.
    Now, all that said, the book is well-written. The prose is good, and the story flows nicely, though, as it is a heavily overdone kind of story, don't expect any surprises. The characters are well developed, but they'd better be since authors have been developing exactly them for 175 years.
    George Guidall is always an excellent voice, and a talented actor, and this is no exception. This book is great for people who are already in love with this very specific genre, otherwise I fear you will find yourself extremely bored early on, and this is no short read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Lindsey San Fernando Valley, CA 01-01-17
    J. Lindsey San Fernando Valley, CA 01-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Intricate Book Without Overkill"

    Caleb Carr is amazing, at least in the 2 alienist novels, this being a sequel. It combines all of my favorite genre... history, mystery, crime detection, legal and police procedural. This 600 page novel was a daunting listen and for me was a read all nighter...except that it literally wore me out. In the dozens of hours there was hardly a breather. I could stay with it largely due to George Guidall's narration. He is sooo smooth and you never have to wonder "who said that"?
    I work in the medical field of neurology which crosses psychology in many directions. I see "broken" kids every day. Except for the infanticide aspect, so much of what this turn of the century psychologist/psychiatrist, did and believed is book title material now when a century ago it was almost witchcraft and inadmissible. I was not short of enthralled.
    Going to try his NY novel next. A little scared as the alienist and his friends won't be there and neither will George!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle M Stacey 12-20-16
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    "Kept my interest"

    This book contains a cast of interesting characters, all brought to mind's eye by the amazing performance. 'The Angel of Darkness' , an imaginative story that kept me glued, was at times comedic, at times traumatic, dramatic, frenetic and disturbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Brailsford Asheville, NC USA 12-18-16
    L. Brailsford Asheville, NC USA 12-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "engrossed from the start!"

    loved this story. well written, well read. I recommend Caleb Carr's books in general. thanks for the great story.

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    Roxane 11-23-16
    Roxane 11-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Is there nothing George Guidall can't read?"

    Great book full of suspense and wonderful descriptions of New York in the 1890's all read by my very favorite narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janie K Gilbert 10-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed. Reviews were good, darn."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps this author is just not for me as so many people gave good reviews


    What was most disappointing about Caleb Carr’s story?

    Too many characters all at once.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I have always found George Guidall to be a superior narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Angel of Darkness?

    I've gone back to the audio three times, but can't go beyond the first three chapters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-11-16
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good second in the series."
    Any additional comments?

    The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends - high-living crime reporter Schuyler Moore; indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard; the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert, the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime - have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case.
    But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara's aid, the team reunites to help her find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Their investigation leads the team to a shocking suspect: a woman who appears to the world to be a heroic nurse and a loving mother, but who may in reality be a ruthless murderer of children

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy on Kansas 10-05-16 Member Since 2015

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    "narrator is amazing."

    so enjoyable on many levels. excellent narration. historical story line is wonderful extra plus. thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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