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The Face of a Stranger Audiobook

The Face of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #1

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Publisher's Summary

A tragic accident leaves Inspector Monk with amnesia just moments after he solves the murder of a popular Crimean war hero. Forced to redo his entire investigation, a frustrated Monk faces a desperate murderer who will do anything to keep the inspector from discovering the truth twice.

Crack another case with William Monk.

©1990 Anne Perry; (P)1995 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Virginia Waldron 04-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A Murder Mystery Written by a Murderer"

    The story of the author is much more fascinating than this book. Anne Perry was one of two young women convicted of pre-meditated murder. There is a novel element in this mystery but apart from that, this is just a good yarn. Knowing about the colourful and disturbing past of the writer was the tantalizing part for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sally SCITUATE, MA, United States 04-09-11
    Sally SCITUATE, MA, United States 04-09-11
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    "Twisty!"

    I enjoyed this Monk novel enormously! It extends the plot a little further in a very surprising way, and the details of London's sewers was historically interesting. Ms. Perry has a brilliant way of bringing you into the era as more of a resident than an observer.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Serviss 06-17-10
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    "Enjoying the Series"

    Enjoyed the Thomas Pitt books, but this series appeals more. There is more depth to the story and the characters are very well developed. The only problem is there is a gap from books six through eleven in the audio lineup. I ordered these in paperback because I enjoy following a complete story line. Davina Porter is an excellent narrator.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    NatesNana 07-02-13
    NatesNana 07-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A slow start but worth persevering"

    I almost gave up because the story seemed quite slow moving and ponderous for the first half. However the characters grew on me and the second half proved quite fascinating both with insight into the period and some clever turns in the plot.

    The narration was excellent which also helped me persevere through the early chapters.

    I am pleased I persevered :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 12-21-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow!!"

    I’ve loved Ms. Perry’s Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, so after running out of stories.. I decided to try the William Monk series. I’m glad I did!

    Ms. Perry is a consummate Victorian era Mystery writer. Mr. Monk though, gives us a new twist! He is handicapped with amnesia! Throughout this first book, I’m amazed at how vividly Ms. Perry describes the confusion, anguish, and fear that flows through Mr. Monk as he tries to act as if nothing is wrong. He struggles through his Police Inspector’s job on instinct.. but, it seems that his instincts haven’t forgotten! Now, if only Mr. Monk would start to trust them!

    She gives us a unique look at introspection at its most poignant. We see how events, and our memory of them, shape our lives and personalities. Imagine having a clean slate and being able to start over.. but no one else does! I’m sure there is a psychological dissertation in there somewhere! But, Ms. Perry is such a great writer that we’re led through all the mind’s contortions and feel as if we’re right there with Mr. Monk.

    And, it is a great mystery, too!

    I love Ms. Porter’s narrating and am very glad to see the Perry/Porter team still intact!

    I very much enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to everyone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Asta 08-27-12
    Asta 08-27-12
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    "Slow, Quiet Mystery But Interesting Main Character"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I liked the mystery, and I found the world-building and characterization well done.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anne Perry? Why or why not?

    Yes. I have already finished the next book in this series and am about to start the third.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. It was slow, quiet and rather dry.


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the book was slow and almost boring. I do not know whether this was due to the text or the narrator. It picked up around chapter 12 where it started getting a bit exciting. I had a lot of difficulty accepting the narration. I was 99.9% convinced I did not want to continue this series in audio, but convenience persuaded me otherwise. The problems I had with the narration included difficulty distinguishing certain characters from another, particularly male characters and especially when there weren't any dialogue tags; young women who sounded old or over delicate; some difficulty determining whether something was being spoken by a character or the narrator; occasionally whistling s's; muffled chatting in the background (which I later discovered was an echo of the narrator's words); and brief pauses from one sentence to another as if switching from one CD to the next. I did like the voice acting and the different accents, and I eventually grew to accept the narrator's voice for Monk.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Russell 05-10-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Not much meat"

    The concept had promise, so maybe I should have just bought an abridged version. There seemed to be a lot of repetition of the grousing over the silliness of the English class system, as well as the nature of the relationship between Monk and his boss which is exacerbated by the silliness of the English class system. I kept falling asleep for 15-20 minutes, but then when I thumbed back found that I really hadn't missed anything, since I'd heard it all several times earlier in the book. Maybe it would help to be an anglophile, but I'm a lover of mysteries, and wouldn't include this book in that category.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 06-14-13
    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2016

    Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.

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    "Enjoyed this start to the "Monk" series"

    I'm a big fan of Anne Perry's writing, especially her "Charlotte & Thomas Pitt" series, so I thought I'd also try this series. I very much enjoyed this book, also, and I plan to continue the series. The only SLIGHT negative for me was that, at various points in the story, I found myself asking, "why doesn't he just TELL this person that he was in an accident and has amnesia?" But I realize that Perry was trying to explore the difficulties that would arise if a person did not know. At any rate, it's a good listen. Davina Porter is, as usual, a fantastic narrator!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia Reston, VA, USA 04-21-17
    Claudia Reston, VA, USA 04-21-17 Member Since 2002

    Audible listener for MANY years. I love mysteries and spy novels, biographies, historical fiction, and many other things in between.

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    "My First Anne Perry Book"
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    I recently found this book when I was searching for other titles read by Davina Porter, the world’s most wonderful narrator!
    I loved this book from the beginning to the very end! The story grabbed me right away, with beautiful writing and excellent character development that was so nice to be a part of as it unfolded. Ms. Porter's narration, as always, was five stars to the 10th power. I have other narrators I really, really like… But I truly don't think anyone has the skill and the mastery that she does. I'm not sure how she would do reading science fiction, but she makes stories like this and the Outlander series so remarkable to listen to.
    I usually like to switch up the titles I listen to, but when this one ended I decided to queue up number two in the series! What a great find for someone who loves historical fiction and a good mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maurice E. Corman Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA 01-25-17
    Maurice E. Corman Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA 01-25-17 Member Since 2010

    Love to embroider as we listen to the books.

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    "I love this narrator."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is the intro book. It seemed to drag on a bit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the detail.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    I could listen to her read a grocery list.


    Was The Face of a Stranger worth the listening time?

    Yes, because I hope to start the series and this sets the scene.


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