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
I listened to this story a few years ago. I forgot many parts of the plot . It was like hearing it for the first time. It was thrilling and engaging. I felt as if I was there walking with Monk as he slowly discovered himself.
It's always too soon to write a fair review of a great book when they always keep you thinking. 4 & 5 stars are worth repeat listenings.
Davina Porter's voice with Anne's Perry's words are a beautiful combination.
Anne Perry has written more than a mystery. The thought provoking conversation between characters is as satisfying as solving the mystery.
She reads everything beautifully and thoughtfully and gives the characters more life than when I read the story myself.
I discovered her listening to Alice in Wonderland. I never understood Alice before Davina gave her life. I finally realized Alice was in a dream, and it all made sense. Kind of like Lorelai Gilmore in a rabbit hole. Loved it.
Since hearing Alice, I have been searching for another agreeable story she's narrated.
•Thoughtful dialogue and character interaction
•Strong women characters
•No bedroom scenes
•Mystery unraveled at a good pace for the length of the book
I'm in a British-mystery-writer-phase. (Can you tell?) I rather like Anne Perry's writing and the William Monk character. Of course narrator Davina Porter was reason for trying the series.
The premise is rather promising. The problem is with the main character's internal dialog which is constant and then repeats. You want to like the main character, but he's just so tedious. You get to hear every single thought he has (in real-time). I you miss some of the internal dialog, no need to worry it will be repeated. An abridged version would be much better. With 1 hour to go I can't decide if I can get through it or not.
This is the first "Monk" novel, and I listened because I so enjoy Davina Porter as a narrator. While I found the first part of the story to be a little slow, I am glad I stuck with it. Monk is such a complex character, and his memory lost made the story that much more intriguing.
Edge of my seat - no. However, it was a good pace, and very satisfying.
I cannot wait to listen to the next in the series.
Any number of similar mysteries abound, but Ms. Porter's talent as narrator sets this book apart.
I first heard Davina Porter as narrator for the Outlander series. Nothing could compare to that. So, as is the case with this book, I am as likely to choose a book because Ms. Porter is the narrator as I am because of a particular author and so have been introduced to several authors.
I listened in bits.
Possibly , you need a great deal of patience if you are not to give up before the end .
The idea was very good and the characterisation well drawn in the main .
Davina Porter has a very professional microphone technic , she avoids sounding like a gurgling drain whenever she has to swallow , unlike a lot of narrators .
This is not five star for me because it's too long , it's dragged out and soooo slow , the number of times the phrase " if only I could remember " is used is beyond counting , it's like toiling through treacle a lot of the time , needed better editing .
I would not read another Anne Perry book. I'm a tolerant reader but this was tedious and with a very unsatisfactory ending. I found it hard to care about any of the characters and the protagonist was irritating and whining. There were also lots of bad plot leaps and assumptions.
Davina Porter is a great reader I only kept going because of her voice.
Back to reliable Scandinavian noir!
Yes - not read anything by this author again!
A thoroughly good listen. Good Victorian mystery with engaging characters. Several strands of story that flow through the series, yet the writer never gets bogged down in detail and keeps the reader keen to hear more. The narration is clear and the various characters are voiced well without being distracting. A gem of a book.
"And an other great Anne Perry listen"
I love Anne Perry books. All of her books are a joy to listen to. But I think it would have been better to have just one Narrater for the books ( the monk mysteries).
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