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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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    Kaejae 09-09-16
    Kaejae 09-09-16 Member Since 2016

    Absolute bluestocking & love it!!

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    "Fascinating story - hard to put down!"

    Never read/listened to such an amazing story! Two mysteries woven together with great skill. Enjoyed getting to know the characters and trying to figure it it ( never did).
    Davina Porter is so great - so what could possibly be better! 5*

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    trish b. 08-26-16
    trish b. 08-26-16
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    "A really well written "who done it". Depth and intrigue. Wonderful narrator"

    Great story. Great narrator. Cant wait to read the next in this series. Thanks Audio

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    BarnRat 07-28-16
    BarnRat 07-28-16 Member Since 2013

    50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.

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    "Good mystery, well written and gorgeously read"

    Never lagged. The protagonist's struggle with amnesia was masterfully told. Excellent mystery and terrific period piece. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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    logicofvicky 06-20-16 Member Since 2015

    Hono Kimono

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    "love it"

    absolutely love it! the story is engaging and full of lovely details about the Victorian period. The characters well developed and the narrator brings each one to life.

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    Jamea 08-14-15
    Jamea 08-14-15

    Private Vocal Music Educator

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    "Really enjoyed!"

    This was a nice surprise from a randomly chosen book. The story is well told. I didn't find it predictable and that kept the mystery aspect rolling. Love the reader, too!

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    eileen walsh 07-01-15 Member Since 2008
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    ""Th" death not deaf!"

    Porter's diction is elegant except when it comes to the "th" sound, especially at the end if words like death and truth.

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    Nathalie 05-26-15
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    "Ho Hum"

    Except for Davina Porters narration, which is what interested me in the first place. I won't be continuing this series!

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    joy l taylor 04-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Better than before"

    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.

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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.

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    Rhonda 04-04-15
    Rhonda 04-04-15

    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.

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    "Glad to discover Anne Perry"
    Would you listen to The Face of a Stranger again? Why?

    Davina Porter's voice with Anne's Perry's words are a beautiful combination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anne Perry has written more than a mystery. The thought provoking conversation between characters is as satisfying as solving the mystery.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    •Thoughtful dialogue and character interaction
    •Satisfying ending
    •Strong women characters
    •No bedroom scenes
    •Mystery unraveled at a good pace for the length of the book

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  • George
    March, United Kingdom
    1/1/15
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    "Turgid ."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Possibly , you need a great deal of patience if you are not to give up before the end .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea was very good and the characterisation well drawn in the main .


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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 .


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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 .

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  • zhiraeth
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book written by Anne Perry or narrated by Davina Porter?

    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.


    What will your next listen be?

    Back to reliable Scandinavian noir!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    None


    Did The Face of a Stranger inspire you to do anything?

    Yes - not read anything by this author again!


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  • Alison
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Excellent!"

    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.

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  • s
    upper beeding, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "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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