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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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    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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    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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    Anonymous! 04-01-15
    Anonymous! 04-01-15
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    "Really quite good."

    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.

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    Sharon 02-04-15
    Sharon 02-04-15
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    "Great read"

    A liitle confusing at first, but a good read and exciring finish. I hardily recommend this book.

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    Joanna K. Harada 01-22-15

    Song Mama

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    "Nice clean book"

    narrator did an excellent job. the story had a little too many details I recommend the book. Nice clean story

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    suh 01-09-15
    suh 01-09-15
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    "Slow moving"

    This narrator Ms. Davina Porter is so completely unmatched! Story wasn't gripping but Davina made it worth hanging in there.

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    John Gauthier 12-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    Loved this first series of the Ann Perry's inspector Monk. I was shocked as to the murder. It kept me on the edge throughout.

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    Craig A. 12-17-14
    Craig A. 12-17-14
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    "Tediously Internal"
    What did you like best about The Face of a Stranger? What did you like least?

    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.


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    Alexandra 05-13-14
    Alexandra 05-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Older but Excellent Series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Face of a Stranger the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    Edge of my seat - no. However, it was a good pace, and very satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait to listen to the next in the series.

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    P.A.D. 04-26-14
    P.A.D. 04-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Think I'm about to become a Monk fan"
    What made the experience of listening to The Face of a Stranger the most enjoyable?

    Davina Porter


    What other book might you compare The Face of a Stranger to and why?

    Any number of similar mysteries abound, but Ms. Porter's talent as narrator sets this book apart.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened in bits.


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