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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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    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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    Eddie Lynn 12-05-13
    Eddie Lynn 12-05-13 Member Since 2015

    No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.

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    "Monk finds himself"

    Following an accident, Monk is left injured and without memory of either the accident or his life. Struggling to find himself, he is thrown in the midst of a murder he is expected to solve in his role as a police detective. As he unwinds the death, he also unwinds the mystery of himself.
    I was SO hoping for a new series to sink my teeth/ears into and William Monk will be it! I really like Davina Porter as a narrator and I'd love to learn how she prepares for a reading. Her subtle changes of voice are as good as her reading of mood and action. I am also listening to the Outlander series with Ms. Porter.
    But, about this book, the development of a character with memory loss was well accomplished! His anxiety, pride, fear in discovery, complicated by the intriguing death of a charming war veteran set up an entertaining page-turner, so to speak. Plus, the ending! Thank you Ms. Perry, you have a new fan!

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    Lily 10-23-13
    Lily 10-23-13 Member Since 2013

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    "No One Quite Like Anne Perry"
    If you could sum up The Face of a Stranger in three words, what would they be?

    Character study + mystery --- but that really doesn't do justice to the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Inspector Monk, of course. And I can see that he and Hester Latterly are going to be a great pair of sleuths in subsequent books.


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

    I love Davina Porter. I don't think anyone can touch her narration of books set in the UK. When I see her name listed, I know I'm going to have a great read.


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

    I almost did read the book in one sitting, but couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never met an Anne Perry novel that I didn't like. I am in awe of her ability to portray a period in England as if she had lived it herself. She also has the ability to continue her series without losing the spark she created in the first. She is definitely an author who always guarantees a good book.

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    History Buff Maryland 07-09-13
    History Buff Maryland 07-09-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great introduction to a "new" series"
    What did you love best about The Face of a Stranger?

    I loved the parallel between Monk's trying to find out the man he was behind his face and the man Gray was behind his (brutally murdered) face.


    What three words best describe Davina Porter’s performance?

    I was a bit surprised they chose a female narrator to read a book nearly 90% peopled by men. At first, I did not care for her at all, but I will admit she grew on me.


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    Betsy Georgitis Western US 04-16-13
    Betsy Georgitis Western US 04-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.

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    "Likable Main Character, Likable Book"

    Many of the characters in this mystery were easy to like. The mystery itself is a rather predictable format with a predictable resolution but fun to read non the less. I definitely will look for other books by this author when I want a pleasurable light mystery.

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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 01-09-13
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 01-09-13
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    "Another great mystery"

    I am so pleased when I find a mystery that holds my interest and keeps me guessing...I'm very pleased after finishing this one.

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