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The Face of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #1 | [Anne Perry]

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

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

    Grace

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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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    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 06-14-13
    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2011

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Heather Dunn Wasilla, AK, US 11-23-12
    Heather Dunn Wasilla, AK, US 11-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Face of a Stranger the most enjoyable?

    We loved how the character discovered himself through the book. As he was searching for clues for the mystery, he was looking for clues to find out who he was, and realizing that he hadn't been the man that he wanted to be. It is a study in character, personality and being true to the real you inside, all set a foggy Dickens' era London. Davina Porter's narration is what brought me to this book, and I loved every minute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karin Missouri, United States 10-16-12
    Karin Missouri, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Intriguing Mystery"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. I especially like Davina Porter, in fact, she is why I bought this in the first place. But the mystery of the book was really great as well and, although, suspecting 'whodunnit' several times, I was still surprised how it all came together in the end.

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    K. Olson Washington, NC 10-06-12
    K. Olson Washington, NC 10-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "So glad I met William and Hester"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am new to the Monk series. What a treat. And I LOVE Davina Porter. She is so talented. The way she manipulates her voice, masters subtle accents, and gently tells a story is just brillant. Anne Perry serves up fascinating characters, psychological twists, and a duo of likeable protaganists. Have already downloaded the next two books in the series. Shamelessly hooked.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea that our detective has amnesia and is struggling to uncover details about his own life and get to know himself while he is uncovering details and getting to know the victim. The way these "investigations" mirror each other. When Monk reflects on the emptiness of only seeing the outcomes of elements in his life (the way he dresses, his ambition, his relationships) without having any understanding of the motives and drivers behind them. Not only is his memory lost, but the very essence of what make him him is lost, and his trying to figure it out by seeing himself reflected in the attitudes and behaviors of others toward him. Very powerful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Monk revists the crime scence later in the book and is galvanized by the sight of the walking stick in the stand. Up to that point, I had thought that maybe his "flashbacks" and emotional responses to the crime scene where almost a psychic talent brought about by his accident and that that would be a part of his character. At that point, both he and the reader began to realize that his involvement in the crime is very real and, ironically, he begans to hide his secrets more and more just as he is uncovering the victim's secrets.


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    Sandra M. Britton Goodyear AZ 09-25-12
    Sandra M. Britton Goodyear AZ 09-25-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Another great book from Anne Perry"
    Would you listen to The Face of a Stranger again? Why?

    I will and have listened to this story more than once. She is a great story teller and the Monk series is very good. As is the Pitt Series too,


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the way the author takes you through the experience of losing your memory and slowly trying to put the pieces together.


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

    Davina Porter is my favorite reader. She does accents and voices so well you can tell who the character it as she reads the story and recognize them as the book progresses.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm seen too many movies made from excellent books and the film rarely does the book justice.


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    Julie WALDORF, MARYLAND, United States 08-27-12
    Julie WALDORF, MARYLAND, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great British murder mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to The Face of a Stranger the most enjoyable?

    The narrator davina porter is excellent.story is great and characters are rich


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to all of this authors books available on audio

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    J. Green Atlanta, GA 08-26-12
    J. Green Atlanta, GA 08-26-12 Member Since 2009

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    "First class writing"

    Anne Perry has an excellent mastery of the language. This novel is superb. The characters are well drawn, the mystery is intriguing, and the atmosphere is oh so Victorian.

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