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The Pale Blue Eye | [Louis Bayard]

The Pale Blue Eye

When the body of a suicide victim disappears at West Point Military Academy in 1831, only to be discovered hours later missing its heart, the Academy calls on retired detective Gus Landor to investigate. Landor is something of a legend among his peers, noted for an uncanny, Holmesian ability to read people. When Edgar Allan Poe, a new cadet, comes forth with his own cryptic conclusion - that the man Landor is looking for is a poet - Landor is intrigued and enlists Poe as his assistant.
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Publisher's Summary

When the body of a suicide victim disappears at West Point Military Academy in 1831, only to be discovered hours later missing its heart, the Academy calls on retired detective Gus Landor to investigate. Landor is something of a legend among his peers, noted for an uncanny, Holmesian ability to read people. When Edgar Allan Poe, a new cadet, comes forth with his own cryptic conclusion - that the man Landor is looking for is a poet - Landor is intrigued and enlists Poe as his assistant. Working together, Landor and Poe narrow down the suspects, all the while dealing with their own personal demons.

©2006 Louis Bayard (P)2014 AudioGO

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    "Wonderful novel with excellent narration"

    This was a great listen! Although it might be notable for Edgar Allen Poe's inclusion in the book as a cadet at West Point, the novel really stands on it's own even if he weren't the character who helps the protagonist investigate murders and mayhem on the West Point campus. The narrator voices the characters well, and it was an all-round pleasure to listen to.

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    Almira PHOENIX, AZ, United States 10-02-14
    Almira PHOENIX, AZ, United States 10-02-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Stick With It"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pale Blue Eye the most enjoyable?

    Young Edgar Allen Poe. And the mystery. The ending.


    What other book might you compare The Pale Blue Eye to and why?

    It was not like any other book I have read. And I read A LOT.


    What about Charles Leggett’s performance did you like?

    I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me and by the end, I really had gotten used to his style and thought it was appropriate for the book. I think it was probably a pretty difficult book to narrate.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. But I did enjoy the end. And it made me want to read up on Poe's early life. Also look at pictures to find out if his forehead really WAS so large.


    Any additional comments?

    This book took me two tries. The first time I started to listen, I abandoned it after about an hour. Then I went back to it at a later time and got interested and enjoyed it very much. It was different than I thought it was going to be. But not in a bad way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 04-03-15
    Dave 04-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Chilling Novel, Beautifully Done"
    Any additional comments?

    While I don't know much of Poe the actual man, I suspect that Bayard attributed far more positive attributes to him than he warranted. That did not take away from the book. The plot had you suspecting the ending, and yet you didn't know quite how it fit and then came the twist. The setting and the tautness of the tale make this a book that will keep you in the car a little longer to fit in another few pages of audio. The reader's performance was great, a voice I would like to hear more.

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    lisa 07-06-14
    lisa 07-06-14 Member Since 2014

    Chronic multi-tasker; Audible feeds my addiction to well loved genres, and allows me to explore new, unexplored arenas

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    "Louis Bayard - one of my favorites"
    What did you love best about The Pale Blue Eye?

    EXCELLENT twist at the end... Never saw it coming


    What other book might you compare The Pale Blue Eye to and why?

    Stands on its own


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

    First time - but not the last


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

    It would be very difficult to condense this to a movie - too much detail/backstory would be lost


    Any additional comments?

    I love the unexpected-

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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