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The Pure in Heart Audiobook

The Pure in Heart: Simon Serrailler 2

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Publisher's Summary

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, first introduced in The Various Haunts of Men, is on a painting holiday in Venice when he is summoned home by a telephone call. He has family problems to face, and the stress and grind of running a busy police station. When a little boy is snatched as he stands with his satchel at the gate of his home, waiting for his lift to school, an ordinary community realises that terror and evil are in their very midst.

©2006 Susan Hill; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Hagatha Houston, TX 05-26-14
    Hagatha Houston, TX 05-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "11 hrs 37 mins and still waiting for a plot"
    Would you try another book from Susan Hill and/or Steven Pacey?

    Loved Hill's "The Various Haunts of Men" Steven Pacey has a pleasant reading voice but sometimes hard to tell when there was a character change. Maybe he was just as bored as I was.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Wilkie Collins


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

    Ok


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pure in Heart?

    You could cut any scene or character and it wouldn't change the book. Seems to be just unrelated descriptions of people and their lives.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have ended the book with a serial killer taking out all of the characters. Oh, except for the children. And the labrador.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 01-16-13
    Suzanne 01-16-13
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    "Love Susan Hill's Serrailler books!"
    Would you listen to The Pure in Heart again? Why?

    Probably not; I don't reread books (or listen to them twice).


    What other book might you compare The Pure in Heart to and why?

    Anything by Ruth Rendell. They are just a cut above most of the quickly hammered out books.


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

    He reads beautifully and the subtle difference in voices of characters is masterful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't say without ruining the story for others.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ina Goldsboro, NC, USA 04-21-06
    Ina Goldsboro, NC, USA 04-21-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Disappointing"

    I typically like British mysteries/thrillers because the plot evolves slowly and logically and the action is suspenseful without car chases and blazing guns. But this was a huge disappointment. The author introduces plot lines and then forgets about them. What happened to the Americans? Why were they introduced? What happens to Diana? And Karen? And Gunten? Did he get the job? Plot resolution is non-existent, and the characters are generally unbelievable. While many characters at first glance appear to be complex, the author manages to make them incredibly unlikeable and flat. Don't waste your credits on this one - try "Gentlemen and Players" instead!

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 05-12-16
    Greg 05-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "That's it for me"

    I hate books without endings. Please don't tell me that what Hill wrote in the last chapter was the ending. This one "ended" not with a bang, not with a whimper but rather petered out. No more Susan Hill for me. Steven Pacey is a good narrator--worth more listening.

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    JayM New Hampshire 06-10-15
    JayM New Hampshire 06-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book. Loved it."

    The narrator is wonderful. Totally enjoyable characters. And I'm in love with this family's story.

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    J R Elder 05-15-15
    J R Elder 05-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I was looking for"

    I like to read police procedurals. that is not what this is. The story is very light on what is done to actually solve the case. The author tells us that this is a great detective but she doesn't do much to convince us.

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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 11-07-14
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 11-07-14 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

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    "Getting more noir-ish"

    A little sadder, still so well written, great dialog if only it were not so so very bleak. Bleak is the closest I can come to describe the vein of emotion that runs through the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A User United States 07-12-12
    A User United States 07-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I am just a user of thsi website

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    What disappointed you about The Pure in Heart?

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    2 of 19 people found this review helpful
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  • Amazon Customer
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Excellent series"

    I was delighted to find the series of Simon Serrailler books on Audible, after stumbling across the first one more by luck than design. Great characters that feel totally real and make you care about what happens to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. M. Davis
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "The Pure in Heart: Simon Serrailler 2"

    I downloaded this book after reading "The Various Haunts of Men" by the same author. It is a very good read and I was not dissapointed. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the sequence as I found the main character (Simon Serraller) a complex and fascinating character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    6/16/09
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    "Excellent read"

    Whereas this novel's predecessor was a page turner but had little depth, this follow-up turns the pages just as easily but also engages heart and brain. I came away from this book with a new admiration for the author as someone who not only has something to say through her stories, but does so with lightness of touch that thankfully doesn't punch you in the face.

    The characters are full of life-like contradictions that play out in a compelling drama that never sets out to offer easy answers. What it does do intead is confront the reader with the uncomfortable reality that within every person, whatever their position in society, lies the capacity for both good and evil and that it is not always easy to tell the two apart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anon
    3/6/09
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    "The pure in heart"

    I had already read the book but found revisiting it this way excellent.The reader is superb with just enough change of voice to keep the listener interested. Although I have also read the next book it will be my next one to listen . Can be thoroughly recommended for good writing and a cracking storyline Susan Hill is a master of the understated menace and surprising twist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Keziah
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    7/18/06
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    "Excellent until the end..."

    What a disppointing end to a great book. It just suddenly stops, I was so suprised as in 'The Various Haunts of Men' you find out 'who-dunnit', in this book you don't! Having said that, Susan Hill really brings the characters alive. grrr..I really wanted to find out what happened though....

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Lady J.Y.E.Page
    7/5/06
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    "Wonderful and realistic"

    I thought that this book was wonderful. All of the characters were completely real. We all know people like this. Splendid. Top marks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phil davis
    1/8/17
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    "Dissappointing"
    Would you try another book written by Susan Hill or narrated by Steven Pacey?

    Yes but not a Serrailler


    What was most disappointing about Susan Hill’s story?

    Too much padding, more about his feelings and his family , very little about the crimes or his hunt for the criminal.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The end


    Do you think The Pure in Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not unless ,like earlier Serraliers it concentrates on the crimes and not his life and family


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  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    10/10/16
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    "Excellent story and narration."
    Any additional comments?

    I'm loving this series of books. The author gives us characters with real depth. The story here is very engaging and the personal issues for various characters mean it is never 'flat' as some action focused crime fiction can be. This is not to suggest that this is lacking in the story of the crime or Police and Pathology procedure. That is all very well written, conjuring real atmosphere. I'm very much looking foward to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S S.
    8/25/16
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    "Gripping but oddly unfulfilling"

    I think I shall have to get used to Susan Hill not being the usual crime writer. Things get left unsolved, people you expect to live die, and much as I liked this book (and the previous one In the series) I longed for a different ending. Still it was well written, maybe the next one will tie up some ends, maybe not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rona
    8/18/16
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    "Excellent!"

    Superb, both story and writing - you want to know more about the lives of these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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