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The Pure in Heart Audiobook
The Pure in Heart
Written by: 
Susan Hill
Narrated by: 
Steven Pacey
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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    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.


    2 of 3 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    philliesfan 03-18-15
    philliesfan 03-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Character based mystery. Excellent narrator."

    Susan Hill's characters are subtle and believable; here, as in all her books, don't expect a Hollywood finish. This narrator is first-rate.

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    Paul New York, NY, United States 12-30-14
    Paul New York, NY, United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Solid read"

    Not as dramatic as the first book but equally enjoyable. I enjoy the detail and character development very much. This is becoming one of my favorite series.

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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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  • 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
  • Kindle Customer
    7/17/16
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    "Fantisic , wonderful"
    If you could sum up The Pure in Heart in three words, what would they be?

    A book I listened in 2 days , It gripped me from the beginning . great story, great twist and wonderful characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A lot but i am more interested in more books by this lady


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

    yes yes yes and yes


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    excellent


    Any additional comments?

    I am very picky about books , they have to be realistic and gripping , the story has to flow and the narrator has to read the book flawlessly , I must return 8out of 10 books , so if i review its because the book is a must read and ticks all the boxes

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    6/6/16
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    "Glad it was just a free offer!"

    Got this on a 3 for 2 sale and glad I didn't use a credit for it.
    The central character of Simon seems a ludicrous cliche with his drawings being of "Mayfair Gallery" standard and basically it's all about his family. Of you like an Aga saga with a twist, fine. Can't say what really irritated me without spoiling the story for those who might like this sort of h

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. Bublik
    UK
    5/23/16
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    "Is it strange that I find the lead character so unsympathetic?"

    I've listened to 2/3 of the first three books in the Simon Serailler trilogy and can't say I'm gagging to listen to the third. I spent half of the first book liking Freya and the other half hoping that she would disappear because she was so annoying about Simon S! The second book was left unfinished and Mr Serailler became even more patronising and positively dripped with misogyny. As for his sister: it must hurt to be so perfect - mustn't it?!

    Having said all that, there is something about the writing that kept me listening. Maybe it's the pace, the setting or the family set up but i didn't switch off so it must have something going for it after all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maxine
    4/1/16
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    "I must get the third book!"

    This is the second Susan Hill book I have listened to on Audible. highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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