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The Saint Zita Society Audiobook

The Saint Zita Society

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Dex works as a gardener for Dr Jefferson at his home on Hexam Place in Pimlico: an exclusive street inhabited by the rich, and serviced by the not so rich. The hired help, a motley assortment of au pairs, drivers, and cleaners, decide to form the St Zita Society (Zita was the patron saint of domestic servants) as an excuse to meet at the pub and air their grievances. When Dex is invited to one of these meetings, the others find that he is a strange man, ill at ease with human beings... and then they discover he has recently been released from a hospital for the criminally insane, where he was incarcerated for attempting to kill his mother.

Dex's most meaningful relationship seems to be with his mobile-phone service provider, Peach, and he interprets the text messages he receives from the company as a reassuring sign that there is some kind of god who will protect him - and give him instructions about ridding the world of evil spirits....

©2012 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Sab_sunrise Rosebank, Australia 01-05-13
    Sab_sunrise Rosebank, Australia 01-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "disappointing...."

    I am a Ruth Rendell fan and i was looking forward to this book. It left me disappointed and I am not even entirely sure why. She introduced lots of colorful characters and yet they did remain remote and inaccessible. There are no surprises in the plot, no mystery, no unexpected turn of events - what happens is predictable.
    I have recently read an earlier Ruth Rendell book : Adam and Eve and Pinch Me. I enjoyed it. It was clever, interesting, and full of colorful characters who you became to know intimately. In many ways the Saint Zita Society seems to be a less successful remake of this earlier book - just a handful of new people, a new location....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne 12-10-12
    Lynne 12-10-12
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    "Well read but disappointing!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending is unsatisfying and very disappointing


    What could Ruth Rendell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    re written the ending.


    Which character – as performed by Carole Boyd – was your favorite?

    Rabia


    Was The Saint Zita Society worth the listening time?

    Not really - there are thousands of better listens!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbro Tveit 08-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Expected more"
    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Carole Boyd?

    Yes, I have read many by R,R. Expected it to be better, but it was ok as is.


    Would you recommend The Saint Zita Society to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


    Did Carole Boyd do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes she did.


    Do you think The Saint Zita Society needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Saffy
    UK
    12/27/12
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    "Disappointed again"

    I am so sad to say that I am once again disappointed by the latest offering from Ruth Rendell once one of my favourite crime writers. I persevered with this for old times sake but it definitely was not worth the effort. Stereotyped characters and far too many of them - I lost track of who was who. Poor dialogue and plot and an extremely tedious listen. If you want to hear classic Rendell listen to the early Wexford novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SilentSinger
    London
    8/10/16
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    "The Saint Zita Society"

    This is the second time that I've listened to this particular audiobook, although the first time was when I reviewed the cumbersome eight disc CD package, so thank goodness for Audible! The story is classic Rendell: ergo a London setting and a series of characters with a myriad of secrets. This novel is set in upmarket Belgravia and concerns the lives of the householders and servants of Hexham Place, the latter of whom convene a servants' union, The Saint Zita Society of the title.

    The narration is lively and varied; the characters really come alive. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JustJanie
    Canada
    12/4/15
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    "Ruth Rendell and Carole Boyd - great team!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Saint Zita Society to be better than the print version?

    I was impressed both by the quality of the writing and of the performance of the narrator. Ruth Rendell of course is rightly known for her novels, Carole Boyd is perhaps less well known but she is an extremely talented and versatile actor and does a fine job with the diverse characters in 'The Saint Zita Society'. I loved the tyrannical, soi-disant princess who was so well understood by her 'not-a-servant' and I relished the general bizarreness of the rest of the characters, whether 'upstairs' or 'downstairs'. So well done, Ruth Rendell and Carole Boyd. Carole, hope you get a fabulous review in the Borchester Echo. (BBC 'The Archers' related joke.)


    What other book might you compare The Saint Zita Society to, and why?

    Oddly enough it reminds me of Paul Gallico's 'Jennie' where the animals and their people are all so beautifully described, especially the peculiar crew of the 'Countess of Greenock'.


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

    Love Carole Boyd, she is so versatile and has a wonderful ear for accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Who killed the boys?"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the reading of this book, I enjoyed the story, but all of the time I kept asking, "Who killed the young boys?" This question was a red herring that in my understanding was never answered.

    However, the reading of the tale passed a really enjoyable 8 hours!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Burford, United Kingdom
    9/7/12
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    "Not her best"

    Cartoon-like characters, rather silly ending, enough plot to keep you reading but neither a great who-dun-it nor a great story. Can see why it was in the sale!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Rhiwbina, United Kingdom
    8/20/12
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    "Saint Sita society"

    My first Ruth Rendall and I enjoyed it. Worth a listen and I will buy another Rendall in future. A good holiday read/listen..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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