©1998 Phil Rickman; (P)Isis Publishing Ltd
"Woven through is the wonderful web of mysticism and the supernatural which we have come to expect....The clever combination of modern idiom and the timeless echo of history leaps from every page." (Daily Express)
"A first-rate thriller with supernatural overtones...deftly illuminates the intrigues of village life. Quirky characters, an abundance of plot twists." (Publishers Weekly)
started listening to the Wine of Angels with high hopes. It had everything, a mystery, a cozy story, an intriguing enigmatic heroine...But frankly after the first three hours of narrator mumbling, I found myself disinterested. The author seems pre-occupied with death and suicide. The character Lowell just goes on and on about his ex, his sad life, his whiney music career, how he wants to kill himself but can't... Who cares? Likewise, Merrily who should be a tough cookie after her stint in Liverpool is so put off by overhearing someone make a rude remark about her; she throws away her cassock, and had nightmares about it? Is this author for real?
There are also long segments of story where the Merrily's daughter Janie is heavily featured. I could care less. I wanted more about the mystery, more about the main character and what is really going on in this strange small town. I also felt the author's female characters weren't feminine enough. Merrily's reactions were hysterical at some times, masculine at others. She just didn't seem real.
Overall, this novel could benefit from an editor. I gave it my best shot, but I lost interest. 2 Stars.
I believe I would have enjoyed the printed version of this one better. The reader read really quickly and too often it was very hard to tell who was speaking. Her words ran together. I was hoping that the second book in the series would be a better listen... and IT IS!
It was engaging, the characters are compelling, realistic, engaging. I enjoyed the images inspired by the author's descriptions.
Not much. I had to keep re-winding to understand.
As any Audible customer will tell you, the narrator makes or breaks the book --no matter how great the book is. Perhaps I've been spoiled by listening to that AMAZING Davina Porter who narrates the Outlander series. Rebecca Lacey is NO Davina Porter. In fact, she's one of the worst narrators I've encountered. She simply does not know how to distinguish the characters from one another. You have no idea which character is talking.. I can't even finish listening to this book.
I have a new series I love!! Great story! Great mystery! Great bits of British humor sprinkled about. If you like mystery, subtle supernatural stuff you'll like this series. I love Merrily's teenage daughter Jane.
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
The story was slow and steady. Never got too excited by the story but it held my interest. Really liked characters and would listen to another story by author
It was a pretty good story but it took sooooo long to get there. Rebecca Lacey was WONDERFUL as a reader. But it seemed to repeat and repeat and I got quite bored with it.
Despite some initial misgivings (I'm not usually a great fan of spooky stuff!) I enjoyed this and will, I think, download the next, which, I think, is narrated by someone else. I found the narration a little 'rushed', which, for me, got in the way of the story in some places - but the characters were involving and the whole concept was interesting enough to keep me wanting to find out where they all go next!
"surprised it made it to print"
The only good thing about the narrator was her voice sent me to sleep.
The story itself is long winded and the excessive use of the word 'totty' is irratating, more so when used by a girl to describe a man.
This maybe a book to read not listen to.
I won't be trying any others in the series and certainly won't listen to the narrator again.
"A muddle of too many themes"
Maybe because I don't particularly like stories that depend on the supernatural, I didn't much enjoy this book. I think it tries to deal with too many themes: supernatural phenomena; religious belief; paedophilia; prejudice against homosexuality; mental illness; women priests; dislike of newcomers into a village and so on. It was all very confusing with lots of characters as well, even though the narrator made a valiant effort to distinguish the various voices. Disappointing.
"Tip top story, real page turner"
Merrily Watkins delivers the goods. Very well written rural whodunit/supernatural thriller with really strong, amusing characters . Highly recommended
Great book. Gripping right until the end. Looking froward to the next one. Very well written. Great imagery. Woul recommend
"Will I get to the end"
I am perservering but this has to rate as one of the most boring books I have listened to I am already on the second part and it is only now that something is happening Could possibly recommend it unless you need something to fall asleep to
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