It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man - Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.
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Retired professor. Vision-impaired, so I listen to a fair number of audiobooks. Prefer mysteries, thrillers, history.
I probably will not listen to another C.S. Harris book. Davina Porter is a good reader, even though my American ears sometimes misunderstand an occasional word. This is perhaps due to her British accent, but she does perform in a wide variety of character voices and speech patterns. I may just be missing some of that.
Not really. The pace of the novel was rather slow in places. More time was spent on the emotions of the characters than I thought necessary.
I was a little disappointed that the author carries the narrative on the Prince of Wales' attempt to be appointed Regent up the supposed day of the House Of Lords vote on the Regency bill and then stopped. I would have enjoyed a description of the Prince's frustration when George III recovered "in the nick of time" and thwarted the attempt.
It is hard to pick one scene. I suppose the confrontation between Lord Hendon and his Daughter Amanda wouold be one. There was some drama in that.
Since I know it is the first in a series of novels, this question is moot.
love audio books - Anglophile
Absolutely. The book has an engaging storyline with lots of adventure and a large cast of characters from all classes of Regency England. The plot is cleverly woven around the imminent transfer of government from the mad King George III to his son, the foppish and dissolute Prinny
This series and Ashley Gardner's Captain Lacey series are my favorites. They both have strong heroes, are set in Regency England, and have involving story lines and characters. Audible doesn't have all the titles in each of these series yet, and I hope the rest will be added as they become available.
Tom, the street urchin, who first picks St. Cyr's pocket and then becomes his eyes and ears during the hunt for the person who murdered Rachel York.
No extreme reaction, but it kept me listening and trying to figure out who killed Miss York. I thought the chase scenes and the hide & seek sequences were well done.
I have listened to audiobooks 6, 7, 8, and 9 from this series, and I was so glad that audible released the first book on Christmas Eve - great Christmas present. There are several story lines and characters referred to in books 6 and beyond that originate in the earlier books. Now I'd like to see books 2, 3, 4, and 5 released on audio. There is also a 10th book due out 2015-03-03.
This series is the absolute best. The maticulus detail throughout the book is amazing, its like watching a movie. Not to mention the narrator is truly the best story teller with the amazing accents and voices so much so you forget that its all one person.
Its hard to say who was my favorite character but I think it would have to be Tom or Cat. Tom comes from nothing but appreciates the little things and Cat truly and I mean truly loves Sebastian. If that kind of love ever did exist there is not so much of it in our society.
Davina Porter performed everyone so well but again Cat and Tom with the Irish accent and the boy Tom she has really out done herself in this series.
There was a moment in the book when you find out that Sebatians mother actually made an affidavit out about her affair with the horseman and I was so concerned that Sebastian would find it and I didn't want him to be disappointed.
Please keep the series going along with Davina narrating. I can't wait for the next one to come out.
I was excited when I found another CS Harris novel had been added to your selections. There have only been four books available for the longest time. I enjoy the series immensely and Davina Porter is one of the very best narrators. My first St Cyr book was chosen only because I was searching for Davina Porter. I got hooked immediately on the series and check regularly for new releases! Please make more available in Audible!!
The narrator did a good job, but the story has problems--cheesy dialogue, too much repetition of the grisly details of the murder, sex scenes with too much unnecessary detail, and historical inaccuracies.
Not a total waste but I didn't ever really get past the surface of any of the characters. Plenty of action, a little too much about the gory details, but mostly I didn't care about the main character. Yes, he was a nice guy that respected women and could somehow hear and see things others couldn't but over all it is a dark story with a lot of sad lives. I REALLY WANTED to love this book. Ms. Harris is intelligent and talented but maybe not my cup of tea in her choice of protagonists.
One more, maybe. More light, more morals more hope and fully fleshed out characters with personalities and purposes I can really engage with. Did I fall asleep when she explains where the golden eyes, night vision and super hearing come from? I need a bit of fantasy mixed in to keep it interesting!
YES!! The Outlander series, I followed her to this series and really wanted to love it. She does a fantastic job of character differentiation and the accents are superb. Her Jamie and Claire are beyond compare.
Yes. I listen while I clean and organize on weekends. My house looks great. It got me through a lot of routine chores.
These are just one readers ideas. Ms. Harris is successful in her chosen fields and I am not a writer, just a lover of good historical fiction and maybe some fantasy mixed in. Davina Porter makes every writers words come to life in extraordinary ways!
This series is the type of mystery novel I love best. It is definitely not a "cozy" mystery, but neither is it bogged down by procedural minutiae or ever-increasing levels of violence intended to shock jaded readers. While dark and occasionally gothic, it avoids crossing over into blood and gore horror. It's greatest strength is the sense of time and place, wrought with the aid of prodigious historical scholarship. History would be a much more intriguing subject in school if taught through the personal, human, lens employed by Harris. The way real people and events are woven throughout the series is impressive, always based upon real timelines and interests. The politics of the time offer insights into repercussions still felt today. The series also retains the reader's attention with complex, evolving characters, their psychologies enfolding across the novels as both the characters and the reader grasp hidden motivations, needs, and outlooks, becoming more self-aware and wise with time and maturity. In that sense, the series also offers an enlightening view of human nature. This is first rate literature all around, not just as a mystery novel.
Absolutely brilliant, It gives you a look and appreciation of Crime Scene Investigation without the modern day perks of computer analysis, finger prints and DNA. There is a certain dark humor which I really enjoyed, very strong characters which I wouldn't have been able to read without. The story is gripping, the characters move you, and the best of all Davina Porters narration and voice makes your toes curl with ecstasy.
I can't download the second in the series fast enough!!!
A reader....and now a listener!
I did not know when I began to listen, that this was the first of a series. I'm very new to the audio experience so I didn't think to check. I was very pleasantly surprised both by the story and particularly by the reader. It is well worth the time spent. It is pure pleasure!
Obviously, the main character (the Viscount) is the "star of the show", but Kat (or "Cat") if you prefer is wonderful as well. And dare I forget Tom!
Now that I know this is a series, I look for big things from all of them!
These seem like real people with real issues, pain, pleasure, and promise. And that is a credit to the author
The scene in the warehouse near the end of the book is great. When listening, you can almost "smell" the place. Too much more I won't say because it would be a spoiler!
If I'd had the time, I think I could have done it. But breaking off to resume one's normal life left one with a definite desire to return to the story as quickly as possible.
As a new audio listener, I could not have begun in a better way.
I do not get the ratings. Is this writer really Anne Perry. Typical light reading , no in-depth physiological analyst, repetitious 'it could have been so and so' to expand book, romance ugh. I will listen to it again some day just to see if I change my mind. I just found it a boring read and I could not picture or like characters.
Reader is excellent.
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