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Why Kings Confess Audiobook

Why Kings Confess: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery

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The gruesome murder of a young French physician draws aristocratic investigator Sebastian St. Cyr and his pregnant wife, Hero, into a dangerous, decades-old mystery as a wrenching piece of Sebastian' s past puts him to the ultimate test. Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London' s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high-stakes tangle of murder and revenge.

Although the woman, Alexi Sauvage, has no memory of the attack, Sebastian knows her all too well from an incident in his past - an act of wartime brutality and betrayal that nearly destroyed him. As the search for the killer leads Sebastian into a treacherous web of duplicity, he discovers that Pelletan was part of a secret delegation sent by Napoleon to investigate the possibility of peace with Britain. Despite his powerful father-in-law' s warnings, Sebastian plunges deep into the mystery of the " Lost Dauphin," the boy prince who disappeared in the darkest days of the French Revolution, and soon finds himself at lethal odds with the Dauphin' s sister - the imperious, ruthless daughter of Marie Antoinette - who is determined to retake the French crown at any cost.

With the murderer striking ever closer, Sebastian must battle new fears about Hero' s health and that of their soon-to-be born child. When he realizes the key to their survival may lie in the hands of an old enemy, he must finally face the truth about his own guilt in a past he has found too terrible to consider.

©2014 The Two Talers, LLC (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    lisa 06-23-14
    lisa 06-23-14 Member Since 2016

    Chronic multi-tasker; Audible feeds my addiction to well loved genres, and allows me to explore new, unexplored arenas

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    "Harris and Porter are a winning combination"
    What did you love best about Why Kings Confess?

    Harris and Porter are a solid team in creating the world of Sebastian St. Cyr. Each of the novels are done with depth of character, society, and environment. Davina is one of my favorite narrators. She opens the door to the novel, and becomes a guide to the listenener, without detracting from the author's work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hero St. Cyr's exploration of the society around her. Through Hero you get a deeper appreciation of the challenges faced by women and children of the time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The novel blends so well from one chapter to the next, and Davina does such a wonderful job of narration, just can't choose.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Audible would present more of the series... fingers crossed

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Denise of NY 03-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Amazon addict

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    "Great addition to the series!"

    Awesome addition to the series! I had read the previous books in this series and did not realize that the last few had an audio edition. I have been anticipating this book since the release of the last one. There was a lot of focus on Sebastien and Hero's relationship and of course the waiting for the birth of their baby. We see a lot of Paul in this story and Ms Harris has given him a nice surprise. Thankfully, nothing of Kat, other than a little mention, and little of Lord Jarvis.
    Davina Porter is the narrator and does a superb job, as usual.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    G. Plude 03-30-14
    G. Plude 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

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    "I can't get enough of the Sebastian St. Cyr books!"

    I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning. I really enjoy the pieces of history woven into the fictional tale. I look forward to the author's historical notes at the end of every book. Sebastian and Hero make a great team. She is his equal in many ways and that seems to make him a better person in the process. She certainly is no wallflower! I am glad too that Cat Boleyn was 'off-stage', finally. That story had run its course. While I'm sure it is not the last we'll see of her, Sebastian's superficial obsession was getting a bit dull.

    My only gripe is that while I like Davina Porter, I don't think she does male voices particularly well. She makes Sebastian sound a bit of dandy and I don't think she can quite capture the timber of a man's voice. However, it is not enough of a distraction not to still enjoy the listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 09-26-16
    Anne MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 09-26-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Outstanding Mystery"

    Complicated plots and finely detailed characters are yet again the author's hallmark.

    In the background is the aftermath of the French Terror.

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    Melanie 02-07-16
    Melanie 02-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love the series"
    Where does Why Kings Confess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As with different authors penning different stories, C. S. Harris' story line of Sebastian St. Cyr & his mission of solving murders, I'm enjoying how the characters are evolving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In this book, Paul Gibson--because , finally he gets to have somebody to care about.....


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

    Her narration of the story---voicing the different accents, gives it substance.....she fleshes out the characters that isn't possible just by reading it....the author can describe the thoughts or feelings of the characters but when you have the right narrator, the story takes on a life of it's own.....and Ms. Porter has that quality!


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    becky harlow 02-07-16 Member Since 2013

    I love Elizabeth Peters, Diane Mott Davidson, Amanda Quick and Jude Deveroux. I Love Barbara Rosenblat. She has made me a Audio Reader. I also like Lisa Scottaline, and Linda Fairstein. I wish Barbara Rosenblat could read for everybody. She is wonderful.

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    "I love these books."

    I love everything about these books. I wish BBC would make a show from them. I love heroe she is awsome. I hope the French doctor gets 28th Gibson. Sebastian is awesome.

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    Bonanza Jellybn New Orleans, LA 07-27-15
    Bonanza Jellybn New Orleans, LA 07-27-15

    Hello, my name is Bonanza and I am an Audible addict.

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    "...particularly good."

    I've listened to nearly all of the series now (only one remaining at present). I've enjoyed them. Davina Porter is, of course, excellent in all her narrations. This book is, if you also enjoy the series for what it is, particularly good.

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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 03-31-15
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 03-31-15
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    "One of the best historical mystery series!"

    I have a very enjoyable time listening to the intrigues in this series. Bk 9 in the series and I find it still very good! The plot is well written and the performance by Davina Porter is well done. Her voices for the different characters in the book is wonderful. I enjoyed every bit of the story and hope there will be more books to come in this series.

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    Colleen 02-21-15
    Colleen 02-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful historical fiction mystery!"

    C. S. Harris has done it again. This is the latest in a fantastic series. The story is very well written and the narrator is one of my favorites. A great listen.

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    Stacey Memphis, TN, United States 01-08-15
    Stacey Memphis, TN, United States 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting story and great performance."

    I love this series and absolutely anything read by Davina Porter. The St Cyr series is very well thought out and intriguing but above all it is well written. It is the kind of mystery that you are trying to solve all the way to the end. And the personal drama is evolving nicely. Great read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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