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  • The Brimstone Wedding | Barbara Vine

    The Brimstone Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Unlike the other residents of Middleton Hall, Stella is elegant, smart and in control. Only Jenny, her care assistant, knows that she harbours a painful secret, and only she can prevent Stella from carrying it to the grave. As the women talk, Jenny pieces together the answers to many questions that arise: Why has she kept possession of a house that her family don’t know about? What happened there that holds the key to a distant tragedy?

    Doggy Bird says: "Amazing reader elevates book to a higher level"
  • A Dark-Adapted Eye | Barbara Vine

    A Dark-Adapted Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
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    Like most families, they had their secrets...and they hid them under a genteelly respectable veneer. No onlooker would guess that prim Vera Hillyard and her beautiful, adored younger sister, Eden, were locked in a dark and bitter combat over one of those secrets. England in the '50s was not kind to women who erred, so they had to use every means necessary to keep the truth hidden behind closed doors - even murder.

    Jennifer says: "Even better in audio form"
  • The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy | Barbara Vine

    The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When literary celebrity Gerald Candless suddenly dies, the beautiful façade he has carefully created begins to crumble. Behind the vision of the happy family on the English seashore lie Candless’ inexplicable cruelty toward his wife, his manic devotion to his daughters, and the mysterious sources of his fiction. To assuage her grief, his loving daughter Sarah begins a memoir project. But it soon becomes an obsessive search for identity. As Sarah digs into her father’s secret past, the startling logic of his puzzling behavior is revealed.

    lyl says: "One of my Top 20 books"
  • No Night Is Too Long | Barbara Vine

    No Night Is Too Long

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Shelley Thomson, Samuel West
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    Tim Cornish thought he'd gotten away with murder. For months after he'd killed his lover off the Alaskan coast, there hadn't been a word. But then the letters started to arrive. It seems that someone knows what Tim has done.... This compelling thriller delivers such a dark picture of romantic love that murder seems its natural mate. Frightening, suspenseful, and deeply unsettling, No Night Is Too Long is a modern crime masterpiece and will be enjoyed by readers of P. D. James and Ian Rankin.

    Joanna69 says: "Terrific Writer and Narrators"
  • The Blood Doctor | Barbara Vine

    The Blood Doctor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
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    The First Lord Nanther, expert in blood diseases, particularly the royal disease of Heamophilia, and favoured physician to Queen Victoria, clearly hoped to be the subject of an admiring posthumous biography. But when his great-grandson, Martin Nanther begins to research his life for a biography, the Martin comes to suspect that his great-grandfather’s old records conceal more than they reveal.

    connie says: "clever, excellent storytelling"
  • A Fatal Inversion | Barbara Vine

    A Fatal Inversion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
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    In the long, hot summer of 1976, a group of young people is camping in Wyvis Hall. Adam, Rufus, Shiva, Vivien and Zosie hardly ask why they are there or how they are to live; they scavenge, steal and sell the family heirlooms. Ten years later, the bodies of a woman and child are discovered in the Hall’s animal cemetery. Which woman? And whose child?

    Jill says: "Oh my!"
  • Asta's Book | Barbara Vine

    Asta's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It is 1905. Asta and her husband, Rasmus, have come to East London from Denmark with their two little boys. With Rasmus constantly away on business, Asta keeps loneliness and isolation at bay by writing a diary. These diaries, published over 70 years later, reveal themselves to be more than a mere journal. For they seem to hold the key to an unsolved murder and to the mystery of a missing child. It falls to Asta's granddaughter, Ann, to unearth the buried secrets of nearly a century before.

    james d. thomas says: "Brilliant Reading of a Classic Novel"
  • King Solomon’s Carpet | Barbara Vine

    King Solomon’s Carpet

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Jarvis lets out rooms in the rambling old house he owns in London. When Axel—the enigma who hates London’s underground tube, yet spends his free time riding it—moves in, Jarvis’ diverse tenants are joined together in a disturbing nightmare.

  • The Minotaur | Barbara Vine

    The Minotaur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    As soon as Kerstin Kvist arrives at remote, ivy-covered Lydstep Old Hall in Essex, she feels like a character in a gothic novel. A young nurse fresh out of school, Kerstin has been hired for a position with the Cosway family, residents of the Hall for generations. She is soon introduced to her "charge", John Cosway, a 39-year-old man whose strange behavior is vaguely explained by his mother and sisters as part of the madness that runs in the family.

    Susan B. says: "Top notch Barbara Vine"
  • The Child's Child | Barbara Vine

    The Child's Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
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    What sort of betrayal would drive a brother and sister apart? When Grace and her brother Andrew inherit their grandmother's house, they surprise few people by deciding to move in together. But they've always got on well and the London house is large enough to split down the middle. There's just one thing they've not taken into account though: what if one of them wants to bring a lover to the house?

    Jennifer says: "Somehow lacking"
  • Gallowglass | Barbara Vine

    Gallowglass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Dermot Crowley
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    Sandor is a wonderful storyteller and little Joe is ready to listen. The power of the educated over the simple is horribly clear in this disturbing and unusual relationship. As Sandor’s motivation both for rescuing little Joe and then for weaving his spell of words becomes clear, the darkness surrounding him is too much for them both, and for the beautiful ex-model sequestered in her Suffolk mansion by an obsessive husband.

  • The Child's Child: A Novel | Barbara Vine

    The Child's Child: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
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    When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home, Dinmont House. Rather than sell it, the adult siblings move in together, splitting the numerous bedrooms and studies. The arrangement is unusual, but ideal for the affectionate pair - until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. A devilishly handsome novelist, James Derain resembles Cary Grant, but his strident comments about Grace’s doctoral thesis soon puncture the house’s idyllic atmosphere. When he and Andrew witness their friend’s murder outside a London nightclub, James begins to unravel.

    Yennta says: "Wha?"
  • Grasshopper | Barbara Vine

    Grasshopper

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox
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    Clodagh was 19 when her parents packed her off to college and a relative’s house in Maida Vale, two years after the death on the pylon. They blamed her for it, everyone did....It was hardly surprising that she fell into the arms of Silver. In his flat at the top of his parents’ house, he played host to a strange crew of young drop-outs whose pleasure was to range the rooftops....

  • King Solomon's Carpet | Barbara Vine

    King Solomon's Carpet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Michael Pennington
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    Eccentric Jarvis lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking the tube line, compiling his obsessive history of the Underground. A group of misfits are also drawn towards his strange house: Alice, who has run away from her husband and baby; Tom, the busker who rescues her; truant Jasper who finds his terrifying thrills on the tube; and enigmatic Axel, whose deadly secret casts a shadow over all their lives.

    Pat says: "Fascinating"
  • Grasshopper | Barbara Vine

    Grasshopper

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Young Clodagh Brown loves to climb, especially the giant electrical pylons that form a neat row outside her parents’ home. When this obsession breeds tragedy, her shamed family sends her to London for college. As a respite from insufferable classes, she begins climbing atop the local houses with her unique band of friends. But it is a practice that lands the group in a kidnapping scandal - and leads to a terrifying climax on the rooftops. Grasshopper is a meticulously crafted novel - a sharp and textured thriller....

    Hilary says: "Too tedious to finish."
  • The Birthday Present | Barbara Vine

    The Birthday Present

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Ruth Sillers, Paul Blake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Ivor Tesham is a handsome, single, young Member of Parliament whose political star is on the rise. When he meets a woman in a chance encounter–a beautiful, married woman named Hebe–the two become lovers, obsessed with their illicit and adventurous trysts. But when Ivor plans for a surprise daring sexual adventure as a birthday present for Hebe, things take a disastrous turn it's late spring of 1990 and a love affair is flourishing.

    Quahog says: "Atypical Vine"
  • The Minotaur | Barbara Vine

    The Minotaur

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Siân Thomas
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    Kerstin Kvist didn't know what to expect when she took up a job with the Cosway family at their odd, almost grand, house. The family turned out to be even odder than the house: living at home with the widowed Mrs. Cosway were her four daughters and a son who haunted the house. Then, just as Kerstin was getting some inkling of what was going on, a stranger sets the family on a path to self-destruction...

  • The Chimney Sweeper's Boy | Barbara Vine

    The Chimney Sweeper's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Frances Barber
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    The obituaries for Gerald Candless were respectful. He had been, after all, an admired and popular writer, and his sudden death at his home in Devon was a loss to literature as well as to his family and friends. The trouble was, as his daughter Sarah soon discovered, that it seemed that her father had taken on a different identity that he wasn't Gerald Candless at all. But if he wasn't Gerald Candless, who was he?

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