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By Gaslight

A Novel
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 23 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A literary tour de force of a detective's ceaseless hunt for an elusive criminal.

By Gaslight is a deeply atmospheric, haunting audiobook about the unending quest that has shaped a man's life.

William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of the most notorious detective of all time, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead on the fabled con Edward Shade. William's father died without ever finding Shade, but William is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows.

Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair 10 years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London to find her. What he learns of her fate - and its connection to the man known as Shade - will force him to confront a grief he thought long buried.

A fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and séance halls ensues, creating the most unlikely of bonds: between Pinkerton, the great detective; and Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade.

Steven Price's dazzling, riveting By Gaslight moves from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War on a journey into a cityscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our darker selves.

©2016 Steven Price (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Much ado about nothing.

John Lee always does a wonderful narration. The story reminds me of The Name of the Rose. When it ended, all I thought was ...What???

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Great story hurt by weak plot twist.

Loved the story and it's plot lines. Some plot twist did not really work well.

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Heavy damp reading

What made the experience of listening to By Gaslight the most enjoyable?

Setting in time and place and the believable way the charters were drawn.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

By the end I did not care I just wanted it to end.

Any additional comments?

This book drags on and on. Well written enough to keep me plugging away at the book but I would not recommend it to any of my friends. I felt that the author needed to go on Prozac and do a rewrite.

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  • 12-07-18

a worthwhile listen

the narrator did a highly entertaining job of encompassing each characters character. the story itself was fabulous. I will listen to this again and again! it was so fun to immerse myself in Victorian London with a shot of post-civil War America.

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Lackluster

I had the book for book club, the poetic language of Mr. Price was a bit too much for me to sit down and read on my spare time, so I thought I would try the audio book. All went well, I thought Mr. Lee's vocals nice though sometimes monotonous at times when listening for extended periods like I did. The story was interesting if not predictable, if you like purple prose and reading about putrid late 1800s London smells, then this is for you. Mr. Price, does very well in research around the time period, every detail articulated perfectly if not repetitive. With a few mildly disappointing bits, the story is interesting; Mr. Pinkerton, set on unfolding the history of his late father and the mysterious Mr. Shade, the man his father obsessed over until his last breath. Overall, I would give it a seven out of ten, ten being a joy to listen to.

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doesn't get interesting until around ch 16-20

overall not bad, but a lot of purple prose and takes forever to get to the point. feels like the author did a lot of research and put all of it in the story. read for a book club, probably won't recommend

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Never again....Mr. Lee

What did you like about this audiobook?

I found the Narrarator so horrible that I could not finich the book. The Story may be good , but I almost fell asleep with this reader... Very diserpointing!!

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Good luck slogging through all 24 hours

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The only thing more ponderous than Price's writing is the narration by John Lee. The author has clearly done his research and there is a compelling story here. Sadly, it is buried so far beneath the overwrought prose and pompous narration that it is simply impossible for any sane reader to find.

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one of the best and most intriguing stories

I have heard in a long time! Highly recommend it to anyone liking mystery stories.

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Dissatisfied

Not sure what i am thinking about that book, i like criminal and i do enjoy long books. But this one felt like could easily finished half way. I did struggle, narrator not to emotional with different roles. Story nothing that i will remember.