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Corridors of the Night

A William Monk Novel
Narrated by: David Collacci
Series: William Monk, Book 21
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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Anne Perry, that incomparable novelist of life in Victorian England, has once again surpassed herself with this 21st installment of her New York Times best-selling William Monk series. In Corridors of the Night, nurse Hester Monk and her husband, William, commander of the Thames River Police, do desperate battle with two obsessed scientists who, in the name of healing, have turned to homicide. The monomaniacal Rand brothers - Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist - are utterly ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for the fatal "white-blood disease". In London's Royal Naval Hospital annex, Hester is tending one of the brothers' dying patients - wealthy Bryson Radnor - when she stumbles upon three weak, terrified young children and learns, to her horror, that they've been secretly purchased and imprisoned by the Rands for experimental purposes. But the Rand brothers are too close to a miracle cure to allow their experiments to be exposed. Before Hester can reveal the truth, she, too, becomes a prisoner. As Monk and his faithful friends - distinguished lawyer Oliver Rathbone and reformed brothel keeper Squeaky Robinson among them - scour London's grimy streets and the beautiful English countryside searching for her, Hester's time, as well as the children's, is quickly draining away. Taut with intrigue and laced with white-knuckled terror, Corridors of the Night is Anne Perry at her magnificent, unforgettable best.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 10-28-15

Brilliantly written

This is book 21 of the Monk series. The books are historical fiction based in the 1850’s London. This book features my favorite character Hester. Hester is a nurse who was one of Nightingales’ team of nurses in the Crimean War. In this story Hester is filling in for a friend on the night shift at the Greenwich Hospital. Hester discovers research is being conducted on indigent men, women and children without their knowledge. If you have read other books in this series you know that Hester’s ethics are of the highest caliber. She sets out to correct the situation and suddenly disappears. Monk and all their friends are hunting for Hester.

Perry again exposes the rotten underbelly of 19th Century London, with its huge disparity between the wealthy elite and the impoverished lower working classes. (Sound familiar.) Perry is a fantastic writer of historical fiction, her characters are alive, complex; their personalities are real and the speech reflects their status and upbringing in the Victorian era. Perry provides a nuance and strong layer of moral questions which elevate the story. The story also demonstrates how far the criminal justice system has advanced with crime scene investigation and forensics. I was particularly interested in the status of nursing and medicine Perry revealed in the story; also found the information on blood transfusions fascinating. Perry not only tells a good story but educates the reader about the history of the Victorian era. David Colacci does a good job narrating the story; he is one of my favorite narrators.

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Love her writing, characters, and plot twists

Would you consider the audio edition of Corridors of the Night to be better than the print version?

I like both. I usually consult the Kindle version for the spelling of names and places.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Corridors of the Night?

I love the ongoing involvement of secondary characters from previous books in addition to Hester and Monk: Rathbone, Scuff, Work, Squeaky, Sgt Orme). This doesn't really answer the question, but that would give away surprises in the plot.

Have you listened to any of David Collacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I very much enjoy all the books that he has read in the Monk series. I know when I see his name as the reader that the story is in good hands. Fortunately, this series has had several top notch readers.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I can't say without giving away several plot twists. But the plot and character development are extremely well done, and there are times when I yell out loud when something unexpected happens.

Any additional comments?

This is one of my very favorite series. It's one of the few audio series that I've listened to several times. I look forward to each new release and download it as soon as it's available. I'll have to read her WWI series and resume listening to the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series while I'm waiting for the next Monk book. Thanks, Audible, for making these Anne Perry series available!

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might be better with a different narrator

Would you try another book from Anne Perry and/or David Collacci?

Perry has written a melodramatic narrative that is not up to her usual standard. I began to notice excessive redundancy in the last Perry book I read (Death on Blackheath) and it is even worse in Corridors of the Night. The same information is presented and the same phrases are used over and over again within a few pages of each other. The book needs editing to remove what is essentially filler material.

What did you like best about this story?

There is interesting background information about treating leukemia in the 19th century and the callous way in which children were treated.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Collacci’s performances?

I will not buy another book narrated by David Collacci. His speech pattern emphasizes words almost randomly and it's very distracting. And annoying. And unnatural. A good narrator fades into the story and you don't even notice the voice or mannerisms. Not so in this book.

Do you think Corridors of the Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I would welcome another Thomas Monk book with better narrative flow and a different narrator.

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Not Really A Mystery

This is basically a book about the early attempts at blood transfusion. It centers around a chemists who is attempting to save a wealthy patient who has white cell disease (I presume it was Leukemia). The doctor is using the blood of children whom he purchased from their parents.

Hester is filling in for a sick friend doing night duty at the hospital. She finds the children, being used to draw blood, who are near death due to dehydration. She save them by giving them water and beef tea. When she goes looking for the doctor who has caused this, she is kidnapped and taken with the children to a lonely farm

At the farm she not only nurses the patient but also makes sure that the children kidnapped with her are kept alive and well fed. Monk and other go looking for her and release her from her imprisonment along with the children. They explore the farm and find graves of children and adults in the orchard.
The daughter of the patient is there helping with the cleaning and cooking.

There is a trial of the doctor for kidnapping which they lose when the sick patient walks in announcing that he is cured. Trial end in chaos and doctor is hailed as a miracle worker. The the daughter is found murdered, the doctor is accused and found guilty of the murder and hung. The sick patient has a relapse and goes to the hospital for treatment and dies. I will let you enjoy finding out how he dies.

Basically this is one of the least interesting books Anne Perry has ever written. It is not really a mystery - the only thing approaching a mystery is the murder of a daughter and that is barely mentioned. The emphasis is more about the efforts to develop blood transfusion and what little mystery there is, has been pasted on top of medical story.

It was not my cup of tea. I have always enjoyed Monk less than Pitt and more or less skimmed thru the books. There was no murder, nothing to solve - hardly what I would call a mystery.

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Starting to get kind of predictable

Another good series that I will continue to listen to for now. The plots are becoming very predictable but I still like the characters.

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Story is great, narrator is great

Anne Perry is one of my favorite authors. I love the narration by Davina Porter, David Colacci, and others. However, in this novel I heard discrepancies. I was binge listening as I did chores, etc. And I heard that Hester Monk's older brother was James -- that was the younger brother killed in the Crimean War. Charles was the older brother. Then I heard that Oliver Rathbone's lawyer/representative in the court was a totally new name, Justice someone, when in the last two books this character was Rufus Brancaster. I know this is trivial, but it disrupts the story line for me to have to plug in new people or hear discrepancies. Overall, not enough to keep me from ever listening to or reading something Anne Perry writes. I have enjoyed all her writing.
Just a flea in the ear.

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Good story in a great series.

This story was good, not great, but I choose to look at the series in its entirety. The series is very good indeed with delightfully interesting characters, a great historical fiction plot, and just phenomenal for the entertainment value. Get this series. You won't regret it.

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Corridors of the night

Excellent character and plot . Enjoyed it very much. Will read again!! Love the seriies.

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This mystery kept us on the edge of our seats.

This book was enjoyable and suspensful from syart to finish. The narrator is good and the writing was well researched and written.

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awesome ending!!!

great ending...edge of seat the whole way! I would suggest this book most definitely. Everyone got what was due!