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All the Colors of Darkness Audiobook

All the Colors of Darkness

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Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is on vacation. Now in his 50s and having served as the crime-solving protagonist of 17 previous novels by Peter Robinson, Inspector Banks deserves it. His idyll is ended, however, when his on-again-off-again partner, Inspector Annie Cabbot, comes upon a body hanging from a tree. Just like that, Robinson plunges the listener into that old familiar darkness and suspense of which none other than Stephen King is a big fan.

Audie Award winner Simon Prebble brings his perfect dark British accent to this tale of multiple murder, love gone wrong, and wit. This audiobook is ideal for a long night by the fire, or, if you dare, alone by a brook in the English countryside.

Publisher's Summary

Detectives Alan Banks and Annie Cabbot return in another electrifying novel from the acclaimed award-winning author of the New York Times best seller Friend of the Devil.

When the body of a man is discovered hanging from a tree in the woods near Eastvale, all signs point toward suicide. At least that's what it initially looks like to Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot.

The man is soon identified as Mark Hardcastle, the set and costume designer for the local amateur theater company. Mark was successful and well liked in the community, but enough remains mysterious about his background that suicide isn't completely out of the question. But when Mark's older and wealthier lover is discovered bludgeoned to death in his home, Annie begins to think differently. Could it have been a crime of passion, or did overwhelming grief lead to a man taking his own life? Increasingly confounded, she calls in the vacationing Chief Inspector Alan Banks, even if it means prying him away from his new girlfriend.

Once on the investigation, Banks finds himself plunged into a case where nothing is as it seems. More and more, his own words about the victim's latest production, Othello, are coming back to haunt him, for "jealousy, betrayal, envy, ambition, greed, lust, revenge: all the colors of darkness" are quickly becoming his world as well.

©2009 Eastvale Enterprises, Inc.; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Lehua of Pacifica Hawaii 05-24-09
    Lehua of Pacifica Hawaii 05-24-09

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    "Good story damaged by producer"

    Robinson gets a bit silly here and there, but it's worth the purchase. The usual interesting story and good ensemble, though "guest" characters are a bit wobbly this go-round, and the premise occasionally made me itch.

    AUDIO: The reading would have been quite adequate except for some insane -- literally insane -- music stuck in at odd moments. It was a sort of cross between country-drunk and MGM's idea of hula-hula music -- just right for Yorkshire, right? Awful! Each time the producers assaulted me with this twanging slop, it utterly shattered everything the author and narrator had built up. The worst part is ... why? Why do such an awful and destructive thing when it was so totally, completely pointless?

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    Dorothy 01-31-14
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    "Loved the story and narrator"

    This is another great Banks novel. Someone else mentioned the weird music. I agree - it's jarring and unnecessary. Doesn't belong at all. What were they thinking?

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    Pat 01-15-10
    Pat 01-15-10
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    "Engaging story and chacters"

    Simon Prebble as reader starts the book on a plus. The characters and story were well-written. A very good mystery.

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    Angela Vaughn 02-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    Don't know why the music between chapters was added. It's unnecessary and annoying. The books are much better when they're just read, not produced.

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    Karen Loomis, CA, United States 11-20-10
    Karen Loomis, CA, United States 11-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    ""Just keeps getting better""

    This is the second book by Peter Robinson that I've listened to. His character development is masterful, the plot completely intriguing and surprising. I found myself caring about the characters, as if I knew them personally. I could listen to Mr. Prebble's (the reader) voice for an eternity. The combination of brilliant writing and a fantastic performance by the reader produces a "not-to-be-missed" book. I just downloaded my third Robinson book. I'm hooked!

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    Diane Challenor Australia 03-10-17
    Diane Challenor Australia 03-10-17

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    "This wins my best read of 2017 award"

    This wins my best read of 2017 award.A fantastic read! Full of depth, full of texture.

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    Kathryn E. Keeling Scottsdale, AZ 02-16-17
    Kathryn E. Keeling Scottsdale, AZ 02-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Cool"

    Great Story. Great Narrator. Cool Guitar Riffs. None of yhat mess done on the previous in this series with the music. Robinson ought to have gotten some money back on that job. Prebble. He is the bomb in both very good novels.

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    mikell grafton 01-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Simon Prebble"

    Entertaining. Not my favorite but still good. I guess they figured out that music in between chapters is not particularly helpful. Simon Prebble is great as usual

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    Kiwi Memphis, Tennessee United States 12-29-16
    Kiwi Memphis, Tennessee United States 12-29-16 Member Since 2016

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    "ANOTHER"

    Another great story by Peter Robinson and another great read by Simon Prebble! Get it & enjoy.

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    Jeff oklahoma city, OK, United States 11-03-16
    Jeff oklahoma city, OK, United States 11-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Stop with the music interuptions!!"
    What made the experience of listening to All the Colors of Darkness the most enjoyable?

    The author is good. The story is good.


    Any additional comments?

    Get rid of the dreadful, stupid, jarring music.

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