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Painting the Darkness Audiobook

Painting the Darkness

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Publisher's Summary

On a mild autumn afternoon in 1882, William Trenchard sits smoking his pipe in the garden of his comfortable family home. When the creak of the garden gate heralds the arrival of an unexpected stranger, he is puzzled but not alarmed. He cannot know the destruction this man will wreak on all he holds most dear.

©1989 Robert and Vaunda Goddard (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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    RavidReader Detroit, MI, United States 12-02-13
    RavidReader Detroit, MI, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Suspensful, but too lengthy!"
    Which character – as performed by Michael Kitchen – was your favorite?

    Michael Kitchen is great! He is the only reason I was able to tolerate the complete 20+ hour book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed! I wish I had stopped listening when I realized I didn't care what happened! I only wanted it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    The story took many twists and turns which, initially, held my interest. The story started with interest, but grew quite tiresome, quite quickly.My interest was quickly lost with unlikable characters that I didn't care about..While listening I realized, I didn't care what happened; I wasn't invested and my goal was to finish the book, only. In the future, before I spend 20+ hours of precious listening time on one book, I will be more cautious in my selections and quit listening when the story doesn't have characters of interest to me.

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    Robert Summerville, SC, United States 11-19-13
    Robert Summerville, SC, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Tried five chapters and could not get through it"
    Would you try another book from Robert Goddard and/or Michael Kitchen?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Looking for a good mystery


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator ok....book was too rambling.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Just wasn't for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Had to start over a couple of times....just started daydreaming and wishing book was over. Finally put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 10-29-13
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 10-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Rich Historical Mystery"

    I enjoyed the very well-researched and written journey into 19th Century England offered by Goddard. The plotting offered some truly interesting twists. The main characters of the story are all flawed and unreliable narrators, which makes for an engaging mystery. The ending is quite a spectacular feat of storytelling.

    Goddard's male characters are far better written than his female ones. Which, typical for a novel written in the period by a male author, is less forgivable today.

    His langauge is a pleasing blend of period perfection and accessibly modern. Goddard strikes the perfect balance as a writer of historical mystery.

    The narration by Michael Kitchen is flawless.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Catherine NC 09-10-13
    Mary Catherine NC 09-10-13 Member Since 2017
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    "In the style of Wilkie Collins"

    The writing was excellent and the reader well matched to the story, but after many hours of listening, I stopped and did not finish. For a time I had hope, but there is a place in a story where too many unpleasant things happen, and nothing after that point can save the story for me - that is when I stopped listening. It was like witnessing abuse - disturbing. SPOILER ALERT – this is a story about manipulators and manipulated. The manipulators were clever, well prepared, and in control. The manipulated were bumbling around lost, reacted instead of acting, and were pulled around like puppets. I thought I might like some of the characters, but they turned out to be non-functional. Maybe the manipulated rallied at the end, but I just didn’t want to suffer until it happened. And if it didn’t happen, I didn’t want to suffer until the end. This is a good book, but it didn’t fit me. I like the good guys to be clever, but half way through I started thinking there might not be any good guys in this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New York 08-10-13
    Amazon Customer New York 08-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Complex and disturbing story"
    Where does Painting the Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to hundreds of books and this is in the top 10.


    What other book might you compare Painting the Darkness to and why?

    In some ways it resembles the Dublin Murder Squad books by Tana French, in that it is a deeply psychological mystery. The characters are developed intricately.

    It also had a atmosphere similar to some of Conan Doyle's writings, as well as Wilkie Collins' "The Woman in White."


    What about Michael Kitchen’s performance did you like?

    Pretty much everything.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it wasn't possible since it is 20 hours long. I did lose a little sleep on the last day because I was so near the end and had to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate books that have a realistic (in my opinion) ending rather than a sappy happy one, and the ending of this book was not happy for most of the main characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 07-14-13
    Sara Chevy Chase, MD, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What Fun!"
    Any additional comments?

    I've never read any Goddard books before, but I will definitely put them on my wish list. This is a fun, well-written, historical thriller. Sort of Dickens, Bronte, and du Maurier combined. Michael Kitchen's narration was fantastic.

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    B. Hansen Palo Alto, CA USA 07-07-13
    B. Hansen Palo Alto, CA USA 07-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Truly wonderful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Painting the Darkness to be better than the print version?

    I adored this book. It was my first Goddard book and certainly won't be my last.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was compelling, with interesting, well rounded characters and plenty of twists and turns. It had a bit of a "gothic" feel to it but retained a great sense of place and time. Great phrases and descriptions. I was hooked from the first sentence.


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

    Michael Kitchen was superb. I do believe he is the best narrator I've encountered - and there are a host of great ones on Audible. I would - and will - seek out other books he narrates. What a great voice and talent!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was, but it wasn't - I wanted the story to last and last. I did find myself staying up way later just to hear one more chapter. I also think this will be a "re-listen" for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Top shelf, all the way. Great author, great narrator - all of it: simply wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ACT1 UK 06-24-13
    ACT1 UK 06-24-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Definitely rivetting!"

    This book definitely kept me hooked right to the end - I sort of guessed the ending part way through and, being a gal who generally likes a happy ending I am surprised that it did so well to keep me listening.

    The narration was good although MK still occasionally irritates me with his slightly too languid delivery - some intonations jarred but not enough to mar my enjoyment of the plot.

    As an audio listener I found the flashbacks occasionally hard to follow, especially if my attention had been a bit distracted and I had to listen hard to work out which time period was being lived at the moment and the flipping from third to first person reporting was sometimes a bit off putting especially when it wasnt Trenchard in the first person but James doing the reporting.

    Nevertheless, I was gripped to the end!

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    george United States 06-17-13
    george United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "More twists and turns than Space Mountain."

    It's been a long time since I gave something 5 stars across the board. This is not my normal genre, (it takes place during the 1880's) but don't let that deter you. This is a exceptionally good mystery. It seemed that every time I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong. This book is one of the better books I've read in the last year. I give it 96 out of 100.

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    Cheryl Waihi, New Zealand 05-22-13
    Cheryl Waihi, New Zealand 05-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent story"
    What did you love best about Painting the Darkness?

    Brilliantly written with lots of twists and reader did highly competent job


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great plot and characters well developed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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