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The Angel of Darkness Audiobook

The Angel of Darkness

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In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew.

It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends - high-living crime reporter Schuyler Moore; indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard; the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert, the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime - have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case.

But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara's aid, the team reunites to help her find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Their investigation leads the team to a shocking suspect: a woman who appears to the world to be a heroic nurse and a loving mother, but who may in reality be a ruthless murderer of children.

Fast-paced and chilling, The Angel Of Darkness is another tour de force from Caleb Carr, a novel of modern evil in old New York.

©1997 Caleb Carr (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    J. Lindsey San Fernando Valley, CA 01-01-17
    J. Lindsey San Fernando Valley, CA 01-01-17 Member Since 2016

    In Anchorage AK since 2007. Found audio books in 1996. I remember the huge boxes of cassettes in the mail! Sometimes w/a faulty cassette!

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    "Intricate Book Without Overkill"

    Caleb Carr is amazing, at least in the 2 alienist novels, this being a sequel. It combines all of my favorite genre... history, mystery, crime detection, legal and police procedural. This 600 page novel was a daunting listen and for me was a read all nighter...except that it literally wore me out. In the dozens of hours there was hardly a breather. I could stay with it largely due to George Guidall's narration. He is sooo smooth and you never have to wonder "who said that"?
    I work in the medical field of neurology which crosses psychology in many directions. I see "broken" kids every day. Except for the infanticide aspect, so much of what this turn of the century psychologist/psychiatrist, did and believed is book title material now when a century ago it was almost witchcraft and inadmissible. I was not short of enthralled.
    Going to try his NY novel next. A little scared as the alienist and his friends won't be there and neither will George!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Me St. Louis 02-20-14
    Me St. Louis 02-20-14 Member Since 2017
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    "An enjoyable book"

    I listened to the abridged version of this book and enjoyed it so much that I decided to get the unabridged. It's a good story and is the type of book that I tend to look for. It's set in 1897, and is a refreshing step back in time when detecting was difficult and proving a crime even more so.
    Read the book description to get an idea of the story. There are so many characters, that it's difficult for me to pick a favorite one. They're all important to the story.
    Caleb Carr's characters are well developed and that is a big reason why I like this book. A flaw in my character maybe, but I have to like the main characters otherwise I find it difficult to spend time with them as the story is told. The main characters have idiosyncracies and flaws, but likable all the same.
    The story is, at times, a bit plodding, as Carr takes you through the process of developing proof and collecting evidence which was difficult at best during that time. You eventually find that Carr's development of the story builds up to interesting events in the book, so stick with it if it gets a bit ponderous at times.
    George Guidall is an excellent narrator, and I've listened to many books he's narrated. I listened to the abridged version of this book first, narrated by Boyd Gaines, and found that I preferred Gaines' version. Gaines did the accents and tones of the characters which made their personalities stand out a bit more. He is hard to top for this book.
    If Carr ever writes another book like this one or The Alienist, I'd get it without hesitation. Highly recommend.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Che` CANTON, GA, United States 01-13-13
    Che` CANTON, GA, United States 01-13-13
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    "A well-woven cliche."

    This book would be excellent for those who have a specific interest in this particular genre/style; that is, the sort of pop fiction of the late nineteenth- early twentieth-century, and popular to films up through as late as the 1970's but peaking in the '30's 40's and 50's. A squad off young detectives in an uncivilized, crime-ridden New York City of the Fin-de-siecle, lead by their scientific mastermind - complete with idealized Austrian accent - who must battle against the ignorance of the Old World to prove his case and save a child. It's basically Tim Burton's rendition of Sleepy Hollow in literary form, and with a few extra cliches added to fill the thing out. And, of course, no Sir Arthur Conan Doyle rehash would be complete with out the perfunctory aborigine assassin.
    Now, all that said, the book is well-written. The prose is good, and the story flows nicely, though, as it is a heavily overdone kind of story, don't expect any surprises. The characters are well developed, but they'd better be since authors have been developing exactly them for 175 years.
    George Guidall is always an excellent voice, and a talented actor, and this is no exception. This book is great for people who are already in love with this very specific genre, otherwise I fear you will find yourself extremely bored early on, and this is no short read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 12-05-12
    Keith Arlington, TN, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved It"

    Caleb Carr has created a masterpiece in the Angel of Darkness.The book has just the right amount of humor, suspence, and violence. Normally I like a book that builds the characters, including both their past and present, this book was not like that. Stevie the main character had a lot of character building but the other characters did not. Caleb made each characters past stand out by telling you just enough to get curious. Cillous was the man servant to the good Doctor. All we knew about his past was that it was bad and the Doctor had taken him in. Through out the book Cillous would show his value to the group but not how or where he had learned to do what he did. Caleb was always sure to hint about his past but not give you any real information. Miss Sarah was another of the characters. She was a feminist that could not understand how men could shove women into a box of approved behaviors. The men in one town were so bad that if a women acted differently they would give them demonistic qualities. The little bits and peices Caleb gave of each character was the perfect amount to make the book go.

    The mystery was centered around a female that had taken a child. The women had crossed the state killing children using poison. The people of the area would call her a hero for trying to save the kids but all along she was killing them. She had killed her only child brcause the man had left her. She had continued on as she took on new identities.

    Finally the book led us to another mystery. I will let each of you decide for yourself, but I think the prosecutor was the father of her only baby. Just saying!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mia 05-18-17
    mia 05-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Top 5 best book ever."

    Where is the third book by Sarah? I have been waiting for years. I would love to hear another story in this chronicle.

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    Amazon Customer 05-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Alas I just finished his last book"

    I feel like the main character in Mysery. What do I have to do to get Caleb Carr to write another book.? I just loved this series and felt I was on a PT boat churning across NY Harbor toward the conclusion of the book. Just fantastic

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    Victoria Larson 04-27-17

    I love to read! Currently loving 'historical fiction" ~

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    "If you liked "The Alienist", you'll love this too!"

    This book is a great follow-up to "The Alienist"! This book wasn't as "gory" and had some satisfactory answers and further character development with a fascinating story that includes many twists and turns along the way. It's a very very book but I loved it!

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    Mary Hirsch Denver, CO 01-19-17
    Mary Hirsch Denver, CO 01-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "another excellent offering from Caleb Carr"
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    Wonderful follow-up to The Alienist. And Guidall is a brilliant narrator who brings it to life.<br/><br/>A few things were a bit more of a challenge than The Alienst - an over-abundance of characters that weren't always easy to keep up with; an equally abundant set of oddities for each one that taxed the integration of all of them into the story; and some curious choices by the author for some of the characters.<br/><br/>But brilliant nonetheless. Looking forward to more books from Caleb Carr - hopefully narrated by George Guidall!

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    Gayle M Stacey 12-20-16
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    "Kept my interest"

    This book contains a cast of interesting characters, all brought to mind's eye by the amazing performance. 'The Angel of Darkness' , an imaginative story that kept me glued, was at times comedic, at times traumatic, dramatic, frenetic and disturbing.

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    L. Brailsford Asheville, NC USA 12-18-16
    L. Brailsford Asheville, NC USA 12-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "engrossed from the start!"

    loved this story. well written, well read. I recommend Caleb Carr's books in general. thanks for the great story.

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