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Publisher's Summary

Little progress had been made by the Thames Valley Police since the discovery of a corpse in a North Oxford flat. The victim had been killed by a single stab wound to the stomach. The police had no weapon, no suspect, no motive, but within days of taking over the investigation, Chief Inspector Morse and Detective Sergeant Lewis uncover startling new information about the life and death of the victim, Dr. Felix McClure, late of Wolsey College, Oxford.

The trail leads directly to a staircase in Wolsey College and in particular to a former "scout" there, one Edward Brooks, who disappears following the theft of a knife from the Pitt Rivers Museum. Then another body is discovered, and suddenly Morse finds himself with too many suspects and yet no solution. Then he receives a letter, a letter containing a declaration of love.

©1994 Colin Dexter; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse has become a favorite of mystery fans in both hemispheres. In each book, Dexter shows a new facet of the complex Morse. In this latest work, Morse must solve two related murders, a problem complicated by a plethora of suspects and by his attraction to one of the possible killers." (Amazon.com)

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  • A P
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 03-16-10

A different Morse

I had previously met Inspector Morse only on the BBC TV adaptations of Colin Dexter's books. The full book reveals a much more complex character. Don't be put off by the voice of the reader: you will soon acclimate to him, and then realize that he is, in fact, just the right reader for these books.

Just make sure that you have a l-o-n-g car journey ahead of you, because you won't want to stop until the book is over.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Samuel
  • PEORIA, AZ, United States
  • 06-29-12

Inspector Morse from early days

What made the experience of listening to The Daughters of Cain the most enjoyable?

Reuniting with the gruff overeducated Morse and his long-suffering, always paying for drinks assistant Lewis was like greeting old friends.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Daughters of Cain?

Morse's "love affair" with a young punk prostitute.

What aspect of Frederick Davidson???s performance would you have changed?

he is spot-on

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

NA

Any additional comments?

NA

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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MORSE AT HIS BEST!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like the old time "who done it" you'll love this one!! Lots of mix ups!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Simple ploting along!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Heimo
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • 07-06-09

one of my favorite dexters

i was a little put off by the narrator when listening to the sample. i was irritated by his rather highbrow accent and was afraid it would spoil a book i already know so well. but i love these books and really wanted some audio inspector morse, so i gave this and the other unabridged book, the way through the woods, a try. i am glad i did. i will listen again and again to these through the years.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as I had hoped

I like the narrator, but perhaps not for this story. For some reason, the narrator made the story choppy and the listening wouldn't flow well for me. I listen to alot of audio books, and I listen to the samples before I buy. I liked the sample enough to use a credit on this book, but I am a bit disappointed. I wish there were more Colin Dexter books, but perhaps with a different narrator.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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More unabridged stories

So nice to hear a full story with all the characters developed! We need more!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A great Morse and Lewis book

In the beginning of this book, I wasn't so sure. The narrator took some getting used to (till, by the end, I was convinced he had done a terrific job, with voices, atmosphere, everything that could contribute to wonderful reading of this book). The setup for the whole book took a bit longer than some do. But just when I was wondering if I was going to write this off as an unfortunate mistake, I realized that my interest had sneakily gotten more and more engaged, till I didn't want to stop listening up to the end.

The plot is actually not too complicated--an Oxford professor is killed, later someone else is, as well. And naturally, they are connected. I felt many shifting levels of engagement in the story. Initially, not sure if I could stay with it, by the end, I wished it were another couple of hours longer.

Don't want to give away the plot, but I will say that the characters are perhaps more intricately developed than in other Morse books, and this book almost depends upon that for its entire understanding. The narrator who at first seemed annoying with the heaviness of his voice and his loud swallowing, gradually revealed this as being truly part of the book. Morse, as a character, is not always a socially correct sort of man. And I think the reading underscored some combination of that and the sort of stuffy, over-correctness of the Oxford world this story moves about in.

Suspect some people may just find his voice annoying. I did at first, till I realized that his intriguingly annoying speech characteristics (purposeful or not?) were making this story "work" better. Think there was also more breadth of scope for Morse as a character in this book; showed several sides of him in interesting juxtaposition. I liked it.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Incomparable Morse - Pitch-perfect reader

Where does The Daughters of Cain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Morse is one of my all-time favorite English detectives, period.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I don't read or listen to Morse stories for the 'edge of the seatness' of them. I listen for the elegance of language, rapier sarcasm, and sometimes laugh-out-loud hypocrisy of the good Inspector Morse.

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

I LOVE Frederick Davidson's readings so much that when I finished Morse, I browsed Audible looking for all the other books he's narrated. I frequently see criticisms of his readings in these reviews and I can understand those readers' objections--Davidson's voice is sooooo exquisitely posh that, well, you either love it (as I do) or hate it (as other readers have remarked.) I am an American from the Midwest and to me, even the writing here of the words 'exquisitely posh' makes me happy, because the words are, well, so exquisitely posh--just like Davidson's voice. I now have many of his readings in my Wish List and look forward to listening to him for many hours to come.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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the narrator killed it for me

Would you be willing to try another one of Frederick Davidson’s performances?

I will have to remember to avoid his narrations in the future. I have listened to hundreds and hundreds of books - and I've run across this narrator a few times before. I have to say that I truly despise his style - after listening to the book for over 30 minutes, I realized that I hadn't absorbed one iota because I was so intently annoyed by the reader. He sounds so affectedly smarmy, snooty and oozy that he makes the story OTHER than what it is. Technically, he pronounces all the words correctly, etc. But, his manner of speaking is SO exaggeratedly snobby British with that constant sarcastic and uber superior snideness that I simply can't understand why any author would allow him to read their books aloud. His every word sounds like a condemnation of the story itself. Not only that, I tire of listening to him swallow, smack his tongue and otherwise gather spit in his mouth in order to continue to the next sentence. Yech.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I can't bear this narrator

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who isn't put off by the narrator's monotone.

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

I didn't get past the first 30 minutes.

How could the performance have been better?

If there had been any life in the reading at all.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful