The Anatomist's Wife

Lady Darby Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Series: Lady Darby, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (776 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister's estate, finding solace in her passion for painting. But when one of the house guests is murdered, her brother-in-law asks her to aid the insufferable Sebastian Gage - a fellow guest with some experience as an inquiry agent. While Gage is clearly more competent than she first assumed, Kiera isn't about to let her guard down, as accusations and rumors swirl. When Kiera and Gage's search leads them to even more gruesome discoveries, a series of disturbing notes urges Lady Darby to give up the inquiry. But Kiera is determined to protect her family and prove her innocence, even as she risks becoming the next victim.

©2012 Anna Aycock (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Huber's protagonist is complex and likable and the well-lotted mystery is filled with fascinating secondary characters. The setting is lavishly portrayed...you'll be engaged right to the end." ( RT Book Reviews)

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A good read.

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

I put off reading this series because of some negative reviews. I finally broke down and got the first book and was pleasantly surprised. It is a good, solid and entertaining read. I immediate read the next two books and enjoyed them as well.

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A Victorian Puzzle...A very good read…

A weekend party at a highland castle and a gentle woman is murdered in the maze.
Lady Darby, a talented artist and the disgraced widow of a famous anatomist, spent the last 16 months hiding out at the castle with her sister and brother-in-law. Lady Darby and the insufferable Mr. Gage, a friend of her brother-in-law and guest at the house party, are tasked with uncovering of a murderer. What follows is the puzzle… Piece by piece.
I found the character development in the story very good and the story more than held my interest. Unlike some other reviewers, I enjoyed the narrator. I plan to read the rest of the books in this series.

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Good story, poor narration.

The story was great. a little repetitive in a few spots. but still great overall. The narrator was not good.....doesn't seem to know how to see ahead so doesn't do well with phrasing nor appropriate inflections....makes the story stilted far too often. Her one redeeming point is that she does try to put emotion into the dialogue between characters ...though often that, too, didn't seem appropriate to what I believe the author was trying to portray. I would love to hear this story narrated by someone who could better instill feeling into descriptive prose rather than sounding like an old time newscaster reading from a script picked up just seconds before going on air.

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story is well developed, narrator needs help

I loved his story and it is the only reason I stayed with it despite the very slow start, which I'm affording blame on the narrative that although essential to setting up the plot and theme and background, I barely made through the rhythmic drone of the narrator. I hope she improves with next book or it may be the last I get to hear in this series. I will give her one more bit of grace.

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Poor Narration

What disappointed you about The Anatomist's Wife?

Never got to the story because narrator read every sentence the same. Very annoying.

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Good story; peculiar reading performance

The story was quite good and because of it we went on to the next book in the series. The performance, however, we found a bit difficult to follow because of the peculiar style of delivery. The narrator sounds like a BBC news reader, droning with a strict cadence that has a couple of second pause after every phrase, like it was being read to a metronome with a fixed number of beats per phrase. The breaks often come at strange places, such as (I am making this up as illustrative): "Please do come into the parlor ...[one] .. [two] ... she said. And so he did. ... [one] ... [two] ..." The dialogue voices were excellent, in tone, inflexion and phrasing. The contrast was stark and a bit puzzling. If the dialogue voices had not been so good, we would have quit listening. The narration in the next book in the series is less regimented, or perhaps we've just gotten more used to it. Again, the dialogue and voices were excellent.

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Fun mystery, Odd narration

I enjoyed the mystery story enough to listen to the end (it was worth it!). I will admit to a bias for consistently strong, independent heroines, and the shifts to ditheriness were less than credible for the character already established. They seemed to be included only to induce doubts in the reader/ listener that the heroine would make choices that made sense. The narrator has a lovely speaking voice, wonderful diction and pronunciation and the pacing was perfect. My 'however' : I found the narrator's style of frequently, "reading without looking ahead to where proper breaks and emphasis should go," TOO annoying to allow me to purchase any other Audio books by the author. These odd errors YANK you out of the story, reminding you that you are listening to an audio book... All the audio books I see in this series use the same narrator, sigh. I thought I'd found some fun summer 'enjoyable mystery, light romance" listening... I'll admit, I may try one more in hopes that this odd narration disappears.

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Narrator put me to sleep .

The story line is interesting but it was hard to follow. Every time I listened to it I would lose track of what was being said.

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Very interesting story...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, we were supposed to like the main character, Lady Darby. She had many good attributes but I absolutely could not get around the readers monotonous vocal choice for her character. So, I would say my next favorite was Gage.

What didn’t you like about Heather Wilds’s performance?

She had a very set and monotonous cadence to the voice she used for Lady Darby. I thought it was unconscious until I heard the other characters and realized that she did have vocal control. The flat affect of her delivery made the character sound vapid, even when she was delivering brilliant observations.

If you could take any character from The Anatomist's Wife out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Oh Gage for sure. He's yummy.

Any additional comments?

This was our book club choice for January. I readily admitted at the meeting that I should have read, not listened to this selection.

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I loved it

I almost did not get this book because of one of the reviews. I know why someone would say it was juvenile because it was a old rationed agatha Christie type book. Not a lot of gore and no sex. There was also no bad language. It was a good mystery and a good plot. I will be getting her next book

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