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The Darkwater Bride

An Audible Original Drama
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (10,855 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Late Victorian London. When James Miller, the most respectable of Scottish businessmen, is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption. Alongside local detective Culley, Catriona’s search for her father’s killer leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride and the power of her deadly kiss.

An epic drama starring Adrian Scarborough, Claire Corbett, Freya Mayor and Jamie Glover, The Darkwater Bride combines the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.

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spooky audio drama / sex & violence crime fiction

I'm a big fan of well made audio drama and would probably listen to a one about pottery. This was definitely technically strong enough performance to keep me listening.

The mood is gloomy to fit a really disturbing story that also attracted my interest as a fan of 19th century horror. Throughout the story is underlined the struggle of the female protagonist in a man's world where she's either overlooked or threatened, often sexually. This combines well with the crime story which is related to violence against women. The theme of women's emancipation is well developed throughout the story, even if sometimes the constant and relentless abuse of women by men felt a bit over the top to me. It was very disturbing, which was probably the purpose, but same time I also felt that the picture it painted of the world was too negative and sometimes it got me questioning the likelihood of the turns of events.

This is basically a detective story that combines elements of fairy tale sort of fantasy horror and violent sex crime fiction. Not exactly my cup of tea. I'm not completely against the use of supernatural in fiction per se, e.g. I love Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Lovecraft's work. But here I was left with a feeling, from very early on, that more realistic choices could have been more to my taste in this story, maybe because of it's strong detective story nature. I'm also not a big fan of this sex and violence crime fiction. However, these elements were not badly woven together if you like this stuff.

The drama was bit broken by protagonist being also occasionally the narrator. This means that time to time she was telling the story instead instead of living it. This could be backed up by her being the only living witness to the story, but not actually witnessing all parts of it. So far so good. However, I felt that this was slightly inconsistent, since parts of the story seemed to be acted without her presence or narration. So, in the end, maybe better narrative solutions could have been made.

The performance was really fine. My only complaint would be that early to the story I sometimes was not sure who were the characters in the scene and where it took place. In the whole this was no problem.

157 of 166 people found this review helpful

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Well that was uncomfortable

The performances and production of this was spot on, just excellent voice acting, pacing, and effects. The premise had a lot of promise, and I expected to be delivered of a gothic, sexy, maybe supernatural yarn.

Instead I got modern sexual sensibilities shoehorned into a period setting in a way that ruined any authenticity the atmosphere provided. Instead of sexy I got grossed out.
Side characters were all over the place in a way that made them seem opaque and confusing, not complex or real. Connections between people just - poof - appeared out of thin air. I didn't care about any of these people enough to even dislike them. Things could have been included and pulled off if the author had just left some veils over the nastiest bits. So dissapointing.

177 of 193 people found this review helpful

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Take it easy on the sex, Marty!

While I appreciate the old style and settings, the author went overboard on the disturbing sex scenes. I wish I’d known—I felt like I was stuck in someone’s fantasies, supposedly justified by some version of inappropriately insistent Girl Power. AND...the amount of times the characters say, “Huh? What? Oh” or “Wh—where? Wh—why? Oh.” “What did you say?” Lord, they are a highly distracted bunch.

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GRAPHIC

I made it about halfway through this and wanted to get to the end because the mystery factor really roped me in, but it contained truly graphic violence against a child and I just can’t find entertainment in that. It’s too disgusting and too dark.

62 of 68 people found this review helpful

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Thought it would never end

Child mutilation, sexual predator, violence, cruel sex, profanity, boredom. This performance has it all . The plot drags on and on. This book uses every opportunity to bring in lurid sex and sick behavior. I should have just stopped listening to it. Audible usually does much better than this performance

91 of 101 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

This was a wonderful production! The story was fun, creepy, and went to some dark places, and the production was top notch! If only every audiobook could be this good! I listened to this mostly riding my bicycle in the evenings, and it was perfectly fitting. Really looking forward to more original dramas!

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Anticlimactic

I thought the acting was exceptional, but I found myself becoming uncommonly annoyed with the heroine as the story progressed. I also regard the ending as lackluster, but overall it was entertaining.

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eh.

good if you like listening to TV . thats what it as like. good story, but it was like a 6hr movie with nothing to watch. a lot of sound effects. volumes kept going up and down.

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Wonderful performance

So much more that a narrated story! The cast did an amazing job performing on what is sure to be a challenging medium. I was too old for the time when families say around the radio and listened to tales of adventure, but this just be something of what it was like. Thanks for the adventure, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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A Strong, independent woman who gets in the way

The story has some bits where it’s very interesting. If you’re into the supernatural it’s a decent listen. However, I find myself annoyed by the hyper-feminist protagonist. To me, she appears as a woman whose strength I admire, but her stubbornness at times interferes with her mission, making her essentially self destructive. At other times, this play reminds me of the Goosebumps series. It has moments and things get a little dark, but characters are one dimensional and actively hinder themselves. The performance was passable, but this is definitely not something I would recommend.

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  • Simon
  • 10-30-18

Ghostly Thriller With a Dark Heart!

This is another deeply atmospheric Audible Studios offering coupling a rich soundscape with some high quality acting which evokes a feel of the darkness that was much of Victorian London. It would be fair to call it a piece of Victorian Noir as what begins as a young girl's attempt to find out what happened to her father descends into the seediest and darkest corners of a depraved city. It's also truly a ghostly tale and most definitely not one for those who like "cozy" mysteries.

I wouldn't rate it quite as highly as say the wonderful "Scarlet City" out of these Audible productions as it is a little repetitive in terms of the relationship between the two main characters; the poor hapless Culley striving to keep his feisty female companion in what he saw as her place. And some of the acting is also perhaps a little overwrought at times but it's a very enjoyable play all the same overall which builds up to what I thought was a thoroughly satisfying climax.

A genuine ghostly thriller with a dark heart, well worth a credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-18

Best listen since getting Audio

Really enjoyed it scary at times always a thriller,well read by several readers to keep tension going

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • 01-17-19

FIRST TIME I TRULY FELT CAPTURED!!

First off. I HATE horror stories or crimes on audio books. Most of them are boring or not scary at all. And this book was for me personally not scary or super complex with crime...
...But.

Thru all my entire list of audiobooks (I got too many) this instantly landed on my top 3!! Never expected; as I felt like a child hearing his first ghost story, like a young adult feel his first love to women's voices, and the love for true good old British accents. I still can't believe I was so captured.

Acting and the narrators: I sometimes end a book quickly if a narrator breath too much, make too much S'hissing noises or being too flat and lifeless. But these performers made me truly laugh on my bus home, in public, as I got so impressed by the sound and their performers. Honestly I don't know if I if I would read this book on my own as it quickly would dismiss it as another average book (which is just me being too rude and impatience as it's a well written book). But, knowing how good a theatre performance can sound like, I gave it a small chance, and I TRULY found a hidden gem!

Good story overall, with lovely descriptions, not too much and too heavy, but greatly added actions in between. I find "great readers" often describe way too much, so I close the book or audio-book way before the end. The combined creepy descriptions of eels, blood, corpses to touch of love, sensuality and the focus of courtesy in this era... well I just love it!!

Thank you so much for making me stay up all night for this astonishing performance! Well worth the money!

ps: sorry for the long review, but I don't care. It's well deserved!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ashley
  • 01-16-19

An excellent storyline, extremely well performed

An excellent and novel story, extremely well performed and executed. I really couldn't put this one down. It's great to hear the sound effects and dramatisation, nice one.

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  • CeriG
  • 01-17-19

Beautifully done

I got so completely lost in this tale that I didn’t turn my TV on for days, I just spent my evenings lost in the world of the beautifully narrated story. A proper joy!

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  • carol
  • 01-07-19

Fantastic gripping story

This story had me gripped from start to end, so many twists, and it kept you, wondering what next? Victorian London at its basic, and the murky underworld, and River Thames interweaving throughout the story, well written and performed too.

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  • Aurora
  • 01-01-19

Gripping and creepy

This is a great creepy thriller. Set in Victorian London, this follows a young woman's search for answers about her father's death. The characterisation is great, and the story moves at a fast pace. As a change from readings, this dramatisation is well worth the listen.

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  • Andrew H
  • 11-11-18

Superb

A brilliantly dark ghostly tale that examines the sexual perversity of men in the Victorian era and, let's be frank, today at a time when misogyny is on the rise and violent crime against women remains high. Given the subject matter, it makes sense and balance to have a strong female narrator who combines a certain vulnerability with a dogged determination to find out about her father's secret life and how and why he died.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard Brooks
  • 05-03-19

A great production, brimful with menace

Marty Ross is a very gifted horror writer and all his craft is in display here, with a very pacey script and excellent descriptions that are both lyrical and horrifying. This is definitely not a production for those that are of a sensitive disposition, but for those that enjoy a full-blooded, dark, gothic story, this have much to recommend it.

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  • Jane
  • 03-20-19

love it love it love it!

Very creepy around the edges and wonderfully atmospheric story. Really enjoyed this tale of tragedy, spirit and ghosts. Beware the dark water bride especially in the middle of the night! Loving dramatisations - lots more please!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful