• The Unbidden Truth

  • A Barbara Holloway Novel
  • By: Kate Wilhelm
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,338 ratings)

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The Unbidden Truth

By: Kate Wilhelm
Narrated by: Anna Fields
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When Louise Braniff hands Barbara Holloway a large retainer and asks for complete anonymity, the Oregon attorney is both intrigued and suspicious. The woman, a respected music professor, is a member of a group that sponsors worthy causes involving women. And they want Barbara to defend Carol Fredricks, a gifted young pianist who stands accused of murdering the manager of a piano bar.

Not long ago Barbara heard Carol play, and that is enough to convince her to take the case. But now the questions are coming faster than the answers. Carol's straightforward version of what happened the night Joe Wenzel was murdered clashes with the incriminating evidence against her. And how can Barbara explain the oddly incomplete picture she gets of the young woman herself?

Carol can't remember a huge part of her past, only the new life that began when she woke up in a hospital at the age of eight to learn that her parents were dead. She has no memory of learning to play the piano and is having haunting nightmares about a woman named Carolyn Frye.

Soon Barbara is convinced that her client is not only innocent but that she is being framed by ruthless foes who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. However, proving the case and keeping her client safe will require every drop of Barbara's notoriously fierce determination to get at the truth. And as she unravels the stunning trail of deception, hatred, and remarkably deep abiding love that holds the key to the mystery of Carol Fredricks, Barbara discovers that the unbidden truth may just damn them both.

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"As always, genre veteran Wilhelm creates a thought-provoking, complex plot that will keep readers interested and make them think about ethical issues." (Booklist)

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Spectacular Wilhelm

Kate Wilhelm is one spectacular mystery writer. Holds your attention from beginning to the end.

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"Thing 1 and Thing 2"

What made the experience of listening to The Unbidden Truth the most enjoyable?

Ms Fields uses one of her very best voices for the "Herbert and Detective last scene characters" See Susan E. Phillips, It Had To Be You, Dan character. She did not use this accent often, but it was her best.

What other book might you compare The Unbidden Truth to and why?

Like a few of this author's works, there are several stories being unveiled so you must have patients as these are not fast pace adventures, but unfolding bits of information that give you the "ah ha". When you finish a story, you immediately want to start another in this series that A.F reads to see how and what the characters contribute in the next adventure.

Which scene was your favorite?

All scenes with cats and dogs were sweet. Herbert's cooking tips, will have to try duck when making chili.

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

yes, when the exchange of a story was told in the last couple of chapters.

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