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The Western Wind

Narrated by: Nyasha Hatendi
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
3.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Fifteenth-century Oakham, in Somerset; a tiny village cut off by a big river with no bridge. When a man is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, an explanation has to be found: accident, suicide or murder? The village priest, John Reve, is privy to many secrets in his role as confessor. But will he be able to unravel what happened to the victim, Thomas Newman, the wealthiest, most capable and industrious man in the village? And what will happen if he can't? 

Moving back in time toward the moment of Thomas Newman's death, the story is related by Reve - an extraordinary creation, a patient shepherd to his wayward flock, and a man with secrets of his own to keep. Through his eyes, and his indelible voice, Harvey creates a medieval world entirely tangible in its immediacy.

©2018 Samantha Harvey (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Beautifully written

I loved this story and now I want to read more by this author. Haunting, clever, unexpected.

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Slow, slow, slow

I was misled into reading this book because of its favorable reviews. I did not enjoy it. The principal character is always fretting over what should be done, did he do the right thing? There is no action in the book and I'm not sure it really resolves itself. That said if you like to read in that period and don't mind a lot of soul searching - go ahead, read it.

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A long boring slog

When I started listening to this book, I was quite interested and thought it was going to be a tale of life in the Middle Ages and it did start out that way. But then the random babbling started and I could not fit it into anything that had meaning. The narrator was its saving grace- he was really good and my Bose noise-reducing ear buds helped him along.

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