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Wolf to the Slaughter

A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 3
Narrated by: Robin Bailey
Series: Inspector Wexford, Book 3
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
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Anita Margolis had vanished. There was no body, no crime, nothing more concrete than an anonymous letter and a name. A pattern soon emerged to the investigation. Not only had Anita been wealthy and flighty, she had been thoroughly immortal, too.
©1967 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Sarah
  • BOERNE, TX, United States
  • 05-11-15

A Throroughly Enjoyable Mystery!

Other reviewers have summarized the plot - I will just say it is a remarkable feat to create this very complex mystery and carefully reveal the solution in less than 6 hours. Rendell is a master - you will not be disappointed with this one!

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Best Part is the Reading

This book is good, but the reading elevates it. Really enjoyed this story. Ms. Rendell's stories sometimes get too convoluted for me but this one stays a good course.

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A mystery on top of a mystery!

So, this is an fun mystery, especially if you enjoy old school British detective novels.

But here's what hooked me -- the publisher's summary is this: "Anita Margolis had vanished. There was no body, no crime, nothing more concrete than an anonymous letter and a name. A pattern soon emerged to the investigation. Not only had Anita been wealthy and flighty, she had been thoroughly immortal, too."

Now, I just had to listen to this audiobook to answer the pressing question: what does it mean to be "thoroughly immortal?" Is she some sort of extreme goddess? Or, is it a typo, and has she just been quite the naughty lady?

No spoilers here... you'll have listen yourself to find out.

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boring to listen to

boring story to listen to, couldn't get into the story, as the reading is very monotonous.

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  • David Ranger
  • 04-12-18

Narration put me off

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes crusty posh voices - the kind you used to hear in Carry On movies.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ruth Rendell? Why or why not?

I love reading Ruth Rendell, so I'd try another with a different narrator.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Robin Bailey?

Someone less crusty - realise that Robin Bailey died 20 years ago, and the narration and voices he did felt dated: very actorly, slightly smug and all together irritating.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The audio quality is very good - if you can get past the fact that the narrator grates on your ears.

Any additional comments?

The chapters don't line up with the narration, and the book kept going back to chapter 1 when I restarted it. I lost my place several times.

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  • melissa
  • 12-02-15

Good story, irritating narrator

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Not the best Rendell but pretty good. I found the narrator's voice irritating. It was rasping. As always a good twist at the end.

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  • JillyB
  • 06-10-15

Better than expected

Enjoyed it - once it got into it. It really is a bit of a slow boil.

Kind of guessed what the denouement was likely to be but still enjoyed the journey.