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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (495 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Nigel Anthony Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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The body found under the hedge was that of a middle-aged woman. The grey eyes were wide and staring, and in them DI Wexford thought he saw a sardonic gleam. But that must have been his imagination. However, he didn't have much more to go on. Time for the team to get pro-active...

Over five episodes, Unthinkable Solutions prove that there is no 'I' in team - but there is one in 'incompetent'. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marya DeVoto | 2/17/2014

    " Not her best work, but the take on feminism is fairly nuanced for a mystery first published in 1978, and the mystery itself satisfyingly twisty. I don't so much buy the conclusion though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 2/13/2014

    " Always well-written. The plot was based on some stuff that was ultimately offensive. It was published in the 70s. Sort of grim but also intelligent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 2/12/2014

    " A nice little Wexford mystery from Ruth Rendell "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DeAnne | 2/3/2014

    " Ruth Rendell knows how to write a mystery and keep her readers engaged in the story-line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/18/2014

    " This was my first Inspector Wexford Mystery to read, but I'm sure it was not the first in the series. Wexford is an English detective in a small town. The threat if he can't solve a crime is that they will call in Scotland Yard. I suspect he's usually successful. He seems wise and resourceful, a family man, older, and with interesting observations, such as: "He that is giddy thinks the world turns 'round." This was my fourteenth book to read in August, a nice closing for my 'stacation.' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev Hankins | 1/16/2014

    " A Sleeping Life is Ruth Rendell's tenth mystery featuring Chief Inspector Wexford and Inspector Burden. The story begins with what seems to be a very simple murder. A lonely, middle-aged woman stabbed to death on a path running between the bus stop and her father's home. Her body is discovered by a small boy on his way home with his dad. But when Wexford and Burden arrive, they find that things are more mysterious than they seem. The woman has no identification on her--the only items in her purse are a set of keys and a wallet with money. Once she has been identified as Rhoda Comfrey things remain a mystery. No one in the village where she grew up knows where she's been living. And every lead the police manage to find takes them nowhere. Finally, the wallet provides a connection to Grenville West, a writer whose works are based upon Elizabethan-era plays. But even that seems to be a dead end--West is abroad in France on a holiday and his secretary has a postcard to prove it. There are many questions and few answers....and Wexford learns that a sleeping life can hide many secrets. Rendell is a masterful storyteller--so much so that it did not matter that I knew long before Wexford where to find Grenville West and what the connection between him and the dead woman was. She weaves her tale with such skill that I was swept along, following Wexford and Burden down every blind alley until they knew what I knew. Her characters are lively, interesting, and believable and the murder rings true for its time. Readers should remember that they are visiting the world of the late 70s...times have changed a bit since then. Three and half stars. This review was first posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 1/16/2014

    " Got a kick out of listening to this book with its use of typewriters and libraries (to gain information rather than the internet). Also Rendell put a bit of a twist in the story that I enjoyed at the end. Sometimes in a mystery novel it feels like cheating, but this one it didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/9/2014

    " "A Sleeping Life" is the second Ruth Rendell mystery I've read. The first was "From Doon with Death." I figured out what was going on in both books within the first fifty or so pages, which rather defeated their purpose as mysteries--yet both were still so well-written that I finished them anyway. Rendell's ability to evoke the atmosphere of the English countryside, her sense of humor, her intellectual literary allusions, and her surprisingly progressive social views all made the books worth reading for me despite the absence of the whodunit aspect. And actually, I still have faith that she could surprise me in other books--the two mysteries I've read thus far were written in the 1960s and 1970s, and I think, without giving anything away, that might have something to do with why I solved them both so quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Panda | 1/9/2014

    " A good read for the airplane coming back from the Philippines. I stole this book from The Big Apple Hotel on the island of Mindoro and will pass it on to the first person who requests it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 12/26/2013

    " This one was a winner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleisha Z Coleman | 12/10/2013

    " when i need a well written murder mystery with a great inspector, ruth rendell's inspector wexford series does it for me! another well done mystery (although i actually guessed the ending in this one much earlier and easier than i usually do--it was still worth it!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlene | 12/7/2013

    " Another Inspector Wexford novel by a master of the form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jandblock | 12/6/2013

    " Mostly entertaining, a little light on plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/3/2013

    " Listened to it Christmas 2012. It was enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gardener | 8/5/2013

    " I've read quite a few of Ruth Rendells Inspector Wexford mysteries, and find them generally enjoyable. I don't always pick up on the clues, and often her endings are un-satisfying to me. However, her characters are usually quite interesting, and therefore I keep reading them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lili | 11/29/2012

    " I have yet to read a poor Ruth Rendell mystery. in fact I have enjoyed reading them all. Not all at once but over the years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith Parets | 7/15/2012

    " I love the Inspector Wexford mysteries. I've read and reread all of them many times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 International Cat Lady | 4/26/2012

    " Like most Ruth Rendell books, I'm giving this one three stars. However, I have to admit that I found this one to be a lot more engaging than most. On the other hand, I figured out whodunnit and why fairly early on... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/4/2012

    " It's always nice to visit with Wexford though I found the mystery somewhat easy to figure out. Still an enjoyable quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 2/21/2012

    " Outstanding!! Recommend, recommend!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 1/24/2012

    " Lesser Ruth Rendell. A quick and reasonably diverting read, but it's dated, and the key to the mystery seemed pretty obvious from the get-go. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 12/3/2011

    " I plan on reading more by Ruth Rendell, but I prefer Elizabeth George, Kate Atkinson and Martha Grimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina | 10/29/2011

    " Great plot, enjoyable language. Could not stop! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne Charles | 10/23/2011

    " I liked this - kept me guessing to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 9/28/2011

    " I love Ruth Rendell's books and believe she is a master of her genre. I've read many of them well-written and always compelling. This is not my favorite and, in fact, her Detective Wexford series are not my favorite of her books. Nevertheless, I enjoy them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jgknobler | 8/29/2011

    " This mystery, written in 1978, plays with the notion of "Women's Lib" in a somewhat unpleasant fashion. I think it is time to acknowledge to myself that I am not all that fond of Inspector Wexford. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 8/6/2011

    " Not as satisfying as other entries in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 5/15/2011

    " I love the Inspector Wexford mysteries. I've read and reread all of them many times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleisha Z | 4/10/2011

    " when i need a well written murder mystery with a great inspector, ruth rendell's inspector wexford series does it for me! another well done mystery (although i actually guessed the ending in this one much earlier and easier than i usually do--it was still worth it!)
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 2/4/2011

    " This one was a winner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 11/7/2009

    " A nice little Wexford mystery from Ruth Rendell
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jgknobler | 7/29/2009

    " This mystery, written in 1978, plays with the notion of "Women's Lib" in a somewhat unpleasant fashion. I think it is time to acknowledge to myself that I am not all that fond of Inspector Wexford. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 2/4/2009

    " I love Ruth Rendell's books and believe she is a master of her genre. I've read many of them well-written and always compelling. This is not my favorite and, in fact, her Detective Wexford series are not my favorite of her books. Nevertheless, I enjoy them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/31/2009

    " This was the first Rendell book I read, and really enjoyed the twists and turns; I didn't guess this one at all, and the solution was awesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 1/30/2009

    " Lesser Ruth Rendell. A quick and reasonably diverting read, but it's dated, and the key to the mystery seemed pretty obvious from the get-go. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marya | 5/6/2008

    " Not her best work, but the take on feminism is fairly nuanced for a mystery first published in 1978, and the mystery itself satisfyingly twisty. I don't so much buy the conclusion though. "

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About the Author
Author Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) wrote more than sixty novels in a career spanning fifty years. She won numerous awards for her writing, including three Edgars—the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America—as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. She was also the winner of the MWA Grand Master Award. A longtime member of the House of Lords, she lived in London.

About the Narrator

Nigel Anthony is best known for his extensive broadcasts for BBC radio as a leading actor and for his Earphones Award–winning audio narrations. He has also appeared many times on television in series such as Casualty and Coronation Street, while on the stage he has appeared in Sick Dictators and Ghosts and has worked with Alan Ayckbourn and the Royal Shakespeare Company.