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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,019 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781461811978
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Named as a life peer in the House of Lords in 1997, Ruth Rendell is also a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master and the winner of three Edgars and four Golden Dagger Awards. Her Inspector Wexford mysteries thrill audiences around the globe with their complex plots and nuanced characters. As a favor to his wife, Inspector Wexford agrees to investigate the case of a missing husband. After gathering evidence, Wexford seems pretty certain that Joy Williams’ husband simply ran off with a younger woman. But when Rodney Williams is found stabbed to death, Wexford does a little more digging. It seems that the murder is tied to a militant feminist group working in the area. They call themselves the Arria and they’ve taken the raven as their symbol.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 2/20/2014

    " I will be reading more Inspector Wexford mysteries. This was a good read, though a bit harsh on feminism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pattyb | 2/20/2014

    " Detective story with a few twists. Lots of literary references that went over my head, not being a real Brit Lit pro. I liked it, though, "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 2/18/2014

    " I was somewhat enjoying it until the end when it got disgusting and creepy. Ugh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 2/15/2014

    " This book was a quick read, and well-written, but I was a bit turned off by the "scary feminists" who were the main suspects. The book jacket and title emphasize the connection to ravens, but the actual logo of this group was a raven with a human face--in other words, a harpy. I may have been reading too much into this, but I couldn't help feeling like the story and characterizations of the novel were an attack on feminism. Boo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed the writing and most of the story but the ending was a little too convoluted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 2/1/2014

    " I started with this book and then read all the Adam Dalgliesch books. I still remember them the most fondly. If you like someone like Stephanie Plum do NOT read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theryn Fleming | 1/22/2014

    " This was my first Ruth Rendell writing as Ruth Rendell book, but I've previously read several of her Barbara Vine books. An Unkindness of Ravens was a standard police procedural, featuring a bunch of characters who are apparently regulars, including the main detective, Chief Inspector Wexford. The Barbara Vine books are more dark, psychological thrillers. I think I prefer those, but this was an entertaining mystery nonetheless. The plot involves a husband who's vanished and a group of militant feminists (really!). It was written in 1985, and a typewritten note / typewriter is one of the clues, so there was a somewhat amusing discussion of the idiosyncrasies of typewriters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 1/21/2014

    " I've read excellent books by Ruth Rendell, but this isn't one of them. It was even too annoying to be a good airplane book, which is unfortunate since I had it with me on two long flights. The murder mystery might have been quite intriguing if (a) Chief Inspector Wexford were not such an insufferable prig, and (b) key interviews weren't concealed until the resolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/19/2014

    " Another terrific Inspector Wexford book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margie | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting social commentary of a sort, tossed in with the mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 1/11/2014

    " ok, interesting in parts, but predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 1/4/2014

    " A rare misstep for Ms. Rendell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 12/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/7/2013

    " For a good mystery, you can't go wrong with Rendell. The fun part is figuring out what the twist is; everything is laid out for you! Good training for thinking 'outside the box'. A man leading a double life is murdered, but which family to concentrate on? And what about the girlfriend? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty Teague | 12/5/2013

    " Completely didn't see the ending coming. Quite clever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Bauer | 12/2/2013

    " Never knew that a group of ravens was called an "unkindness". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 9/17/2013

    " Um enredo perturbante! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 YiShun | 7/16/2013

    " kind of forgettable as far as the Wexfords go, but I continue to love this series and hope I never run out of Wexfords to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Giambo | 5/4/2013

    " Ruth Rendell writes nice English mysteries and this is one of them. Apparently a flock of ravens is called an "unkindness". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosina | 2/26/2013

    " I know this woman is a legend in Britain, but this book didn't stand the test of time for me. It's about bigamy, and incest. Or is it? Sub-plot of Burden's wife going nuts expecting birth of a female child. Writing a bit convoluted for me. Plot interesting, of course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ClaudiaR | 7/6/2012

    " Gosto bastante de Ruth Rendell, mas ela tem livros melhores do que este. No entanto, foi um livro que li bem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 6/28/2012

    " This is one of the Inspector Wexford series and it's very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manda | 6/18/2011

    " I like Ruth Rendell, I do. I enjoy reading her writing as she writes very well, but I find her books to be disconcertingly unemotional, and in particular in this book the characters are not very likeable and the plot less than exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/3/2011

    " The ending twist is very nicely done to allow the reader to figure out just soon enough to feel slightly smug, but not soon enough to ruin things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 5/1/2011

    " ok, interesting in parts, but predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manda | 2/25/2011

    " I like Ruth Rendell, I do. I enjoy reading her writing as she writes very well, but I find her books to be disconcertingly unemotional, and in particular in this book the characters are not very likeable and the plot less than exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pattyb | 1/28/2011

    " Detective story with a few twists. Lots of literary references that went over my head, not being a real Brit Lit pro. I liked it, though, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/11/2011

    " Another terrific Inspector Wexford book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/28/2010

    " The ending twist is very nicely done to allow the reader to figure out just soon enough to feel slightly smug, but not soon enough to ruin things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/1/2010

    " For a good mystery, you can't go wrong with Rendell. The fun part is figuring out what the twist is; everything is laid out for you! Good training for thinking 'outside the box'. A man leading a double life is murdered, but which family to concentrate on? And what about the girlfriend? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 12/9/2009

    " Never knew that a group of ravens was called an "unkindness". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 6/17/2009

    " I started with this book and then read all the Adam Dalgliesch books. I still remember them the most fondly. If you like someone like Stephanie Plum do NOT read this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 8/12/2008

    " A rare misstep for Ms. Rendell. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 2/3/2008

    " The absurd, insulting ending to this book completely mitigates the decent novel that came before. I would not recommend this book to anyone. "

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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

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration.She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and The Square One Theater, among others.