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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,178 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Vine Narrator: Harriet Walter Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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It is 1905. Asta and her husband, Rasmus, have come to East London from Denmark with their two little boys. With Rasmus constantly away on business, Asta keeps loneliness and isolation at bay by writing a diary. These diaries, published over 70 years later, reveal themselves to be more than a mere journal. For they seem to hold the key to an unsolved murder and to the mystery of a missing child. It falls to Asta's granddaughter, Ann, to unearth the buried secrets of nearly a century before.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justine | 2/14/2014

    " Asta's book according to my version. Terrific as I come to expect from Ruth Rendell as Barbara Vine. Still terrific on second read. Great mystery, unpredictable pathways and red herrings. Very satisfying overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/31/2014

    " It was well written. I enjoyed the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adri | 1/24/2014

    " My favourite Barbara Vine. I loved everything about it. The writing, characters, setting, everything beautifully done. "

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

    " This is the first book I've read by this author. It sat on my bookshelf for a few years before I pulled it off, but once I started reading, I was hooked. It's not a typical mystery. I was drawn into Anna's mundane journal entries and her honesty about her relationships/worldview. The granddaughter's story was less interesting, but it did help tidy up the loose ends. "

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

    " Superb psychological drama right up until the last page "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gribdot | 1/8/2014

    " Sorry, Jane, couldn't finish this. Just didn't keep me interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryanne | 1/8/2014

    " wait--did she publish this as Barbara Vine or Ruth Rendell? I've listed both! either incarnation, she creates wonderful atomospheres of anxiety and menace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Berit | 1/3/2014

    " This is actually by Ruth Rendell writing under one of her pseudonyms - a wonderful mystery, some contemporary, some historical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Sattler | 12/18/2013

    " Book is inscribed to me this way: "To Sam with best wishes, Ruth Rendell as Barbara Vine. Also in Ms. Rendell's hand is printed: "signed at Waterstone Books, Manchester, England, March 1993" I think the North American version of the book is titled "Anna's Book." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juju | 12/6/2013

    " I enjoyed jumping in and out of the different time periods as the delicately revealed mystery emerged. Asta is a truely wonderful, honest character too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victor J. | 11/18/2013

    " Another Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine novel. This one is better than the last, Blood Doctor, but I could not help but think of the infamous review by Ambrose Bierce: The covers of this book are too far apart." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita Hunter | 10/25/2013

    " Very different Barabara Vine novel. Crime based on Diaries of a Danish victorian lady. I enjoyed it's quirkiness but found it a bit tedious in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 9/20/2013

    " Fun, written like it wasn't fiction. Satisfying ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antony Bennett | 12/30/2012

    " Another fascinating novel from Barbara Vine. A blend of mystery and family history, full of intrigue and memorable characters - Asta Westerby is brought to life wonderfully well: flawed, sometimes cruel, always convincing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 10/19/2012

    " Excellent use of story within a story technique and of journals/letters as part of the narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 9/10/2012

    " I really enjoyed the flow of this story - Barbara Vine is able to so easily flow from time period to time period in the telling - I thought I had the plot figured but, alas, the author had me till the end to solve the mystery (s). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/12/2012

    " My version is titled "Asta's Book". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 6/20/2011

    " Do the diaries of a Scandinavian immigrant contain the answers to an old unsolved mystery? The answer is in another intriguing psychological mystery by Ruth Rendell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph Harris | 4/9/2011

    " I probably would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it hadn't taken me two months to read due to exams... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jetreno | 3/30/2011

    " Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine
    A mystery
    Well thought out plot which uses a diary format to relate the incidents that shape the story.
    Lots of character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babete | 3/14/2011

    " Uma obra-prima, obrigatório ler! ( O Diário de Asta ) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 2/1/2011

    " Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine. The Vine books are not as spooky as the Rendell thrillers, a bit more psychological and less graphic. This was not one of my favorites. I didn't think the mystery element as good as A Fatal Inversion or No Night is Too Long for example. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 1/19/2011

    " Anna's diaries written in Danish and published after Anna's death by her daughter Swanny, are considered literature. But, do they also contain the revelations of a haunting family secret within their pages? Anna's Book is a page turner that will keep you guessing until the final pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 10/1/2010

    " An all-time favourite of mine. Brilliant on the historical detail, clever plot and a nice thick, satisfying read to boot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 8/26/2010

    " Fun, written like it wasn't fiction. Satisfying ending. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Vine

Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell, who has won numerous awards, including three Edgars, the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America, as well as three Gold Daggers, a Silver Dagger, and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. A member of the House of Lords, she lives in London.

About the Narrator

Harriet Walter was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 for Best Actress in a Revival for her performances in Twelfth Night, A Question Of, and Three Sisters. In 1999 she was named a Commander of the Order of British Empire by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.