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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (502 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Vine Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781461812661
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Jarvis lets out rooms in the rambling old house he owns in London. When Axel—the enigma who hates London’s underground tube, yet spends his free time riding it—moves in, Jarvis’ diverse tenants are joined together in a disturbing nightmare.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This lyrical, leisurely paced psychological thriller teems with deftly drawn characters who inhabit a dark world near the West Hampstead stations of the London underground…[Vine] intersects the fates and feelings of this disparate ensemble in ways that are at once surprising and inevitable.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Knowler | 2/15/2014

    " Like Rachel, I find myself reading this again and again, getting different things out of it each time. I shall definitely give it another go - after House of Stairs! "

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

    " A somewhat strange book. I enjoyed it but it was not what I expected. If you're interested in finding out about the history of the London Underground while being entertained by a series of vignettes which do tie together as a complete story you will enjoy this. I found the transition between the story and the London Underground to be a bit abrupt at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 2/8/2014

    " Great book for a week-end on the Oregon coast. Fireplace, ocean view, good company, good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 1/24/2014

    " Loved the setting of London's tube system. Plot didn't convince "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancydrew | 1/20/2014

    " Superb - no one can convey an intense feeling of dread or portray broken people like Rendell. "

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

    " This is Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine, I'm not sure why she did this but it is an interesting story about people using the London Underground, it's secrets and their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Inns | 12/26/2013

    " I love the London Underground and this book made me love it more. I have read it three times now mainly because of the underground facts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malcolm | 12/22/2013

    " I loved this - I was gripped by the darkness and the awful sense of impending disaster. Bleak but compelling "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chas Bayfield | 12/19/2013

    " A good read. I love the setting of the Metropolitan Line for this book, especially as I read most of it on that line. Back in the early nineties when I read this, we all feared the IRA so it was odd that Vine's 'terrorist' was not motivated by politics. "

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

    " Another winner from Vine. More of psychological profile than a traditional mystery. The setting is the London underground rail system. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Ayres | 12/10/2013

    " A dark story but cleverly done, with all the many intricate threads weaving together (like a carpet!)to the dramatic conclusion. Lots of characters to keep up with and at first they seem unconnected but this is a consummate writer so you want to stay with it to see what happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 11/15/2013

    " One of Vine's (Rendell's) most sinister, sensual, and suspenseful mysteries. At times, excruciatingly suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 9/16/2013

    " More Barbara Vine, liked this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerelyn | 2/24/2013

    " One of Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine's best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justine | 5/19/2012

    " Quite fascinating with the tube connection. Found the characters quite interesting but no real connection this time. Again the house was like an extra character. Beautifully told and strung out as always. Barbara Vine-a-thon continues.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca | 5/4/2012

    " Een ander verhaal dan ik gewend ben van Rendell, maar daarom niet minder leuk. Een fijn boek om even te lezen op de zondagmiddag. Overigens wel in het Nederlands met als titel 'Motieven'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/26/2012

    " Another creepy, twisted Rendell. The thing that makes her stories so intriguing is the way she makes the characters just real enough to be believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/28/2011

    " Another creepy, twisted Rendell. The thing that makes her stories so intriguing is the way she makes the characters just real enough to be believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/21/2011

    " Ruth Rendell's alter ego, Barbara Vine, is like Thomas Harris crossed with Chuck Palahunik, disguised as James Patterson.

    She understands the dark side and she doesn't disappoint in this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerelyn | 12/25/2009

    " One of Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine's best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 3/22/2009

    " More Barbara Vine, liked this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 2/29/2008

    " One of Vine's (Rendell's) most sinister, sensual, and suspenseful mysteries. At times, excruciatingly suspenseful. "

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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

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. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and she also won the prestigious Audie Award in 2006.