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3.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 53.51 out of 5 3.51 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Goddard Narrator: David Rintoul Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Eldritch Swan is a dead man. Or at least that is what his nephew Stephen has always been told. Until one day Eldritch walks back into his life after 36 years in an Irish prison.

He won't reveal any of the details of his incarceration, insisting only that he is innocent of any crime. His return should be of interest to no-one. But the visit of a solicitor with a mysterious request will take Eldritch and his sceptical nephew from sleepy seaside Paignton to London, where an exhibition of Picasso paintings from the prestigious Brownlow collection proves to be the starting point on a journey that will transport them back to the Second World War and the mystery behind Eldritch's imprisonment.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 2/7/2014

    " I've liked some of Goddard's books before Sight Unseen, and I always like a good art heist book. This one switched back and forth from WW2 to the 1970s, with a mysterious, recently-released-from-jail uncle who shows up and is somehow connected to some stolen Picassos. His nephew has to figure it all out, though we've got it figured out earlier, and it's just not that interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trish | 2/4/2014

    " I have loved Goddard's writing from day one and have all his books on my shelves. I considered him a great secret, since he was never promoted, but his books would show up on my local bookstores shelves, only one copy, even of a new title. This time, however, we got more than one copy, and it turns out to have been the worst of the lot. The characters missed by a long shot--not realistic in the slightest, nor particularly likeable, any of them, except the old black valet at the end. No, don't go here if you're looking for Goddard. But you will anyway if you've read Goddard before, probably. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald Hall | 2/2/2014

    " I have read a number of Goddard' s books and this one did not disappoint. The characteristic twists kept me reading to the to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/27/2014

    " Intriguing English mystery that alternates between 1939 and 1976. One of Goddard's better efforts, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nova | 1/27/2014

    " A rollicking good thriller involving art theft, the IRA, politicians and murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylol | 1/25/2014

    " It isn't boring as such but for me it lacked that certain amount of recklessness. The story could have been written in a more interesting and thrilling way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena Ransley | 1/23/2014

    " Enjoyable but not memorable... "

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

    " New author for me. Liked the story and the storytelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rupesh Goenka | 1/16/2014

    " A One Time Read.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/16/2013

    " Very good diversion. Fun "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 judy | 11/15/2013

    " Normally I enjoy Goddard--his writing and his intricate plots. In this book I was about 50 pages from the end and about to learn the Big Secret. Then, I realized I didn't care. Closed the book without regret or guilt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Williamson | 11/5/2013

    " I love Robert Goddard, he has a very easy style of writing and when you are thinking that the story is getting quite predictable, there is a major twist and you are sent in a different direction to end up who-knows-where, british thriller writing at it best... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 10/28/2013

    " 500 pages in less than a week says it all! I was drawn into the story from the beginning and even coped OK with the flicking between the present and the past. It's definitely a "I'll just read the next chapter" kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dado Ellis | 10/27/2013

    " I liked this one. It was my second book by Robert Goddard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/29/2013

    " Not quite as powerful as some of his other work and a bit thin on the character development (particularly for the younger members of the cast), but still a pleasant way to while away an afternoon or two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyn (RaeWhit) | 9/27/2013

    " Gives a really informative and suspenseful account of Ireland's determination to remain neutral during WW II. Alternating timelines between the mystery begun in 1940 and continued into 1976. I was mesmerized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deirdre S. | 9/23/2013

    " 4.5 stars would be more accurate. I really enjoyed this audiobook version read by David Rintoul. Lots of twists, great characters and the atmosphere of both wartime and 1970s Europe as background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Einarson | 9/8/2013

    " Another great story. I'm always amazed how he solves these puzzles that happened years ago. Many twists and turns and surprises. "

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

    " Another excellent historical thriller from Robert Goddard! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Aceto | 3/10/2013

    " Definitely liking this so far. Like his other book that i just read, not really full of deep meaning, but an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/27/2013

    " fun mystery - nice happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/3/2013

    " Really good thriller that had many layers to it. Even though the narrative moved from the 40s to the70s it made sense and didn't jump all over the place. Goddard has written quite a few other books which is good - more stuff to read by him! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 9/30/2012

    " Disappointing, formulaic fodder from an author who has written far, far better novels. There was potentially a good story in here but it was adrift in a sea of 2 dimensional characters. No more Goddard for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggi Andersen | 4/8/2012

    " Robert Goddard is in a class apart. His language is masterly; the weaving of a great plot hard to beat. I enjoyed this, although they've been others of his I liked more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 zenbren | 1/18/2012

    " Fantastic. Goddard back to his best with a captivating blend of murder,passion, love and discovery as Eldrith Swann and his nephew set out to right a wrong which led to the formers wrongful imprisonment in an Irish jail for most of his adult life.A real page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Nichols | 10/18/2011

    " This author can do no wrong for me. Every story he tells is so tightly woven that you just can tell how it ends til you get there, and each is so totally believable. Slowly working my way through the earlier titles and loving them, hooked from start to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daphne | 8/7/2011

    " I enjoyed the book and the story but it just didn't grab me and draw me in as much as I like. I'd still recommend it though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jojo | 6/14/2011

    " Yet another great read from Robert Goddard. His books really are a pleasure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Homerun2 | 5/16/2011

    " Terrific book -- reminds me of Graham Green. Great characters, very atmospheric, switches painlessly between 1976 and 1940. A compelling read and a plot full of surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 4/21/2011

    " 500 pages in less than a week says it all! I was drawn into the story from the beginning and even coped OK with the flicking between the present and the past. It's definitely a "I'll just read the next chapter" kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nova | 4/21/2011

    " A rollicking good thriller involving art theft, the IRA, politicians and murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daphne | 4/20/2011

    " I enjoyed the book and the story but it just didn't grab me and draw me in as much as I like. I'd still recommend it though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/6/2011

    " I slogged my way through this one. I thought of just returning it, but found that I wanted to know how it ended. I'm thinking I might have enjoyed it more some other time! Oh, well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 1/29/2011

    " good read - interesting style this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CLM | 1/6/2011

    " This started off a little slow but like all Goddard pulls in the reader, fascinates and confuses her, then reveals every carefully thought out thread at the end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggi | 11/14/2010

    " Robert Goddard is in a class apart. His language is masterly; the weaving of a great plot hard to beat. I enjoyed this, although they've been others of his I liked more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 zenbren | 10/19/2010

    " Fantastic. Goddard back to his best with a captivating blend of murder,passion, love and discovery as Eldrith Swann and his nephew set out to right a wrong which led to the formers wrongful imprisonment in an Irish jail for most of his adult life.A real page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 10/7/2010

    " I was a bit disapointed with this one. I didn't find it very compelling at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 10/5/2010

    " fun mystery - nice happy ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Frank | 9/18/2010

    " This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.-Dorothy Parker "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 9/18/2010

    " Robert Goddard delivers his usual suspense-filled work with likeable characters. Stephen Swan and his previously unknown uncle Eldritch embark on a quest to right a wrong, finding more than they bargained for in the long run. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire and studied history at Cambridge. His first novel, Past Caring, was an instant bestseller. Since then his books have captivated readers worldwide with their edge-of-your-seat pace and their labyrinthine plotting. His first Harry Barnett novel, Into the Blue, won the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for a television show starring John Thaw. His thriller Long Time Coming won an Edgar Award.

About the Narrator

David Rintoul is a stage and television actor. A former student of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also appeared regularly on BBC television, starring as Mr. Darcy in the 1980 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and as Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name.