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3.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 53.19 out of 5 3.19 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Taylor Narrator: Alex Jennings Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN:
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England, 1819. Two enigmatic Americans arrive in London and soon after, a bank collapses. A man is found dead on a building site; another goes missing in the teeming stews of Seven Dials. A deathbed vigil ends in an act of theft and a beautiful heiress flirts with her inferiors. A strange destiny links each of these events to the American boy Edgar Allen Poe, brought to England by his foster father and sent to the leafy village of Stoke Newington to be educated. Soon the intrigue enmeshes a poor schoolmaster, Thomas Shield, who struggles to understand what is happening before it destroys him and those he loves. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Belynda Smith | 2/19/2014

    " Convincing tale of Victorian England and Edgar Allan Poe's childhood. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 2/17/2014

    " I couldn't finish this book. I hate the device of literal foreshadowing. Quote-pg. 8: "Nor did I realise that X and Y would lead me, step by step, towards the dark heart of a labyrinth, to a place of terrible secrets and the worst of crimes." Up until that sentence I was interested in the story. I find this only works for me when I've already been introduced to the character who is narrating and have some sympathy for him/her at that point when they begin the story. But to throw these bombs into an otherwise straightforward, first-person story loses me. I made it to page 83 then gave up. I just didn't care who died, how, why or who got punished for it. The only sympathetic character had been dismissed already as a crackpot. I couldn't have cared less about any of the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selene | 1/31/2014

    " This was very well written, but failed to give any of the promised macabre of Poe. I feel this was a missed opportunity really! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/23/2014

    " Finished this last night. Good mystery with some unexpected twists and turns. Found it to be a little wordy and at times had to go back and reread something to make sure I understood it. If you like historical fiction though it was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/21/2014

    " This was slow-moving at times but overall a pretty gripping read. But despite the title and the jacket synopsis, the story doesn't have all that much to do with Edgar Allan Poe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/20/2014

    " A well written and interesting book. The mystery is well created, unfurling slowly and revealing depths to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manda Scott | 1/20/2014

    " This is one of Taylor's best books - and all of his books are exceptional - the language is pitch perfect, the plot is precise, intelligent and clear and the suspense is just enough to keep you reading to the small hours... well worth a read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Manda Graham | 12/24/2013

    " Sorry just didn't grab me gave up after 80 pages I did try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/4/2013

    " Wow! Not sure how I missed this back when it came out in 2003. It has a keen psychological aspect to it and subtle, elegant prose style. The closest thing to a "new" Charles Dickens book. The historical aspects provide great detail of the 1820's and this author is a fabulous storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zeena Price | 12/2/2013

    " This was an absolutely magnificent book. It was, to use a real cliche, a genuine reading experience and I was left quite bereft when I had finished it. The writing was beautiful, the story intricate and gripping, and the characters so real they jumped off the pages. Ten out of ten! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lord Beardsley | 6/14/2013

    " Don't let the description fool you, this book is completely boring and as interesting as a sock. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 5/22/2013

    " This was a great story, with plenty of interesting characters that could be imagined in lots of detail. I loved the descriptions of places, seasons and emotions that the writer captured. I gave it to my Mum after reading it, not sure if she'll like it as much as I did though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonica | 12/6/2012

    " fairly good book. I was disappointed by the ending. enjoyed the history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Whitsell | 7/16/2012

    " This is a first for me. It's a period piece. The main character is so alive throughout the book, you almost believe that you are him. What a great mystery, too. A good page turner that wont disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris C | 3/17/2011

    " Enjoyed it, very good read well written "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 7/13/2009

    " Was a little slow to get going. I enjoyed the fact that some of the book was set in a place where I'm familiar. I think it would make a better film - very atmospheric. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 2/27/2009

    " This took me a while to get in to, but about half way through I was glad I'd persevered. I was totally unprepared for the denoument. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JBEG Hewitt | 12/9/2008

    " A splendid literary potboiler. It starts off slow and ends somewhat too frenetically, but it is well worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/8/2008

    " As well as being a brilliant read I love this author for incorporating Gloucester into his historical novel, a wonderful city, much maligned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin Sayell | 4/17/2008

    " A truly gripping book, certainly a book you will struggle to put down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 3/3/2006

    " While I enjoyed this book, at times I felt that it was a bit too long and convoluted. Desperately in need of some additional editing. "

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About the Author
Author Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is a British author best known for his crime novels, which include the Dougal series, the Lydmouth series, the Roth trilogy, and the historical novel The American Boy. He has won the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award twice.

About the Narrator

Alex Jennings is an award-winning narrator and actor of stage and screen. He has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been named a finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Literary Fiction Narration. As an actor, he enjoyed a highly successful run at the Old Vic in Too Clever by Half, for which he won an Olivier Award, the Drama Magazine Award, and the Plays and Players Award for Actor of the Year. He has also won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Peer Gynt. Among his numerous television credits are Inspector Alleyn, Hard Times, and the lead role in Bad Blood.