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Download The Birthday Present Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (715 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Vine Narrator: Ruth Sillers, Paul Blake Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the world's most popular writers of mysteries and thrillers, Ruth Rendell (who also writes as Barbara Vine) tells a gripping story of one man's rise and fall from grace.

It's late spring of 1990 and a love affair is flourishing: between Ivor Tesham, an ardent womanizer and rising star of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government, and Hebe Furnal, a stunning North London housewife stuck in a dull marriage. On the eve of her birthday, Tesham gives Hebe a present to remember: a man arranges for his unsuspecting, but otherwise willing, girlfriend to be snatched from the street, bound and gagged, and then delivered to him...

Barbara Vine is a pen-name of Ruth Rendell. Her works have been translated into 14 languages and more than a million copies have been printed in English. She was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for a lifetime's achievement in crime writing. 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 by J | 2/14/2014

    " U.K. based story/author, political fiction, story is jumpy, UK ref make story long read. New shelf pick. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kim | 2/3/2014

    " I have really loved some of Vine's books but this one was really pointless. Even the fly leaf description of the "mystery" wasn't fulfilled. Disappointing but I have to admit I did keep reading to see what would eventually happen, which was ultimately a big let down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sibylle | 2/2/2014

    " Brilliantly written as always but the story sadly fell flat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jeanne | 1/28/2014

    " I was so disappointed with this book. I discovered Barbara Vine about 15 years ago and she became my favourite author. I can't read Ruth Rendell books, but when she writes as Barbara Vine she's fantastic. Until now, that is...the story was boring, the narrators' voices irritating, and the thrill of the thriller just wasn't there. "

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