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Download The Bridesmaid: A Novel of Suspense Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (694 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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Senta Pelham is a mirror image of Flora, the lovely marble bust Philip fanaticized about for so long. But life, like art, is not always what its mere surface suggests. And Senta's strange world of make-believe, where truth and falsehood are eerily interchangeable, soon draws Philip into a shadowy cloister of vague and uncertain terror.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kari | 2/15/2014

    " Really liked it -until the ending. I don't remember what happened because I read it so long ago, but I definitely remember throwing it against the wall after the last page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lili | 2/7/2014

    " I have yet to read a poor Ruth Rendell mystery. in fact I have enjoyed reading them all. Not all at once but over the years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/21/2014

    " This is a page turner. Riveting and strange. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyd | 1/17/2014

    " This was the first Rendell book I read. She has become one of my favorite authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 1/15/2014

    " what a disappointing ending! :( really good write here+there,especially philip's state of feelings in the end,but plot-wise kind of disappointing... "

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

    " Very slow read. Also, I pretty much figured out what was going to happen. Usually when I read a book like this, I can't put it down and finish it in one sitting. It took me almost a week to read it. It just didn't keep me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn Battersby | 1/8/2014

    " 99% of a riveting novel, let down 100% by a totally sloppy ending. I love Rendell/Vine, but this novel was such a disappointment to me, only because I felt the ending was a total cheat. Not happy. Not happy at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 11/2/2013

    " Ruth Rendell is the queen of the psychological mystery. Senta Pelham is one of the most sublimely creepy characters ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 10/30/2013

    " Fantastic book! Rendell really crafts some great characters with this one - dark, suspenseful, psychological... yeah, it's well worth the read, definite page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 10/13/2013

    " I am never disappointed with Ruth Rendell's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayne Charles | 10/13/2013

    " This book just made me feel a bit queasy. Thank God it was only fiction! Seriously creepy, just a little bit weird, and once again Ruth Rendell delves into her book of weird character names. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deepak Rana | 10/9/2013

    " Atmospheric novel with a twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsbeth | 9/20/2013

    " This book is not about bridesmaids in case you were wondering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sergey | 8/16/2013

    " I am a voyeur in her world and in such I am delighted, frightened, anxious, horny, sexy, murderous, overtaken by madness and one with all .. and none. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/21/2013

    " A man obsessed with a statue, and then falls in love with an odd woman at his sister's wedding who looks exactly like the statue! Well-written, but bizarre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 1/18/2013

    " When Philip Wardman's feminine ideal, a Greek goddess, appears in the flesh as Senta Pelham, Philip thinks he has found true love. But darker forces are at work, and Senta is led to propose that Philip prove his love by committing murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/12/2013

    " This is a typical Ruth Rendell. Sharp, witty, clever, and there's always one character that's a bit too obsessive about someone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate Wilson | 12/13/2012

    " I found this book to be creepy. Some of the characters were very twisted people. While it was somewhat slow moving and mildly repellant I found that I had to keep reading to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyn (RaeWhit) | 11/9/2012

    " Truly creepy. This has stayed with me for years, and in my opinion, is proof of the author's stunning versatility. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Baldi | 7/1/2012

    " Really creepy book. It was very good & readable though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Richard | 6/6/2012

    " I didn't even bother to finish it. That pretty much says it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 5/18/2012

    " Audiobook. Really creepy, atmospheric pseudo-mystery. In the London suburbs a young man falls in love with a beautiful young woman who resembles a statue in his mother's garden. Very psychological. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha Grace | 5/14/2011

    " One of those thought provoking stories that is a little unsettling, coming to mind over and over after finishing the story. Philip Wardman really dislikes violence but meets a cativating inebriating woman and she fantsizes about violence. But is it fantasy? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 2/10/2011

    " Psychological suspense novel. Was truly weird, but I had to keep reading. Loved it and hated it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyn (RaeWhit) | 1/12/2011

    " Truly creepy. This has stayed with me for years, and in my opinion, is proof of the author's stunning versatility. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/20/2010

    " This is a typical Ruth Rendell. Sharp, witty, clever, and there's always one character that's a bit too obsessive about someone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbi | 1/10/2010

    " I had to read this for my book club. I hated it and didn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 7/14/2009

    " I found this book to be creepy. Some of the characters were very twisted people. While it was somewhat slow moving and mildly repellant I found that I had to keep reading to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyd | 3/22/2009

    " This was the first Rendell book I read. She has become one of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 4/14/2008

    " this was a bit of a strange book. This man falls in love with his sister's bridesmaid, and makes a strange pact with her to seal their love. Kind of a Charlie Manson throwback. "

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About the Author
Author Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell (1930–2015) wrote more than sixty novels in a career spanning fifty years. She won numerous awards for her writing, including three Edgars—the highest accolade from Mystery Writers of America—as well as four Gold Daggers and a Diamond Dagger for outstanding contribution to the genre from England’s prestigious Crime Writer’s Association. She was also the winner of the MWA Grand Master Award. A longtime member of the House of Lords, she lived in London.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-six AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.