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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (957 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Vine Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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Unlike the other residents of Middleton Hall, Stella is elegant, smart, and in control. Only Jenny, her care assistant, knows that she harbours a painful secret, and only she can prevent Stella from carrying it to the grave.

As the women talk, Jenny pieces together the answers to many questions that arise: Why has she kept possession of a house that her family don't know about? What happened there that holds the key to a distant tragedy?

As Jenny uses the house to meet her lover, she makes some unusual discoveries, but only when Stella leaves Jenny her tape recorder, into which she has recorded the true events of the past, can the truth be finally - and shockingly - revealed.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/17/2014

    " hmmm...according to the quote from the Chicago Tribune this is her best book ever...an amazing accomplishment. Actually, it's not. Her Inspector Wexford mysteries(as Ruth Rendell) are much better and while our protagonist, the superstitious Jenny, is engaging this just drug on and on for me. A bit better than average because the characters are finely drawn but when the denoument arrives it just fell flat for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 2/1/2014

    " my favorite British mystery "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 1/31/2014

    " This is a new author for me and I'm torn between a 2 and 3 as a rating. It's a charming mystery that will appeal to anglophiles & I foresee an addiction to Rendell shortly despite the rating. I won't classify this as a "beach" read, as this author is so highly enjoyable & readable & perceptive it seems to be more than that. She knows human nature, all right. I see a few similarities with Iris Murdoch who was, I vaguely recall, darker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary G | 1/28/2014

    " I've read several of Barbara Vine's psychological thrillers, but I wouldn't say this was one of her best. BV (or Ruth Rendell, if you prefer) is pretty good at characterisation and her mysteries, which delve into the past of families, always keep you guessing. There was nothing wrong with this story, it was highly readable, but just didn't excite me much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorrie | 1/24/2014

    " I found this book in the Kindle store for a couple of dollars, and it was a good buy. I like stories set in England or Ireland so it fit the bill. The character development was interesting enough that I got to know the people fairly well. I will admit that sometimes the parallel stories mixed me up so that I would have to stop and remember who's who. I don't know if it's just the nature of an e-book, but I thought that some of the story was confusing because she needed to use some device in her writing to help the reader to transition from the past to the present. In my mind, I made chapter breaks where there weren't any so that I could keep up with the stories. Overall, I think it's worth reading but I caution you to avoid reading the description of the plot because it gives too much away. There was a surprise ending that tucked away all the loose ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kier | 1/15/2014

    " For a real reader of words and lover of a sharp snappy stodgy english novels, not for the best seller reader...this is not John Grisham gristmill "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/15/2014

    " It took a long time to get to the point in this story, but when we got there, it was worth the wait! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Gomez | 1/14/2014

    " Really liked this book. Reminded me so much of The Forgotten Garden and The House of Riverton by Kate Morton. I feel like a found a new author. Love the style of writing. Can't wait to read another one by her. What a treasure! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/13/2014

    " Loved it. The author knows how to keep you in suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 1/13/2014

    " Just finished this one, and it's really lingered in my mind. One of the best English mysteries I've read in awhile. Immensely enjoyable!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian Jump | 12/26/2013

    " Really sad book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Merrall | 12/24/2013

    " Good book, well written. Enjoyable, nice and harmless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 11/28/2013

    " Another stunner from Rendell/Vine. Though the "mystery" is not hard to figure out, it's a wonderful ride to get there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Smith | 6/19/2013

    " Enjoyed listening to this book,my first Barbara Vine. An interesting plot with two stories running in parallel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bevjirwin | 3/28/2013

    " not a regular mystery-more a psychological study. good but not great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 3/20/2013

    " Adultery and murder done only as Vine can! She is a master at psychological twisters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molli | 10/13/2012

    " Solid 3.5. Rounding up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh Aganad | 8/24/2012

    " This was a good book. Another Amazon Daily Deal so it was definitely worth the $1.99. This book involved a plot mystery and didn't resolve until the last page. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 8/9/2012

    " It was an interesting read although the ending was a bit anticlimactic. I definitely was shocked by how Jenny's affair ended, which is much more realistic. (Some books paint adultery as this wonderful, romantic soap opera that ends with a happy ending.) Overall a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PatK | 7/4/2012

    " Chilling and tragic. The story teller drops many hints of the tragedy that changed her life. And even though you know what will be finally revealed, you are not prepared for the detail and description of it. A haunting tale told masterfully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/25/2012

    " I always enjoy Ruth Rendell - i like the psychological buildup of her stories, and the lack of the conventional murder mystery structure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Kay Vogt | 2/19/2012

    " Ruth Rendell as the author Barbara Vine. One of the best books I have ever read, certainly my favorite by Ruth Rendell "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 4/25/2011

    " I found The Brimstone Wedding to be a very slow read and difficult for me to get into. The storyline was not clear at the beginning which did add an air of mystique but the story in whole was slow moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sergey | 4/23/2011

    " There is magic that beckons this novel to keep going, to wrap its cloak on the mind and let imagination loose on a ride. I was saddened to have it end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/4/2011

    " Some of her most atmospheric and powerful writing. After reading it, I felt like I'd lived it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 2/16/2011

    " Classic Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell (they are the same person, after all). Failing relationships, betrayal, murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 2/1/2011

    " From what I can recall, this book started off very strong, but did not continue in that way. Not one of my favorite Barbara Vine's(pen name of Ruth Rendell). Would recommend A Fatal Inversion or Gallowglass instead. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 12/11/2010

    " I found The Brimstone Wedding to be a very slow read and difficult for me to get into. The storyline was not clear at the beginning which did add an air of mystique but the story in whole was slow moving.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 10/11/2010

    " Loved it. The author knows how to keep you in suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 9/9/2010

    " An unusual psychological mystery with only one distant death that may have been a murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/22/2009

    " I loved this book. A bit meandering and over-descriptive in some places, but good. I would have given it five stars, but the last 100 pages of the book should have been cut down to maybe 50. Otherwise, very good read. "

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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

Juliet Stevenson is a British actress on stage and screen and notably a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in popular films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile. She was honored as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She received further recognition when she was nominated for several BAFTA Awards, and she earned an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden.