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3.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 53.38 out of 5 3.38 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clare Clark Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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It is 1855 and William May has returned to London from the battlefields of the Crimea, devastated by the horrors he has suffered on the front line. Back home with his wife and young son, disoriented by the chaos and clamour of the burgeoning city, May tries to rebuild his life. When he secures a job with Bazalgette to transform the city's sewer system, he believes it will prove his salvation. But this subterranean world hides its own terrible secrets and, when a violent murder is committed, a parallel world unfolds beneath London's streets that will bring May ever closer to the edge of his own destruction...

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 2/19/2014

    " This book has been more than interesting. Reminded me some of Dickens. The story takes place against the backdrop of the building of the London sewer system in Victorian England. Lots of atmosphere- if you know what I mean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Deyo | 2/17/2014

    " Who knew a story about victorian London's sewers could be so enthralling! Murder, historical fiction, sewage - gotta love it. All future Sanitary Engineers should check this out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/5/2014

    " This book, although richly detailed and well-developed character-wise, suffered because of problems with pacing. It seems to be billed as a mystery, but it took about 2/3 of the book for the crime to take place. To me, that felt tedious Still, once it happened, I was driven to find out how it would all resolve, so I persevered, and the ending satisfied me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clbplym | 2/4/2014

    " The actual mystery in this novel is not what makes it a great read. It's a great read because of the heart-wrenching character portrayal of William and the fascinating picture of Victorian London. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/3/2014

    " I didn't know if I was going to be able to get into this book at first. The first two chapters were hard for me to follow and I was a little put off by the fact that there was no dialogue. But once I hit chapter 3 the book just got better and better. I felt as though I could not put it down. Interesting take on historical London. The author made you feel like you were there within the sewers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 1/16/2014

    " Joseph Bazaljette doesn't get enough credit for saving London from an inglorious fate as the stinkiest European capital, and he definitely doesn't get enough credit for building the embankments, the sewers with their wonderfully elaborate and elegant pumping stations, and much more. His tribute statue is now nearly under a bridge (one of the Jubilee Bridges - don't remember which one). This book is a record of Bazaljette's work, John Snow's and Faraday's observations, and the battle to save London in the 19th century. It's fun and so well written you can almost...ick. Never mind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 12/18/2013

    " Had to skip the portions about dog fighting. Couldn't take the visuals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 12/2/2013

    " Great murder mystery based in (and under) the streets of victorian London. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 10/19/2013

    " This would make a great episode of Mystery!, but didn't completely hold together all that well. "

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

    " Random interesting book, must have strong stomach, I assure I would never want to live in Victorian England "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 8/1/2013

    " gave it a try, but didn't like it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryce | 1/30/2013

    " Extremely uneven; large sections of the book are tremendously compelling, but equally long sections are very, very tedious. Still, the setting is interesting and the characters are unusual. Worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Fow Cohen | 9/23/2012

    " Holy cow, I had to read the second half in a single sitting! I was nervous for William, but more nervous for Lady. And Tom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/31/2012

    " Not as good as her later books, which surprised me. But her research into the time period clearly shows. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Connie | 6/19/2012

    " all i can say is - the name fits! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savannah | 12/15/2011

    " What Ken Follett did for flying buttress cathedrals, Clare Clark does for the sewers. Marvelous, well-plotted, deeply imagined, this book will keep you reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clare | 11/18/2011

    " This book has a promising setting and story but I didn't like the self-harming passages which I thought were a bit gimmicky and did not ring true. They were also gruesome and put me off the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 10/23/2011

    " Great fun! This murder mystery takes place in the stinking sewers of 19th century London. Rich with historical detail and olfactory essence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya Cheney | 5/17/2011

    " Oh yes, I am currently reading a book about the London sewer system. That about fits with how today went. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/15/2011

    " A new author for me. Got a little bogged down in one place but the pace certainly picked up and all very atmospheric! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Agnes | 4/1/2011

    " Different viewpoint on Victorian London - from the sewers! But there's a murder mystery involved as well as commentary on the times and places of late 1800s. SO it was enjoyable although sometimes disgusting in the descriptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 3/12/2011

    " Very entertaining and interesting read. A book that I have read in the past. Not sure of the date completed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna | 1/13/2011

    " Great historical. The plot is a bit flimsy, but the characters, setting, and vivid descriptions make up for what the plot lacks. I highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 1/5/2011

    " I have a thing for books about epidemics and this is a really great one. Great combo of history and medical mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tonya | 10/18/2010

    " Oh yes, I am currently reading a book about the London sewer system. That about fits with how today went. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 9/20/2010

    " Who knew a story about victorian London's sewers could be so enthralling! Murder, historical fiction, sewage - gotta love it. All future Sanitary Engineers should check this out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kady24 | 9/4/2010

    " This book was really really hard to get into. The premise was interesting and it did get better but my feeling is that I wouldn't have minded not reading it either. With all the books out there, this one is not really worth the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 7/15/2010

    " Loved it ! Suspenseful and was so descriptive of the British sewer system, I could smell it the whole time I was reading the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 4/9/2010

    " was enjoying this book, right up until I left it out in the rain on the patio and now it's unreadable. on hold till Ican get my hands on a new copy. "

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About the Author
Author Clare Clark

Clare Clark is the author of four novels, including The Great Stink, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize and was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and Savage Lands, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her work has been translated into five languages. She lives in London.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.