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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (857 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Rendell Narrator: Nickolas Grace Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781442341890
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ms. Rendell continues to write in impeccable form, dripping both mirth and malice.”

    New York Times

  • “Spellbinding...it’s hard to think of another writer in the genre doing this sort of thing so well, and none does it better.”

    Washington Post

  • “Disgraceful behavior has rarely been written about so gracefully.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “Exquisitely paced drama...Rendell once again creates an addictive read in which the characters are drawn and defined by the author’s wry observations.” 

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 2/16/2014

    " This is really poor. She was wonderful in her prime, but I think she should hang it up now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/6/2014

    " I actually read this as an audiobook to keep myself awake and amused on a solo roadtrip. As the first book I've read by Ruth Rendell, it did not disappoint, as it seemed to do for many of her faithful fans. The cast of characters was a disparate group of residents in a London apartment building, each with secrets and idiosynchracies, knowing a little bit about each other and adding to this with guesses and assumptions. Mysteries ensue and are eventually solved as the group scatters, to be replaced, one assumes at the end, by other individuals with new stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanrong | 2/6/2014

    " I never miss a Ruth Rendell. Wexford is a sure bet, but all her psychological thrillers are always a joy to read. To be honest, this one took a while to take off (during which time I kept wondering, what's going to happen?), but it is still worth e read,especially the characterisation. "

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

    " Classic Ruth Rendell with oddball British characters and clever plotting. Fun to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 2/1/2014

    " Typos, grammatical errors, plot errors, wooden characters - this book is a total mess. It tries very hard to be simultaneously a character study and a mystery and never succeeds at either one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 1/29/2014

    " Such a strange story about the residents in an apartment building.....their lives collide and mix....and slide away from each other again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/18/2014

    " I'm definitely hooked on this author's work. This is one of her most recent works and I thoroughly enjoyed the building of the characters toward this psychological thriller that isn't over-the-top with suspense and blood - so definitely readable before bed! "

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

    " Not a great Ruth Rendell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Levine | 12/24/2013

    " Interesting cast of characters living in the same condo.Touches on how all are so involved with themselves and everyday life that we don't really know ourselves or others.Not an original idea or execution but done in her own inimitable style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Apatters | 12/19/2013

    " Not one of my favorites by this author - but always a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kylie | 11/29/2013

    " I've loved reading Ruth Rendell's dark stories since my teens but found it hard to get into this one, Stuart is a bit creepy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 11/26/2013

    " Okay, but certainly not up to her usual standards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Featherbooks | 10/9/2013

    " Rendell's psychological portraits of her sundry characters do not fail to amuse and entertain. She's a wizard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 9/20/2013

    " Psychological story about a group of eccentric neighbors in a Lndon townhouse. A little slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/6/2013

    " This was a great mystery. You are led to think that it's just a contemporary novel about the people that live in condo complex. But stuff happens. Ruth Rendell has won 3 Edgars, the highest award from the Mystery Writers of America. Her style reminds me of Kate Atkinson and her mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 4/1/2013

    " I really enjoy Ruth Rendell's characters and the incidents she sets up in her plots, but the protagonist always seems to come out of left field to finish the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 3/2/2013

    " Just a newly purchased book at the library - If you like mysteries about English people living in an apartment building with plenty of odd characters, you'll enjoy this story. I found it slow to get into but I wanted to learn what happened to the people. They kind of grew on me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/7/2012

    " Really good book! Engaging to the end. Lots of characters and lots of activity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 11/17/2012

    " Pretty terrible in every way. 50 Shades of Grey at least has the pop culture value. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/13/2012

    " Who's the weirdest person on the block? All the characters are pathetic. Some end up well, some don't. Nothing fresh and new here, not much suspense, and no real gore. Still, I liked the smooth writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/30/2012

    " Suspenseful and good. No surprises here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 eb | 2/5/2012

    " A well-crafted novel about an almost entirely despicable group of neighbors. There's a lot of pleasure in the ending, which is surprising yet inevitable. But I didn't enjoy getting there. The subplot about the alcoholic woman, in particular, seemed disconnected from the rest of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Momm | 12/4/2011

    " Eccentric characters in different flats in a couple of building's in London... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 7/1/2011

    " I always like Ruth Redell's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 6/20/2011

    " Not as intense as many of her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 6/18/2011

    " I am either captivated by Rendell's stories or stop reading after about 50 pages. This one enthralled me, and I read it at one sitting. One of her strengths is getting the reader to wonder "why is this in here" and then to find all the pieces fitting together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 6/15/2011

    " Not one of her best. And so short! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/27/2011

    " Found a paperback copy in an Osaka bookstore weeks before the U.S. release date. Rendell scrutinizes the occupants of a suburban London apartment block this time out. Refreshing insights as usual but the plot was less gripping than the usual Rendell fare. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 4/11/2011

    " This is really poor. She was wonderful in her prime, but I think she should hang it up now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 2/28/2011

    " This book struck me as being a bit of a departure from Ruth Rendell's style.
    It seemed to lack the twists and turns that I have come to expect from her.
    It takes quite a while to warm up but once it had gripped my imagination I had to find out who the baddy was....... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 10/19/2010

    " love Ruth Rendell's books......:) so British and deep... "

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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
Nickolas Grace trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His theater roles have included the MC in Cabaret, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edgar in King Lear, and the lead characters in Hamlet and Richard II. On television he has appeared in Brideshead Revisited, Midsomer Murders, and My Family. Nickolas has also starred in a number of feature films, including Heat and Dust, Tom & Viv, and An Ideal Husband.