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Summary

A collection of nine beautifully crafted, terrifying and intriguing tales of spine-tingling psychological terror and suspense from Ruth Rendell.The title story, is about a man whose life, in a sense, is a book. Life for Ambrose Ribbon is lonely, paranoid and obsessive without his mother, yet there is one book that he associates particularly with her: Volume VIII of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Piranha to Scurfy'. It marked a very significant moment in their relationship. But now that she is gone, Ambrose is left to spend his days reading and critiquing novels and writing vicious letters to their authors, pointing out these errors of fact and usage. No one can blame him, this is after all what his mother taught him. Then, one day he comes upon a book that attacks him.

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Critic reviews

"Multiple Edgar and Gold Dagger award winner Rendell displays her mastery of spine-tingling suspense in her first short story collection since Blood Lines." (Publishers Weekly)
"These short fictions showcase Ruth Rendell's many gifts, among them the ability to evoke a mood and trap a reader in the deepest recesses of a character's psyche." (Amazon.com review)

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Loved it

Wonderful narration for a superb listen. If you enjoy short stories, then these will be for you. Rendell is a superb writer although I do not rave about all of them. 2 longer stories and 7 short listens and I loved them all. Well done audible for affording me the opportunity to listen to so many of this authors books for free. What a bargain and may you see fit to do this for your loyal members again.

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Time stamps for each story

See below for time stamps for each story - something I'm sure we all agree Audible should be doing for us. In the meantime, I hope the below assists other listeners.
Good anthology, definitely recommend. Some stories are better than others, and some don't have "endings" - the story is just a description of a series of events. If you go into this expecting just that, then you won't be disappointed.

CHAPTER 1 - CHAPTER 3 - 2:19:03 (of full title)
Piranha to Scurfy (novella)

CHAPTER 3 - 2:19:03
Computer Seance

CHAPTER 3 - 2:32:21
Fair Exchange

CHAPTER 3 - 2:44:45
The Wink (TW sexual assault)

CHAPTER 3 - 3:02:02
Catamount

CHAPTER 4 - 3:22:33
Walter's Leg

CHAPTER 4 - 3:43:02
The Professional

CHAPTER 4 - 4:04:30
The Beach Butler

CHAPTER 5 - 4:30:36
The Astronomical Scarf

CHAPTER 5 - 4:52:14
High Mysterious Union (novella)

CHAPTER 8 - 8:17:56
Myth

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Enjoyable collection of stories

I am not a great fan of the genre but really enjoyed this collection of stories.
A variety of lengths and topics and all beautifully narrated by the fabulous Lindsay Duncan.

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A great listen

I really enjoyed all the different stories they were really easy to listen to some even relatable.
Can't wait to start the next book

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Excellent

I read this collection of short stories many years ago and it was a delight to revisit them. Lindsay Duncan’s narration is superb, If only other narrators on the Audible list were up to her standard.

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Great narration - two excellent stories

The two longer stories are really good, though some of the others are a bit slight. Lindsay Duncan is a terrific reader.

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Much better then expected

This is my first experience of Ruth Rendell and I loved it! Clever and interesting plots that focus on the dark side of human nature. The narration was excellent too.