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  • The Veiled One

  • A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 14
  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (374 ratings)

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Summary

Concealed by a shroud of dirty brown velvet was what looked like a heap of rags. In a desolate subterranean car park of a Shopping Centre, Dorothy Sanders pulled back the velvet curtain revealing the grim discovery of a woman’s body. Inspector Michael Burden, for a while conducting the investigation without the help of Wexford’s intuitive genius, blunders down a number of blind alleys before uncovering the truth. Who would garrote a middle-aged housewife and leave her body in the parking garage of a suburban shopping mall? Chief Inspector Wexford is no sooner on the case than a car bomb's explosion lands him in the hospital. It's now up to Mike Burden to step in and solve the case. He's got a suspect . . . but will he be able to make him talk?

©1988 Ruth Rendell (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Complex psychological detective story

This is vintage Ruth Rendell in that the story pivots around a psychologically damaged young man and his very peculiar controlling mother: a style of fiction of which she is unsurpassed. The narrator of this audio version doesn't try to do different voices but the characters are clearly delineated and the multiple facets of the story unfold in a comprehensible way. There is a peripheral story involving Chief Inspector Wexford's actress daughter. If you enjoy the Wexford TV series it's interesting to compare the interplay between Wexford and Inspector Burden in the books with how it is depicted on screen in that Wexford is less tetchy and Burden more pernickety in the books.

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wexford

already read this good typical Wexford. keeps you guessing until the very end of the book

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Awful narration

The narrator sounds unbelievably bored throughout the story making it very difficult to enjoy. I really enjoy Ruth Rendell's books but this one was a major fail due to the performance of Mr. Bailey. I had to rewind constantly as I kept zoning out due to the monotonous tone. PLEASE Audible ...PLEASE return to Nigel Anthony for Rendell's inspector Wexford books.

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Kept me guessing until the end

The characters were very well depicted and seemed to come alive. Lots of red herrings and blind alleys which made this an entertaining 'who done it'' mystery.

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Not the best Rendell.

I read this years ago and couldn't remember "who done it". Lots of characters and red herrings. It took me a while to get Robin Bailey's style but I quite liked it - didn't grate like some voices. Had to laugh at some parts in the story. All in all a good listen.

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better

We seem to have gone back to having good narrator. Pretty good plot, enjoyed overall

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Very smooth narration - tricky plot

Almost soporific Robin Bailey reads it almost purring his way through. The plot is labyrinthine with long explanations eventually made Poirot like for the hard of thinking. Small stabs at guesses are possible ie the murder weapon and the reason for people’s disappearance… as always beautifully written and rewarding to work through.

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one of her best

I have read and enjoyed a lot of Ruth Rendell books this one was exceptionally good . enjoyable from beginning to end beautifully narrated

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Male characters sound the same

The two main characters, Wexford and burden sound almost identical. And there is way too much of sentences just blurring at the end.

In detective novels we want to hear every detail in case it’s important. Half of the burden/Wexford stuff is just mumbled. Narrator sounds like he has wind quite often.

And they both sound the sort of people you would hate to meet. It’s all too languid,

I don’t find the narrator works for these books or characters. Not at all

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Over long as usual

I quite like this narrator but Wexford and Burden's voices are too similar; it is difficult to know which one is speaking. The plot was ok, but the story was too long, repetitive and overly descriptive. The sense of menace was good.

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  • Mark Miller
  • 29-05-15

5/5*

Most excellent book and reader. Much more captivating than "Tree of Hands." Recommended highly. I'm going to follow this reader.

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  • Wyowoman
  • 27-04-20

I just couldn't finish it. Too fast narration.

At times the narrator was going so fast I could not keep up. Between the accent and speed I couldn't tell you if the story was good or not. It's not a race!

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  • Marta
  • 02-03-20

Could not get into story. Did not finish.

I endured considerable tedium up to chapter 10, then checked the ending to see who did what to whom, before calling it quits.

The narrator affected a bored persona, probably intentionally. But if the narrator affected boredom, how did he expect me to remain engaged?

Also, the narrator voiced the two detectives with similar pitch, accent, and voice quality. Since the author did not identify the speaker changes promptly, I had to stop listening repeatedly and refer to the kindle text to learn who was talking to whom.

If the suave, bored narrator didn't expect the listeners to care, and the author didn't present the sad cast of characters with any sympathy or interest, I think I wasted my time.

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  • Stevadoor
  • 22-05-18

I kept falling asleep while listening. I may get another!

Wexford was interesting & support characters well fleshed out. There was enough mystery and the narrator was pleasant to listen to. This series has enough going for it to encourage further investigation.

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  • Teacher Lady (Deanna Nech)
  • 18-01-17

Narration Frustration

I really got frustrated trying to listen to this one. I was constantly adjusting the volume, as some characters seemed to shout, and with others (Burden) the narrator's voice fell away and became unintelligible.

I am a big fan of Rendell's Inspector Wexford series as a rule, but perhaps I need to stick to print.

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  • Greg
  • 09-05-11

Good book, not a great book

Too much social commentary for my taste. Otherwise, a good book but nearly unintelligible narration.

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  • RKNS
  • 24-05-20

Riveting

It’s wonderful to hear Inspector Wexford’s voice coming from one of my favorite readers; I miss his talent & look for any book he’s read. Rendell’s series is like an old friend rediscovered through this aged but still delicious tape to streaming edition.