A Fatal Inversion

  • by Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by William Gaminara
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the long, hot summer of 1976 Adam, Rufus, Shiva, Vivien and Zosie are camping at Wyvis Hall. They don’t ask why they are there or how they are to live; they simply scavenge, steal and sell the family heirlooms.
Ten years later, the bodies of a woman and child are discovered in the Hall’s animal cemetery. But which woman? And whose child?


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Customer Reviews

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Very dated, and appalling narration!

I loved the BBC drama of A Fatal Inversion, and having read and enjoyed a few Barbara Vine books, looked forward to this as a familiar story.

Barbara Vine/Ruth Rendell books are what they are - frothy thrillers, with a dash of psychology, but nothing too deep, so my expectations weren't high. But it quickly became apparent that the book has not aged well, and I found some of the references to Shiva and Lily a bit, well, racist - certainly a bit ignorant and stereotypical.

But most of all, what a dreadful narrator! Narrating an audiobook requires an actor, not a reader, and William Gaminara 'performed' this book with all the charisma of a dead shrew. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and one thing I find really off-putting is being able to hear the narrator swallow and gulp as (s)he runs out of air. And the attempt at an Indian accent was poorly judged.

Overall, the book certainly lacked the sympathy I had expected - none of the characters were redeemable in any way. Adam and Rufus were both deeply unlikeable (Adam was played with more vulnerability in the BBC version), Zosie was just an annoying whiny kid (again, lacking the fragility I'd expected) and Vivienne was just pretentious, rather than spiritual and emotional.

Disappointing. Rent the DVD instead.
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- Helen

I'd never heard about the coypou problem!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I adored this. It was so atmospheric of a hot summer. The characters represented all varieties of life!! Particularly the dark side and the survival instinct.
I didn't guess the end either which is fab.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fatal Inversion?

The realisation of who the murder victims were.

Which character – as performed by William Gaminara – was your favourite?

I couldn't pick one as the narrator was exceptional

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes!!!

Any additional comments?

One of my 1at Vine or Rendell listens and it's made me seek out more.

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- Eve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios