No Night Is Too Long

  • by Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by Alex Jennings, Shelley Thomson, Samuel West
  • 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tim Cornish thought he'd gotten away with murder. For months after he'd killed his lover off the Alaskan coast, there hadn't been a word. But then the letters started to arrive. It seems that someone knows what Tim has done....
This compelling thriller delivers such a dark picture of romantic love that murder seems its natural mate. Frightening, suspenseful, and deeply unsettling, No Night Is Too Long is a modern crime masterpiece and will be enjoyed by readers of P. D. James and Ian Rankin.
Barbara Vine is the pen name of Ruth Rendell. Ruth has published 14 novels under the Vine name, two of which, Fatal Inversion and King Solomon's Carpet, won the prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award.

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What the Critics Say

"The Rendell/Vine partnership has for years been producing consistently better work than most Booker winners put together."(Ian Rankin)
"She deploys her peerless skills in blending the mundane, commonplace aspects of life with the murky impulses of desire and greed." (Sunday Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Different from her other books

Was surprised how sexual this was, but the story has lust as its focus. All the twists and turns of some not very nice people, but keeps you interested. Recommended.
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- debbieg

Beautifully Narrated - Brought it to Life

I think I'd be happy listening to Alex Jennings reading a shopping list, and I originally saw this book because I was looking for anything new he had narrated that I fancied. I have not read any Barbara Vine before so I have nothing to compare it with. But I did enjoy it a lot.

The story is a slow-burn, though the pace really picks up in the last part of the book. It is a complex plot too but cleverly mapped out, if a little (a lot really!) convoluted. You really do have to suspend belief and just accept the contrived elements. I had begun to sort out the probable ending about half-way through but I was only partly right, so it did keep me guessing right to the very end.

The writing is excellent, good description and dialogue. I think the reader is not supposed to really like any of the main characters - I hope so, because I didn't; but the main character who starts the book as a fairly odious student does really mature into a much more rounded person, warts and all.

It's basically a thriller/mystery, and also it is about passion - sexual passion and to a lesser extent, enduring love. It is mildly to moderately graphic and there is a lot of sex - fine with me but if you listen on the school run...

The ending was a good one for me - not a spoiler, but it was bitter-sweet. I don't know if this book is typical of B Vine but if it is, I'd definitely listen to more. The characters and the atmosphere of the book - brooding, and sad but intriguing - stayed with me after I had finished it and I continued to think about them and the story. In a good way.

80% of the narration is Alex Jennings with two other characters coming in towards the end, both good. Alex Jennings did a fantastic job with his reading and it brought it to life.
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- Alison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios