Office of the Dead : Roth

  • by Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by June Barrie
  • Series: Roth
  • 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Living in the British city of Rosington of the 1950s, Wendy finds herself penniless, jobless, and on the verge of divorce. She goes to stay with her friend, who seems to have everything Wendy lacks. But a decades-old mystery lingers, and the shadow of death seeps through from turn-of-the-century Rosington, portending tragedy.


What the Critics Say

"Maiden ladies who would make Miss Marple smile and villains as vile as Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter populate this witty, urbane but dark third volume in Taylor's Roth Trilogy." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Slowly a mystery emerges

This is the first part of a trilogy of books that starts in the 1950s. The early part of the book moves slowly as the characters are introduced and fleshed out and one might think it was going to be a simple family saga. However, after a while a mystery, with its origins in the pre-War period, emerges and one realizes that the story is much more complex and gripping. The structure of the book suits being an audio version as the story is largely told chronologically by a first person narrator remembering the past. It is excellently read by June Barry. I shall certainly listen to the next two parts.
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- Kirstine


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

The author Andrew Taylor is in his mid sixties, which is why he understands perfectly the era of the fifties. I am the same age and can appreciate his novel which is superbly written. The narrator June Barrie was perfect. I was transported. Not sure if today's younger reader will appreciate this. But I do.

What other book might you compare Office of the Dead to, and why?

There are too many wonderful novels. I am about to read the next book the Judgement of Strangers, which is the middle novel of the Roth trilogy. It sounds very promising.

Have you listened to any of June Barrie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

She's not a prolific narrator, but I'm hugely impressed with this reading. I'm staying in rural China where there are no westerners, and it gave me hours of joy to be reminded of England and the spoken word.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This has been made into a television series. In my opinion, Audible should rethink this rather meaningless question and delete it.

Any additional comments?

This is my second review in three years of listening, and only because I think the author and narrator deserves the praise, as they have given me so much pleasure. And I hope it gains a wider audience.

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- Margaret

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-04-2007
  • Publisher: Audible Studios