The Keys to the Street

  • by Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by Simon Russell Beale
  • 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mary Jago had donated her own bone marrow to save the life of someone she didn’t know. And this generous act led directly to the bitter break-up of her affair with Alistair. For him, it was as though her beauty had been plundered.
But the man whose life she had saved would change Mary’s life in a way she could never have imagined.


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A Perfect Match

From the very start I was riveted by this reading - Simon Russell Beale makes a wonderful job of an excellent book. No mispronunciations or hesitations, no moments when you suddenly realise that the narrator hasn't actually read the story until this very moment - this is a masterly piece of work. Somehow the voice and story are so well matched that at the end you find it hard to separate them, but I suppose that's what being an actor is all about. This forms a link to the plot in a thoroughly bizarre twist. Thoroughly recommended.
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- Olga the Owl

The Keys To The Street

A number of Londoners lives converge around the mixed neighbourhood of NW1. Mary Jago, a museum curator provides a life-saving act to save the life of Lieukemia sufferer, Leo Nash, whilst escaping a violent relationship. Dog walker Leslie Bean has a strange past combined with an avaricious nature; drug addict Hob will do anything for his latest fix and finally, the cultured Roman takes to the streets after a major tragedy blights his life.

This Audiobook was truly sublime. Rendell's talent for telling the stories of a group of diverse people is amazing and I adored the twisty nature of the plot.

The narrator, Simon Russell-Beale was brilliant too. Truly a 5* listen.
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- Susan Random

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios