River of Destiny

  • by Barbara Erskine
  • Narrated by Gina Peach
  • 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Time's Legacy and Lady of Hay comes her thrilling new novel River of Destiny.
On the banks of the River Deben in Suffolk lies a set of barns dating back to the Anglo Saxons. Within their walls, secrets have been buried deeply. Zoe and Ken have just moved into one of the barns, ready to start a new life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To the outside world they seem like an ordinary couple, but underneath they are growing more distant by the day. And when Zoe becomes close to local recluse, Leo, she finds her attraction to him undeniable.
Whilst farmers are ploughing the land surrounding the barns, sets of human bones are found and when the police arrive it becomes clear that the bones are much older than first suspected.... From an ancient burial ground to a Victorian murder, Erskine will have you gripped to her every word as the mystery unfolds.

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Spoiled by the narrator

I love Barbara Eskine and had been waiting for this for a while, but i so wish i had bought the written version. The story is excellent but this narrator ran one section into another - barely drawing breath and when you are changing time zones you really need at least a short pause in between. Often taken by surprise by scene and character changes because of this, then taking a few seconds to get back on course with the story , sometimes winding back to clarify at which point the change had happened. Reading was flat and boring. Such a shame because as always Barbara Erskine has written an excellent tale.
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- Mrs

Predictable and boring and over-long

What would have made River of Destiny better?

A more animated reader and cutting the story by half


What was most disappointing about Barbara Erskine’s story?

The characters were all one-dimensional; it was very difficult to emphasize with any of them; the story was predictable;


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes - slow and steady. There would have been an improvement if the narrator had hesitated for a moment between time zones - moving straight from the present day to Viking or Victorian times was a little confusing.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. None of the characters had anything to recommend them: no sense of guilt amongst the married couples being unfaithful, cliched badly behaved children and unsympathetic parents and the obligatory loony middle-aged woman. Appalling


Any additional comments?

I have read Barbara Erskine novels in the past and enjoyed them; this was the worst one I've listened to and it will be the last.

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- Annie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited