Scandalous Risks : Church of England

  • by Susan Howatch
  • Narrated by Sian Thomas
  • Series: Church of England
  • 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1963, when traditional values are under attack, Venetia, a young woman, becomes involved with the Dean of Starbridge Cathedral. But as a married man, he has nothing to offer her, and Venetia finds herself trapped in a web of love and lies.


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A Starbridge sensation

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

I first read Susan Howatch's series of novels about the Church of England back in the 1980s and was curious to see if they had stood the test of time. Listening to this one, beautifully interpreted in the voice of Sian Thomas, I was not disappointed. Starbridge and its Cathedral Close is the setting for a surprising tale of illicit clerical love in the swinging sixties. "Honest to God" has just been published and is rocking the church just as "Lady Chatterley's Lover" is shocking the country. So evocative of the "swinging sixties", this book is not only a very entertaining read but also a valid and serious look at social history.
I was sorry when it ended but happy that Venetia and her talisman reappear as the series progresses. Highly recommended for any who remember those times (and any who would like to have lived through them!).

What other book might you compare Scandalous Risks to, and why?

A bit of a twentieth century "Barchester" Chronicle (Anthony Trollope) - it is a tale of cathedral politics and clerical families with a twist of scandal.

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Any additional comments?

Hoping Audible is going to publish the entire sequence!

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- Kate

Highly recommend

Having read this book as part of the series when it was first published, this was a lovely trip down memory lane. The quality of the narration is outstanding and makes all the difference. I found myself staying in bed for another hour just to carry on listening. This was my first book from Audible and if the standard is this high I will definitely be back for more.
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- Jennygodsall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios