The Anatomy of Ghosts

  • by Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by John Telfer
  • 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge. The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumoured to be haunting Jerusalem, since disturbed fellow-commoner, Frank Oldershaw, claims to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds.
Desperate to salvage her son's reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts a stinging account of why ghosts are mere delusion to investigate. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts an uneasy status quo as he glimpses a world of privilege and abuse.
And when Holdsworth finds himself haunted not only by the ghost of his dead wife, Maria, but also Elinor, the very-much-alive Master's wife his fate is sealed.

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Bit of a pot boiler.

I found this novel interesting but flawed. The prose is better than average, and I'm sure the depiction of the historical era and events is based on some research, but the plot was a bit silly. I just couldn't believe the main plot; it seemed far too over the top. I'm sure there is some grounding in an historical event, but in the book, it seemed too much. I also got a bit irriated by the obsession with the 'carnal act' that the main characters had, it was unsublte and made me laugh at times, which was, I suspect, not the author's intention.
The main character is interesting, and his story line was the only thing of real depth and intelligence. I listened till the end, but will immediately delete the book from my ipod, rather than keep it to listen again at some point. so, in my opinion, worth a listen, if you are looking for a different type of detective novel, but with a silly plot that spoils a good idea. I read a lot of detective fiction, and the standard varies hugely, this is better than average, but yet again, women (some of them very young indeed, in fact not adults at all!) get some very bad treatment in this book. If Audible were to start an age suitability rating scheme, I would expect this book to have a 14+ rating, at the very least. If there was less gratuitous description and more subltly, then it would have been better. If you want a modern take on the Jane Austen era then the zombie version of Pride and Perjudice is far better!
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- Sarah

Good book, brilliantly read.

I'm a great fan of Andrew Taylor and although his writing varies from book to book i've never been disappointed and this book proves no exception. Taylor is exceptional at bringing to life the period he is is writing about whether it be 1950's/60's or as in this case the late 18th Century. The story is further enhanced by the excellent narration of John Telfer. I wouldn't hesitate to recomend this book, in fact i'm going to buy it in paperback for my sisters birthday.
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- V. Hannides "EricBillBillEric"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios