• Lucifer's Shadow

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-12-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (94 ratings)

Summary

Now also known as Cemetry of Secrets. In an ancient burial ground on an island off Venice, a young woman's casket is pried open, an object is wrenched from her hands, and an extraordinary adventure begins.
From the moment he arrives in Venice, Daniel Forster is seduced by the city's mystery. An earnest young academic, Daniel has come for a summer job cataloguing a private collector's library.
But when Daniel's employer sends him to buy a stolen violin from a petty thief, a chain reaction of violence and deception ignites. Suddenly Daniel is drawn into a police investigation - and a tempest swirling around a beautiful woman, a mysterious palazzo, and a lost musical masterpiece dating back centuries.
With each step he takes, Daniel unwittingly retraces a journey that began in 1733, when another young man came to Venice. And when, in this realm of intrigue and beauty, two lovers came face-to-face with a killer - and a mystery was born...
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©2001 David Hewson (P)2001 W F Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 05-11-08

Complex stories cleverly intertwined

David Hewson is adept at combining fast-paced crime/thriller stories with the history, art and, in this book, the music of a particular place. Lucifer's Shadow is set in Venice and inter-weaves two parallel stories: one in the present day and the other about 300 years earlier. Gradually the two stories are brought together. This book is more complicated in its structure than his excellent Rome series and you need to listen attentively to the first few chapters to get clear in your mind the sets of characters in the two stories. The reader, Christopher Kay, helps by using a wide range of accents. I was hooked by the book and finished it over 3 days. I am, yet again, amazed by Hewson's divergent mind able to think up these astonishing plots inter-linking fact and fiction.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. A. Howard on 15-09-09

the accent detracted from the storyline will

Whilst I enjoyed this book, the narrator's accent for one of the characters drove me mad. A sort of "shadda-uppa-your-face " accent? I understand from other readers reviews but I'm not the only one irritated by this. It did spoil my enjoyment of the book somewhat.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth C. Moulton on 25-09-09

Keep Listening!!!!

Wonderful story - one of Hewson's best after you get through the first two hours. I listened to it twice before I "got" that the narrator was conveying verbally what would have been immediately obvious if I had been reading. Once I understood the structure the story unfolded as wheels within wheels. Very satisfying, intricate, stimulating, kept me glued to my iPod. Do read this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy B. on 19-11-10

Spellbinding story

This is a wonderful, complex, literate thriller that interweaves two stories, one set in the present and one set in the 18th century. The characters are a unique and interesting cast. The plot moves briskly, with unpredictable twists and turns. The Venetian setting will appeal to anyone who has visited the city. The narrator is very good, changing voices quite deftly for so many characters. His Italian and American accents are not the best, but do not detract from one's enjoyment of the plot.

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