A Quiet Belief in Angels

  • by R. J. Ellory
  • Narrated by Mark Bramhall
  • 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1939 in the small, rural community of Augusta Falls, Georgia, 12-year-old Joseph Vaughan learns of the brutal assault and murder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will plague the community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the town from the evil in their midst and they form "the Guardians" to watch over the community. But the murderer evades them and they watch helplessly as one child after another is taken. Even when the killings cease, a shadow of fear follows Joseph and, 50 years later, he must confront the nightmare.


What the Critics Say

"There aren't nearly enough beautifully written novels that are also great mysteries. Like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Smilla's Sense of Snow, A Quiet Belief in Angels is one of them." (James Patterson)
"A Quiet Belief in Angels is a beautiful and haunting book. This is a tour de force from R. J. Ellory." (Michael Connelly)


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Does this guy think he's Steinbeck? (He's not!)

What an ordeal! I got through the first 1/3 of this, which is little more than another Southern hardscrabble yarn - the father has croaked, the mother has to find how to make ends meet (she beds the neighbor while accepting soup and sausage from his wife), the boy goes to a one-room school where his teacher encourages him to write (then later sleeps with him), and there's usual redneck stereotypes we've all seen a hundred times before. Along the way, several little girls are killed - but the story generally plods along at the speed of pluff mud. By 1/3 in I had solved the "mystery" of who is the killer, and decided I should start fast-forwarding and sampling, because this was one sloooww freight. In so doing, the kid gets wrongly convicted of murder and sent to the slammer for a long time, but he's very philosophical about it. Don't ya just luv those Southern accents? Unable to take the pain anymore, I skipped to the last few chapters where the now young man gets out of prison and the killer of the little girls comes to town. By the way, did I tell you I was right about who the killer was? Just so you know, I recently listened to an earlier detective thriller by this author and it was GREAT! Titled "A Simple Act of Violence". Really! Forget this turkey and go use your precious credit on the better book.
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- Old Hippy

One my Top 5 Audio listens of all time.

If Gillian Flynn and James Lee Burke had a kid that grew up a writer, this might be the book produced. Beautifully written with a storyline that kept me guessing until the final pages. Ended all to quickly. Dave Robicheaux in a period piece and a plotline that extends the length of his lifetime.

Narrator gets a 10/10 and is a top 5 narration as well, ranking with Stephen Hoye in Skinny Dip and McKintys books read by Gerald Doyle

If you like Burke, Connolly, Gillian Flynn, or Stieg Larsson you will be pleased to have downloaded this book!

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- danpri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-23-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.