• by Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi
  • 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor was first published in 1985. Alternating between the eighteenth century, when Nicholas Dyer, assistant to Christopher Wren, builds seven London churches that house a terrible secret, and the 1980s, when London detective Nicholas Hawksmoor is investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sight of certain old churches, Hawksmoor is a brilliant tale of darkness and shadow.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great subject matter - just doesn't deliver.

Would you try another book from Peter Ackroyd and/or Derek Jacobi?

Peter Ackroyd - perhaps and perhaps not.
Derek Jacobi - Definitely

What could Peter Ackroyd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I really didn't like this book.

The plot was fascinating and the premise was even better.

Peter Ackroyd wrote the novel well.

The characters were simply unlikable. I loved the architectural details and the ascent of the 18th century protagonist but he was so unabashedly evil! I found it rather hard to identify with him. His modern counterpart was also rather unlikeable as he was just so depressed at his own mediocrity.

I wished the novel could have gone in a different direction. Perhaps this is a book that would do well in a book group or read by a few people at the same time. I would have liked to discuss much of this book as I was reading it.

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Derek's voice is perfect. He is one of my all time favorite actors. I have much respect for him.

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

The book was well written. The plot path was woven quite intricately and in an interesting way. I found it quite easy to discern the two paths of the story, present and past. Derek Jacobi's performance aided this distinction quite a bit.

Any additional comments?

I loved everything about this book except the characters. Perhaps I need to read / listen to this novel again.

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- Scott Mosher

unusual structure and style

Hawksmoor combines a number of styles and time shifts to paint an unusual tale of the edge of sanity and the darkness that can be found or generated when one leans too far over to stare into the abyss. The detail of the narrative is intense and can transport anyone at all familiar with London to its very soul. That being said, the story feels almost like an avant garde experiment in prose that some may find difficult to follow in spots and the historical alterations may be hard to understand. Everything knits together in the end but the reader must be prepared to elaborate the reality, or lack thereof, for themselves
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- Russ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios