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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If you could sum up Scandalous Risks in three words, what would they be?

Love the series


What was one of the most memorable moments of Scandalous Risks?

When Eddie confronts Venetia about her affair.


What about Sian Thomas’s performance did you like?

All of it.


Any additional comments?

I love the STarbridge series and wish Audible carried all of them as they should be read/listened to in order. I wish Audible would add Glittering Images and Ultimate Prizes to the collection.

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- JS

Wonderful series

This series was recommended to me about 3 years ago by a friend but I didn't start reading it until the beginning of last month. Since then I have finished four book in the series and already picked up the fifth.

The first three I read on kindle, but when I saw this was whispersync enabled (and that I can get both the kindle and the audible version for just a little more than the audio version on its own, I bought it that way.

I listened to most of this, but read a little bit. The audio narration is very good. In the series this is the first (and only) narrated by someone that is not a clergy member.

The series could be called Christian Fiction. But I am hesitant to use that label because I usually hate Christian fiction. This is not the overly sentimental, knock you over the head with the gospel and all turns out ok in the end once everyone becomes a Christian type of Christian fiction.

Instead this is a type of fiction that takes seriously a real faith in God, the reality of sin, the weakness of humanity and the redemption of sinners (even if the results of their sin can wreck the rest of their life.)

The whole series is a bit on the heady side. Often using a real or imagined work of theology to guide the story. In this case it is the real 1960s book Honest to God by Bishop Robinson (which is playing a fairly similar roll as Rob Bell's Love Wins).

This book picks up about 20 years later from the end of Ultimate Prizes with Neville (now calling himself Stephen). He has continued to take 'scandalous risks' and continued his drinking and now has started an emotional affair with his daughter's friend (and the daughter of one of his best friends). The story goes further but I will not reveal more.

For a series that is not given to sentimental happy endings, this is even more bleak than the previous three books. But it seems honest.

I would read the whole series, it is worth it.
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- Adam Shields

Book Details

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