The Splendour Falls

  • by Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
  • 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An ancient castle, a tragic love, and a web of secrets begins to unravel....
Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary town of Chinon, and promptly disappears - well, that's Harry for you.
As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm. Legend has it that during a 13th-century siege of the castle that looms over the city, Queen Isabelle, child bride of King John, hid a "treasure of great price". And in the last days of the German occupation during World War II, there was another Isabelle living in Chinon, a girl whose love for an enemy soldier went tragically awry.
As the dangers of the past become disastrously real, Emily is drawn ever more deeply into a labyrinth of mystery as twisted as the streets and tunnels of the ancient town itself.


What the Critics Say

"Award-winning narrator Barbara Rosenblat handles the great variety of accents with aplomb - from Emily's British accent to the locals' French accents and the intonations of global tourists. While Rosenblat sounds too old and a bit stiff for the 28-year-old Emily, among her strengths are rock-solid characterizations and believable male voices, both of which will keep listeners invested in this romantic mystery. (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Odd story with a worse narration

Unlike Susanna Kearsley's other stories (The Winter Sea is one of my favorite listens), I believe this story is almost entirely set in the present with only vague references to past actions. I say "I believe" because the narration was so poor that it was hard to follow. The volume was inconsistent, phrases were mumbled or repeated randomly, and there was only 1 character with a truly distinguishable voice so it is difficult to keep everyone apart. Also, Barbara Rosenblat sounds like a 2 pack a day smoker, which is frankly unpleasant to listen to.

As for the story itself, I didn't find the characters to be particularly interesting, nor was I that interested in the "mystery"

I pre-ordered this story based on my love of The Winter Sea, but I think this book is definitely a pass.
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- MV


Would you try another book from Susanna Kearsley and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

I liked the story by Susanna Kearsley but Barbara Rosenblat the narrator was much too old sounding for Emily the young women. Emily was supposed to be 28 yrs old. The narrator sounded like she was about 50 yrs old. She did fairly well on the male voices although I would have preferred an actual male narrator.

What other book might you compare The Splendour Falls to and why?

I like a good mystery not sure what I would compare this book to.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barbara Rosenblat?

She probably is good at what she does but not for this part.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was somewhat disappointed at the killer. Sorry he was the one who did the killing.

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- G-Ma "Krazy for Kindle"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-14-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios