A Sunless Sea : William Monk

  • by Anne Perry
  • Narrated by Ralph Lister
  • Series: William Monk
  • 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anne Perry’s spellbinding Victorian mysteries, especially those featuring William Monk, have enthralled listeners for a generation. The Plain Dealer calls Monk “a marvelously dark, brooding creation” - and, true to form, this Perry masterpiece is as deceptively deep and twisty as the Thames.
As commander of the River Police, Monk is accustomed to violent death, but the mutilated female body found on Limehouse Pier one chilly December morning moves him with horror and pity. The victim’s name is Zenia Gadney. Her waterfront neighbors can tell him little - only that the same unknown gentleman had visited her once a month for many years. She must be a prostitute, but - described as quiet and kempt - she doesn’t appear to be a fallen woman.
What sinister secrets could have made poor Zenia worth killing? And why does the government keep interfering in Monk’s investigation?
While the public cries out for blood, Monk, his spirited wife, Hester, and their brilliant barrister friend, Oliver Rathbone, search for answers. From dank waterfront alleys to London’s fabulously wealthy West End, the three trail an ice-blooded murderer toward the unbelievable, possibly unprovable truth - and ultimately engage their adversaries in an electric courtroom duel. But unless they can work a miracle, a monumental evil will go unpunished and an innocent person will hang.
Anne Perry has never worn her literary colors with greater distinction than in A Sunless Sea, a heart-pounding novel of intrigue and suspense in which Monk is driven to make the hardest decision of his life.

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Riveting

What made the experience of listening to A Sunless Sea the most enjoyable?

I love the Monk books.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. This plot was interesting with many twists and turns.


What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

Not a whole lot. Not my favorite performer.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not have an extreme reaction to this book, unless you count surprise as an extreme reaction.


Any additional comments?

Anne Perry is one of my favorite writers. She is a master at twisting and turning a plot, and this book was no exception. I never saw the ending of this book coming.

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- richard supper

Excellent entry in the series

I was really absorbed by this entry in the William Monk series. Fascinating information about the use of opium in England during the 1860's underpins the story. Perry's research, as always, is spot-on.

This book prominently features Monk's and Hester's friend Rathbone, which turns it into largely a courtroom drama, but Monk and Hester and even Monk's old boss Runcorn make pivotal appearances throughout. We are able to pick up the events following the outcome of the last book (Acceptable Loss) and see how Rathbone is faring.

I wanted to say that I have become accustomed to Ralph Lister's narration now after two books (following many with David Colacci), and I think he is doing an excellent job.

I have read or listened to most of the books in this series, and would recommend that a newcomer to Monk's story read at least the book previous to this one before reading this entry. Monk has a fascinating backstory, and I recommend them all. The gritty world of mid-Victorian England is portrayed amazingly well and the characters are true to life.
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- Christy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-28-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio