Borrower of the Night : Vicky Bliss

  • by Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by Susan O'Malley
  • Series: Vicky Bliss
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It began as a game, a treasure hunt in an old German castle. For Vicky Bliss, tall, beautiful, and brilliant, it is also a challenge, a chance to bring an arrogant young man down a notch or two. And all things considered, it would have been no contest. The prize was a centuries-old shrine, carved by Tilman Riemenschneider, probably Germany's greatest master of the late Gothic. The place was the forbidding Schloss Drachenstein, where the stones were stained with ancient blood and the air reeked of evil.
The problem was that someone has targeted Vicky, and the game was soon being played in deadly earnest.


What the Critics Say

"This author never fails to entertain." (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)


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Customer Reviews

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The beginning of Elizabeth Peters Vicky Bliss line of detective fiction is a bit over the top, but nevertheless a fun listen. Good narration and very good characterization. Not particularly deep or complicated. Light hearted fun.
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- Jeremie Perry

Good Story... not so good reader

I wish there was a way on this system to rate a book and a narrator separately.

I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Peters and her Amelia Peabody series and have listed or read them all. When I ran out I decided to try the Vicky Bliss series which this is the first book of.

The store was ok. Not the best I've ever heard from Ms. Peters, but it was still interesting.

My problem was with the narrator.

The reader was so mono toned that there were parts in the dialogue where I had no idea who was saying what, and comments that I believe were meant to be humorous were said so flat that it lost all hint of humor.

I got the impression that the narrator was looking at this text for the very first time as she read. Sometimes it seemed as if she were robotic and as if she didn't know if what she was reading was a statement or a question until she got to the end of the line and had to make a quick inflection correction.

I have listened to books read by this narrator before, and though she's never been very lively, she's never been this flat.

I had a hard time enjoying the story because the droning narrator gave me a headache.

I've come away with an uncomfortable feeling about the Vicky Bliss series. I'm not sure if the reason I didn't enjoy the book was because I couldn't get past the narration, or if I really didn't like the story and charactors. But I'm leaning toward the narration.

If it were read better, I would have given it at least one more star, maybe two.
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- Michelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.