Grasshopper

  • by Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by Jenny Sterlin
  • 21 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ruth Rendell has held her place atop the world of mystery writers for decades, writing dozens of books that have won numerous awards, captivated countless fans, and collected widespread critical acclaim. Writing as Barbara Vine, she is the Edgar Award-winning author of such books as Chimney Sweeper’s Boy and King Solomon’s Carpet. Young Clodagh Brown loves to climb, especially the giant electrical pylons that form a neat row outside her parents’ home. When this obsession breeds tragedy, her shamed family sends her to London for college. As a respite from insufferable classes, she begins climbing atop the local houses with her unique band of friends. But it is a practice that lands the group in a kidnapping scandal - and leads to a terrifying climax on the rooftops.
Grasshopper is a meticulously crafted novel - a sharp and textured thriller infused with layers of psychological suspense. Narrator Jenny Sterlin steps into Clodagh’s unique world and takes readers on a rousing adventure through the Victorian neighborhoods of London.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Too tedious to finish.

Jenny Sterlin is one of my favorite readers, but even her performance could not carry Grasshopper. The novel has too many unpleasant characters in tedious and repetitive situations, while the more sympathetic main character is just not compelling. I stopped with 6 hours to go. Pity, I really enjoyed The Chimney Sweeper's Boy by Barbara Vine.
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- Hilary

Sloppy writting and badsound editing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There is much, much too much nonessential text. You just want her to get on with it, please.


Would you be willing to try another book from Barbara Vine? Why or why not?

I was enthralled by The Chimney Sweepers Boy, but that had an outstanding reader.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Jenny Sterlin has a very nice voice, but the only way I can describe her narration is "mournful." The other problem is the sound editing. There are unjustified pauses between each sentence that just make the whole experience endless.


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- Jean L

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books