Opening Night : Roderick Alleyn

  • by Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by James Saxon
  • Series: Roderick Alleyn
  • 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dreams of stardom had lured Martyn Tarne from faraway New Zealand to make the dreary, soul-destroying round of West End agents and managers in search of work.
The Vulcan Theatre had been her last forlorn hope, and now, driven by sheer necessity, she was glad to accept the humble job of dresser to its leading lady. And then came the eagerly awaited opening night.
To Martyn the night brought a strange turn of the wheel of fortune - but to one distinguished member of the cast it was to bring sudden and unforeseen death....


What the Critics Say

"Miss Marsh at her best...she is thoroughly at home in the wings with a pack of actors locked in the grip of rehearsals and jealous intrigue." (New Statesman)
"Miss Marsh’s best yet." (Observer)


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Customer Reviews

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love this series

Where does Opening Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All of is series are great. It ranks in the top 10.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are richly described.

What does James Saxon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am an auditory learner so these are wonderful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


Any additional comments?

Please continue this series.

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- Jamie Kopp

Theatre With a Twist

Any additional comments?

Not my favourite Roderick Alleyn.
I thought the story had some interesting moments, but not enough for me to want to listen to it again, or recommend it to others - I thought Marsh would have given Mike Lamprey, from Surfeit of Lamprey's, more footage and let him be the romantic interest for 'the' girl in the end.
I wanted to pre-view this title before handing to my young teen - glad I did; other parents may want to know of these potential content issues too: adultery between the lead actors, a marital rape scene is alluded to euphemistically, suicide.
Now for my teeny gripe about Saxon - just a small one since he is an excellent narrator - he always uses WAY to much affectation for 'gay' characters in Marsh's stories.

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- Chelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK