• Portobello

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-06-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.4 (19 ratings)

Regular price: $26.30

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Publisher's Summary

The Portobello area of West London has a rich personality. It also has an edge to it. There is nothing safe about Portobello.Eugene Wren was 50, with prematurely white hair. He also had an addictive personality. But he had cut back on alcohol and had given up cigarettes - which was just as well, considering he was going out with a doctor. On a shopping trip one day, Eugene, quite by chance, came across an envelope containing money. He picked it up. For some reason, rather than report the matter to the police, he wrote a note explaining what he had found and stuck it up on a lamp post near his house.This note would link the lives of very different people - each with their obsessions, problems, dreams, and despairs.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-07-17

great story - astonishing reading

Ruth Rendell gave voice to people to the marginalised and criminal to make them human - and to everybody else. this story (also) covers addiction (here of chocolate). the reading performence is astonishing - no less. slighty different voices for all characters and different volume and speed in different situations

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1 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 08-01-09

rather dull

this was a disappointment, it was really quite tedious. I didnt care about any of the characters, and there wasnt much of a plot.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Duncan on 07-31-09

Tedious beyond belief

I bought this audio book because of the author's reputation. It turns out to be a tedious, overly long epic. The main challenge is keeping awake. Good for insomniacs.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Diane Parkes on 03-06-18

A bit of stinker

What would have made Portobello better?

Where to start. I couldn't invest in any of the characters they were unbelievable. The story was dull. The narrator struggled to make this turkey sound interesting and he's one of the best. The plot meandered along apparently going nowhere.

Has Portobello put you off other books in this genre?

Not at all

What about Ric Jerrom’s performance did you like?

He wasn't up to his usual excellence but that was understandable this story and its characters were one dimensional and bland.

What character would you cut from Portobello?

All of them

Any additional comments?

If you have trouble sleeping this audio book will send you straight to sleep.

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