The Red Hill : Thomas Berrington

  • by David Penny
  • Narrated by Ian Russell
  • Series: Thomas Berrington
  • 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1482 the Englishman Thomas Berrington is living in the last remnants of Moorish Spain. A physician, he is an unwilling friend to the most powerful man in the kingdom. When bodies start to turn up, each showing the marks of a savage attack, Thomas is asked to investigate.
When one of the Sultan's wives is brutally murdered, what begins as a reluctant task turns into a fight for survival. Together with the eunuch Jorge, Thomas attempts to hunt down the killer before they become his next victims. Except nothing is as it seems - friends turn into enemies and enemies into friends.
Thomas's investigation lays bare the secrets of the Red Hill and the people who inhabit it. His discoveries culminate in a battle not only for his own life, but for the lives of those he loves.

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Most Helpful

Not to my liking.

What would have made The Red Hill better?

Did not listen long enough to know.


Would you ever listen to anything by David Penny again?

NO. Too much violence, bad language and sexual content.


What about Ian Russell’s performance did you like?

What I heard was good.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Wish books had ratings. This would be an R.


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- BJ

Worth it for the second novel

First, Ian Russell's narration is excellent, as always. Very good character differentiation, including among female characters, not always a strength for male narrators.

As for the book, the first 2/3 is very good - solid characters with backstory, good flow, believable plot.

Then something goes kind of haywire, and the execution turns into kind of a mess. Repeated exposition, people running this way and that, unsupported decisions, changes in character definition to justify plot points (including a sudden memory glitch in a character who never would have forgotten such a thing). It was frustrating, because it wasn't necessary -- the evidence had been set up well. It felt like the editor quit part way through.

HOWEVER! I had inadvertently listened to the second book in this series, Bone Breaker, which was excellent, no such problems, very enjoyable (also narrated by Ian Russell). It would have been better if I had listened to this one first to understand the relationships... but I'm not sure I would have gone on to the next one if I'd started here.

So! Listen to The Red Hill, enjoy, suspend your disbelief through the messy bits, then move on to Bone Breaker, a real treat.
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- Deborah Bancroft

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2016
  • Publisher: Rivertree Print