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  • The Shadow Hour

  • By: Kate Riordan
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Daniel Weyman, Eve Webster, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan, read by Eve Webster, Rachel Bavidge, Andy Secombe, Roy Mcmillan, Helen Fraser, Daniel Weyman and Steven France. Nineteen twenty-two. Grace has been sent to the stately and crumbling Fenix House to follow in her grandmother's footsteps as a governess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable read for fans of drama

  • By Ashley on 13-09-2016

An enjoyable read for fans of drama

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-09-2016

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

For fans of the genres it's a decent read with a cast of interesting and enjoyable characters and just enough mystery to keep the reader thinking. But for readers that aren't committed to the drama/mystery genres I would have a harder time recommending The Shadow Hour.

The book drops the reader off the deep end with a mass of characters that you have to meet and get to know, some of which you have to meet twice, once for the current day, and again for the past. That along with the at times sluggish plot progression makes for what could be an intimidating book to more casual readers.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

All of the twists and turns towards the end half of the book were entirely predictable except for the revelation at the very end, which was largely insignificant to the plot overall. Being predictable didn't really detract from the experience, but don't expect to be surprised going into this book.

Despite having the most predictable twists I've seen in a mystery book in quite some time, I do think the book had a solid ending. The ending gave a good pay off for most of the characters, and neatly tied up the loose ends of the book. It was satisfying and gave just enough time to wind down properly before ending, without feeling like it was overstaying it's welcome.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was the first time I've listened to these narrators. I think they all did a good job, I very much enjoyed the distinct voices of the two main characters.

Was The Shadow Hour worth the listening time?

It had a lot of dead space, time that felt like it could have been cut and the book would have remained largely the same. When it had purpose it was good, but the book did drag at times.