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Set in Stone

Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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Recovering from the recent tragedy of his wife's death in a cliff fall, Tony Sheridan goes to stay with his sister-in-law, Lucy, and her husband at their new home - Otherways - a strange circular, moated house. Disturbed by memories of his wife and a growing attraction to Lucy, Sheridan is also troubled by weird and vivid dreams. And as he and Lucy embark on a secret and passionate affair, Sheridan begins uncovering the truth about Otherways.

©1999 Robert and Vaunda Goddard (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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  • Anniebligh
  • 01-10-2012

Starts slow

I understand this was written in 1999 and does seem to have a different style to his later books.
It starts with Tony writing or talking to his dead wife. Tony is grieving, accepting the coroners decision and going to stay with his best friend and sister in law. Having arrived there, still overwhelmed by his grief, the world around him begins to filter in to his awareness. He becomes interested in best friends' new house and stats to learn it's history.
In keeping with Tony's numbing grief and ruminations this was a very very slow transition through his 'delusions' to an understanding that something is really very odd.
Some questions remain unanswered, and maybe Tony himself should not be alive to tell the story.
Be prepared to be patient with this story. It was for me, an interesting exploration both in style and plot development.

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  • Lee Chemel
  • 28-01-2013

Not Goddard's best but still a good read

This one is a little more fantastical and less character driven than other of Goddard's intricate plotted stories. But Michael Kitchen's narration always elevates any material and so it was a very enjoyable journey.

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  • Kirstine
  • 24-05-2018

Good but not his best novel

This book is certainly worth listening to, but I didn't find it as engaging as many of the author's other novels. Maybe because I'm not that keen on stories with supernatural elements as figure in this book. I also thought the story was slow to get going but Michel Kitchen's fine dramatizing of the novel kept me listening. The narrative did become more pacy in later chapters.

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  • Holly
  • 14-02-2015

Captivating story read with great style.

Like all Goddard's stories this had me hooked straight away and I didn't want to turn it off. Enough detail to put you in the place, especially as I have lived in Edith Weston and Stamford. Kitchen has a certain style in reading that appeals to me greatly. Overall a fantastic listen even though it is my second time! What else can I say there is a good chance I will return to it again along with all of his other books.

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  • S. E. Huxford
  • 23-11-2017

more stars please !

I cannot give enough stars to Robert Goddard's books! Complicated enough to keep you listening again and again, well read too. Perfect!

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  • Liz
  • 28-10-2017

Not Goddard's best

I disliked the 'paranormal' elements in this story which, frankly, I found ridiculous. However I persisted with it because of Michael Kitchen's excellent narration.

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  • Karen
  • 03-10-2012

Unusual

I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book even though I felt it was reasonably well written. It seemed to start out as a romance, then ventured into the paranormal and finally morphed into a political mystery. I've given it four stars as, although I wouldn't necessary choose to read it and have never before read any of Robert Goddard's novels, I would recommend listening to Michael Kitchen read it, because as usual, he gives the characters dimension.

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  • Mr Andrew M Winder
  • 17-01-2018

Poor Editing

I so wanted award 5 stars for this book but, what let down was the poorly clipped editing; on a number of occasions which, I found distracting.

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  • Terry
  • 16-06-2020

What is it all about?

I really like Robert Goddard stories but this needs a good edit. There are far too many strands, people with unfathomable motives or pasts and some nonsense of paranormal in the house, deliberately not explained because it's a pointless non-plot device. I'm sorry I wasted many hours of my life listening to it. And as for the teaser in the epilogue!

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  • Belinda Spiteri
  • 18-04-2019

Very poorly edited

I am halfway through what is so far an intriguing story completely ruined by poor editing. Several times now the story has been cut short, I've no idea how much Ive missed. It is probably only seconds but it's very distracting.

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  • Jon
  • 01-05-2018

Kitchen is made for this!

Not Goddard ‘ s best I think but still a very strong plot and narrative. Michael kitchen ‘s performance is excellent.