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Twenty-One Days

Daniel Pitt, Book 1
Narrated by: Simon Scardifield
Series: Daniel Pitt, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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Twenty-One Days is the first in an exciting new generation of Pitt novels, featuring Daniel Pitt, by New York Times best seller and the queen of Victorian crime, Anne Perry.

It is 1910, and the century is full of change. Sir Thomas Pitt, Head of Special Branch, has persuaded his son, Daniel, to take on his first case as a newly qualified barrister. Having successfully defended his client and made a lifelong friend, Daniel is summoned to the Old Bailey to assist in the defence of renowned biographer Russell Graves, who is accused of the brutal murder and disfigurement of his wife. When the jury finds him guilty, Graves is sentenced to be hanged in 21 days.

Graves insists he has been framed, and when Daniel discovers that Graves was writing a shocking exposé of Victor Narraway, Thomas Pitt's former friend and mentor from Special Branch, he fears the worst.... This exposé reveals state secrets so damning that someone might have wanted to silence him. And that 'someone' might be Daniel's father. With the reputations of those closest to him at stake, Daniel is in a race against time to uncover the truth and ensure that a man isn't sent to the gallows for a crime he didn't commit.

©2017 Anne Perry (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Limited

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  • Babs Moy
  • Canberra, Australia
  • 16-12-2018

Daniel Pitt a worthy successor

Another wonderful story by Ann Perry
New characters that we will get to know and love.
Interesting introduction to forensic medicine.
The narrator is a little difficult to follow. Words are clipped but apart from that, another good audible offering.

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  • Roz
  • 29-10-2017

Good story, sometimes difficult to understand clearly if you aren't from the UK.

The story is accomplished and typical of Anne Perry's other stories, but getting a bit laboured on her familiar themes once you've read a few of her books. Presumably from her own experiences as a young teenager, she always focusses on the 'grey' areas of guilt, and people's deeper motivations for their actions, and the quick assumptions people make. These are all definitely worthy themes and make her work both intriguing but also a bit repetitive after reading about 30 of them as I have! Nice to move on to Daniel Pitt - the next generation of the Pitt family! When it sometimes got repetitive in the philosophising/moralising (re don't judge others), I was able to quicken the reading speed and skim!
The main problem I found was the odd dialect of the reader. As an Australian, an English teacher and an ESL teacher, I've been exposed to many accents and voices, and yet I found this reader's dialect oddly to difficult to 'catch'. He seemed to go very quickly over some words, and more slowly on others. It was a difficult rhythm to follow, and it seemed he was reading too fast in half of every sentence! I got used to it, after even trying to go to "slow speed", but it was never an easy listening experience. Perhaps that was just me. For once, I hadn't listened to a preview and I definitely should have. Still, I may be getting old! Worth your time overall.

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  • Mrs Cozens
  • 02-10-2017

A good read

This is an enjoyable book that held my interest throughout. My only reservation about the performance is that the reading is a little too fast, which affects the pronunciation in places. I think a more measured pace would have provided a more relaxed and satisfying listening experience. On the whole though; a good buy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-2018

Good story, shame about the narrator

I have long been an admirer of Ms Perry’s books and, until now, have enjoyed both reading and listening to them. However, although this was a good story it was spoilt for me by the speed in which the narrator read it. Sometimes so quickly that words stumbled over each other. Indeed, I had to continually rewind the story to catch what had been said. I will not purchase another book read by this narrator.

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  • Flint
  • 29-12-2017

Very Enjoyable

I was doubtful about this book because the dreadful narration ruins so many of the Thomas Pitt books. Thankfully this book was well read with an interesting plot and well drawn characters. I'm looking forward to the next book.