Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2007
CD ISBN 9780739343043 $29.95 Five CDs
DD ISBN $14.68
Several points of view, four important main characters, time shifts from the present to the mid-seventeenth century and back, a mix of genres and plots, and the setting of Cambridge University--Susan Duerden's narration untangles all of these as expertly as Rebecca Scott delivers her interwoven mystery. When historian Elizabeth Vogelsang is found dead, her son, Cameron, hires his ex-lover, Lydia Brooke, to finish his mother's revealing study of Isaac Newton's relationship with alchemy. Soon Lydia is involved with Cameron, ghostly appearances, and an animal rights conflict. Duerden's reading lets listeners float on the river of time, propelled by suspense and author Stott's thorough research and elegant wording. It's only upon reflection that listeners may realize how Duerden's smooth transitions and subtle vocal shifts enhance the story. S.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 07/ JAN 08]
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