Bellman & Black

Bellman & Black

Audiobook CD - 2013 | Unabridged
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Killing a bird with his slingshot as a boy, William Bellman grows up a wealthy family man unaware of how his act of childhood cruelty will have terrible consequences until a wrenching tragedy compels him to enter into a macabre bargain with a stranger in black.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, ℗2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470364526
Branch Call Number: SET
Characteristics: 8 compact discs (9 hours, 30 minutes)
Additional Contributors: Davenport, Jack 1973-
Alternative Title: Bellman and black


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Jan 06, 2018

This is still a favorite for me. The research put into the cloth industry; the historical details about the Victorian funeral practices, extraordinarily , elaborate & much detail carried over into 20th C life even in the US. The historical details of mill workers, their treatment, tedious & dangerous jobs and how this trade grew with modernization is well written.

Jack Davenport has an uncanny ability to change his voices to fit the characters. He is the perfect reader of this tale. I wish he narrated more books.

Mar 15, 2015

The reader is brilliant in every way, perfect to my ear & mimic of UK accents. My take on this is very different from other reviews. Details of the Victorian funerary culture & customs, many that are with us yet today. Fascinating descriptions of mill works, the choice of textiles & why chosen and conditions of era. Most reviewers prefer other Setterfield book, which I didn't 'get' at all. For me it's worth the print edition for clarification. The preview print description & title don't convey the content. I was not satisfied with ending.

Apr 04, 2014

The setting, characters and elements of mystery drew me in, but the ending was so unsatisfying. It would be like putting together a lavish dinner and then leaving it sit on the table. Disappointing.

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