• The Rising Tide

  • A Vera Stanhope Novel (Vera Stanhope, Book 10)
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (436 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Ann Cleeves—New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the stunning tenth Vera Stanhope audiobook, The Rising Tide, a powerful story about guilt, betrayal, and the longheld secrets people keep.

"Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."—Louise Penny

For fifty years a group of friends have been meeting regularly for reunions on Holy Island, celebrating the school trip where they met, and the friend that they lost to the rising causeway tide five years later. Now, when one of them is found hanged, Vera is called in. Learning that the dead man had recently been fired after misconduct allegations, Vera knows she must discover what the friends are hiding, and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then, and now . . .

But with the tide rising, secrets long-hidden are finding their way to the surface, and Vera and the team may find themselves in more danger than they could have believed possible . . .

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books. 

©2022 Ann Cleeves (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Simply the best!!

Ann Cleeves once again proves she is one of the greatest of all time. It was a pleasure to escape into a book with no political agenda, no anger, just great characters with a challenging mystery to solve. As with others, I listened straight through to the end. Praise too for the wonderful narration by Janine Birkett. PS Although Ann describes Vera as very heavy, I see Brenda Blethyn in every scene of the book. I envy those of you who are just about to read it.

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Vera is quite a character

I usually prefer the book to the movie, or in this case,
the series, but it was the reverse for me this time. I enjoyed the voice, attitudes and stubbornness displayed by the character in the series as opposed to the voice of this narrator. Obviously the series gives a face to the name and to all the events in the story. I wish the VERA series had continued, but there would be no series without the author, of course .

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Not what I hoped for

What I loved: Vera. The Holy Island setting.
What did I not love: it took a long time for the story to get going. I think it suffers from comparison with the book that came before it. For me, the series pops when Vera is in the scene. I also didn't find the mystery characters as interesting as previous books.
What I'd change if I could: the narrator. She did male voices better than female voices. I wonder if this audiobook was hastily assembled.

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A wonderful Vera

I listened to this Vera straight through and listened to it again this next day. Cleeves is a grand master of the form.

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One Of Her Best

Well written as always, as Cleeves takes her time developing the various characters and the gradual revelation of their complex relationships. Vera and her own relationship with her team, her past, and her awareness of herself seem to be at the center of this novel, while the story line maintains suspense right from the start. Lindisfarne, or as the locals know it, the Holy Island, is vividly evoked and is certainly a powerful presence. My only criticism is with the narration: the narrator is superb in capturing and differentiating the various local accents, but assumes a chirpy, high-pitched voice for at least two of the female characters who are entirely different. Her pitch and intonation are annoying in themselves, and do a disservice to two of the most interesting women.

The stunning ending makes this one of her most memorable.

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Loved it!

Interesting character development, good narrator and the story captured my interest from beginning to end.

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Never disappointed

I couldn’t stop listening. I love all her Vera books can’t wait for the screen adaptation

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Narrator is terrific!

She can do all those different English accents and all different ages. She is wonderful

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I'm sorry. Mostly boring.

I'm an Ann Cleeves fan. This was disappointing. The last 20% was good but the long interior monologues and histories of the main characters was a yawn. It read like character notes for a novel. The villain revealed in the end: it was one of those mysteries where the character barely registers for most of the book and is suddenly a big deal. Unearned denouement.

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Another wonderful intense Vera mystery!

Ann Cleeves brings Vera to life once again! Great mystery, characters & narrator! My only disappointment is that I will have to wait for the next one! Thank you Ann Cleeves & Audible for an amazing adventure.