• The Shifting Tide

  • A William Monk Novel #14
  • By: Anne Perry
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (336 ratings)

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By: Anne Perry
Narrated by: David Colacci
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Publisher's Summary

William Monk knows London's streets like the back of his hand; after all, they are where he earns his living. But the river Thames and its teeming docks - where towering schooners and clipper ships unload their fabulous cargoes and wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades - is unknown territory.

Only dire need persuades him to accept an assignment from shipping magnate Clement Louvain to investigate the theft of a cargo of African ivory from Louvain's recently docked schooner, the Maude Idris. Monk is desperate for work, not only to feed himself and his wife, Hester, but to keep open the doors of her clinic, a last resort for sick and starving street women.

But he wonders: Why didn't Louvain report the ivory theft directly to the River Police? Why did he warn Monk not to investigate the murder of one of the Maude Idris crew? Even more mysterious, why has Louvain brought to Hester's clinic a desperately ill woman who, he claims, is the discarded mistress of an old friend? Neither Hester nor Monk anticipates the nightmare answers to these questions...nor the trap that soon so fatefully ensnares them.

Crack another case with William Monk.
©2004 Anne Perry (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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The Shifting Tide

This is one of my favorite Anne Perry novels. She had me from the first word to the last. I really liked the characters. There was humor and wit, sadness, kindness, and all brought together in a wonderful way.

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Standing Ohhhh!!

This book focuses on 2 connected stories that flow as one. The first 1/2 is compelling and introduces some truly quirky characters -- some of whom are absolutely charming, and others who are unspeakably bad. The second 1/2 reached out and grabbed me so I had to finish in one sitting. Perry has the gift of painting pictures with words, she provides historical color and texture such that you feel that you are physically in the midst of late 1800's London with all its excesses and squalor.

It is also important to mention that this narrator is growing on me. Altho, initially, I missed Davina Porter (who read the first 5 books in this series), I've now really embraced David Colacci and appreciate his work. From my perspective, criticisms of his narration are not warranted.

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Her best novel

Am I ever glad I went back to one of her early Monk novels. What a wonderful story! David Colacci is an excellent narrator

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My favorite!

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This is my favorite Monk book so far. (I've listened to alot but not all of them up to this one.) It has wonderful word pictures of life on and around the river at that time period and draws you more intimately into the lives of Monk, Hester, and Oliver Rathbone. It would make a great movie.

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If you could sum up The Shifting Tide in three words, what would they be?

Hester is badass

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. There were several compelling subplots. Maybe they were not the most believable, but they kept me hooked.

What didn’t you like about David Colacci’s performance?

Everything

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Not one of my favorites

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shifting Tide?

When Mercy put Ruth Clark in her place....of course, finding out that she's Charity,her sister (at the end) made sense as to why she took that tone with her. Mercy seemed real shy and reserved.

Did David Colacci do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The narrator did an okay job....not thrilled with his reading. Actually, it's hard to put into words except that the story seemed to take forever to get done. He's not my most favorite narrator.

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This book seemed different from what you'd normally expect from the author. It's good to branch out with different or unexpected story lines but somehow, it felt a bit 'off'. Maybe it was because of there being two separate stories going on within the book & it's not til the last part that we can connect the dots. The ending was a bit abrupt....felt like more could have been said on whether Rathbone had been able to get his answer from Margaret or that Hester & Monk could have had a better reunion than they did. After all, Hester fought the bubonic plague & Monk was put through the wringer with worry & trying to solve the 'how' & 'why' it came to England.
Off to read the next book to see what happens

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Narrator uses a Maine accent instead of British --

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I. Couldn't get past the awful narration, done by an American trying to do a British accent, and failing, and I just couldn't listen to it, and will return for my credit. What a shame!

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Too Dark!

I really enjoy the Monk series, but this one was too dark. And while there was lots of discussion about emotions - which is fine - there was less investigation and mystery than usual in this series. Not my favorite.

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Geez

Let me teary again! So powerful but sad in so many ways. Again this author is amazing with her imagination.

A murder which ends up so entangled is the lives of Monk, Hester and so many others.
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Terrifying

The beginning seemed so quiet and normal, but soon we were embroiled in a terrible situation that affects both Monk and Hester. Sickness and isolation soon engulf their lives. I was soon caught up in their desperation and found myself worried about their ability to survive. The mystery was well written . I adored a new character Mr. Sutton, the rat-catcher. It was simply a wonderful story.