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The Vanished Days

By: Susanna Kearsley
Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
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Publisher's Summary

I have been persuaded now to take my pen in hand and tell the story as it should be told....

In the autumn of 1707, old enemies from the Scottish Highlands to the Borderlands are finding common ground as they join to protest the new Union with England. An invasion is imminent as many plot to bring the exiled young Jacobite king back to Scotland to reclaim his throne, and in Edinburgh, the streets are filled with discontent and danger. 

Queen Anne, seeking to calm the situation, has sent money up from London for Scots who took part eight years earlier in the ill-fated Darien expedition that left Scotland all but bankrupt. 

A young widow comes forward to collect her husband’s portion of this money, but her claim is dubious. The man assigned to investigate now has to determine if she’s telling the truth, or if his own troublesome feelings are blinding and misleading him. It’s not only a matter of justice, but of lost love and a nation betrayed.

©2021 Susanna Kearsley (P)2021 Recorded Books
  • Series: Slains, Book 3
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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Another success!

I preordered the Audible version of Vanished Days and loved it! I just wish there was a group where I could discuss the book with other readers (or listeners) who have finished it so we could discuss the twist. I love that Captain Graham is a recurring character, he's such a good man. Susanna's books, all that I have read, always leave me feeling warm and fuzzy at the end. I can't wait for the next one!

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Should not be a part of this series

Susanna Kearsley's writing is once again phenomenal, and the story itself is fantastically, if a little chaotically, told. Her characters come alive in a setting I can imagine perfectly, and you feel like you know them by the end.

There were some things that other people mentioned that bothered me. First was the narrator's pronunciation of Don Quixote as "Don KICKS-oat." It's not like it's an uncommon book; someone should have caught this. Maybe it was an attempt to say it as someone from 17th century Scotland would, but if so, I found it very distracting and would have preferred to not have that bit of historical accuracy. I also found it was easy to tune out the narrator; his voice is lovely but his tone while conversational, wasn't super compelling.

The other thing that really really bugged me was that most of Kearsley's books, including the others in this series, have some sort of supernatural element, where the main characters form some kind of connection through time. I expected the third book in the series to be similar. Unfortunately, it was not. And that was jarring.

While there's a good plot twist at the end, I found it hard at that point to put all the pieces in place, and was ultimately disappointed. Had this been a standalone, I don't think I would have felt that way (just a little puzzled at how everything in the story fits together still.)

As a standalone, I would find the book well-written and intriguing, so I gave it 5 stars for that. Her story plots always surprise, always entertain and always make you stop for a second and think.

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Just not up to her usual standards

I so wanted to like this book. I have read, or listened to, all her others and have loved them. This one just didn't measure up. First, it was a stretch to consider it part of a trilogy since the few common characters were only briefly referenced or had a very brief part. It wasn't in any way a continuation of the story line just because it took place in the same time period as Winter Sea and the first Jacobite uprising was taking place. Second, although the narrator does have a pleasant voice I found his narration to be monotonal and pendantic to the point of allowing my attention to drift off again and again. Third, where was quality control? The performance director, editor, technicians, and the narrator himself thought Cervantes classic novel was pronounced Don "Quicks-oat"? Really? I regretfully returned it.

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The worst of all her books (& I've read them all)

I've loved Susanna Kearsley's books, esp the Scottish history ones, but this one is a dud. Incomprehensible story, very hard to keep track of the characters (there are loads of characters, many of whom have no role to play in the story or the plot), and worst of all, constantly preachy. Perhaps the preachy-ness is a veiled attempt to push forward the cause of Scottish independence (a political cause I am fine with) but did it have to be so constant? Did this novel have to be a veiled history lesson going over the same history over and over and over again?

I listened to the entire book in hopes that it would get better, or more understandable. But, it didn't.
There's a big reveal towards the end that you can see coming a mile away.
I'd return it if I didn't feel guilty about returning a book I've listened to.
Skip this one.

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Couldn't finish due to narrator

A so-so book can be turned into and enjoyable read by a good narrator, agreat book can be unbeadue to a poor narrator. now, i woyld say that Robert MacKenzie would be great for a story such as Lord of the Rings but not for this novel. I LOVE Susanna Kearsley, but this is the srcond book that i could not listen to because if the narrator. His attempt at a Scotish accent is hit or miss on an occasional wird or phrase and in general everything is over dramatized. I tried very hard to get through this and just couldn't (same sort of thing happened with Splendor Falls). I really wish narrators were screened better. Hard cppy edition is going on my Christmas list and I can't wait to read it, again because I love Susanna Kearsley!

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Enthralling.

Not many books keep me in suspense. Being keen on analogy and foreshadowing, and pretty astute with metaphor, most usually give themselves away in the building of the mystery within the plot. I am please when a book leaves me thinking at the end. I don’t mean when authors try to do so by abruptly ending a narrative, leaving the reader to complete the story, that’s a frustrating anti-climax lacking resolution. I mean, when the story is so complexly woven that I’m still disentangling the threads of the narrative after the resolution is neatly and perfectly presented. This was one such rare story. I loved it, and will be revisiting it to catch the things overlooked the first time through.

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The Vanished Days

I loved this book! All 4 of these books go so well together. I enjoyed them all!

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Loved it!

It takes a while but listen carefully and be patient. A wonderful story, with a good amount of Scottish history fans of this genre will recognize and enjoy.

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Can't get into this one...

This is not my first Kearsley book, so it's a disappointment. I might appreciate it more if I were reading it, but the narrator doesn't work for me in this book. Maybe it's because of so many characters with man performing men and women, there just isn't enough definition between characters. It's really not that he's a bad narrator, I just can't follow it. The story jumps in time so you have to keep up with that as well. I have stopped and started this several times for all of these reasons. I will be returning this one.

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Skip this one

Great narrator. Very slow story. Not as good as others by author. Not worth time or credit.