For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history's darkest waters-and now, in Sarah Perry's breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction. It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts-or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy. But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears...?
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by Anne-Marie Kinney
by Robin Epstein
by Anne Perry
"Listeners will be slowly drawn into the story of Melmoth the Witness, aided by Jan Cramer's deliberate and eerie narration. Helen Franklin, a briskly voiced woman living in present-day Prague with an eccentric older woman as her roommate, allows herself few pleasures as punishment for a transgression she committed decades ago. When a scholar friend leaves Helen documents he collected as he obsessed over legends of Melmoth, the witness of humanity's darkest deeds, Helen finds a name for her own haunted feeling. Cramer narrates the documents of atrocities around the world and through the centuries with subtle accents, leading the listener through tales of evil acts and complicity. Cramer amps up the drama in the final act, leaving listeners shivering and wondering what they themselves have just witnessed. E.E.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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