The saying goes ‘never judge a book by its cover’; OK then, I’ll judge it by its title: The Gallows Thief: literally – a person who robs the gallows of victims to hang. Sold!
This was another audiobook I was lucky enough to proofread (or proof-listen to, as Emma has just corrected). As a Bernard Cornwell fan, I can safely say that reading his books are exciting enough as it is; listening to them … well that takes it to a completely different level! What makes Gallows Thief a great audiobook is James Frain – his deep, gravelly tone of voice adds to the suspense of it all.
The story takes us back to post-war Britain in the 1820’s, when government was terrified of any social unrest and police could be paid; when thousands of people were hung for any type of crime; when petitioning the King for an investigation into someone’s defence was more a ‘show’ of democracy rather than real justice...
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