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Thalia Book Club: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with Author Susanna Clarke | [Susanna Clarke]

Thalia Book Club: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with Author Susanna Clarke

Susanna Clarke discusses her remarkable debut novel, the BookSense Book of the Year, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with her friend, novelist Neil Gaiman. Set in an alternate version of England in the early 1800s, an England in which the people yearn to recapture the practical magic of an earlier era, this fantasy novel combines the wit of Jane Austen with rollicking adventure and hilarious scholarly footnotes.
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Audible Editor Reviews

This recording of an evening at Symphony Space’s Thalia Book Club features a delightful discussion between authors Susanna Clarke and Neil Gaiman, which took place shortly after the release of Clarke's sensational debut, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. After a long dramatic reading from the book by actress Cristina Pickles, Gaiman and Clarke discuss their first meeting many years ago, Clarke's 10-year process writing the book, her diverse influences, and her disdain for distinctions between high and low culture. With thought-provoking questions from the audience, this is sure to be a treat for fans of these beloved authors.

Publisher's Summary

Susanna Clarke discusses her remarkable debut novel, the BookSense Book of the Year, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with her friend, novelist Neil Gaiman. Set in an alternate version of England in the early 1800s, an England in which the people yearn to recapture the practical magic of an earlier era, this fantasy novel combines the wit of Jane Austen with rollicking adventure and hilarious scholarly footnotes.

If you haven't heard it already, download Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Unabridged).

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    Michael Eaton West Valley City, Utah USA 07-18-15
    Michael Eaton West Valley City, Utah USA 07-18-15

    Fascinated by science.

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    "NO, It's NOT the Book!"

    What it is is an interesting interview with Susanna Clarke conducted by Neil Gaiman. It is worthwhile if you are a diehard Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell lover and just have to know everything possible about the author and the book.

    Yes, there is a bit of an echo. It was done in a large hall. But the echo is not bad.

    Now, if you think you are getting the whole audiobook for a minute $3.95, you've got to be an recent immigrant from Mars. Plus, all you need do is actually READ the title of this "audiobook" and it's description to confirm for yourself that you are not lucking out and getting a $30 audiobook for a lousy $4.

    And, please, if you have enough patience and interest, get both the ebook and the audio version. You will greatly enjoy the experience.

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    5/22/15
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    "Lies, lies and more lies ..."
    What would have made Thalia Book Club: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with Author Susanna Clarke better?

    For a start it's NOT and audio book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It sounds like somebody rehearsing in the bathroom .


    Any additional comments?

    Trade descriptions act ... I want my money back and Audible can gets stuffed.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • TriciaN
    Carmarthen, UK
    5/18/15
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    "This is misleading. This is not an audiobook!"
    Would you try another book written by Susanna Clarke or narrated by Neil Gaiman?

    I expected this to be a reading of "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norriss" by Susanna Clarke but it is just a long and boring interview of the author.


    What could Susanna Clarke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wanted to purchase an audio reading of the book to correlate with the Kindle version that I purchased from Amazon.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Neil Gaiman?

    Almost anyone would have been acceptable to narrate this if only it had been an audio version of the book as advertised.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm sure I would love this book, if only it was the audio version to correlate with the Kindle version that I purchased along with it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am incensed by the lack of efficiency, made worse by customer service staff that can't read complaints. Having received my complaint about this book being not as advertised (in fact not a book at all!) my email wasn't even properly read and I have had one of my paid for books removed without my consent, while this drivelling interview recording remains in my library!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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