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Affinity | [Sarah Waters]

Affinity

Named Author of the Year at the 2003 British BookAwards, Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book. Once inside the concrete walls of Millbank Prison, Margaret Prior, hired to speak with the female inmates, becomes all too aware that what she perceives to be reality may not be so. Bringing new ideas to her mind is the beautiful, but dangerous criminal Selina Dawes.
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Publisher's Summary

Named Author of the Year at the 2003 British BookAwards, Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book.

Once inside the concrete walls of Millbank Prison, Margaret Prior, hired to speak with the female inmates, becomes all too aware that what she perceives to be reality may not be so. Bringing new ideas to her mind is the beautiful, but dangerous criminal Selina Dawes.

©1999 Sarah Waters (P)2003 W.F.Howes Ltd

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    Elise SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 07-30-12
    Elise SOMERVILLE, MA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Intriguing"

    Sarah Waters created some fascinating characters with a variety of hidden secrets divulged gradually over the length of the story. The ending, however, left me somewhat perplexed and unsatisfied.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary MELBOURNE, FL, United States 02-24-14
    Mary MELBOURNE, FL, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself! Love Audible! Listening to a good story on my long commute to work makes the drive awesome.

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    "Spellbinding"
    Would you listen to Affinity again? Why?

    Maybe I would listen again. I was totally surprised by the ending and felt so sorry for the main character.


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    L.R. Hale TX 02-28-13
    L.R. Hale TX 02-28-13 Member Since 2009

    I love drawing comics and drinking beer. Sometimes at the same time!

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    "Beautifully Bleak & Gloriously Gritty"
    Where does Affinity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not the best, but it's way above average. It's not my favorite among Sarah Waters' work, but it's just because it's kind of a downer. Although, it's still beautifully written and well thought out. In my opinion, listening to Affinity is way better than listening to a book that was written in the era that this story actually took place.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Margaret Prior, since practically all of the other characters are unlikable and wretched. I feel for her.


    What about Juanita McMahon’s performance did you like?

    The voices she gave the prisoners. They were an amusing contrast to the prim sounding narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Going to a prison to find hope probably isn't the best idea.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't go into much detail as to why I enjoyed this book without spoilers. However, I will say that I think it's totally worth a listen. It's slow at first, but I think it works for the book because when things do get tense it makes a much more powerful impact. This book is like a Jack-in-the-box, except the music it plays would be bleaker. I highly reccomend this book! Especially to those who enjoy dark stories and mind trips. I mean, come on, it's a Victorian ghost story that mostly takes place in a dingy prison, what's not to like?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 02-25-13
    Tracy Alberta, AB, Canada 02-25-13 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Slow and dull"

    A disappointing listen. Very slow and uneventful. I enjoyed the authors novel Fingersmith but this book is incomparable. I do not recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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