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The Apothecary Audiobook
The Apothecary
Written by: 
Maile Meloy
Narrated by: 
Cristin Milioti
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The Apothecary Audiobook

The Apothecary

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Publisher's Summary

It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.

©2011 Maile Meloy (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    Joyce 10-15-11
    Joyce 10-15-11
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    "Simply Wonderful!!!!!"

    The Apothecary exists in a class with Scott's Alchemist series, Riordan's Lightening Thief series, Divergent and Michael Vay-- and is simply wonderful...I have a Tween daughter who is an avid reader and I am always looking for new authors for her to try...I hit a gold mine with Maile Meloy. Obviously I am not the target audience...but I thoroughly enjoyed this book...My daugher is on her second go-round listening and is quoting passages. It is original, funny, action packed and full of fantasy--a recipe my child cannot resist. She did, however, have one complaint--she does not like the ending--it is a cliffhanger and now she has to wait and hope he author publishes a follow up book...which we will be certain to add to our collection. There is a select group of books (comparison books I listed among them) that we purchase in hardcover and on audio...this is firmly in that category. Highly recommended by Mother and daughter...

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Laurene New York 01-30-12
    Laurene New York 01-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Delightful story, beautifully read"

    This is a YA adventure story set in the 1950s featuring an American girl (14, I believe), whose screenwriter parents have to leave the US due to the blacklist and relocate to London. She has the usual adjustment troubles, until she gets involved with a group of underground apothecaries who can make potions with magical powers and who are trying to rein in the nuclear arms race. There are chases, a lot of colorful characters, a small dash of romance and wistful ending. I think there will be a sequel, to which I look forward eagerly.

    Meloy is a renowned author of adult fiction, and one plus of THE APOTHECARY is that it is exceptionally well-written for a children's book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Zane 11-04-11
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    "Instant Classic"

    For lovers of "A Wrinkle in Time," "Narnia" and Pullman's "His Dark Materials" series, this captivating story comes complete with a plucky heroine, a fast-paced and adventure-packed plot as well as an excellent performance by the narrator. Can???t wait to read everything else Meloy???s written.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    stephanie sandler 04-13-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Great read for a young adult!"
    If you could sum up The Apothecary in three words, what would they be?

    Mystical, Adventurous, & Exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The magical aspects


    Which character ??? as performed by Cristin Milioti ??? was your favorite?

    All great!


    If you could rename The Apothecary, what would you call it?

    The name is perfect


    Any additional comments?

    I would love a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori United States 12-06-11
    Lori United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Nice Adeventure Story"

    I liked this book, but was suprised that others fell in love with it. It was a good adventure story focused on young adults (14/15ish). But the story was complete fantasy which I was not expecting. It was a fun read & The reader was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan and Emilie Lancaster Atlanta, GA 06-09-16
    Jonathan and Emilie Lancaster Atlanta, GA 06-09-16 Member Since 2011
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    "the daughters loved it!"

    My 10 and 8 year olds listened to the whole thing in a day as we drove to Florida.

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    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 03-11-16
    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 03-11-16 Member Since 2015

    Dog lover & book addict.

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    "Good Adventure Series Starting..."
    What does Cristin Milioti bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I only gave this book a try because she was the narrator. I finished another series she did and she was so good I went looking for more read by her. This book, though slow in some places, is fun and adventurous. There are two more books in the series and they are pretty good as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TAEHUN YOO 02-17-16
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    "confused"

    i read the book while listening to the audio at same time, but they were different. Like something, was somethings.

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    Scooter 01-31-15
    Scooter 01-31-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Fun listen!"

    A well crafted tale which delves into the realm of the fantastic, without getting bogged down there. Enjoyed it very much

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    Book Hoarder 06-10-14 Member Since 2016

    I have a book addiction and an 2 hour commute, thank god for the sanity of audible

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    "Middle Grade Adventure story, not YA Spy story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book is not terrible, it just was not what I was expecting based on what I had read about this book and I was disappointed


    What was most disappointing about Maile Meloy’s story?

    The story was tame, and sort of preachy about war


    What three words best describe Cristin Milioti’s performance?

    Good Character voices


    Could you see The Apothecary being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would not go see it, so I wont put any effort into the question


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book but just not a fit for my reading preferences, probably best for kids under 6th grade

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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