For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will read your future in a glass of swirling water. You'll believe her, because you know she's more than 150 years old and a witch, and she has all of Paris in the palm of her hand. But Madame de Morville hides more behind her black robes than you know. Her real age, the mother and uncle who left her for dead, the inner workings of the most secret society of Parisian witches: None of these truths would help her outwit the rich who so desperately want the promise of the future. After all, it's her own future she must control, no matter how much it is painted with uncertainty and clouded by vengeance.
"Take a full cup of wit, two teaspoons of brimstone, and a dash of poison, and you have Judith Merkle Riley's mordant, compelling tale of an ambitious young woman who disguises herself as an ancient prophetess in order to gain entry into the dangerous, scheming glamour of the Sun King's court. Based on scandalous true events, The Oracle Glass brims with our human foibles, passions, and eccentricities; it's a classic of the genre and unlike any historical novel you have ever read." (C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici)
©2012 Judith Merkle Riley (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"Absorbing and arresting." (The New York Times)
"Fascinating and factual." (Los Angeles Times)
"Chilly, witty, and completely engrossing ... great, good fun." (Kirkus Reviews)
Someone who likes a monotone reader.
Linda reads way too fast and without much emotion. The book takes place in 17th century France but it sounds like she's reading the evening news off a teleprompter.
Yes, this is one of my favorite books. At first I couldn't understand why there were so many low ratings but now I know its the narration or lack of it. Is sad to hear a great book read by someone who could careless about what they are reading and can't wait to be done.
A different narrator
Again, the narrator
I suffered through 15 chapters hoping it would somehow get better- but, alas, I couldn't stand the mispronunciations, the lack of change in voice between characters, etc. this story seemed like it could have been a good story, but, until they do it with a better performer, I'll never know. Don't waste your credit on this one!
I wouldn't change the book...it is what it is..........but the narration is annoying. I won;t order another narrative book is Linda Bruno is the narrator. Where do you get some of these readers.....from some second rate acting school?
To read more historical information about the time period
The book was entertaining, but it was hard to keep up with all of the characters.
I would NEVER try another book from Linda
I couldn't get to the ending because the narration was horrible. This is the first time I've had to stop listening to a book mid-way through.
Confusion. When more than 2 characters start talking, the story gets confusing, no pauses and no fluctuation of the voice. Very dry.
the book may be a good read.....but. the narrator has struggled to read the words, they seem stuck or perhaps to much for her to pronounce and read smoothly.
a different narrator
I didn't finish listening..I may read it at some point
I can be summed up in one word. Handsome, intelligent, honest, humble, brave, exciting, fun, kind, trustworthy, sexy! All these words work.
The reader spoke clearly, but sounded the same when reading all the different characters.
I don't know much about France during this time period, but the details sounded authentic. There were interesting things in the story, but the story itself was lacking.
I found the story intriguing but quite a few mispronounciations (of English words) were a little jarring at times. otherwise the narrator was pleasant to listen to .
The end seemed a little rushed but I will re-listen to the final chapter again in case I missed something.
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