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The Skull and the Nightingale Audiobook

The Skull and the Nightingale

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A man eager to make his fortune...

A godfather who initiates a dangerous psychological game...

An extraordinary proposition, one of discovery, pleasure - and pain.

When Richard Fenwick, a young man without family or means, returns to London from a Grand Tour of Europe in 1761, his godfather, James Gilbert, has an unexpected proposition. Gilbert has led a sedate life in the country, but now, in his advancing years, he feels the urge to experience, if vicariously, the extremes of human feeling - love and passion, in particular - along with something much more sinister. He asks Richard to serve as his proxy and to write to him of his city adventures, and his ward believes he has no option but to accept.

It quickly becomes clear that Gilbert desires correspondence of a titillating nature - tales of carousal, seduction, and excess - and so Richard begins to write of London's more salacious side. For here is an invitation to hedonism and Richard, eager to taste all that a privileged life has to offer, rises to the challenge.

But Gilbert's elaborate and manipulative "experiments" into the most intimate workings of human behavior soon drag Richard into a vortex of betrayal, where lives may be ruined and tragedy is only a step away. And when Richard does the unthinkable and falls in love, the stakes are raised and he must make a defining choice. But what sort of man has he by now become?

A chilling and deliciously dark tale of manipulation, sex, and seduction, The Skull and the Nightingale combines the intoxication of Perfume, the sensuality of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and the exquisite detail of The Crimson Petal and the White. This entrancing novel seduces the senses, bringing vividly to life the heady swirl of eighteenth-century London while exploring the darkest passions and instincts that animate us all.

©2013 Michael Irwin (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    angelaz 08-24-13
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had to bail--something I have done only once before in the hundreds of titles I have listened to. I only could stand it for about 90 minutes. I don't think anything can save this.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Irwin’s story?

    It's the story. Tedious, boring, goes absolutely nowhere and I cringed at the thought that we would eventually get pornographic.


    What three words best describe Steve West’s voice?

    Exciting, enticing and sardonic.


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    Jsut a terrible novel

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