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The Sweet Far Thing | [Libba Bray]

The Sweet Far Thing

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength to turn catty schoolgirls into loyal friends, and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild.
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Publisher's Summary

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength to turn catty schoolgirls into loyal friends, and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild.

Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances with headstrong Felicity and timid Ann; with Kartik, an exotic young Indian man whose companionship is forbidden; and with the fearsome creatures of the realms. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds. The Order, the mysterious group Gemma's mother was once part of, is grappling for control of the realms, as are the Rakshana. It is there that the girls meet their adored friend Pippa, who is not the same...or is she? The power to change everything - both in and out of the realms - rests in Gemma's hands.

Libba Bray's The Sweet Far Thing concludes the trilogy that began with the bestsellers A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels.

©2008 Libba Bray; (P)2008 Listening Library

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    Felicity Fairchild 08-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Absoulute Perfection!!!"

    The Gemma Doyle Triology is a Great and Wonderful Series. It is one of the best book for not only teens, but adults too. The narration and the story is great, one of those unpredictable kind that would make you sit on the edge of your chair. Unless you wish to read the "happily ever after" kind of story, The Sweet Far Thing is the best of the whole series. Loved it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 01-23-09
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 01-23-09 Member Since 2008
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    "wonderful"

    The best in the series. Libba Bray is excellent, making us love the flawed girls- and my boyfriend- even more in this final book. Without giving away spoilers, I must say that the ending was not what I expected, but just what was needed. I'd like another book, and am sad that the series is over. I've grown to love all the characters so much that I want to check in on them again. The entire series is a swweet and wonderful story. Despite its darker themes, or perhaps because of them, the innocent sweetness of the heroine keeps the reader rooting ffor her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darby Gilman, IL, United States 01-21-09
    Darby Gilman, IL, United States 01-21-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic"

    One of the best books I've ever read! The narrator was the best I've ever listened to and I'm an audiobook addict. Every character had a unique voice and perfect accent. Libba Bray just keeps getting better and better. The first book in the trilogy was very good, the second was great and this one was fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brittney Rogers, AR, United States 12-31-13
    Brittney Rogers, AR, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A "coming of age" tale with a magical twist"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Felicity. She's intriguing. Rude and conceited one second, and charming and sweet the next. She's a powerful personality, and I can't help but wonder what the story would look like told from her perspective


    What about Josephine Bailey’s performance did you like?

    the narrators performance was wonderful. Not like being read to, more like she reached into my mind and played the story out. I could really see it, feel it. The characters voices were distinct.


    Any additional comments?

    When listening to this book, keep in mind that it is YA. That said, for it's genre it's incredibly adult and deals with some heavy themes. The entire trilogy is very worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elkay Annapolis, MD 04-16-13
    Elkay Annapolis, MD 04-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Satisfying end to a sad, magnificent story"
    If you could sum up The Sweet Far Thing in three words, what would they be?

    No Summary Sufficient?

    Too many things are happening! There is romance, complicated friendships, tragedy, family problems, sinister secret societies, a magical parallel universe that is threatened by internal strife as well as threats from blundering outsiders, a secret sisterhood sworn to protect the magical realm (or are they?), and a tenuous friendship among three girls who must contend with the strictures of late Victorian society at a time when some liberation for women is just glimmering on the horizon. How does one sum all that up in three words?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was a fan of the Gorgon, who (poor thing) kept trying to steer Gemma in the right direction, but Gemma was too swayed by her stupid friends and behaved shortsightedly throughout. Oh well. Still: Gorgon. Awesome.


    Which character – as performed by Josephine Bailey – was your favorite?

    Josephine Bailey was perfect as all the characters. A flawless performance.


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

    I'm terrible at this kind of thing. I've no idea. But it would be a great movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Broomfield, CO, United States 12-08-12
    Sheri Broomfield, CO, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Vivid and enjoyable!"
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    I very much enjoyed these characters - their strength, independence, and dearest wishes and fears.

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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 11-17-12
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2010

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "The story is too far of a thing for me"

    I just could not wrap my head and mind around the story. It never grew, it just went on, but no good explanations as to why and where or how? Well, I might not be smart enough to get it, but it was overall a repetitious imaginary land of witches, witchcraft, fantastical beings, or maybe hobbits that went the wrong way looking for "precious". Well, it wasn't that great.

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    Cindy St. Ignatius, MT, United States 12-17-11
    Cindy St. Ignatius, MT, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2007

    luv my griz

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    "Great, but religious tones..."
    Would you listen to The Sweet Far Thing again? Why?

    Yes, I think this is one of the best narrators I have heard yet. She engages you in the text and makes it a very pleasurable story experience.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Libba Bray? Why or why not?

    I have listened to all three of the books in this trilogy. I haven't thought of myself as a fan of fantasy, but her characters are well developed. Yes, I would probably read another book by this author.


    Have you listened to any of Josephine Bailey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first group of novels I have listened to with this narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the plot of this, but I was a little troubled by the character of Pippa when she took on a Christ like persona. There were also some references to lesbianism. This is just a heads up for other readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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