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Publisher's Summary

As opulent and passionate as the 18th century it celebrates, Through a Glass Darkly will sweep you away to the splendors of a lost era. From aristocrats to scoundrels, its rich, vivid characters create their own immortality. Here is the story of a great family ruled by a dowager of extraordinary power; of a young woman seeking love in a world of English luxury and French intrigue; and of a man haunted by a secret that could turn all dreams to ashes.
Don't miss the prequel, Dark Angels.
©2003 Karleen Koen; (P)2006 Random House Audio, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A brilliant historical novel, a lovely romance, a gripping character study...there's something for everyone inThrough A Glass Darkly!" (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
"...action and intrigue enough to win a following who will demand this and further volumes in what is sure to become another sweeping saga." (Library Journal)

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  • Cariola
  • Chambersburg, PA USA
  • 08-21-07

Perfect

I am reading Karleen Koen's novels in reverse order of publication--but that's just fine, since she worked backwards in time in composing them. Now Face to Face (unfortunately hard to find on audio) is the first written but last in Koen's ficitonal time frame, taking the granddauhghter of Alice Verney (heroine of The Dark Angels) to America. I enjoyed The Dark Angels so much that I couldn't wait to listen to Through a Glass Darkly, and it did not disappoint. I'll soon start reading a print version of Now Face to Face. I've been putting it off because I don't want this series to end. Hopefully Koen is hard at work on something new.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • benoibe
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • 12-19-12

Abridged only?? Ridiculous!

I can't fathom why this book is only available in abridged format. I was so excited when I purchased it, only to read half a book! This is one of the most famous and respected historical fiction novels on Audible.
I'm bitterly disappointed and frustrated that the full audiobook is available. I hope the full book will be available soon.

Books like this shouldn't be abridged. Ruins the story!

A 5 star book in print. Don't waste your $ on this abbreviated version!

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • New Mexico, United States
  • 03-15-11

Great Story

Loved the book but a bit disappointed with the end. All in all, a good book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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So disappointed only abridged

What did you like best about Through a Glass Darkly? What did you like least?

I LOVE this book but I was so disappointed that it was abridged. Why cut short such a wonderful story???

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This story draws you in from the very first page

and doesn't let you go until the last. I read this quite a few years back and recently listened to Dark Angels, the prequel. When I finished the latter, I felt I needed to go back and revisit this one again to understand the connections between the characters. Glad I did. The narrator is outstanding. I now want to find all the books she's done and listen to ALL of them. Highly recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Why abridged???

I have loved this book for years and it was beautifully read, but why on earth did they abridge it?!?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • M. King
  • Staten island, Ny
  • 12-09-16

incomplete version

I loved the book, the audible was incomplete . I wish it had been the complete version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good, but not as good as Dark Angels

I loved Dark Angels and wanted to listen to this book by the same author. It was well written and superbly narrated, but the story was a little flat and predictable. A bit too much woe on love and too little intrigue and action.

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Not the full book.

This is an abridged version of the book. Still a good story, just wish I would have known. This version lacks the depth of the original

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicole
  • Plymouth, MI, USA
  • 11-11-08

Couldn't get through it

I am sorry to skew these reviews with only a 2-star rating but I couldn't get through this book!

I was really looking forward to hearing this book and then getting the next in the series but this book turned me off to them.

I got more than half way through and turned it off and I don't seem to care to know what happens to the characters.

I listened to it mainly while driving to and from work and maybe my mind was too distracted but I couldn't keep all of the female characters straight as there seem to be a billion of them all with too-similar voices.

The main character, Diana, is whiny, annoying, immature and can't figure out what she wants. Unbelievable tragedy follows her to the point of ridiculousness (just wait for the second half!).

Sorry, but I can't recommend this book.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful