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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter Audiobook

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

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Publisher's Summary

Based on some of literature's horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders - and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

©2017 Theodora Goss (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 06-22-17
    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 06-22-17 Member Since 2016

    We are now proud parents of a daughter and a wonderful son-in-law! He is also a child of The U. S. Navy, bonded over military time:)!

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    "PLEASE TELL ME THIS WILL BE A SERIES!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I did not read it, only listened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter?

    Justine's story


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Honestly, all. I really enjoyed how the characters were pre-identified verses, "she said or he said"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NO SPOILERS! The last few chapters, when the women realize how unique they all were, that each one had individual value to bring to the whole.


    Any additional comments?

    THIS BETTER BE A SERIES! Even though most characters are female, men will enjoy this novel very much. SPOILER ALERT! No sex, no mushy love story just a fun adventure, not even so much as just from a woman's POV. It was a well told story. It really isn't light and breezy, you have to pay attention but not a hard difficult story to follow either. I thought it was a interesting and fun new twist to several classics.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 07-07-17
    Rachel MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 07-07-17 Member Since 2010

    part time gourmet, full time nerd

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    "Cute, erratic, sloppy but not without charm"
    What did you like best about The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter? What did you like least?

    Strong female characters, love a good mystery.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a good job trying to make each character distinctive, but gets confused as occasionally swaps accents.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly


    Any additional comments?

    I love the concept, but the narrative was a bit annoying. I didn't mind the idea of borrowing creatures from other stories and weaving them into this tale but the Sherlock Holmes character was so poorly represented. <br/><br/>If you are going to use beloved characters with well established personalities and NOT completely reinvent, then be true and respectful of the source.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Langenfeld 07-12-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Slowly, her breathing slowed..."

    That phrase pretty much sums up the entire book.

    This could a pleasant eight hours of Audible. Unfortunately, it will require 13 1/2 hours of your time to plow through. The author executed this lexical legerdemain by slipping in looonng expository narratives from several perspectives, relieved only by the various narrators arguing about the presentation of those tedious narratives.

    Kate Reading was spot on with her narration, but unfortunately her considerable talents could not elevate this plodding prose.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamurill Dayspring Virtual Reality 07-15-17
    Tamurill Dayspring Virtual Reality 07-15-17 Member Since 2012

    Freelance Writer

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    "Fun story, AWESOME narrator!!!!"

    I will listen to just about anything narrated by Kate Reading or her husband, Michael Kramer! The story would have to be pretty bad for me not to. And that is totally not the case here!

    This story is fun, imaginative and well constructed! Since it uses quite a few well known literary characters for classic story it could have gone very wrong, but it doesn't.

    I am only disappointed that there was not a second book waiting for me when this finished!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Phoenix, AZ 07-13-17
    Tammy Phoenix, AZ 07-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very creative!"

    Love the mix of beloved fictional literary characters in this story. Such a creative way to twist and intertwine their histories with one another to create this story. The vocal performance by Kate Reading is top notch -- one of, if not THE, best of the year so far!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Chelsea, MI, United States 07-11-17
    Kurt Chelsea, MI, United States 07-11-17 Member Since 2004
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    "Weak last chapters"

    Not sure where the editor went but must have been on vacation for the last few chapters. The novel basically ends dramatically with main mystery solved but then meanders on telling story of Justine and explaining life of ladies afterwards. Would have given higher rating if book had ended where should have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Brown 07-09-17
    S. Brown 07-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Start"

    I really like what this book is trying to do, but there may be a bit too much going on here to truly make it work. If the author works out a few kinks, this could be a great series. If another novel is forthcoming, it's worth a try.

    **Spoiler**
    Each of the female leads were pretty well developed. Especially Mary and Catherine. My favorite character is Diana. She's funny and lively. Perfectly voiced.
    Least favorite is Justine. In fact, by the time we got to Justine's story I was pretty bored. I think the story got a bit too clunky for me at this point with all the beast men, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde. I would have liked more Mary and Holmes, less Frankenstein. Perhaps a bit more realistic fantasy? If that makes sense.

    Kate Reading is a wonderful reader. Definitely brings the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela WEST LEBANON, INDIANA, United States 07-07-17
    Pamela WEST LEBANON, INDIANA, United States 07-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow start but overall a good book"

    The book takes probably five chapters to really get started and to pull you in. The story itself is excellent. Give the story some time to warm its way into your head and next thing you know you can't put it down. Excitingly waiting for the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CBD 06-30-17
    CBD 06-30-17 Member Since 2014
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    "What a great ride!!!"
    Where does The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up in the top 10 percent!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter?

    I love the back and forth between the characters...it is done in such a fantastic way, that is not distracting, but enhances the listening experience and the story development


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is excellent with her voice, bringing all the different characters alive!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO!!!! I wanted it to LAAAAAAST!


    Any additional comments?

    I want more Just. Like. This!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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