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Publisher's Summary

It's 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she's been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence's most powerful girls, and their foray into the spiritual world, lead to?
©2003 Libba Bray (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"A delicious, elegant gothic." (Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent listen

I recently joined audible to listen to stories while at work all day. I got sick of the repeat playlists on my music streaming apps. This book was my first selection. I had tried reading it when I was a teenager but couldn’t follow along even though I really enjoyed the story. The audio version was done in a way where I was able to put the pieces together and fully understand the story. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy and romance. Very fast paced and thrilling.

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It doesn't tell you that it's an abridged version. It leaves too much out. The narrator is great though,

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I LLLOOOOOOVVVVED, LOVED,LOVED,IT!!!!!!!!!

I absolutely loved this book I listened to it in one day, I listened while I cleaned, and when I was showering lol! I totally recommend it to everyone hee hee.

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The Narrator Brings This Novel To Life


Although fantasy, this novel is an excellent introduction for girls to understand the strictures of female life and expectations in Victorian society.

It's a real shame that Jo Wyatt didn't narrate all three of the unabridged versions. She brings such distinction and vitality to all of the characters. I love her energetic voice and wish she would narrate more audiobooks. I recommend her rendition of Alice in Wonderland as well.

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  • Debra
  • W. Haven, UT, USA
  • 09-06-08

forgetable

I know I read this about 2 years ago. It was very forgetable and I honestly had nothing strike me about it.

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