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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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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!

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  • Marie
  • Arlington, TN, United States
  • 11-17-12

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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  • Brittney
  • Rogers, AR, United States
  • 12-31-13

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.

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  • Jennifer
  • austin, TX, United States
  • 01-23-09

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.

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  • Darby
  • Gilman, IL, United States
  • 01-21-09

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.

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Awesome

I have read libba bray in the past and loved her work. her series are all consuming and her characters are very fleshed out and developed. I can't wait to work my way through all of her other works. highly recommend if u like younger adult with more mature themes and magic and whimsy.

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great author with compelling characters

Rich imagery, magic, intrigue, and deeply drawn and compelling characters. This is a wonderful story that hits all the right notes and reminds me of classics like A Little Princess, The Secret Garden, and the True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle set in a magical realm.

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Just an amazing series!

I read this series seven years ago in high school and it's still just as enthralling to hear it on Audible as it was when I first read it. But I have to say, the reading was so well-done that it really brought the books to life even more for me! I never have time to sit and read a book, so being able to listen on the go and hear a familiar story was such a treat for me as I traveled internationally and needed books downloaded to my phone for entertainment.

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a magical fantasy

Not a Harry P wanna be. This is a unique story about girls in a high class boarding school on the early 1900s and how a magical spell and land teaches them more than they bargained for.

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A Great and Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray

Josephine bailey is a genius. Libba Brass words are exquisitely beautiful. I love that this book is for young women. There are so many important messages about the plight of women and what it means to have true power.