• The Beautiful

  • By: Renée Ahdieh
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (544 ratings)

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The Beautiful

By: Renée Ahdieh
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
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Publisher's summary

The first book—an instant bestseller—in the sumptuous, sultry, and romantic YA vampire series from New York Times bestselling author Renee Ahdieh.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans is a safe haven after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent, Celine is quickly enraptured by the vibrant city becoming embroiled in the glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's enigmatic leader, Sébastien Saint Germain.

When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in Sébastien's own lair—the second dead girl to turn up in recent weeks—Celine must battle her attraction to Sébastien and suspicions about his guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

©2019 Renée Ahdieh (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic reviews

The Beautiful, which kicks off a new series, returns the vampire novel to popular form, evoking the style of Anne Rice and breathing fresh life into the genre.”—Entertainment Weekly

“It's true: Vampires are back, and they're more seductive than ever.”—Bustle

“Ahdieh brings New Orleans vibrantly to life, particularly when exploring the complicated racial and gender restrictions of high society through main and supporting characters of mixed-race origin. Sure to please fans of the author and of the vampire-romance genre.”—Kirkus

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