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Publisher's Summary

Independent-minded Sibylla Spencer feels trapped in 19th-century London, where her strong will and progressive views have rendered her unmarriageable. Still single at 23, she is treated like a child and feels stifled in her controlling father's house.

When Benjamin Hopkins, an ambitious employee of her father's trading company, shows an interest in her, she realizes marriage is her only chance to escape. As Benjamin's rising career whisks them both away to exotic Morocco, Sibylla is at last a citizen of the world, reveling in her newfound freedom by striking her first business deals, befriending locals - and falling in love for the first time with a charismatic and handsome Frenchman.

But Benjamin's lust for money and influence draws him into dark dealings, pulling him ever further from Sibylla and their two young sons. When he's arrested on horrible charges, the fate of Sibylla's family rests on her shoulders, as she must decide whether she'll leave him to his fate or help him fight for his life.

©2013 Julia Peczynsky and Horst Drosten (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2017 Christiane Galvani.

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Great Book

I really enjoyed this audible selection. The story is great and the narrator did a great job. I realize this is fiction but it was s fascinating look at life in Morocco in the mid 1800’s.

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Enjoyed it.

I was only disappointed with the ending. I understand they tried to keep to facts but I could imagine a much more satisfying end to dear Old Benjamin. I would have liked an epilogue to round out Sabilla's life. Overall well done! Narration was excellent.

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The Lioness o Morocco

Very interesting and romantic. I enjoyed narration with the different accents. I would recommend this book.

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Great read !

I enjoyed this well written book, I couldn't put it down. It moved at a nice pace but also allowed you to get to know the characters and story.

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poor performance

the accents were horrible & made the story difficult to follow. The story didn't flow

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Awful

If you want a predictable plot, read in a fake, grating accent, this book is for you! Although free, I returned the book early!

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Interesting story, horrible narration

The historical details about Morocco in the mid- 1800s is interesting, as is is the comparison of the various cultures and religions and the relationships between them. The story line was also interesting, though quite predictable (even the plot twist). I would not recommend the audiobook. The narrator did a poor job of distinguishing the various characters’ voices and her accents were pretty awful.

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good story!

This is one of the best stories I’ve read all year! Excellent! Definitely worth the read!

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Excellent Read

Loved the telling, and the feels for life in Morocco in early century. Definitely recommend.

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Interesting Story

Performance was great, enjoyed the story. It was interesting to see the depiction of that area in the 1800’s.

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  • 11-13-17

Worst audio to date

I enjoyed the story for its descriptive writing, which I thought splendid and even the story a little weak was all linked together, but the person reading it was awful, the accents were laughable. It spoilt it for me I’m afraid.

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  • Catherine
  • 08-02-20

Just brilliant..

I was totally absorbed in this story from start to finish. Wonderfully narrated, yes, some of it a little predictable but the love stories within it seemed genuine and somewhat relatable to modern day life (i.e. never straightforward with hurdles to overcome). Would recommend if you like to immerse yourself in an unknown culture and follow a strong female protagonist in action!

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  • Siobhan Keillor
  • 02-16-19

Not super

I am a big fan of historical romances and don’t need a huge amount to keep me interested, however, this was a long hard slog of a listen. Had to keep going as it was for book club (which then got cancelled, meaning I suffered through for naught). Under developed characters, typical Mary-sue wrapped in a layer of white saviour. Huge time jumps that made it feel like the author needed to skip ahead because they were bored too. Any accent other than the narrators own is terrible. The only thing that made it mildly interesting was that I could tell the writer has done a lot of research into the areas, not that I’m interested enough to do any fact checking, but at least there was good background.