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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the early 1900s, a young woman searches for her place in the world and the mystery behind a magical door in this captivating debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure, and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world, and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

©2019 Alix E. Harrow (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The Ten Thousand Doors of January begins as a simple adventure, but like its mysteriously transportive doors, leads deeper and deeper the further you read. Each page dazzles with things to be discovered: a mansion of priceless artefacts, a secret journal, a tantalizing quest through strange and beautiful places, and a love story that spans time, worlds, and magic. I couldn't put it down." (Peng Shepherd, critically acclaimed author of The Book of M)

"Many worlds, vanishing doors, mind-cracking magic: I clung to each page, searching for answers. This is one of the most unique works of fiction I've ever read!" (Tamora Pierce, New York Times best-selling author)

"A gorgeously written story of love and longing, of what it means to lose your place in the world, and then have the courage to find it again. This book is a door I'm glad to have opened." (Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians)

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Magical

I haven’t discovered a book that took me to a more wondrous magical place since Harry Potter. I couldn’t stop listening to it and wasted a whole day. Please please Alix Harrow get busy writing more books! This story swirls and loops and soars and plummets. The characters are maddening and fantastic; brave and pitiful. I will start listening to it again as soon as I finish writing this review and will be just as bereft when I finish it for a second time.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Great fantasy -- especially good for YA. I particularly enjoyed the first three quarters of the book which went back and forth between January's story and Ade's story. I was totally engrossed in their adventures, the writing was lovely, the narrator exceptional. Toward the end, the story seemed to drag on unnecessarily, and I was tired of January's teenage outbursts. I was very glad of the epilogue, though, which tied up all the loose ends satisfactorily.

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I love this book.

If it calls to you, just step through and listen.
It is resonant and beautifully rendered.

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wanted to like this so much more!

I kept thinking I would stop listening and put it away and then I would get drawn in again, but I was never satisfied. I thought the final door was very much a disappointment rather than a celebration. Why such a loss?

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  • Jennifer
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  • 09-20-19

Really enjoyable

Reminded me a little of Prachet’s the Long Earth in premise. I’m horrid with reviews, but suffice it to say if you like fantasy with multiverses, you’ll like this.

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Totally worth it.

This is a very captivating story. It teetered on the realm of what is real and what is fiction. It was worth the listen for me. I very much liked the structure of the story.