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A Great and Terrible Beauty

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Josephine Bailey

11 Hours 16 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

February 2004

Audio Book Summary

The first book in the critically acclaimed New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, the exhilarating and haunting saga from the author of The Diviners series and Going Bovine.

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?

“A delicious, elegant gothic.”—PW, Starred 

“Shivery with both passion and terror.”—Kirkus Reviews 

'Compulsively readable.' --VOYA 

A New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A Book Sense Bestseller
BBYA (ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults)
Iowa High School Book Award
Garden State Teen Book Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award

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  • Allison

    I dont know if it was because this was the abridged version of the book, but I am still sitting here thinking, "what the...?" Most of it didnt wrap up at the end and alot of it was never even explained. I found myself being bored with it aswell, nothing terribly exciting happens for the first 3/4 of the book. It leaves room for the sequel at the end and hopefully there is one to explain most of the first book. This book was worth listening to since I didnt have anything better to read at the moment, otherwise it would be towards the bottom of my list.

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  • Trisha Brummer

    This was a good story. i enjoyed listening to it quite a bit. It is a good story for young and old.

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  • Nanny

    Great story, great narrator. Can't wait to listen to the sequel.

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  • Lauren Davidson

    Bray has done a fantastic job of creating a great story with dynamic characters. Very entertaining, and I can't wait to keep the adventures going with Bray's sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It satisfied everything I love ... historical fiction, mystery, intensity. Not to mention the narrator did a fantastic job. She made the story come alive with the way she read the story. I was on the edge of my seat all the time. I am thrilled to realize there is a sequel to this and I just put it on my list! Can't wait to get it!

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  • Patience Pitman

    Excellent book as well as a super reader that made this book come alive. I will look for this author in the future.

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