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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,813 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Cooper Narrator: Emma Bering Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Montmaray Journals Release Date:
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Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray with her eccentric and impoverished royal family. When she receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, Sophie decides to chronicle day-to-day life on the island. But this is 1936, and the news that trickles in from the mainland reveals a world on the brink of war. The politics of Europe seem far away from their remote island, until two German officers land a boat on Montmaray. And then suddenly politics become very personal indeed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Teens and ‘tweens will be tearing through the novel’s second half by the night light.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A smart and stirring choice to usher fans of the Brontës into the twentieth century.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2009:
    "A smart and stirring choice to usher fans of the Brontës into the twentieth century."
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for October 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angela | 1/28/2014

    " well - this one was sort of slow for a while, but interesting enough that I stuck with it until the end. It's the first of a trilogy, so will probably pick up the next one because this one ended well . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shawn Thrasher | 1/27/2014

    " A slow start made me almost put this down. Mostly because of the time period (1930's) and the subject (royalty, vaguely British) I decided to stick with it, and I'm glad. The second half made the dragging first half worth. I still don't think the journal format totally worked at the beginning, and the characters were almost a bit stock and sometimes a bit flat. But the exciting second half sold me on the book; Indiana Jones meets Hilary McKay (The Exiles) or Jeanne Birdsall The Penderwicks.). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 1/25/2014

    " Good, interesting - not mesmerizing, and the pace lagged a bit in places, but I liked it. I'm not sure Cooper's doing anything revolutionary here. The characters are unfortunately all a little stock (wild tomboy little sister, lazy playboy-older brother, bookish big sister), and I found the whole idea of Nazis looking for the Holy Grail on a tiny island to be a Deus Ex Machina out in force - in drag, wandering down a busy street holding a large sign that says "Hey! See this book! I'm its god-of-the-machine! Yeah, ME!" But ok, despite that, I liked the atmospheric tension Cooper built in that creepy old castle. Something about those orphans hanging out in it, fending for themselves with no real adult supervision, took this story from a fairy tale to something a bit more grim, which I liked. And if most of the characters are a bit stock, I liked that Sophie, the narrator, may not be. Time will tell, of course (and yes, I plan to read the sequel), but her claims at being more shallow/boring/uninteresting than her siblings and cousin of course just raises the flag that she might, in fact, end up being something more. The lagging pace was really just that much of this book felt like a set-up for either the end, or the second book. But I'll give it three stars for the compelling descriptions of that cold, windswept island, for a surprise ax attack I DIDN'T see coming, and for a journal-scribbling narrator I generally liked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kathleen | 1/21/2014

    " I'm especially aware of the pacing with audio books. 3 discs of setting the scene, 1 of intense activity, and 3 of resolution makes for a pretty boring pace. "

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