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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,699 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eva Ibbotson Narrator: Adjoa Andoh Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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Weekly ballet classes are Harriet Morton's only escape from her intolerably dull life. So when she is chosen to join a corps de ballet which is setting off on a tour of the Amazon, she leaps at the chance to run away for good.

Performing in the grand opera houses is everything Harriet dreamed of, and falling in love with an aristocratic exile makes her new life complete. Swept away by it all, she is unaware that her father and intended fiance have begun to track her down. . . Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 2/16/2014

    " I loved the idea of having a young girl follow her dreams to take a tour with her ballet company of the Amazon. It's a goal of mine to go to Brazil and Peru, so I respect her love of traveling somewhere exotic. However, a lot of it was tacky and I felt that it dragged on and on and on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/11/2014

    " Better than some of her other novels due to the heroine actually having some gumption. The extent of Harriet's family's repressiveness/ridiculousness made it more compelling than usual. The picture painted of her pursuant English admirer is charmingly laughable. I liked the tropical setting. I loved the Rhett Butlerish qualities of Rom. The reason this one gets knocked down is for the completely unnecessary promiscuity. Maybe that won't bother some of you. For me it was more troublesome due to the fact that her books are written for young readers. Not something I feel like I can condone even though by today's standards the writing of it was tame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/8/2014

    " A solid historical romance. The ballet setting suits the romance genre well; both are tightly formulaic, in a good way. I liked the early 20th century Amazonian setting and the characters were well-written if not somewhat cliched. Some talk of sex - the main character loses her virginity but it's vague and euphemistic which works well with the time period portrayed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annmarie | 2/3/2014

    " First off, i love iva ibbhotson. she's on of my favoriote authors. but this book seemed to have a little more of an exotic flavor than she usually writes. set in brazil, of course it would be exotic. usually her books are set somewhere in europe. i liked this book a lot. it sort of had a hazy feel the whole time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laela | 1/31/2014

    " This book can either be an adult book, or a Young Adult Book. It was a a fun historical romance. I learned a lot about South America and dance troops. It was a really enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britain | 1/29/2014

    " Just like "The Morning Gift," this book is a romance. This heroine is very innocent when it comes to life in general, due to her very strict upbringing. Ibbotson therefore gives her several experiences that teach a rather worldly view of romantic relationships. It is, in my mind, more steamy than "The Morning Gift," but not quite to the point of being a really strong PG-13. Think one step above "Austenland" and you've got it. The trouble is, Ibbotson's stories and writing are actually rather excellent. Running away to the Brazilian Amazon with a ballet company... how cool is that? With some careful editing, this is a fun read for young adults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi Bass | 1/20/2014

    " The book is about a girl whose only time to get out of the house and enjoy herself is when she is at dancing lessons. She is invited to join a group of ballerina's who will be going to Brazil to perform. She falls in love with a wealthy man there who has used many dancers for his own pleasure but cares for her in a different way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Taylor | 1/19/2014

    " I am having a hard time right now finding a book a enjoy. I have read Eva Ibbotson books before and I have liked most of them. They are a little predictable you know after the dumb misunderstandings the cute little girl and the rake of a guy will end up together. I wish her girls had a little more spunk and mouth to them sometimes. This one was fine but she decides at the end to sleep with him before they get married. I am also sick of how the girl is always a virgin but the guy sleeps around before he meets the girl. I will be getting rid of this book and wouldn't recommed it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/19/2014

    " I loved this book. It is a delightful story, well-written with beautiful descriptions of the Amazon and of ballet dancing. The characters are well drawn and some are exaggerated to amusing effect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hoang-lan | 12/29/2013

    " very very good book...Harriet and Rom are a perfect pair...really really like it...romantic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/27/2013

    " This is a lovely story, particularly if you are a sucker for a love story with a happy ending. Easy, quick and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carina | 11/21/2013

    " my favorite of hers so far. This and A Countess Below Stairs are my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liv Carter | 11/10/2013

    " I enjoy her writing style SO MUCH but it was a little too much like what I imagine a romance book to be like. Just a little over the top and terribly misogynistic. It's really too bad because I enjoyed many parts of it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ang | 11/9/2013

    " neah..it was ok. drama drama drama, immorality to be skipped, drama, drama, drama. No longer interested in reading Eva Ibbotson's books. I did like The Countess Below Stairs but that was it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monkeyface | 7/28/2013

    " listen to a copmany of swans dying Eva ibbotson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 5/26/2013

    " I loved this book, it is probably not for everyone but I thought it was great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 5/2/2013

    " I love Eva Ibbotsen, and I enjoyed this book because of ballet, but I hated the ending of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/1/2013

    " Not really for young girls. Love the ballet, Russian dance and stories from Brazil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T | 8/8/2012

    " 3.5. This was sweet, although I did have to forget about the somewhat creepy age difference to really enjoy the romance in it, and it would have been nice if she didn't give up dancing upon finding love. But otherwise it's a lovely, light, endearing wish-fulfillment ugly-duckling story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/9/2012

    " This was a fun story, except the overly-weak herione and the overly-strong hero kind of rankled. And it was surprisingly racy. So don't assume, as I think I once did, that because it's Ibbotsen it would be a good match for a teen looking for a clean romance. Oops! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanja | 7/7/2012

    " I loved reading about a dancer. I didn't think that it would be so tangible for me, but it was. I could completely understand how she felt watching the prima dancer and the expression of emotion. Ibbotson is a happy ending author and right now that is exactly what I wanted "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddie | 6/9/2012

    " My favorite of her books, which are my favorite of books... so I guess this makes this my favorite book.... even the second time around. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 5/2/2012

    " For the most part this book was really slow for me, but the only other book I've read by her was also quite slow. I did enjoy the story though, and the author is very talented at helping the reader really visualize the characters and places. I'd give it a 3.5 overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 3/25/2012

    " Enjoyed this book, didn't take long to get into. Hate how all problems from this era are a result of poor communication. LOVED that I knew it would have a happy ending as the author never kept you in suspense too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 2/3/2012

    " Ballet, romance and confusion. I liked this book. Good happy ending too! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 2/2/2012

    " I wanted to love this book, and there were elements I did love -- the writing style, characters, setting. But there were also elements that really bothered me-- specifically some of the underlying themes and messages of the book. Disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauri | 12/10/2011

    " Really liked this story about an 18-year old who runs away from her stuffy family to join a ballet company traveling to South America. There were some unexpected twists in the story, and I always enjoy an intelligent female lead character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/16/2011

    " Very romantic and kind of silly. But a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/26/2011

    " Never read anything by Ibbotson like this, but what a charming historical novel. Very adult in style but not content. For teens who like to sink their teeth into something substantial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/25/2011

    " Exciting and exhilarating. Ibbotson does a great job transporting you into a elaborate world of rules, taking chances and love "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ria | 4/19/2011

    " Obviously I chose this because it's about ballet. Hopefully it'll be good and do justice to the dance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tilly | 3/20/2011

    " It was a bit boring to start off with, but it gets better the more you read. Definatly a book for ballet heads "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hoang-lan | 3/13/2011

    " very very good book...Harriet and Rom are a perfect pair...really really like it...romantic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 E. | 3/11/2011

    " Okay, so I was reading it and I skipped a whole page and didn't even realize it! It wasnt until I went back a bit till i realized it. It was UBER boring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pollyanna | 2/28/2011

    " A good story, but a little too much love making to be a young adult book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 2/24/2011

    " Cute love story. I enjoyed reading it. I am always disappointed when characters can't wait until they are married, but there is nothing descriptive. "

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