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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (104,833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Libba Bray Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9780807220689
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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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An interesting combination of fantasy, light horror, and historical fiction, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Bray is totally successful in placing her readers in the confinement of Victorian England and also in the freedom of the strange spirit world Gemma finds…[An] exceptional book.”

    KLIATT

  • “Plot, setting, and characterization are all strong. Questions of life, love, maturity, responsibility, and the harrowing nature of choices are seamlessly worked into a compulsively readable story, open ended enough to hint at the possibility of a sequel…Exhilarating and thought-provoking.”

    VOYA

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2004 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2007 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita_book | 2/17/2014

    " After listening to Beauty Queens last year, I already knew that I liked Libba Bray's writing. Whereas that book was satirical, this book was way more serious. I somehow managed to miss the fact that there was a supernatural element to this story, but Bray's writing is so good that I didn't mind it. What I liked most about the book was Bray's skill in depicting female friendships realistically and without caricature or stereotypes. I would recommend this book to any girl age 11 and up (I just don't think the book would appeal to that many boys). The Victorian setting and the mysterious plot combine to create a really compelling read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 2/8/2014

    " Technically I did not finish this novel because I got bored with it and the mp3 audiobook returned itself to the library. But I got very close to the end and so feel confident about giving it a "meh" rating. None of the characters were sympathetic (quite the opposite); I hated the bossy, stalker love interest, and the fantasy elements were dull. I think the Victorian setting was the best part, but even I (no history expert) could spot a lot of the anachronisms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 therices1 | 1/30/2014

    " It was good enough. Not amazing. Made me want to read the sequel. My problem is with the main character. She just confuses me with her motivation. As a reader I never know if she is making the right choice or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 1/28/2014

    " It was a great book, and I recommend it to everyone that I meet!! I got a little lost in the writing sometimes though, you know, I got confused with it. I think that was Libba's only down fall with this book!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 1/26/2014

    " My favorite series. The books are lengthy but the incorporation of modern day youth (teenage) problems in historical context (which become more evident as the story evolves) is what makes this series awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/3/2014

    " Intense! I can't wait to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/25/2013

    " Very interesting book. It reminded me alot of the movie the craft lol "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/19/2013

    " Not the best, but certainly not the worst. I'll read the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doris | 12/17/2013

    " This book was pretty well written, but it had a lot of sexual references that I didn't appreciate and it's really dark. I wasn't that into I, so I quit a little more than halfway through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 10/27/2013

    " A gothic novel that was enthralling. Dark and eerie and full of spine-tingling, hair raising sequences. A great late-teen read with its mean girls, romance, suspense and spirited heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 9/29/2013

    " It was very different. Not what I had expected. The book convey a more dark and mystical feel to it than what I had wanted. The girls' temptation to try to be different and change faith, can be very dangerous. I still liked the book but it wouldn't be a book that I would read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amie Beamer | 9/26/2013

    " It was just OK...not sure I'll continue with the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taja | 8/10/2013

    " Used to be one of my favourite series', and I think though the first book is good the second and third are much better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia Dn | 6/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this series -- it has some scenes that are a little mature (including a sex scene) for teens, at least younger girls, but I loved the strong matriarchal theme. It's very female-affirming. An exciting story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 5/18/2013

    " Entertaining but definately a book aimed for teenage girls. I was a little surprised by the sexuality portrayed in it, there weren't many of these scenes but they seemed unnecessary and pointless to the overall story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/1/2013

    " Gave up on this. Too slow! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaelyn Romans | 12/29/2012

    " The book was alright the series didn't really pick up until the third book which was sadly the last in the series. But overall it was an okay book, not something I would typically recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candi | 11/27/2012

    " A light read, decent character development, it's ok. I wish they stayed in India longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MarinaISD | 1/25/2012

    " A little bit creepy at some points but it was really good and I am glad I read it in the end. I definitely recommend it to whoever wants to read it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara Allain | 10/4/2011

    " Gave up half-way through. I don't know if it was me or the book, but if it's taken me over 21 days and the ebook expires - that's not encouraging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca | 5/28/2011

    " Amazing one of my favorite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 missymoocow | 5/18/2011

    " so far so good as they liek to say! really cool and its making me get all excited for the end! about (insert correct number of pages here) through!
    and, dedicated to one of my dear friends...it's uber loltastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Racahel | 5/18/2011

    " It was pretty good but wasn't very special "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zeynab | 5/17/2011

    " it was really intense and just a relly good book all around very well written that is if you are a 15 year old girl "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/16/2011

    " When I read this book, I could not put it down. It was absolutely amazing the way Libba discribed each place and person. This book made me absolutely speechless, so I wish I had more to say. But my breathe has been taken away. I offer good praises to the author and everyone who reads it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kmac214 | 5/15/2011

    " This was recommended to me by a book friend. I liked it, much more than I thought I would based on other friends' reviews. This is exactly the type of book I LOVED to read when I was 14. This just might be better written :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " A painfully slow read, undeserving of all the recognition it has received. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 5/15/2011

    " This was one of the best books that i have ever read!! on a scale of 1-10, i would give this book a 10!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violet | 5/14/2011

    " I mean... I didn't love it, and it had a really slow start, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. It got better. Now I'm going to read the sequels and hope they move along a bit faster. "

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About the Author
Author Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy, and she has written short stories about everything from Cheap Trick concerts to Rocky Horror Picture Show devotees to meeting Satan worshippers on summer vacation. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Her dream is to stop sucking so badly at drums in Rock Band.

About the Narrator

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.