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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Waters Narrator: Juanita McMahon Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781461812791
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An upper-class woman recovering from a suicide attempt, Margaret Prior has begun visiting the women’s ward of Millbank prison, London’s grimmest jail, as part of her rehabilitative charity work. Amongst Millbank’s murderers and common thieves, Margaret finds herself increasingly fascinated by one apparently innocent inmate, the enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes. Initially skeptical of Selina’s gifts, Margaret is soon drawn into a twilight world of seances and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last persuaded to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina’s freedom.

A pulse-quickening read by a remarkably talented writer, Affinity is a sophisticated and spine-tingling historical mystery awash with the scenes, sights, and smells of nineteenth-century London.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are two kinds of mystery novels. The first gives us the crime and the clues; the guilty party is then unmasked and the mystery solved. In the other, the crime is solved but not the mystery, which arises from a dark corner of the human condition. Sarah Waters’s remarkable second novel, Affinity, is both of these—and also a wrenching love story.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The book is multidimensional: a truly suspenseful tale of terror; and a piece of elegant, thinly veiled erotica.”

    USA Today

  • “Moody, haunting, and haunted… Affinity is two parts Wilkie Collins, with whose The Woman in White it shares an obsession with prisons, madness, journal-keeping, and elaborate, carefully engineered deceits.”

    New Yorker

  • “The author’s persuasive imagination matched by her gift for storytelling…initially suggests that we can separate truth from desire. Or can we? What Waters’ haunting creation leaves us with is a more painful reality—that knowledge and belief are entirely different things.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Waters has concocted a delicious mix of mysticism and dark romance set in Victorian England.”

    Booklist

  • Shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction
  • A Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award Winner

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mhgoblue | 2/4/2014

    " This book was well-written, but when I looked back on the plot I realized it was completely contrived. That's all right, I guess, since the prose was creepy and great and the characters were interesting, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Fingersmith. "

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

    " B+ My main complaint is that I wish Sarah Waters characters' weren't always betrayed! Still, it was a very engaging and interesting book! Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roslyn | 1/25/2014

    " Read 2003. Brilliant but absolutely devastating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin Popken | 1/23/2014

    " Wonderfull book. Sarah Waters has a certain kind of style in writing that I've never seen (read) before... The boog grabed me, hold me and only let me go until I've finished the book. A masterpiece! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yoshay L. Lindblom | 1/6/2014

    " I am still gasping for breath from the last pages to Sarah Waters brilliant Victorian Gothic Thriller. Once again Waters delivers her stupendous talent through this gut wrenching story. Be it the stark cold and unforgiving walls of a women's prison or the black velvet cabinet of Victorian spiritualism, there seems to be a force working stealthily yet most certainly - a force so deadly that makes you love it, obsess upon it, and then thwarts you with a severity of the frosty stone prison walls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenine | 1/3/2014

    " A nuanced look at spiritualists. The Victorian prison aspect doesn't hold my attention the way it obviously does Waters'. The plot kept me guessing but didn't leave me feeling stupid. Mild spoiler to conclude: I am sorry for our privileged narrator's bitter end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Viktoriya | 1/3/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book. I like reading about prisons from the by-gone era, however, the style of writing really turned me off. I struggled for about 150 pages and then I just couldn't take it anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vfields needs to be happy! | 12/24/2013

    " This was a slow, haunting novel. I had a hard time sticking with it unlike Tipping the Velvet. But have not fear Sarah Waters is an excellent writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Min | 12/21/2013

    " another guilty pleasure. Victorian era lesbians. Prison. Seances. Con games. All this, and well-written, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Squeemu | 10/20/2013

    " The writing was fantastic and really painted the setting. I absolutely hated the end, though; it made the entire book feel like a complete waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill McGivering | 10/9/2013

    " I've read all of Sarah Waters' novel - I'm a big fan of her clever plotting, strong characters and clean, vivid prose. This is my second favourite (after "Fingersmith"). The plot twists aren't quite as sharp but it has all the same Gothic description and menace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valencia | 10/1/2013

    " Its very emotional and disturbing at the same time, but a fluid read and i really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Garcia | 9/28/2013

    " This is a great book full of surprising twists, forbidden love, mystery and the unknown. The ending left me absolutely floored. I highly recommend this book for fans of Sarah Waters and anyone interested in the idea of spirit talkers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marja | 7/26/2013

    " I felt this was the strongest Waters so far. It's intense, and the twist wasn't quite as predictable or lame as in the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana Graham | 4/26/2013

    " An excellent, gothic ghost story with a brilliant twist in the tale. I would highly recommend this book and i'm really looking forward to seeing the television adaptation which is on soon. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mandygallagher | 4/24/2013

    " Took a lot of work to get through as it didn't hold my interest terribly well. Perhaps it was successful in that I felt as cheated as the book's character by the ending, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/5/2013

    " Good little read, as with all of Sarah waters books, loved it, can't wait for her next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/4/2013

    " Not my favorite Sarah Waters. Some plot elements were too reminiscent of Fingersmith (which was awesome), and there was definitely not enough ladyaction. But it was still Sarah Waters, and therefore good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Macy | 8/9/2012

    " not my favorite book by Sarah Waters. It had an expected "twist" at the end but it took way too long to get there. I think about 250 pages were wasted on unnecessary details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 6/25/2012

    " Love Victorian Gothic stuff, which this is! Gripping and spooky "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A Book Addict (pirogoeth) | 4/27/2012

    " That book was amazing! It slowly draws you in and gets you feeling for Margaret. I felt just as anxious as her at points. That ending I was totally not expecting! Absolutely wonderful book. I won't say anymore becasue I don't want to spoil anything! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thorn MotherIssues | 4/6/2012

    " really enjoyed the Victorian spiritualism stuff, but probably liked it best for the prison scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Inga Maria | 2/5/2012

    " Not as scary as Little Stranger but loved the Victorian spiritualist atmosphere. Fantastic plot twist! "

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About the Author
Author Sarah WatersSarah Waters is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Little Stranger, The Night Watch, Fingersmith, Affinity, and Tipping the Velvet. She has three times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, twice been a finalist for the Orange Prize, and was named one of Granta’s best young British novelists, among other distinctions. Waters lives in London.
About the Narrator

Juanita McMahon is a professionally trained actress with experience in theater, television, and film productions, including the critically acclaimed Control, which won the BIFA Best British Film Award. She is also an accomplished audiobook narrator.