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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (683 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Phillips Narrator: Susan Lyons Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781436147569
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Terrified, Constance is convinced that supernatural evil is threatening her and her daughter. She calls upon a spiritualist to help her, but she becomes even more distraught. The author of The Egyptologist tells this tale from four points of view: w Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spellbinding…Cements this young novelist’s reputation as one of the best writers in America, a storyteller who combines Nabokovian wit and subtlety with a narrative urgency that rivals Stephen King’s.”

    Washington Post

  • “A spectacular, ever-proliferating tale of mingled motives, psychological menace, and delicately told crises of appetites and loneliness. Phillips sustains a pastiche of Victorian writing and ideas with enticing playfulness.”

    New Yorker

  • “A masterpiece…seamlessly mixes psychological disintegration, the dissolution of a marriage, and…a classic ghost story.”

    USA Today

  • “Impressive…Explore[s] class, gender, family dynamics, sexuality, and sciences both real and fraudulent, ancient and newly minted…The multiple-viewpoint narration yields psychological depth and a number of clever surprises.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Phillips expertly depicts the repressiveness of the Victorian era, well attuned as he is to the subtle and dramatic transformation of familial roles that occur when a child is introduced into the family dynamic. Phillips retells the same vents from four perspectives (à la Rashomon), revealing just enough information each time to change the reader’s allegiances.”

    Booklist

  • “Phillips is a writer of uncommon versatility…Gives Henry James a run for the money. Phillips’ control of language and exquisite writing…[are] worth the price of admission.”

    Library Journal

  • “A symphony of psychological complexity and misdirection in four increasingly tricky movements…Elegant writing abounds, as do probing characterizations and flashes of wit…An impressive step forward for the versatile Phillips, who continues to engage, surprise, and entertain.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

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

    " The best sentence: Night uncoiled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Kessler | 2/4/2014

    " A complex book that requires some attention but then rewards with a deeply thought-provoking story. Though set in the Victorian era, "Angelica" speaks to very modern issues regarding the nature of perception and memory, and the influence parents have on their children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 1/17/2014

    " A haunting novel with a surprise twist that leaves readers reeling this novel kept me hooked from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 david | 12/28/2013

    " The mixed reviews I've seen on this site are perhaps due to a general discomfort with unreliable narrators. And this book happens to have three of them. Phillips has a deft hand with perspective, and the results were mostly satisfying. For me, at least. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 12/20/2013

    " A sort of ghost story, told from various points of view. Cool... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/18/2013

    " An VERY different kind of book, like nothing I've ever read before. I thought it was very interesting, but my mom and grandfather didn't care for it. "

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

    " Well written and intriguings at times, but ultimately unsatisfying "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 10/7/2013

    " It is interesting as it is a different genre than I am used to reading. It takes place during the Victorian Era. It tells basically the same story from 4 different perspectives. It was not especially easy to read and I was wanting to be done with it before I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Mckinney | 8/16/2013

    " A four-prong narrative approach that keeps the head spinning and ensures that the reader will not know who is telling the truth makes for a really good, if slightly complicated read. Think of an unreliable narrator and just multiply that x4! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 emily | 5/7/2012

    " totally underwhelming. the egyptologist was witty and surprising and had such a great sense of fun -- this was the opposite. it plodded. it was heavy-handed. the entire plot was immediately guessable and, frankly, I could hardly stand to go along to see that my guesses got borne out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 3/10/2012

    " Could have been a 4.5. Story was well told and it was just a different perspective. I was a little hesitant cause the last book I read by him was not good at all. So 2 good ones and 1 bad ones. He is still on my list of authors I want to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 2/28/2012

    " Really not a book I would normally read, but it was pretty good. This was not an easy read, but I got through it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 2/25/2012

    " I read about half of this book. Just a little too slow for me to really enjoy. Too many books out there to spend so much time on a book I'm not loving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shan | 1/29/2012

    " Nice and creepy, with a whole passel of possibly-unreliable, definitely-repressed Victorian narrators. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Frederick | 12/11/2011

    " The prose in this book is strong (although long winded), but ultimately the story itself doesn't live up to its potential. Lots of loose ends left hanging. Plus, the multiple POV narrative is revealed at the end to be something totally different, and much less satisfying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glynis | 8/9/2011

    " Hated this book! I only read about 30 pages, and it was awful!!! Life is too short to finish awful books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen Swartley | 7/14/2011

    " Another pastiche from Arthur Phillips. This time he reworks the Victorian ghost story, viewed from every angle and every character's perspective. I found myself missing the overblown voice of the Egyptologist, but liked this all the same for its restrained use of genre conventions with an edge. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 5/30/2011

    " I was looking forward to reading Angelica. Sad to say, this was one of the rare times that I just couldn't make it to the end of the book. It's difficult to describe the problem - some great writing but overall a stodginess that turned me off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haverly | 2/26/2011

    " An interesting mystery, but similarly to The Egyptologist, I really just didn't quite get it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elle | 2/11/2011

    " Book seemed to drag on, and said the same thing in four different ways until it seems you MIGHT get it. I only finished it b/c I finish all books I buy. Perhaps if I had read it instead of listened it might have made a difference. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glynis | 12/21/2010

    " Hated this book! I only read about 30 pages, and it was awful!!! Life is too short to finish awful books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grumblebuffin | 10/5/2010

    " Satisfying if you can get through it, but a difficult read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 7/10/2010

    " A four-prong narrative approach that keeps the head spinning and ensures that the reader will not know who is telling the truth makes for a really good, if slightly complicated read. Think of an unreliable narrator and just multiply that x4! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/14/2010

    " I enjoyed Prague much more, partly because the subject matter of this book was hard to read for some reason. Still, the writing is excellent and I plan to pick up the Egyptologist soon. "

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About the Author

Arthur Phillips is the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Song is You, Prague, The Egyptologist, and others. Prague was named a New York Times Notable Book and received the Los Angeles Times/Art Seidenbaum Award for best first novel. His books Angelica and The Song Is You were both optioned for film, the former by Mitchell Lichtenstein and the latter by Focus Features. Phillips received his BA in history from Harvard University, and he had several occupations before becoming a novelist, including a speechwriter, a jazz musician, and a child actor; he is also a five-time Jeopardy! champion. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

About the Narrator

Susan Lyons has appeared on numerous television shows, including A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Something in the Air, and All Saints. Among her film credits are Winds of Jarrah and In a Savage Land. She is married to Tony Award–winning actor Jefferson Mays.