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2.99995262908574 out of 52.99995262908574 out of 52.99995262908574 out of 52.99995262908574 out of 52.99995262908574 out of 5 3.00 (21,110 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: August 2015 ISBN: 9781461812807
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Raised with a host of pickpockets and con artists, Susan Trinder joins up with legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritance. But the two women form an unanticipated bond. The film The Handmaiden is loosely based on Download and start listening now!

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  • “A damning critique of Victorian moral and sexual hypocrisy, a gripping melodrama, and a love story to boot, this book ingeniously reworks some truly classic themes.”

    Amazon.com Review

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 9/9/2016

    " I wasn't particularly taken with Fingersmith when I first read the book, but I liked it well enough that I eventually felt like reading it again (as an audiobook this time). To my pleasant surprise, Juanita MacMahon's virtuoso performance in the audiobook raised my opinion of this story from "all right" to "one of my favorites". Well worth listening to for MacMahon's performance alone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andreea | 2/17/2014

    " Well this was really disappointing. It would probably have gotten three stars if I hadn't heard so many good things about it before I started reading, but it let me down so much I can't bear to give it more than two. People keep saying this is like Dickens - but it now seems obvious to me those people say it simply because they haven't read other Victorian novelists, the only things this and Dickens have in common is the setting and the slightly ridiculous plot - although, by and large, Dickens at least makes sense. He also has a kind of linguistic trickery that make his dreary long books a joy to read even when they're very - well, dreary and long. Fingersmith is just dreary and long and the language is - in a way - just all wrong - neither too sparse to make it a really quick read, nor rich enough to enjoy reading it simply for the language. It's just tedious - and it makes this book a very tedious book. If you add to that how little sense the plot makes and how childish the love story is, it really makes you wonder how many people rate this so highly just because of the lesbians. Mind, not that that's the worst possible reason to over-rate / over-hype a book, but still - I feel cheated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Phillips | 2/16/2014

    " Started reading Fingersmith today (September 26,2010) after I did a brief preview some days ago. October 1, 2010 -Just finished. Mulling over the book. Perhaps more later, thoroughly enjoyed the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joie | 2/13/2014

    " I would give it a 3.5, but that's not an option~ It was pretty good. I liked all the twists and turns through out the second half. It took me a long time to read it though, so it was hard to get as into it as I might have liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilia | 1/21/2014

    " This book is wonderfully and carefully written and builds up into a gripping thriller that you just have to finish although at the same time you don't want it to end (Almost always the case with Sarah Waters's works)! The structure of the plot was excellent and the timing of the truly unexpected twists and turns worked well. The only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five, was because I wasn't entirely happy with the ending, it left me feeling a little empty. Perhaps I just had trouble accepting the fact that the book actually finished! Or it might be that I read the last 30 or so pages while watching my 15 month-old son so there were plenty of interruptions. But there was no way I was waiting till his nap-time... Damn you Sarah Waters, you and your gripping tales! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tad Davis | 1/9/2014

    " I was "thrown for a loop" three times by the plot. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helene | 1/6/2014

    " I had some trouble getting into this book but I stuck it out, and it was worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Dobson | 12/15/2013

    " Corruption and double dealings set in Victorian England - very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Hogan | 11/11/2013

    " Amazing twists and turns... I couldn't put this one down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doc | 10/8/2013

    " I came across this book at a second hand shop and I found the cover intriguing. I bought it without thinking - then lo! I was floored with how vivid the descriptions were and I was gripped by the suspense. Beautifully written story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Brandt | 9/5/2013

    " This book has been sitting on my shelf for almost 5 years...maybe more! It's great to find a little treasure right under your own roof! A little dragging in the front half, but then the twists! That's what gets youu...then, you don't want to stop! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam C. | 3/27/2013

    " Fantastic. Dickensian mix of orphans, thieves, madhouses, betrayal, mad passion, mistaken identity, love. I was so torn up when this book was over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 12/9/2012

    " I enjoyed this book a lot, both the historical London setting and the attitudes of the time. Worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoevw | 8/17/2012

    " Just. Brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronikka | 6/19/2012

    " This was a good read, I suppose. I don't really have much thought for it, which is disheartening I'm sure, but the plot is interesting and that's always a good thing, right? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christina | 4/17/2012

    " I just didn't find this book compelling, though from other reviews, it sounds as though I should have plugged on. Instead, I never finished it. Oops! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodie | 3/17/2012

    " Weird, and not as good as I was expecting from the reviews on here. The twist was great, but didn't really care for the gender theme, as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolle | 10/16/2011

    " A review from The Guardian said they stayed up all night reading it due to its gripping atmosphere, plot and attention to historical detail. I agree completely! It's a captivating book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 5/31/2011

    " This book is magnificent. A chilling, compelling story that grips your heart and never lets go until the final page falls. Plot twits, intrigue, romance, and drama abound. I've read it a few times and I love it all the more with each pass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Romy | 5/26/2011

    " Superb historical detail and characterisation, almost Dickens-like. The twists were among the best I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 5/15/2011

    " I love Sarah Waters, but it took me about 200 pages to get into this one. A good book, but nothing compared to _Tipping the Velvet_ or (especially!) _Night Watch_. "

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

    " Lots of fun, like other Sarah Waters books. great historical setting details. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 5/13/2011

    " So far this seems like a good book. I really wanted to read "29" which my book club is reading now, but I couldn't get a copy from the library yet. I'm not sure I'm in the mood for this type of book right now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 5/10/2011

    " This was way too long - why can't publishers hire good editors? I found it long-winded and just unbelieveable at points, but persevered because it was my World Book Night 2011 book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Triannas Treasures | 5/10/2011

    " Very interesting book with many twists and turns. It is a long book tha kept me interested all the way through. The characters are well developed and the descriptions are thoroughly evocotive. It had an interesting ending too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nell | 5/9/2011

    " This was okay. It was very Dickensian with lots of minor characters all with suitably silly names which was distracting. It was also a bit wordy and rambly and never quite managed to get me to suspend disbelief and enter the authors world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/4/2011

    " Sensual, shocking and utterly beguiling... once you're drawn into this atmospheric historical world it is difficult to return to the here and now and impossible to stop reading. "

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About the Author
Author Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is the New York Times bestselling author of The Little Stranger, The Night Watch, FingersmithAffinity, and Tipping the Velvet. She has three times been shortlisted 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. She 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 the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.