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3.00009474631674 out of 53.00009474631674 out of 53.00009474631674 out of 53.00009474631674 out of 53.00009474631674 out of 5 3.00 (21,109 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:
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Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.

One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.

With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways … But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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