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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,970 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanne Harris Narrator: Suzanne Bertish Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN:
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In the year 1605, a young, pregnant widow seeks sanctuary at the Abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-mer. After the birth of her daughter, she takes up the veil, and a new name, Soeur Auguste. But the peace she has found is shattered five years later by the events that follow the death of her kind benefactress, the Reverend Mother.

When a new abbess arrives at Sainte Marie-de-la-mer, she does not arrive alone. With her is her personal confessor and spiritual guide, Pere Colombin, a man Soeur Auguste knows all too well. The newcomer is Guy LeMerle, now masquerading as a priest, and the one man she fears more than any other.

Soeur Auguste has a secret. Once she was l'Ailee, star performer of a troupe led by LeMerle, before betrayal forced her to change her identity.

But now the past has found her. To protect herself and her beloved child, l'Ailee will have to perform one last act of dazzling daring more audacious than any she has previously attempted. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 2/15/2014

    " A little too flowery in terms of the language, but an interesting story and I did like the shifting perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 2/2/2014

    " An excellent example of Catholic ridiculousness and hypocrisy (which given Chocolat, seems to be one of her favorite themes). A 12 year old is put into a position of power over many nuns much older then her. Many of the nuns had had children and husbands at one time or another and yet they are referred to as virgin brides of Christ. Two of the nuns are lovers and the Arch Bishop has a son (Guy LeMerle) who disguises himself as a confessor to gain revenge against his father and is willing to allow his twelve year old cousin to burn herself alive in order to do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/29/2014

    " I loved the tone and the tempo of the story and although the ending was not what I wanted while I was reading, by the time I got to the end of the book, it was, if that makes any sense. Good versus Evil but in the end we are all human after all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/24/2014

    " A good enough read, although not her best work to date. The ending was a little flat. Beautifully written however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/22/2014

    " I'd give this one another half a star...I have enjoyed all of Joanne Harris's books. This is probably my second fave after Five Quarters of the Orange. LOVE the twisty ending of this one. "

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

    " great story and really keeps your attention. I just love historical fiction, especially medieval fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilene | 1/18/2014

    " I loved the characters and direction of this book but the end was pretty anticlimactic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/7/2014

    " So enjoyed this book. Great characters and storyline. Kept a good pace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Moffat | 1/1/2014

    " Another beautiful piece of writing from joanne harris! Absolutely loved the characters, thought LaMerle was so intriguing...I was desperate to see what he would do next. Looking forward to my next foray into her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Reisenauer | 12/23/2013

    " I agree with some of the other reviews. I enjoyed it and could not put it down, but not my favorite of hers. some parts became too complicated. she is best when she keeps it more simple. I love how Harris always brings me into whatever world or place she is writing about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 12/20/2013

    " I just love this author. This book and Gentlemen and Players are her best, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 12/19/2013

    " this is my favourite Joanne Harris. Creative and Imaginitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serena | 12/16/2013

    " Interesting twist on life with nuns in 1610. I enjoyed the mystery and the historical component. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/11/2013

    " This book was fascinating! I love the imagery of the convent and the slight mystery. Nnot as good as Chocolat but still "a keeper." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivienne | 9/22/2013

    " My first historical romance in many years. Liked it very much and will read further of Harris' works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy Richmond | 8/9/2013

    " If you enjoyed Chocolat you will enjoy this medevil story of gypsies,and magic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn Marx | 5/4/2013

    " Still love Joanne Harris, but this novel did not stand up to CHOCOLAT and FIVE QUARTERS OF THE ORANGE. Love her writing, characters, and settings, but just didn't relate to all the naive, crazy, foolish nuns in this book. It was almost a comedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy N | 12/4/2012

    " Excellent writing style, as to be expected from this author. Continues to deal with her common themes of foot-loose woman with girl-child eventually settling down to mother-hood and true love of other-wise roguish fellow. Interesting view into convents/holy ecstatics of 17th century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camilla | 6/23/2012

    " I enjoyed this book Once you've read most of her books it can become a bit formulaic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malin | 6/10/2012

    " Fantastically well written, like all of Joanne Harris' works, despite (or maybe because of) that the characters are impossible to like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jae | 2/17/2012

    " the bad guy you should hate but feel as if you can not "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BookDigger | 12/3/2011

    " Quite a fascinating novel. From the first page I was captivated. Imagery is wonderful and the plot line is intricate (something I love). I can't really give it justice. It is almost beyond words... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Leyendecker | 11/8/2011

    " I decided to read more Joanne Harris since I loved Gentlemen and Players and Five Quarters of an Orange. However, I did not like this one as much. It was a little too unbelievable, and the French Catholic vocabulary was a bit distracting at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 11/4/2011

    " Not as great as some of her others but still beautifully written. Read this one before Coastliners "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/15/2011

    " over halfway through and cant put it down. it is an unexpected page turner. the charcters are great and the story line is captivating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/9/2011

    " Another good read from Joanne Harris! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 5/2/2011

    " Got better as it continued. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/7/2011

    " Dark and entertaining, but not especially satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 4/2/2011

    " Loved it! Its got nuns, travellers, sex and magic (and herbs!) - what's not to like? "

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

    " Depois de ter lido já um livro da autora, pensei que ia ficar tão ou mais surpreendida com outro livro dela. Apesar de ser um tema que me interessa e que foi bem exposto, não fiquei deslumbrada. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisabet | 2/24/2011

    " Complex characters including a most intriguing villain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitley | 1/19/2011

    " Wonderful and full of vivid imagery, eerily enchanting places, and enough fire and mystery to intrigue even the most apathetic of readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/7/2010

    " O.K I know I keep gushing about Joanne Harris, but I promise this is the last one. (Ok maybe.)
    Holy Foools was my favortie Joanne Harris book. She is so talented and it just shines in this book. How is it you end up hating the "bad guy?" I don't know but I like it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 11/30/2010

    " I usually enjoy books written by Joanne Harris, but this one had a bit too many characters for me to keep tabs on and I often got confused as to who was narrating.

    The last 100 pages to me were the most exciting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 11/18/2010

    " I've read better books by Harris than this one. It is disappointing since I do like historical fiction, but this book is not my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 7/9/2010

    " I just love this author. This book and Gentlemen and Players are her best, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/30/2010

    " I loved Harris's luscious prose. Every sentence was delicious. The story was interesting and the ending was disappointing. "

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About the Author
Author Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is the author of seven previous novels—Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Sleep, Pale Sister, and Gentlemen & Players; a short story collection, Jigs & Reels; and two cookbook/memoirs, My French Kitchen and The French Market. Half French and half British, she lives in England.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Bertish is an English actor known for her roles in the films The 13th Warrior, The Hunger, and The Upside of Anger. Her Broadway credits include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Wit, and The Moliére Comedies, for which she received a Tony Award nomination.