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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69,892 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susanna Clarke Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr. Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England's magical past and regained some of the powers of England's magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French.

All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative, the very opposite of Mr. Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington's army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr. Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr. Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange's heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear.

Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke's magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that 32 hours leave readers longing for more. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nida | 1/22/2014

    " - Niel Gaimen meets Jane Austen - With vivid descriptions of all the splendour and vulgarity of early 19th century London and the Napoleonic Wars, Clarke displays and extraordinary talent to so encapsulate the reader, that reality begins to seem surreal while the surprising notion of rational Victorian magicians becomes commonplace. Admittedly the first volume and Mr. Norrell seem quite tedious, however the second volume is filled with ironic humour, leaving the final volume with page-turning horror, at time reminiscent of the Romantics. The plot itself has sufficient enough twists to keep the reader captivated; while the foundation of the story exhales a sense of British patriotism, which I feel is quiet lacking in modern society. Despite all of this, the novel ends on a heart-warming note, true-to-form with Austen. This book is, quite literally, a 'modern classic' for all English classic lovers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill | 1/20/2014

    " This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is so well composed and written I believe it will be a classic. This is the story of the return of magic to England and the two great magicians who influenced the events. The back story is fantastic with supporting footnotes and a large list of books to support the stated facts. All of which have been created by the author. Bravo! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Genevieve | 1/6/2014

    " Unfortunately this book was a did-not-finish. While the writing is excellent and the premise of an alternate history of England where magic plays a role is intriguing; this was just too boring. I could not get into this book for the life of me. Mr. Norrell is just so dull; the footnotes while adding nice details and creating a fleshed out magical history, honestly just took me out of the story. I got to the point where I just couldn't be bothered to read them. I never made it to Jonathan Strange's tale. I'll stick to the upcoming BBC adaptation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 1/5/2014

    " I've never read a book like it. Enjoyed the story and characters very much, but the telling is very long. There's no dead spots, it's just looong. Good for long flights. "

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