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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nora Hague Narrator: Kathleen McInerney, Jeff Woodman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781598874372
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What makes this story sizzle and soar are its time and place—the United States during the Civil War and Victorian England—and a couple of key facts about the protagonists. Miss Arabella Leeds is presumably destined to be a proper young gentlewoman, a model WASP before the term was coined. Aubrey Paxton, on the other hand, is the pampered “high yellow” house servant of a wealthy slaveholder.

In the capable hands and fanciful imagination of their creator, these improbable lovers defy convention in a setting where convention—or, at least, its semblance—is all.

A romantic adventure rich in historical detail and filled with vivacity and humor, Letters from an Age of Reason is a beautifully crafted tour-de-force of exceptional depth, passion, and power that introduces an extraordinary new writer.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 3/31/2013

    " Fast easy historical novel about the life of a slave. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly Cashio | 10/16/2012

    " one of the only books that kept me alone and in the bed for 6 days straight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 8/26/2012

    " Sweeping historical saga with such plot elements as interracial romance, suffragettes, morphine addiction, and lesbian innuendo, it's easy to see her mentor was E.L. Doctorow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 7/4/2012

    " great story about an interracial couple in the 1860s. the reader gets the perspective from a slave in LA and a society woman living in england during the civil war "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stephanie | 2/2/2012

    " a total bodice-ripper, but yet, really good? yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 11/30/2011

    " I've read this a long time ago so I can't remember the details, but I quite enjoyed it at the time. A complete surprise since this was an impulse buy and I didn't know the author before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyd | 7/21/2011

    " This was a great story, there were a few threads that did not get wrapped up in the end. Reaaly quite a bodice ripper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K | 6/16/2011

    " I loved this book! It was a little weird at first because I would get drawn into Arabella's story and then it would switch to Aubrey's story. The stories were so different and disconnected at first but as the stories came together it was impossible to put the book down. A really great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Bloch | 3/31/2011

    " While the story would have been just as good, probably better, as a narrative, it is a very good story that never moves too slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 7/29/2010

    " While the story would have been just as good, if not better, as a narrative, it is a very good story that never moves too slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 8/14/2009

    " I loved this book! It was a little weird at first because I would get drawn into Arabella's story and then it would switch to Aubrey's story. The stories were so different and disconnected at first but as the stories came together it was impossible to put the book down. A really great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 6/3/2009

    " one of the only books that kept me alone and in the bed for 6 days straight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyd | 2/22/2009

    " This was a great story, there were a few threads that did not get wrapped up in the end. Reaaly quite a bodice ripper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 10/8/2008

    " Fast easy historical novel about the life of a slave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 4/18/2008

    " Sweeping historical saga with such plot elements as interracial romance, suffragettes, morphine addiction, and lesbian innuendo, it's easy to see her mentor was E.L. Doctorow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 4/18/2008

    " I've read this a long time ago so I can't remember the details, but I quite enjoyed it at the time. A complete surprise since this was an impulse buy and I didn't know the author before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 8/31/2007

    " great story about an interracial couple in the 1860s. the reader gets the perspective from a slave in LA and a society woman living in england during the civil war "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stephanie | 6/4/2007

    " a total bodice-ripper, but yet, really good? yes. "

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About the Author
NORA HAGUE trained as an actor in New York before turning her hand to writing. She went on to graduate from the Creative Writing Programme at New York University, where she first began writing Letters From an Age of Reason. She lives in Manhattan.
About the Narrators

Kathleen McInerney won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2011 and was a finalist for the Audie in 2010 and 2015. Her narrations have also earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has performed in New York and around the United States in both classical and contemporary theater. Her credits also include television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over.

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.