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2.24 out of 52.24 out of 52.24 out of 52.24 out of 52.24 out of 5 2.24 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9780061556050
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At the flat in Weatherall Walk there was no milk in the fridge, no ice in the tiny freezer unit. The better furniture was hung over with drop cloths, the leather-bound books evacuated from their shelves. Unconnected wiring threaded from walls, and a smell of lazy drains, something rotting, unfurled from the sewer all the way up to this flat. Winnie wrenched open a window. But no sign of John?

Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his apartment in the nineteenth century rowhouse once owned by Winnie’s great-great-grandfather. Is it the spirit of this ancestor, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens’s childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more arcane and insidious origin?

Winnie begins to investigate, but John’s erstwhile girlfriend, Allegra, is aggressively unhelpful, and his downstairs neighbor, the cat-obsessed Mrs. Maddingly, is growing stranger by the day. Gripped by inspiration and desperation alike, Winnie finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades, some from her family’s peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past.

In the spirit of A. S. Byatt’s Possession, with dark overtones echoing from A Christmas Carol, Lost presents a rich fictional world that will enrapture Gregory Maguire’s eager audience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliant, perceptive, and deeply moving.” 

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “Lost seems to me to be his best novel yet, which is saying something. A reader who hasn’t discovered his work is in for a treat and a revelation.” 

    Peter S. Beagle, author of Tamsin and A Dance for Emilia

  • “Sterlin knows how to get and hold one’s attention, and her sharp and often menacing tone demands the audience's consideration at every crucial and thrilling plot twist. Playing this audiobook with the lights down low on a blustery winter night is sure to spark the imaginations of listeners of all ages.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Maguire combines humor, mystery, and menace adroitly…His prose is muscular…fans will not be disappointed.” 

    Portsmouth Herald

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wsprag | 2/15/2014

    " Well, what can I say? This guy's syntax is too thick and burly for me to wade through. It was like a barbed wire bramble. I really wanted to like this book, too. I tried to read Wicked also, but I could not even finish it. The story was not all that good and the writing was, as mentioned, confusing. I guess I'll have to get my PhD in English Literature to read a book written by a PhD. Too bad, you'd think all of that education would make his writing more translucent. "

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

    " Geoffrey Maguire has interesting and magically original plot ideas that get waylaid by his totally incomprehensible dialogue. He has this annoying habit of making his characters hold totally insane conversations that leave the reader (or at least me) totally floundering and confused. For instance, in Lost, the main character receives a voicemail from a (gay) man she has met very briefly at a group orientation for families considering international adoption. She returns his call to tell him she's out of town; she leaves a message telling him she's in London, here's the phone number where she's at, but NOT TO CALL HER. 1) why leave a number if you don't want him to call? 2) who says something like that, especially to a very nearly perfect stranger? 3) she doesn't really want to talk to him so why even bother paying the extravagent phone charges to call him in the first place?! Throughout Maguire's novels his characters do and say such incomprehensible and unaccountable things which always leave me with the vaugue, confused feeling of "what just happened?" by the time I complete the book. I usually leave feeling I enjoyed the book, but that I didn't really understand how we arrived from point A to point B. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zac Mollett | 1/7/2014

    " A very boring book that has no point whatsoever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimi | 1/2/2014

    " Enjoying it so far but not really making the "Scrooge" connection yet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Americanogig | 1/1/2014

    " This is the second book I've read by Gregory Maguire and I must say ---question mark--- because I just don't understand the point. His book Wicked must have been extraordinarily different, i.e. good. The one supposedly about Snow White and this one supposedly having something to do with Scrooge left me feeling cold. I never finished the one about Snow White and I leave this one regretting I did. I had to force my way through the bad turn of phrase and plodding plot only to find he would not even impart a satisfactory ending. It may as well have ended mid-phrase. Stay far, far away from this if you love good literature! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Nolan | 12/27/2013

    " Very intriguing story. I love Maguire's style and find myself wanting to reread this book out of picking up things I may have missed the first time around. Not exactly the same as the story-from-another-character's-point-of-view like some of his others, but a neat re-telling of a known story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rae | 12/16/2013

    " Boring. Maguire starts interesting plots but these go nowhere. The entire book is stagnant and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carter | 12/3/2013

    " If you are a fan of Maguire's books, this one doesn't fit the mold. Based loosely on Charles Dickens' London, it is a ghost story, but the majority of the plot revolves around the main character dealing with personal issues and conflicts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natasha | 11/29/2013

    " Plot barely holds together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 10/28/2013

    " the concept of this sounded good, but I felt that the story telling lacked focus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 10/12/2013

    " This book will almost lose you...but hang in there. It gets REALLY good about 2/3rds of the way in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/8/2013

    " Lost describes me through most of the book. Maguire created an interesting story, but in trying to connect it to Alice in Wonderland and A Christmas Carol, he lost a lot (pun intended). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 10/5/2013

    " Great so far! Just started, but couldn't put it down last night; fell asleep with it in my lap. Well he wrapped things up in quite a rush and left me feeling like he got tired of the story - which is exactly how I was feeling by the last page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kitty | 9/27/2013

    " Sometimes Maguire tends to write in a way that's not the easiest read, this is one of those times. I never got sucked in to the story, and honestly never cared much for the main character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Heath | 6/20/2013

    " so.....slow.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 5/14/2013

    " There should be a less than one star option "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Rivers | 5/14/2012

    " I loved Wicked and Son of a Witch...did not love this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Beal | 3/27/2012

    " I liked this book better than most of Maguire's other books. It was definitely a twist on a ghost/haunting type story. However, once again weird sex scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa James | 12/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one. It was a completely unique, stand alone story, based on A Christmas Carol, but that's just the background, the actual story has modern characters who are likable in their own right. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betsy | 10/7/2011

    " Wow this book was just... just awful it was a lot of build up to nothing, a real disappointment and a suprise considering all the other wonderful books this author has written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tami | 9/21/2011

    " This odd story had some clever twists and turns, but overall didn't interest me a whole lot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy Allen | 8/5/2011

    " Wasn't too impressed with this one. Loved Wicked and thought the rest of that series went downhill after the first one. Thinking maybe I'll read Confessions of an Evil Stepsister once I exhaust my other books....so it'll be awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 5/3/2011

    " Twisty Twisty! And a bit deep for me... a couple of things I didn't understand and I had to re-read the book.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ken | 4/16/2011

    " I don't know why I wasted my time finishing this book... it was awful. Dark, boring, dull and monochromatic in every way. I kept waiting for the main character to be developed and for something exciting to happen; however, those events never occurred. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 4/10/2011

    " the concept of this sounded good, but I felt that the story telling lacked focus. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Calgovin | 3/20/2011

    " Don't waste your time. The story was better as the movie Fight Club, and way less mis-leading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 3/6/2011

    " Great so far! Just started, but couldn't put it down last night; fell asleep with it in my lap. Well he wrapped things up in quite a rush and left me feeling like he got tired of the story - which is exactly how I was feeling by the last page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/6/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one. It was a completely unique, stand alone story, based on A Christmas Carol, but that's just the background, the actual story has modern characters who are likable in their own right. "

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

    " I am not sure how I feel about this book...it is currently creeping me out and I am obsessed with finishing purely so I can figure out what the heck is going on! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one of Maguire's. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gail | 2/12/2011

    " Not to sure about this one since I haven't been able to stand his other books, but hope springs eternal. Now I remember why I don't like Maguire's books. "

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

    " Not Maguire's best, but certainly not his worst. This was my selection for December. We hosted at D's house, and we were looking for something to connect to the holidays. I'm not sure this was the best idea, but it brought forth some interesting discussion! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 1/27/2011

    " Worst book I have ever picked up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 1/26/2011

    " Entertaining at at the end, but slow to start. Not nearly as good as his other work. "

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About the Author
Author Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Years series—Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical, Son of a WitchA Lion among Men, and Out of Oz—among several other novels. He has also written more than a dozen novels for children. His work for both adults and children has been published abroad in England, Ireland, and Australia, and various works have been purchased for translation into French, German, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. The recipient of several awards and fellowships, he makes his home in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Jenny Sterlin, winner of multiple Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.