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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (9,484 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Maguire Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Kimi | 1/2/2014

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

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