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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eva Ibbotson Narrator: Teresa Gallagher Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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Spring, 1922. Tessa is a beautiful, tiny, dark-eyed princess - who's given up her duties to follow her heart, working for nothing backstage at the Viennese opera. No one there knows who she really is, or that a fairytale castle is missing its princess, and Tessa is determined to keep it that way.

But secret lives can be complicated. When a wealthy, handsome Englishman discovers this bewitching urchin backstage, Tessa's two lives collide - and in escaping her inheritance, she finds her destiny. 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 Colleen | 2/20/2014

    " I was pleasantly surprised at this book. I had trouble getting into it, but I liked the overall book. I especially liked how the author didn't gloss over the fact that Opera troupe cost a lot of money and are often a drain. I like books to be fairly realistic I guess and this reality was refreshing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/14/2014

    " Another Eva Ibbotson that was a quick read (I was given 3 to read-1 more to go). I've found that I don't dislike her writing. It is all basically a romance novel, but one that is slightly more intelligent and pure/innocent. Though her books are found in the YA section, they are more mature, probably more mature that the ones found in the romance section. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dlords | 2/9/2014

    " Quick, fun read. It didn't require much thought. I'm sure the book would have been richer for me if I was familiar with Austria's history and all the different operas she references. The many allusions to art were lost on me. I did enjoy reading a clean romance. Those are few and far between. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/4/2014

    " This was a nice story. I feel very uncultured though... she has many references to wonderful operas that I've never even heard of. Also, lots of neat Europeon stuff that I didn't know about but it was still easy to get the meaning of what she was trying to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kacee | 2/3/2014

    " I really loved this book. It was a fun easy read but somewhat predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Destiny | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I bought this and four other books by Eva Ibbotson. I decided to pick this one up to read a few days ago because it looked interesting. It didn't fail me. I really liked Tessa and I was rooting for her and Guy to get together. But of course in their way, they had Guy's fiancee, Nerine. I was originally annoyed by the author portraying stereotypical feminine things like wanting to look good and loving to shop as being shallow. But as I read, I found out that Nerine was really that shallow. Around the end of the book, it finally bit her in the ass because (view spoiler)[ Guy had the opera company pretend to be bill collectors and say that he had lost his fortune. Tessa made a show of Maxi getting the littlest Heidi pregnant and those two ended up married. I really liked the line where Guy says "I'm going to kiss you, you see" That really reminded me of Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre. (hide spoiler)] What I learned from the book is that you should really get to know people or risk ending up with someone you have nothing in common with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/18/2014

    " This was such a fun little read. Love romantic happy endings :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 12/24/2013

    " What a lovely reread. There's just something delightful about Eva Ibbotson's romances. I think I shall have to do some more rereading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 11/23/2013

    " Incredible descriptions, really made me wish I lived in a castle! The only complaint I have about this book is that the ending seemed to wrap up a little to quickly. There wasn't anything left out, but I could have used a bit more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/23/2013

    " Not quite as good as Countess Below Stairs maybe but I still really liked it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Racheal | 10/21/2013

    " I LOVED IT!!! Eva Ibbotson brilliantly threads operas into this fantastic novel, showing how love always finds a way, with a little bit of music. =)I loved the characters, the setting, the music references, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Christian | 10/17/2013

    " I thought it was a very fun book. Although it will never be a classic, it's a fun read for a rainy day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 10/12/2013

    " Really its sooo predictable but because its in a country i know nothing about it made it even worse. I wasted time i could have spent reading better books. Really if you want to kill time read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 9/20/2013

    " I didn't actually read the whole thing, because I got so completely bored three chapters in. She's probably a great writer, but I couldn't get past all the in depth description of back story and stuff. Not my kind of book, I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy | 4/16/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The authors uses language to paint a picture, not just tell a story. Sometimes that can seem superfluous, but she did it just right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 11/23/2012

    " The beginning of this book was kind of boring, but then it quickly picked up. I really enjoyed the characters, although it was somewhat predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/29/2012

    " It is a cheesy love story, but one of my childhood favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/6/2012

    " Clean and mindless entertainment read. Very predictable, but not too bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 11/28/2011

    " I liked the story but it read like a non-fiction, and was REALLY slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rach | 8/29/2011

    " This story is similar to others written by Eva Ibbotson, but knowing how it will end doesn't make it any less sweet and enjoyable to read. Settings and characters and described lovingly and beautifully, and Guy and Tessa because people to truly root for. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanna | 8/26/2011

    " I didn't even read this book. She lost me on the first couple of pages. Maybe it's because I just read a really thrilling and fast-paced book that I wasn't able to handle the slow plot development. I don't know. But I just couldn't get into the book or it's characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diena Riding | 7/2/2011

    " The first 50 pages were brutal. I wasn't sure if I could finish the book. It started getting better and better then the end made all the suffering at the beginning worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ela | 5/17/2011

    " a pretty good book. again, better than i thought it would be. i liked the characters, it had some good morals in it... but there were some things that, while i understand them, i didn't necessarily agree with. still, a pretty good book (: "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerry | 5/16/2011

    " What a lovely reread. There's just something delightful about Eva Ibbotson's romances. I think I shall have to do some more rereading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 5/10/2011

    " Love, love, LOVE the ending! I just knew from the very beginning Guy and Tessa would get together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 5/2/2011

    " This was a great book. 1920's in Vienna - post WWI. The author has a good writing style and keeps you interested until the very end. I stayed up late to finish - but too tired. I could hardly wait to get back to it this afternoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jumana (keepasecretforme) | 4/20/2011

    " One of my favourite books that I've read. I love Tessa and Guy their story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 4/3/2011

    " Its actually 3 1/2 stars I loved the story, but there were times I got information overload. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justina | 4/1/2011

    " Cute little book. Very predictable. A couple of swear words. A couple of slow spots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoire | 3/27/2011

    " At first this book was kinda boring it was kind of like reading a history text book but once I got past the prolog it was amazing! It was a little hard to process all the 5 sentence names, and the names of opera's since most of them were German or Austrian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssia | 3/26/2011

    " Just some useful information. This book is published as Magic Flutes in England and it is another superb novel from Eva Ibbotson "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 2/25/2011

    " the romance didn't feel realistic. In fact, it appeared that the two didn't even know each other that well but then "magically" feel in love. I liked the "countess below stairs" much more "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiré | 1/29/2011

    " Unique Story. The author liked adjectives a little too much, and really hunted down obscure and sometimes meaningful (mostly not) adjectives for items. The ending was a little abrupt, but overall I liked the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 1/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed the plot of this story...the only thing keeping this from being a 5-star book in my mind is that often the writing style made me feel like I was being spun in circles... "

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About the Author
Author Eva Ibbotson

Eva Ibbotson (1925–2010) was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have won and been shortlisted for many prizes.

About the Narrator

Teresa Gallagher has performed in many leading roles in both plays and musicals across the country, London’s West End, and Broadway. In addition, she is a well-known voice to listeners of BBC Radio Drama. Her work on film includes The Misadventures of Margaret and Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy. She has read numerous audiobooks throughout her career, including the Biography of Jane Austen by Elizabeth Jenkins and selections from The Decameron by Boccaccio, and has earned two AudioFile Earphones Awards.