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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick McGrath Narrator: Tom Sellwood Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781482978704
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When Ambrose Tree is summoned by his ancient uncle to the brooding mansion Drogo Hall, he suspects it’s to hear the old man’s dying words and then collect a sizable inheritance. He has no idea he is about to learn the bizarre story of Harry Peake, Cornish smuggler turned poet who became a monster capable of the most horrifying acts. Or that he’s about to become psychologically enmeshed in the riveting life of Harry’s daughter, Martha, who flees her father for colonial America where she becomes a heroic figure in the revolution against England. Or that he himself has a crucial role to play in this mesmerizing tale as it rushes headlong and hauntingly toward its powerful climax. Martha Peake is a spellbinding alloy of Gothic mystery and historical romance. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkable passages of sustained dramatic and atmospheric writing…Rare qualities of power and urgency.”

    New York Times

  • “McGrath demonstrates his trademark ability to probe the layers of the human psyche.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “McGrath takes a big risk, but the result is an invigorating take on the Revolution, just the tonic for even the most jaded reader during this election season.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of the gothic genre won’t be disappointed by McGrath’s latest novel, which features gloomy manors, tormented souls, and a persecuted heroine… Peake’s tale will consume readers.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kellie | 12/4/2013

    " I usually love McGrath, but couldn't get into this one after three tries. I thought it was boring and a little silly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/19/2013

    " Another incredible masterpiece by McGrath. His prose is stunning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 11/7/2013

    " I liked the actual story about Martha and her father but found the narrator's story far fetched. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 10/19/2013

    " Beach book. Suspenseful. It's like Frankenstein set against the backdrop of the American Revolution. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margot Jennifer | 8/8/2013

    " It was awful. Not even going to waste my time explaining why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni Barnes | 7/16/2013

    " As with all McGrath books, you either LOVE his writing style or HATE it. I was absolutely absorbed in this book from start to finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marvin | 2/22/2013

    " A novel about the American Revolution, but set mostly in an English mansion. It was patriotic & melodramatic with a narrative strategy that was unnecessarily complicated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mackenzie | 2/10/2013

    " For a gothic novel, really really good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 1/30/2013

    " I was disappointed reading this novel, I think the cover blurb was not at all accurate and misled me as to what to expect. But beyond that I also didn't care for or connect to the characters in this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luci | 7/26/2012

    " A good American gothic novel. It was very entertaining, but there were a lot of ho hum parts to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gena | 2/16/2012

    " Weird, good, stange and haunting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda T. | 9/4/2011

    " If you like historical fiction, cool chick heroes and creepy Dr. Jeckyl bad guys but don't mind a drunken dad raping and impregnating his daughter, you'll love this puppy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 4/24/2011

    " Will write review soon "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 3/30/2011

    " I was disappointed reading this novel, I think the cover blurb was not at all accurate and misled me as to what to expect. But beyond that I also didn't care for or connect to the characters in this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 2/3/2010

    " Beach book. Suspenseful. It's like Frankenstein set against the backdrop of the American Revolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/3/2008

    " I liked the actual story about Martha and her father but found the narrator's story far fetched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luci | 7/1/2008

    " A good American gothic novel. It was very entertaining, but there were a lot of ho hum parts to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/23/2008

    " Another incredible masterpiece by McGrath. His prose is stunning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mackenzie | 3/20/2008

    " For a gothic novel, really really good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 3/13/2008

    " Didn't do much for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gena | 2/1/2008

    " Weird, good, stange and haunting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 1/3/2008

    " If you like historical fiction, cool chick heroes and creepy Dr. Jeckyl bad guys but don't mind a drunken dad raping and impregnating his daughter, you'll love this puppy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 FrogMom | 12/28/2007

    " I usually love McGrath, but couldn't get into this one after three tries. I thought it was boring and a little silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 11/2/2007

    " I have read three of Patrick McGrath's books previously and did not enjoy this as much as at least two of the others but it was an interesting read.

    Quirky and well-written. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath is the author of Asylum, Port Mungo, Blood and Water and Other Stories, The Grotesque, Spider, and other books, and he was the co-editor, with Bradford Morrow, of The New Gothic. He lives in New York City and London and is married to actress Maria Aitken.

About the Narrator

Tom Sellwood has recorded many audio books, including Hector Hugo Munro’s Witty, Weird, and OutrageousSaki Favorites; Mutiny on the Bounty; Treasure Island; Far from the Madding Crowd; Emma; a selection of P. G. Wodehouse’s short stories; and Wuthering Heights, to name a few.