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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (529 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Camille DeAngelis Narrator: Jenna Lamia, Mara Demay Lawler, Eric Conger Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781598875010
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Hoping for a baby, a genetic researcher clones her grandmother. Lucy brings to life 22-year-old Mary. Alive in a home that is no longer her own, amid reminders of a life she has lived but doesn't remember, Mary is trapped in the strangest sort of déjà vu, Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 2/15/2014

    " "Jurassic Park" meets "Creator" and amazing things come out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marvin | 2/12/2014

    " In this unusual, fascinating story, a young woman clones her grandmother, not surprisingly creating unintended & unforeseen consequences. It reminded me somewhat of The Time Traveler's Wife, but less confusing. "

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

    " This strange and well-writen novel is about a woman, Lucy, clones her grandmother, Mary. I loved the descriptions of their old house, I loved the characters Mary and Gray but I didn't really get Lucy's character. It is like Frankenstein- kind of gothic and romantic. It was a quick and fun read, but still gave you food for thought with the ethical issues of cloning and what it is to be human. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/27/2014

    " I liked it, especially the slightly off-kilter heroine's perspective. Very interesting take on the issues raised in the Frankenstein story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celia | 1/19/2014

    " This was a very strange and interesting book. Quite different from some of the other choices of our bookclub, this novel had a lot of creepy ideas, like cloning your grandmother and dealing with her as a young woman. I thought the writing was sometime over the top, and she used the novel as a vehicle for spouting her political views, which sometimes got in the way of the narrative. Somebody didn't do a good job in editing this, but all in all, a very different story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 karen | 1/14/2014

    " my emotional development stopped at the "tell me a story" phase, and thats all i expect from a book. i dont need it to change my life, i dont need it to answer every one of my questions, i dont need it to teach me about any historical atrocity. this is not a perfect book, but it is a deeply entertaining book. its true that the characters are largely unlikable, but thats also true of wuthering heights and jude the obscure, two of my all time favorites. if its the idea of cloning that is upsetting the more delicately religious/political folks, just power through - pretend its like a unicorn in a fantasy novel or the spontaneous combustion in bleak house - it is something that is happening just to drive plot - it isnt reeeeealll - its genuine fun in the vein of liz jensen or when jonathan coe is being funny. do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 leigh | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoyed the quirky nature of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 1/10/2014

    " I don't even know how to describe this book. But it knocked my socks off. I loved the concept of it. And it was structured so well. It didn't feel false at all although the whole idea of the book is so far-fetched. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 11/18/2013

    " I need to have characters to root for to really enjoy a book. And they were lacking here. And the socio-political commentary was too heavy-handed. I wanted to know more about PFX Godrey. Loose ends and ridiculousness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/31/2013

    " Reminded me of my own eccentric, talkative family...very interesting to think about the ramifications of cloning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacki | 8/31/2013

    " This was a case of interesting idea, crapy follow through. Meh x100 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Wikoff | 3/29/2013

    " One of my new favorites! Unique, interesting, explores human emotions with a great science fiction twist. Beautiful descriptions and allows for wonderful mental time-travel. Makes me want to curl up with a cup of tea on a rainy day and read right through it - again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 11/4/2012

    " Fascinating and original. I'm becoming an accidental sci-fi reader! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 HBalikov | 9/12/2012

    " If you are put off by science fiction, that is not what this book is about. Its premise is only a device for view how we relate to others and what changes when we are out of our conventional frame of reference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline Jobczynski | 8/9/2012

    " This book was definitely original. The idea of cloning is not new, but its execution in this novel was definitely unheard of before. The plot, while very interesting, could have been a little bit more exciting, but for the most part, I'd say it was a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 4/13/2012

    " Plenty to get your teeth into from a bioethics perspective, but the plot lacks the science needed for it to seem at all plausible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peachy | 1/2/2012

    " Not much of a sci-fi fan, but I picked this one up anyway. It was good, written in present-tense (which I hardly ever see) but I'm still glad I got this at the librairy. If you're really digging this genre you'll enjoy it more than I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 9/9/2011

    " Very interesting story combining the past and the future through the cloning of 2 women in the same family but of different generations. I was very intrigues with the characters. It took me a while to get into this book, but I am glad that I took the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 6/12/2011

    " This was a strange book with characters (a infertile scientist with a lab and knowlege about cloning)that almost caught my attention, but didn't. The story line was interesting but it puttered out leaving little trace of it's original vision. I was disappointed overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/5/2011

    " A really unusual, strangely gripping novel. DeAngelis tackles issues of identity, love, and obsession without getting too maudlin. She owes a great debt to Gothic horror, and to Mary Shelley in particular. In the end, though, I just couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/4/2011

    " Really good book, would love to see a second one because so many things were left unfinished "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/13/2010

    " She is one of my new favorite authors. I didn't like it as much as Petty Magic, but still a fun concept and a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen | 11/9/2010

    " This was a strange book with characters (a infertile scientist with a lab and knowlege about cloning)that almost caught my attention, but didn't. The story line was interesting but it puttered out leaving little trace of it's original vision. I was disappointed overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 10/25/2010

    " Very interesting story combining the past and the future through the cloning of 2 women in the same family but of different generations. I was very intrigues with the characters. It took me a while to get into this book, but I am glad that I took the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 8/25/2010

    " It was interesting and funny. I loved the character Mary. I loved the way it made me think about the differences between generations. Great ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 7/24/2010

    " I had a hard time liking Mary in the book, I thought she was a mean and unsympathetic character. Which sorta threw the book off for me because I think you were exposed to really like her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 7/22/2010

    " Great premise . . . but I've totally lost interest in the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 7/21/2010

    " You'll find a delightful book with unexpected twists and characters. Pay attention to the history, and you'll enjoy it even more. I'm looking for more from this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon | 7/13/2010

    " I like the idea of the book - but it was so slow to start that I stopped reading before I was even half way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 5/28/2010

    " sorry. this was my second attempt at reading this book and i gave up on it. i wanted to like it, i wanted to be interested - i was, by the description of the house, but that's about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/21/2010

    " Very hard to put down; excellent writing and an amazing topic. As I started to feel I knew where it was heading, I found myself completely wrong, and yet each step seemed to be the right one. I will look for future offerings of this author with anticipation! "

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About the Author

Camille DeAngelis received a BA in Art History from New York University in 2002. During her time at NYU she wrote and worked for the Washington Square News and after graduating, she worked as an editorial assistant in a nonfiction imprint at HarperCollins. Camille’s first travel-writing gig was co-writing Hanging Out in Ireland, a shoestring guide published in 2001. Between her first research trip in the spring of 2000 for Hanging Out and her most recent experience writing for Moon Handbooks in 2006, she’s been back to Ireland many times. She lived in Galway in 2004-2005 while in the MA in Writing program at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and wrote Mary Modern while there.

About the Narrators

Jenna Lamia is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won the prestigious Audie Award, as well as fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her acting credits include appearances on Oz, Law & Order: SVU, and NYPD Blue. She has attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters.