Melmoth: A Novel Audiobook, by Sarah Perry Play Audiobook Sample

Melmoth: A Novel Audiobook

Melmoth: A Novel Audiobook, by Sarah Perry Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jan Cramer Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: October 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062856432

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Longest Chapter Length:

74:13 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

15 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

35:31 minutes

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Publisher Description

For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters—and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.

But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .

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“A chilling novel about confronting our complicity in past atrocities—and retaining the strength and moral courage to strive for the future.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 


  • “[An] exquisitely written gothic novel.”

    — People
  • “A gothic masterwork.”

    — Entertainment Weekly
  • “A horror story but also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of will and love.”

    — Washington Post
  • “A sobering, disturbing, yet powerful and moving book that cannot fail to impress.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Though rich in gothic tropes and sinister atmosphere, the novel transcends pastiche.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “For readers who favor ghost stories as bedtime reading, this fever dream of a novel will prove…compelling and all-consuming.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)


  • Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
  • A 2018 NPR Best Book of the Year selection

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About Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry is an author whose first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University, where she served as publisher of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and was a member of the journal’s nonfiction editorial board. She is the recipient of a Writers’ Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a Javits Fellowship from the US Department of Education and has attended residencies at Norton Island in Maine and PLAYA in Oregon.

About Jan Cramer

Malk Williams is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.