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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,209 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Fama Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781427222183
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Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra's help, Hester investigates her family's strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean - but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fama (Overboard, 2002) delivers a beautifully written, romantic ghost story with an artful construction that incorporates a murder mystery and detailed historical fiction. BCCB
  • History buffs, fantasy lovers, and mystery fans will all find something to please them in this engrossing story… School Library Journal
  • horror and humanity are adroitly handled… Publishers Weekly
  • ...this stylish fantasy mesmerizes. Kirkus

  • “Fama does not shy away from the big issues: love, death, longing, lust, fear, and revenge all play out through her complex and multidimensional characters. Booklist

  • Monstrous Beauty packs a serious, sexy wallop. Bookpage
  • A 2013 ALA Odyssey Award for Honor Audiobooks
  • Odyssey Honor Audiobook, 2013

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Mendez | 1/3/2014

    " This was such a hauntingly beautiful novel. I have been wanting to read something different and intense for a while and finally I found it. It was so tragic and I know I will be thinkning about it for the next few days, which good books always do for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Foggygirl | 12/26/2013

    " A good but not great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/13/2013

    " Creepy mermaids, a fairly obtuse protagonist, and ghosts abound in this overly long tale set in present and past Massachusetts. An on-page rape scene near the beginning of the book makes it one I will only give to older readers. "

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

    " Yay! Plymouth! This book was amazing, maybe because I've been to Plymouth so many times? A little chunky with dialogue and descriptions at times, when word choice didn't flow with the style. Ultimately wonderfully imagined, and a lot of fun for a quick read towards the end of the semester. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Siebold | 9/20/2013

    " A fresh take on the story of a mermaid and a human falling in love. I really liked the phsical descriptions of the mermaids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 8/5/2013

    " Slow beginning and until the last third of the book, this was set to be a two star review. Once things got moving, though it turned into an entertaining read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marta-Kate | 2/14/2013

    " The story was much darker than I had expected. I would recommend this book to older teens. This may be a spolier, but the mermaid rape scene took me by surprise. "

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About the Author

Elizabeth Fama is the author of Plus One and Monstrous Beauty, which was a 2013 Odyssey Honor audiobook.

About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt, including in the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. In recognition of her mastery of audiobook narration, she received many honors: Audie Awards, including four for best female narrator; the Odyssey Award; Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award; dozens of AudioFile magazine Earphones Awards and a Golden Voice Award; Booklist Voice of Choice award; and acclaim from press and listener reviews.