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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (459 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathryn Harrison Narrator: Barbara Carus Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this richly textured historical novel, bestselling author Kathryn Harrison spins a mesmerizing tale of forbidden passion and terrifying superstition in seventeenth-century Spain. As the Spanish Inquisition conducts its ruthless reign of terror, the lives of two women—one, the free spirited daughter of a poor silk farmer; the other, the French princess doomed to marry the deformed King of Spain—unravel like the cocoons of silkworms. A nationally-acclaimed writer of exquisite talents, Kathryn Harrison will leave you breathless.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Blinding and superbly written lust…a hothouse of a novel…heavily scented, serious and thoughtful.”  New York Times Book Review
  • “An illuminating portrait of a woman’s lot in an age poisoned by superstition and the church’s tyranny.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A darkly lyrical and deeply disturbing tour de force.” 


  • “The evocative historical setting is a departure for Harrison…However, her brilliant descriptions and compelling examination of the minds and motivations of her two heroines, each condemned by society for wanting happiness, will maintain the author’s reputation as a writer of power and rare sensibility.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Deft, archly mesmerizing phrase-making…A minutely detailed novel that captures the depravity as well as the beauty of a frightening era.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Diana | 2/14/2014

    " A bit of a let-down, considering how much I loved The Binding Chair "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 2/14/2014

    " The time of the inquisition seems to be one of history's most complicated; the history of Spain for about 300 years at the same general time is extremely complicated. While much of this book was very enjoyable, other sections were unnecessarily complicated. Intellectually I understand why she named the book Poison -- the silk work angle was mildly interesting but it seemed to add extra unnecessary length and detail to an already long and detailed book. I was anxious to read this; enjoyed parts a lot, couldn't wait for it to be done. Not a favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by P | 2/14/2014

    " Book Club memories! Racy--loved it, loved it, loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda Tuplin | 2/8/2014

    " Beautifully written, about love during the time of the Spanish Inquisiton, and the danger in being a woman during a time when women and love were suspect. Two parallel lives, one a commoner in love with a priest, the other a French princess married to the mad King Carlos II of Spain, one destroyed because of love, the other destroyed for lack of it. The two main characters are so well developed you really feel you are conversing with them as they reminise about their lives as they near its end. Beautiful. "

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