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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Justine Larbalestier Narrator: Rebekah Rimington, Fiona Hardingham, Fiona Hardingham, David Linski Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781481531597
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In the vein of The Diviners and The Crimson Petal and the White, Razorhurst reimagines the notorious history of mob-controlled Sydney—with a paranormal twist.

Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, 1932. Gloriana Nelson and Mr. Davidson, two ruthless mob bosses, have reached a fragile peace—one maintained by “razor men.” Kelpie, orphaned and living on the street, is blessed and cursed with the ability to see Razorhurst’s many ghosts, and she sees the cracks already forming in their truce. Then Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell.

Dymphna is a legendary beauty and prized moll of Gloriana Nelson. She’s earned the nickname “Angel of Death” for the trail of beaus who have died trying to protect her from Mr. Davidson’s assassins. Unbeknownst to Kelpie, Dymphna can see ghosts, too, and as Gloriana’s hold crumbles one burly henchman at a time, the girls will need one another more than ever.

As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens at every turn, Dymphna is determined to not only survive but rise to the top with Kelpie at her side.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vivid and bloody and bold and fast—I feel like Razorhurst is in my bones now.”

    Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sure, it is shiny and chilly and bloody and sharp, like the razor of the title, but Larbalestier’s book is also magical and glamorous.”

    E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fascinating setting, colorful names, and sharp, peppery dialogue.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Vivid…lavishly imagined…Larbalestier’s elaborate world is sure to linger.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A bloody and evocative novel, written in clean and lively prose.”

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • Razorhurst is both fast-paced thriller and noir but with a paranormal twist… Larbalestier’s most compelling character isn’t a person or even a ghost but rather a place.”

    Boston Herald

  • “Larbalestier packs plenty of danger into the single day this novel covers, but frequent interludes of backstory keep things from feeling rushed…This story’s interwoven intrigue and empathy make it feel timeless.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Gritty historical fiction with a paranormal twist…The ghosts are mostly peripheral to the story, though their presence emphasizes the bloody nature of the time period and provides occasional humor.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Straight from the opening lines, the suspenseful narrative is both dizzying and illuminating as it rotates among the characters, giving a nearly 360-degree perspective on the life-threatening mess that Kelpie and Dymphna find themselves in…Larbalestier pulls no punches with the gruesome, gory details about the violence of poverty, and the result is a dark, unforgettable, and blood-soaked tale of outlaws and masterminds.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Reading like a detailed painting in novel form, this haunting, gorgeously rendered supernatural-historical novel captures the rough and tumble world of gangsters and molls in all its bloody, vicious glory…The novel is as much about the place and time as it is about the young women, and readers interested in immersing themselves completely in an unforgettable setting will revel in this well-researched, true-to-life adventure.”

    Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “Rebekah Rimington and Fiona Hardingham portray two orphans…The third narrator, David Ligudzinski, somberly provides backstories that delve into Razorhurst’s history and reveal characters’ motivations. While the story frequently switches point of view and time periods, the multiple narrators alleviate any confusion. The use of Australian voices to narrate a story set in Sydney adds authenticity and grounds the piece in Larbalestier’s style…An intriguing listen.”

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  • "Razorhurst is magnificent—beautiful prose and good storytelling.”

    Amber Benson, author of The Witches of Echo Park

  • “A timeless tale of love and violence in long lost Razorhurst with characters I truly cared about.”

    Melina Marchetta, author of On the Jellicoe Road

  • “The voice actors Rebekkah Rimmington, Fiona Hardingham, and Davis Ligudzinski really bring the book to life. Rebekkah’s and Fiona’s strong Australian accents are perfect for Kelpie and Dymphna, providing just the right combination of sweetness and cunning. Davis reads the part of the narrator who fills in the backstory…The action is swift, the characters (including the ghosts) are believable, and there are twists and turns that will keep anyone guessing.”

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  • Finalist for the 2015 Davitt Award for Best Young Adult Novel
  • Finalist for the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
  • A 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
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About the Author
Author Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier is an Australian American writer who was born and raised in Sydney. Her solo novel Liar received starred reviews from four major review publications, was short-listed for eleven awards and won four, and was named a best book of the year by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), School Library Journal, Bank Street Books, and Michigan Thumps Up, as well as winning the 2010 White Ravens Award from the International Youth Library. She also wrote How to Ditch Your Fairy and the Magic or Madness trilogy, as well as coedited the Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology with Holly Black. Justine lives in Sydney, Australia, where she gardens, boxes, and tweets far too much.

About the Narrators

Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

David Linski (a.k.a. David Ligudzinski and David Atlas) is a graduate of the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia. David has numerous voice-over credits, an extensive theatrical résumé, and has starred in short and feature films both in the US and Australia. He currently lives in Los Angeles.