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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,215 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Arcane Society Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781423314806
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In financial straits and on a sure path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House, far from society’s prying eyes, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the relics and artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an eccentric alchemist. And the alchemist’s descendant—her employer, Mr. Gabriel Jones - had the eyes of a sorcerer….

After a night to remember, Venetia is prepared to cherish the memories of her romantic encounter and move on, but she is shattered when, shortly after their night together, she reads of Jones’s death in the papers. As a private tribute to her one-time lover, she adopts the name “Mrs. Jones” and the guise of a respectable widow, and embarks on a new career as a fashionable photographer in London, where her unique ability to “see” beyond her subjects and capture that quality in her photography makes her photographs highly prized.

But her romantic whim causes unexpected trouble. For one thing, Mr. Jones is about to stride, living and breathing, back into her life. And the bonds that tie them together include more than just the memory of passion; Venetia’s special “double vision” has caught the attention of someone Mr. Jones is tracking—someone who will go to any lengths, even murder, to possess an ancient, extraordinary secret that has been lost for centuries. Someone who believes that as the “wife” of Mr. Jones, Venetia is the key.

Now, as she introduces Gabriel about town as her miraculously back-from-the-dead “husband,” Venetia must join him in a perilous quest to track down a dangerous opponent who manages to stay one step ahead. As they explore the darker, wilder underbelly of the modern, scientific Victorian world, they must see through society’s illusions—or this time, Gabriel Jones may not be coming from the dead, and neither may Mrs. Jones.

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  • “With her witty dialogue, multidimensional characters complete with eccentricities and psychic abilities, clever plotting, and generous humor, the perennially popular Quick has penned another surefire winner.”

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  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 2/20/2014

    " It's a wee bit like a romance novel but enough supernatural/paranormal mystery to keep it interesting and not cheesey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 2/11/2014

    " Was pretty predictable but fun to read. It was recommended to me because I like stories about auras and such. Interesting take on that. I'll probably look up future books at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle DeKorver | 2/4/2014

    " Worth reading as a preview to the other novels. I thought some detail was missing. Maybe she should have written it as a prequel? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rach | 1/29/2014

    " Wasn't my favorite of Amanda Quick's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane (PS) | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book. I am really getting into the Arcane Society books. I'm going to buy these books from now on (was going through the library) as I suspect I'll be re-reading them... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 1/27/2014

    " Quick read but I was expecting more romance less mystery. I didnt quite feel an intense connection between the two leads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/23/2014

    " Not as good as the Third Circle but still a great read. The plot was a little bit of a let down in the begining but then it picked up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 adrienne | 1/20/2014

    " Quick, breezy, funny Victorian-era romance. Sure, it's one of the more scoffed-at genres out there, but it also holds a huge share of the market. Books like this are why. Don't go in expecting Great Literature, but don't look down your nose, either. Well-plotted entertainment isn't a bad thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/20/2014

    " I love romance novels, but what I like about this book and the rest from this series is that it also adds something else to it that is a fun element to the story line and to the characters themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Eckel | 1/18/2014

    " Not for keeping but a good yarn "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amydebolt DeBolt | 12/28/2013

    " Good fast read. Got last night and am half way through. Not usually a huge fan of romance novels but this one isn't cheesy--well, that cheesy--and the mystery and characters are interesting enough that the plot is keeping me reading. Great art it ain't, but good entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 11/26/2013

    " I loved this book, and I really like how she is bringing the Arcane Society into modern day with other ones in the series. It's a great twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 11/23/2013

    " This was a quick read for vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 6/21/2013

    " Great beginning, great ending (about the last third) but the middle was so-so. Definitely going to continue with the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Park | 4/15/2013

    " I didn't realize when I read Third Circle (which is part of this series later down the road) that these are romance novels. The risque part of the book aside it is a decent story. I love the time period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kinga | 6/14/2012

    " I have no explanation for this. I don't know why I read books like this one. Probably for the sex scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Kalt | 6/10/2012

    " Really enjoyed this one and am excited to read more in the series. Thanks for the recommendation Carla! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 6/5/2012

    " I like the writing style, with flashes of unexpected humor. The Arcane Society is very Sherlocky and I am hoping future books in the series flesh this out more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/20/2012

    " It's a Victorian paranormal detective romance, what's not to love "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/26/2012

    " Quite enjoyable first book in a series. Interesting take on secret societies combined with various paranormal abilities with a touch of adventure, romance and intrigue thrown in. I enjoyed the characters and the setting and the plot moved well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/9/2012

    " I guess I'm just not so much into 'romance' novels. But I get choosing a romance for a book club selection for February, lol. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 2/27/2012

    " I enjoyed the book. I liked the secret Aracane society and Venetia and Gabriel's story too. I think I read it in 2 days. The supernatural twist too it was cool too. Would read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie North | 1/26/2012

    " Darn. Not anywhere near as good as #5, Running Hot. It still had the annoying graphic sex to skip over and not as much of the fantasy-sci-fi element. If the next Arcane Society book is not at least a 4 I won't bother with the rest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laine | 11/17/2011

    " One of the stories that i do love. i never get tired of reading it over and over. the story is exciting and entertaining. although venetia and gabriel's romance story was brief they still kept their love for each other. as they work together to solve the mystery, they work as one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G. Marie Warren | 9/14/2011

    " Second Sight is an interesting period piece consisting of mystery, adventure, the occult and psychic powers. Very entertaining for a light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 8/24/2011

    " I love the Arcane Society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 6/15/2011

    " Fun and entertaining, with a bit of intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Indigo (Aimee) | 6/12/2011

    " Fun. I think I've found a new series to read this summer.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cinda | 5/26/2011

    " I recommend this story highly, there was humor and action. I can't wait to start book #2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debi | 5/14/2011

    " First one of her books I've read and it kept me interested. I'll probably read more of her stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tabitha | 5/13/2011

    " i have to say these books are so good i cant stop reading them. but when i was reading the book i was siting at the end of my seat just to read what was going to happen next it was an amazing book :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 4/19/2011

    " It was like a B-movie in print. Satisfying but campy. "

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

    " These are mindless reads for those short spans of time I have when Olivia is sleeping. Characters are predictable to a degree and I've yet to be surprised at the ending. But I suppose that is true of most books classified as a romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 3/31/2011

    " I like the writing style, with flashes of unexpected humor. The Arcane Society is very Sherlocky and I am hoping future books in the series flesh this out more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 3/23/2011

    " This was a very interesting book. It was a nice mix of history and paranormal. I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 3/21/2011

    " After reading a few reviews of this book. I have come to realize that I must have read a different book altogether. Because the book I read was very corny and dumb. Two stars is to much for this book, but I didn't hate. It most certainly did not deserve any higher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 3/20/2011

    " Quite good. Some erotic scenes but those were few and far between. very good story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 3/10/2011

    " Not a bad read, but not as good as I had expected given the reviews I've read of the series. Maybe Nora Roberts and Linda Howard have spoiled me, but I had expected better from Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz. I'll give a few more of this series a shot, but I was a little disappointed. "

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About the Author
Author Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz’s acclaimed New York Times betstsellers include Light in Shadow, Smoke in Mirrors, Lost and Found, Soft Focus, Eye of the Beholder, Flash, and Grand Passion. She writes contemporary romantic suspense novels under her own name, futuristic novels as Jayne Castle, and historical romance novels under the pseudonym Amanda Quick. She holds a degree in library science from San Jose State University and previously worked as a librarian at Duke University.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.