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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69,892 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susanna Clarke Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: Symphony Space Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN:
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Susanna Clarke discusses her remarkable debut novel, the BookSense Book of the Year, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell with her friend, novelist Neil Gaiman. Set in an alternate version of England in the early 1800s, an England in which the people yearn to recapture the practical magic of an earlier era, this fantasy novel combines the wit of Jane Austen with rollicking adventure and hilarious scholarly footnotes. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mila | 2/10/2014

    " It is a bit hard to really get into the story, but after reading the half I really enjoyed it and really like it^^ Even if it is really exhausting with all this 1024 pages, but I will never regret reading it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten Eisele | 2/2/2014

    " Very underwhelming. I started out impressed with the tone of the book, which does mimic Austen-era writing very well, but the story never really gripped me. It kind of floundered around. This would have made a much better 300 page novel than an 800+ page one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vonia | 2/2/2014

    " The novel was an epic one. Let us begin with that. Certainly on par; nay, better than The harry Potter Series. However, that is not saying that much in my case, as I had my reservations re: said series. The ingenuity in the story is definitely noted, but, like some other books, that did not necessarily translate into a great novel overall. I think one of the biggest drawbacks here was that I was inquiring, "Is this over yet?" on more occasions than I ought to have been. I will admit that I can only imagine the thought processes and/or imagination that went into some of the more complicated aspects in the story, such as How Faerie World operated, etc. That I could definitely appreciate. As to the writing quality, it was nothing extraordinary... The Old English I personally could have done without. Had this been shortened by about... 2/3 I believe it could have been one of my favorites... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Kingdon | 1/27/2014

    " Starts out like Jane Austin meets the magical world, but then progresses into very exciting strangeness. I've read this one over and over again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Genevieve | 1/20/2014

    " Unfortunately this book was a did-not-finish. While the writing is excellent and the premise of an alternate history of England where magic plays a role is intriguing; this was just too boring. I could not get into this book for the life of me. Mr. Norrell is just so dull; the footnotes while adding nice details and creating a fleshed out magical history, honestly just took me out of the story. I got to the point where I just couldn't be bothered to read them. I never made it to Jonathan Strange's tale. I'll stick to the upcoming BBC adaptation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Philip | 1/10/2014

    " Want to adapt this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna-Kathrin | 1/8/2014

    " this book is pure magic! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naticia | 1/4/2014

    " It took 76% of the words for anything to happen. And then still, so many words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Fleming | 12/18/2013

    " Verbose but fun historical fiction about rival wizards in Victorian England/Europe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tj Sunga | 12/18/2013

    " One of my favorite! I hope to see a movie adaptation soon ;) its quite a long read but it's definitely worth it. Incredible, deeply imaginative, memorable characters, this book is a winner! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/9/2013

    " Brilliant. It was like reading a Jane Austen/Brandon Sanderson collaboration. I just don't know what else to say. This book is a serious BEAST, but so worth the time. In fact, it took me considerably less time than Anna Karenina which is about the same length. So. Much. Fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam | 12/2/2013

    " Great read! Wonderful story. The first few chapters are rather dry and then the last 700 pages just never stop being interesting. Brilliant! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 11/30/2013

    " I read this book nearly five years ago, but as I recall it was very well done and unique. I'd call it a grown-up, more complex version of Harry Potter meets The Dark Materials trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 9/14/2013

    " I loved this book. Yes, it is long and wordy and meaty, with footnotes within footnotes. But Susanna Clarke's meticulously constructed world lingers with you long after you have finished reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally Bullock | 7/23/2013

    " We killed trees to print this?! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela Shetler | 7/20/2013

    " There were bits that I really liked and others that dragged the reading to a halt. It took me a long time to finish because the parts where it dragged did so to the point of me getting bored and setting it aside for days/months. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Harrison | 3/25/2013

    " Best book I've read all year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 11/3/2012

    " It was a slow start but it was really fun towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John-paul | 6/30/2012

    " I loved this book and the Raven King is still with me. If I ever study the Napoleonic Wars I will be disappointed by the actual events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hudson Murrell | 4/6/2012

    " Hard work went into this. I look forward to a sequel... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/13/2012

    " Loved the history, love magicians. Found this book intriguing and could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abe Ingle | 2/16/2012

    " This book is long and strange and whimsical and dark. It is evidence of my inability to quit reading a book once I've gotten a quarter of the way though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 12/5/2011

    " I loved it. Fantastic, amazing, truly original, awesome! Not everyone's cup of tea, but if you love magic....well, this is simply the most magical book I've read in a long time. I smiled all the way through, and often burst out laughing from pure enjoyment. She is brilliant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 11/30/2011

    " A tough editor could have made this book fantastic. I found it very long and rambling (and I'm not usually afraid of books over 500 pages). There was just enough momentum to keep me intrigued, but I'd never recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Bonar | 11/11/2011

    " Lots of fun. Light. Definitely not generic fantasy. I finished it wishing there were more books, but ultimately very, very glad that it wasn't book one of a series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicia Steele | 8/27/2011

    " I loved this book! It created an alternative history of England so convincing I wanted desperately for it to be true. It also encouraged me to start reading 19th popular English fiction for fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 8/14/2011

    " LOVED this one--when's she gonna write another?????? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich | 8/9/2011

    " Such a long book which didn't seem worth the investment at the end. Could have done with some serious editing down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniellecourtney | 5/24/2011

    " Lengthy and Long, but good enough (eventually) to suck you into the story so that you can't stop reading it until it's over. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 5/23/2011

    " This book comprises two themes that are usually yummy for me: Victorian England and magic. Somehow, though, these and other interesting elements failed to come together in a way that I liked. I didn't find the main characters very compelling, which is, I suspect, the heart of the problem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 5/21/2011

    " I loved this. It's long, but worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanno | 5/20/2011

    " This is my favorite book. FAVORITE. I have reread it many times. I feel as though I just stepped into London, Eng. in the 18th century. Ms. Clarke writes so well I can bring that world alive by rereading these pages. EXCELLENT. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 5/17/2011

    " This is the heaviest book I have ever read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rp | 5/17/2011

    " I never got through this one. I kept trying to read the footnotes and it ruined the story flow. Maybe I will try gain someday, but it's a book that seems like work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shay | 5/16/2011

    " It was interesting but very confusing too. I still look for a possible sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 5/15/2011

    " Very interesting combo...a magic fantasy in the form of a Victorian comedy of manners. Pretty hefty book but I quite enjoyed reading it on some long flights. Not the deepest book in the world but a great story and lots of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/15/2011

    " 800+ pages, 10s of footnotes... all worth it. I loved the history Clarke poured into the book and wove realistic magical problems. Definitely on my read-again list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 5/15/2011

    " Fantastic book. The ending had me in tears. "

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