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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,400 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katharine McMahon Narrator: Justine Eyre, John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781415927687
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During the English Age of Reason, a woman cloistered since birth learns that knowledge is no substitute for experience.


Raised by her father in near isolation in the English countryside, Emilie Selden is trained as a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist. In the spring of 1725, father and daughter embark upon their most daring alchemical experiment to date—attempting to breathe life into dead matter. But when Emilie—against her father’s wishes—experiences the passion of first love, she is banished to London, where she soon discovers she knows nothing about human nature—or her own family’s complicated past. So begins her shocking journey to enlightenment.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Impossible to stop thinking about...From the first page, there is a steady building of tension, drawing us deeper and deeper into the layers of secrecy surrounding the reclusive and brilliant Emilie Selden. The reader discovers the truths hidden within the elements of nature and the depth of strength within the soul. Linda Holeman, author of The Linnet Bird
  • An absolutely wonderful book. A beautifully written story, rich with detail. Diane Haeger, author of The Ruby Ring
  • Evocative, compelling, and beautifully written...Explosive secrets abound not only in the mysterious alchemy laboratory and in sprawling, seething London during the Age of Reason—but also in the heroine’s heart. Karen Harper, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Last Boleyn

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Starla | 2/20/2014

    " I really loved Katharine McMohons writing style. She did a wonderful job depicting characters and the time/place of the story. At times the story was a bit slow for me and the ending left me feeling disappointed. But, the story was a very good one and well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terresa | 2/19/2014

    " I thought it was an interesting correlation between science and relationships. I enjoyed the scientific part of the book as much as the story, thinking about how we currently believe the order of the universe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Argnese Julmist | 2/15/2014

    " So good, and it has a good moral to the story "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natasa Tovornik | 2/10/2014

    " not my kind of book. a lot of words, not a lot of meaning, just a story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Sharp | 2/2/2014

    " I really liked this book! Interesting twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Hutchinson | 1/30/2014

    " Couldn't put this books down. I feel like she really captured the time, and the challenges that women faced, in a way that just felt like I was in the alchemist's daughter's shoes. It is not very often you can find a book, set in this time period and really identify with the character, but I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/26/2014

    " This book was enlightening. I was fascinated by how repressed women were in the 1700s. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suburbangardener | 1/21/2014

    " I didn't finish this book because the heroine was too annoyingly helpless. She's supposed to be brilliant, yet she can't think her way out of a paper bag. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen Tregaskis | 1/18/2014

    " Horrible, godawful waste of my time. The first 1/4 of the book was really exciting, and made you want to know more of the character, but as soon as she marries Aislabie it all goes downhill. She's supposed to be really smart, but makes the most ridiculous decisions. Don't bother. LAME. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vonnie | 1/5/2014

    " This book is safe to read. No garbage included. It is the story about a young girl, living at home with her father and special needs brother. Her mother has left the family. She makes difficult choices as she moves into the adult world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 12/14/2013

    " interesting period story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shareen | 11/30/2013

    " Thought this book was pretty boring. Didn't get good until the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachael | 5/27/2013

    " Actually stopped reading it...something I almost never do! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina T | 2/3/2013

    " Don't bother. Not as exciting as it may seem to an herbalist. I'll try the other book of the same title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johannah | 3/27/2012

    " I was a little bored with the descriptions of the experiments, but the story was decent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Bonner | 2/3/2012

    " Poor girl! Forced to learn science by her father, and unknowledgable of human relationships. Very interesting read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Designer Girl;) | 11/29/2011

    " I think I read this book last year. I can't remember. Anyways, it's a grown-up book and I made a mistake of reading it. Oops:( I didn't really enjoy the last part but the start was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Carlisle | 7/1/2011

    " More like 3.5 stars. Wish we had that option. Just so-so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 EJ MACK | 6/5/2011

    " I did not like the story, but thought it was written well. The main characters just were not believeable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camie | 5/11/2011

    " Of course its nothing like 'the Alchemist.' Interesting twist for a love story...don't know that I would recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/9/2011

    " What really mad me mad was that I used a gift certificate on this book. Completely disliked it. Just a romance, and it's not even written that well (if ya know what I mean :)). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylie | 4/14/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vonnie | 3/22/2011

    " This book is safe to read. No garbage included. It is the story about a young girl, living at home with her father and special needs brother. Her mother has left the family. She makes difficult choices as she moves into the adult world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 3/1/2011

    " I liked the reader's voice a lot. Very good with different character's voices. I liked the context and thought 1720s London pretty interesting. Heroine...meh "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shareen | 3/1/2011

    " Thought this book was pretty boring. Didn't get good until the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aubreya | 1/26/2011

    " I did not enjoy this book. The main character is an easily manipulated girl. This book reminded me more of a romance novel than historical fiction. "

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About the Author
Author Katharine McMahon

Katharine Mcmahon is the author of several novels of historical fiction. She is a former English teacher, writing instructor, and actress.

About the Narrators

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and seven AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.