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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,825 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michel Faber Narrator: Jill Tanner Publisher: Canongate Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, Shirley Henderson, and Mark Gatiss.

'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them....' So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen, and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can. Be prepared for a mesmerising tale of passion, intrigue, ambition, and revenge.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bj | 2/6/2014

    " Read at least 10 years ago but a forever favorite! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Rioux | 2/3/2014

    " 900 pages of descriptive narrative of what life was like in Victorian England told from the perspective of Miss Sugar, a prostitute who becomes the mistress of and then a governess in the household of Mr. William Rackham, a loutish perfume magnate. It is difficult to tell from the author's descriptions of the manners and mores of the various characters presented just who exactly are the true "ladies and gentlemen" of English society. "

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

    " Fascinating, 21st century candour and 19th century prudishness brought together through the behaviour of men and the women of the sex trade. Not my favourite type of book, I couldn't relate to any of the characters, not one really appealing personality, but I read every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rikakaka | 1/30/2014

    " Oh, so amazing. So meta-fictional. So good at conjuring up at the past. However, it doesn't get full marks because of the incredibly unsatisfying ending. Don't tease us with the lack of any conclusion whatsoever! It ends in mid-chase! No! That is not allowed! Although it does leave the door wide open for a sequel, but I can't wait that long... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 1/22/2014

    " GUTG at page 180. I probably would have stuck this out if it weren't 800-plus pages. That's a big commitment, and one I wasn't prepared to make. Having just finished Under the Skin, I admire Faber's range as a writer, but this just wasn't my thing. For whatever reason, I've never been able to find the Victorians fascinating, and his head-meet-anvil, wink wink nudge nudge narration of their absurdity, hypocrisy, et al, et al, quickly became grating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosa | 1/19/2014

    " Good story, can't wait for the 2nd one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Addison | 1/16/2014

    " LOVED it-another staple on my bookshelf "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria | 1/13/2014

    " I tried pushing through page by page but I found it difficult to get through. The book's story seemed really promising but I really just couldn't finish it. Perhaps I'll try reading this book again. In the meantime, I'm going to rate this book a single star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/10/2014

    " Well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth | 12/11/2013

    " People raved about this, but I found it unreadable. I switched to book on tape to finish it and still hated it. I usually love period pieces but this didn't have a single sympathetic character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 11/21/2013

    " It was an interesting read. A Victorian tragedy with some hope at the end for Sugar. I was hooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/5/2013

    " It was a very long book, and I enjoy a lot of it, immensely. Other parts, including the concluding 200 or so pages, not so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah N | 10/10/2013

    " The review for this is on its way! Give me some time to settle and organize my thoughts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 8/10/2013

    " This book is raw. There aren't flowery words to explain away the grit and horror that lies within. But the story is gripping, if a little slow moving, and for that the pages devoted to chamber pots can be forgiven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonya-Jayne | 2/19/2013

    " Brilliant, best book I've read in the last twelve months. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/18/2012

    " It was too long for me - towards the end I started to skim out of want to just get the thing done and read. But overall, enjoyed the story, it's very real and has all of the classic tropes of historical fiction that I love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/16/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I was a little dissapointed that it took 500+ pages before stuff began to happen, but what can you do? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicki | 1/9/2012

    " Amazing. I want to read it again and again! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane Greensmith | 9/19/2011

    " It was well-written, informative but so unflinchingly depressing that I stopped reading it after I had read about a third of it. I don't necessarily need my history sugar-coated, but this book was just bad for my mental health. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachelle | 9/15/2011

    " Haven't finished yet. It gets really good and just as quickly becomes hard to keep reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina Hunter | 9/7/2011

    " Right from the start, very catchy. Second Person, is very rare in literature style. My professor said it is not, because students always write "you, you, you!" in their papers. Yet, it is rare to find a book that speaks to you! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peahen | 8/26/2011

    " I didn't finish the book...even though it was uniquely written I didn't like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pjpollard | 8/4/2011

    " This book was impossible to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 5/19/2011

    " writing style is readable, but 800+ pages for a rather loooong drawn out ride to no where wasn't entertaining enough to be worth it! Historical fiction not my thing perhaps.... "

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

    " One of the best books I have ever read - hands down! Couldn't put it down, so intriguing and addictive. Unfortunately all other books by this author are kind of weird - don't live up to this book at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 5/10/2011

    " I'm currently enjoying this book. It is a huge change from my normal novels, but it's a good change. I'm hoping it turns out to be just as good all of the way through. After watching the television adaption, I felt that I should read the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarahlynn | 5/2/2011

    " I didn't feel like I enjoyed this one as I read it but it sticks with me nearly 5 years later so I must have gotten something out it. For example, I still know how 19th century London prostitutes prevented pregnancy. Shudder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 4/30/2011

    " Slow to start but I found that I was quickly pulled into the story. I now want to know what happens next to the main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 4/26/2011

    " This is a very long book that I did NOT want to end, so that is saying something about how much I loved it. Right from the beginning the author invites you in to that historical world where women are either delicate flowers or whores. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/24/2011

    " Love, love, LOVE this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 4/23/2011

    " An all time favourite, can't wait to see the mini-series. "

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About the Author
Author Michel FaberMICHEL FABER is the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed author of The Crimson Petal and the White, Under the Skin—shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award—and several other books. Faber has won many short story awards and his writing has appeared in Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, among others.  He lives in Scotland.
About the Narrator

Jill Tanner was a principal actress with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for eight years and has appeared in many classical and new American plays. She has been in productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in most major theaters in the United States.