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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (550 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. S. Byatt Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When they were little girls, Cassandra and Julia played a game in which they entered an alternate world modeled on the landscapes of Arthurian romance. Now, the sisters are grown and have become hostile strangers—until a figure from their past, a man they once both loved and suffered over, reenters their lives. It is the skittish, snake-obsessed Simon who draws Julia and Cassandra into his charismatic orbit…and into menacing proximity to each other, their discarded selves, and the game that neither of them has completely forgotten. What ensues is both shocking and as inevitable as a classical tragedy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Byatt is a gifted observer, able to discern the exact details that bring whole worlds into being.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Byatt is the most formidably equipped of contemporary novelists…The great merit of [her] writing…is that it continually engages the reader’s mind.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “[Wanda McCaddon’s] expert narration adds to the drama of this complex and satisfying work. Recommended.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jay | 2/20/2014

    " I found this a bit too slow moving. I listened to the audiobook, and found interest wandering quite often. The writing was interesting in patches, but the story itself didn't draw attention and interest like Possession. I picked this up as it mentioned a game being a central part of the plot, but that really wasn't memorable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/20/2014

    " I almost didn't finish this book, and it took me two weeks to get through it, which is kind of unheard of in my reading history. I always finish a book, even if I hate it, and usually in less than three days for fiction. I didn't hate this book, but I had a really hard time losing myself in it... and that's why I read in the first place, immersion into another world, another person. I'm not sure whether the fault is with me or the book. I really enjoyed a couple of Byatt's other books, which is why I got this one from the library in the first place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/18/2014

    " disturbing because the characters are such believable messes "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Angela | 2/16/2014

    " Basically, it's a bunch of characters that were so uninteresting that I didn't really care what happened to them. "

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