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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanne Harris Narrator: Susanna Burney Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9780061672729
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Since she was a little girl, the wind has dictated every move Vianne Rocher has made, buffeting her from the small French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and baby Rosette, safe.

Her new home above the chocolate shop offers calm and quiet; no red sachets by the door; no sparks of magic fill the air. Conformity brings with it anonymity—and peace. There is even Thierry, the stolid businessman who wants to care for Yanne and the children. On the cusp of adolescence, an increasingly rebellious Anouk does not understand. But soon the weathervane turns . . . and into their lives blows the charming, enigmatic—and devious—Zozie de l'Alba. And everything begins to change.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Harris once again delivers a delicious urban fairy tale, where killer shoes and Aztec myths battle it out with true love and the seductive power of chocolate.” 

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “The fairy tale that Joanne Harris began years ago in Chocolat continues in The Girl With No Shadow, though the taste of this new novel is far more bittersweet...enticing.” 

    Daily News (New York)

  • “[A] provocative sequel to Chocolat, all the sensuous delights from the chocolaterie and the magic of signs, spells and cantrips are revisited.We are held bewitched on a thrilling ride.” 

    Louisville Courier Journal 

  • “Burney brings a proficient French accent, a lovely singing voice for the recurring lullaby leitmotif and emotional power to the novel’s final scenes about the bond of maternal love.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Burneys voice modulates the distinct personalities in a versatile and engaging style…The lives and passions of these three women are presented in a fascinating manner.” 

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/16/2014

    " There was a lot I really liked about this book. This and Chocolat are wonderfully evocative books. I thought the climax didn't really fit with the overall tone of the book, but still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connieminden | 2/9/2014

    " I'm hoping for a movie sequel that's as true to the book as Chocolat... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill | 2/8/2014

    " loved it, It follows on the story of the characters in Chocolat and is equally as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 2/1/2014

    " I listened to this book because a few years ago I had read the first book in this story. I found this part of the story to be full of emotions and mystery. I found myself working on my crafts more so that I could listen to this story. This author has made my "TOP 100 AUTHORS I ENJOY READING"list. I do have one of her other books on my "To-Be-Read" pile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Hepburn | 1/30/2014

    " I LOVED it...I enjoyed revisiting the characters of Chocolat and the theme's of magick and love/people and of course...chocolate :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/22/2014

    " Interesting story about early identity theft. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 vida | 1/18/2014

    " Skimmed through to finish...not nearly as good as Chocolat "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/12/2014

    " An interesting book with twists and turns. The story is told from three points of view, which can be confusing at first. Language could be better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 1/11/2014

    " Repetitive, negative, poor character introduction, disappointing romantic inclusion and without a clear plot for most of the book. Not much fun to read or listen to on audio. Boo! Suffered through the end just because it was a book club pick. I want my $23 dollars back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nagwan Noaman | 1/1/2014

    " Wicked and (or should I say but) lovely :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alanna P | 12/31/2013

    " The ultimate theft is not always the one we expect to come our way and when there is magic involved, you can never really expect an outcome. Does magic exist or is it the illusion of control we exert over those things and people around us? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debralee | 12/31/2013

    " This sequel to "Chocolate" is a delightful and quick read. The only thing missing was Johnny Depp! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corielle | 12/21/2013

    " Better than the original, in my opinion. Now I'm stuck at the EAC with no book--does Half Price Books have a delivery service? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/15/2013

    " It was very difficult to know whose point of view the early chapters were portraying, and at times Anouck's voice is unbelievably adult, but otherwise an enjoyable, intriguing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britney | 3/5/2013

    " Meh. It was fun. I didn't like the person Vianne had become through most of this one, and she's so awesome in Chocolat that it is just kind of disappointing a lot of the time. It was okay though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 8/6/2012

    " Just finished! A super sequel to Chocolat. I love Joanne Harris books!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/4/2012

    " This story picks up four years after the original. It has some of the same intrigue as the first and all of the magic. To say more would be to give it away...better than most sequels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 8/28/2011

    " I still like the characters Vianne and Anouk, but the first was better. That may be largely because this book was longer and it felt drawn out. I like the fanatsy content with a current feel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 8/14/2011

    " The sequel to "Chocolat" finds Vianne and her daughters in Paris, and introduces new dangers. I enjoyed the magic/fantasy part of the story, much as with Chocolat, and the author's powers of observation about human nature add, as always, to the character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 6/26/2011

    " Loved it. Fun book. Different. Second in series. On to the next!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/26/2011

    " This was an interesting read as well. "

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

    " Definately not as good as the original chocolat but it was worth the read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 4/9/2011

    " I think I liked this book even more than Chocolat! It had a better ending, and answered many heretofore unanswered questions! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleksandra | 3/31/2011

    " En entertaining read from Harris, as always. Enjoyed to see how Vianne's story developed. Nice twists. A bit of magic, a bit of Paris, a bit of scents and smells. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cia | 3/28/2011

    " Amazing.
    Loved it- more so than Chocolat, which I didn't think would be possible.
    But apparently that is possible, probably because of Zozie. LOVED Zozie- the addition of her narrative and Anouk's probably made the book for me. Fabulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 3/26/2011

    " I loved the mix of mystery, magic, and relationships in this book. It took me a bit to get into it because it had been too long since I read Chocolate. This is a direct sequel so it helps if you remember the first book prior to reading this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 3/21/2011

    " After reading other reviews I was worried I would be disappointed, but I loved it! Deliciously dark undertones threaded throughout this coming of age and finding yourself novel. I would read it again, the highest praise I can give any novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/17/2011

    " Sequel to Chocolat, really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amity | 3/11/2011

    " I enjoyed the continuation of the tale, but I am still not sure how I feel about the dark magic side. Overall, I would recommend it. Even if you haven't read Chocolat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 3/6/2011

    " Repetitive, negative, poor character introduction, disappointing romantic inclusion and without a clear plot for most of the book. Not much fun to read or listen to on audio. Boo! Suffered through the end just because it was a book club pick. I want my $23 dollars back! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zeina | 3/6/2011

    " Gosh it is an amazing book that every person who loves chocolate and magic should DEFINITELY read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristenfalsocapaldi | 2/26/2011

    " I liked the characters and the story overall, but I was not drawn to the book. I found it hard to stick with, not sure why. I do love Vianne and Anouk, though. "

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About the Author
Author Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is the author of seven previous novels—Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Sleep, Pale Sister, and Gentlemen & Players; a short story collection, Jigs & Reels; and two cookbook/memoirs, My French Kitchen and The French Market. Half French and half British, she lives in England.

About the Narrator

Susanna Burney has appeared in a wide range of plays on stages in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Her favorite roles include Hamlet, Olga in Three Sisters, Mrs. Wilcox in a stage adaptation of Howard’s End, and as the solo performer in Man to Man, for which she was named best actress of the year in the Seattle weekly, the Stranger. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University.