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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Cox Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781400179763
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Building on his highly acclaimed debut, The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox returns to a murderous nineteenth-century England. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entirely wonderful…Chock-full of revenge, romance, duplicity, concealed identities, and murder most frequent.”

    Washington Post

  • “[Cox] draws you in slowly until you feel hypnotized by the atmosphere and confusion.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • "[Listeners] will find themselves deeply engaged by the elegant descriptive prose.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Atmospheric and engrossing…Strongly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Bailey provides each character with a distinct voice…A fine mix of historical fiction and mystery.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna Jo Atwood | 2/15/2014

    " I felt this was a gothic romance trying to become more important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed this much more than the first book in the series, but it was good to have some of the background to this story. Overall, I didn't find the mystery very difficult to fathom, but the tension waiting for the main character, Esperanza, to realize a major mistake was very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/26/2014

    " A most disappointing work and wholly unworthy as a satisfying sequel to the magnificent Meaning of Night. Entirely predictable, contrived and disingenuous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/6/2014

    " The explanations were a little long-winded at times, but overall this novel had everything - suspense, mystery, romance, etc. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/31/2013

    " This was a pretty predictable book but still a fun quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 12/24/2013

    " A worthy successor to The Meaning of Night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dragana | 12/2/2013

    " Sequel to "The Meaning of Night". Fun, book of secret identities, written in the style of a Victorian mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BJ | 11/3/2013

    " A great sequel to The Meaning of Night. Just as riveting as the first one. I really couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K likes Tea | 11/1/2013

    " I really liked this book, but can't give it more stars because I found it very hard to get through. It is a complex and interesting story of mistaken identity, in the gothic style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 8/5/2013

    " Not quite as good as the first book, The Meaning of Night. But still a fun, engaging read with plenty of deception, sleuthing, and hidden identities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzy | 6/13/2013

    " pretty good mystery - again between a 3 and 4 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 6/10/2013

    " well i liked the first one this book was far and away much better. i couldn't put it down and would stay up til 2 every morning trying to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 5/4/2013

    " I had a hard time really getting connected to the characters until well into the book. But I did enjoy the second half a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JessDesq | 2/18/2013

    " like the count of monte cristo - but a lot slower and a lot less exciting. the surprise ending was a shocker though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Throngard | 10/4/2012

    " This was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. Be sure to read The Meaning of Night before your read this one it is also a riveter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 8/4/2012

    " Fantastic and gripping throughout. One of the best reads I have ever encountered and now a personal favourite. The writings is majestic and the storyline compels the intellect. Amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Ward-smith | 2/5/2012

    " dLots of completely unexpected surprises in this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 12/30/2011

    " Sorry sequel to a fantastic original. Wish I hadn't read it. Didn't make me lose any respect for the first but didn't help either. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne | 12/4/2011

    " Not the kind of writing that holds my attention. I found it boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 La Reyna | 10/8/2011

    " I tried so very hard to get in to this book but alas I failed. I'm not 100% sure what stopped me but no matter how many times I attempted to read this book it didn't happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Psalm | 6/13/2011

    " Luv, Luv, Luv!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 5/13/2011

    " Loved it. I like the detail of the characters and language of the time period. Very well written. Great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 3/5/2011

    " Very enjoyable book! Now I have to go back and read "The Meaning of Night" again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissi | 3/3/2011

    " great read, but a bit confusing at times -- lots of characters! I finally decided to make a cheat sheet of characters to help keep things clear. "

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

    " Well, personally, I think this book is more of an adult version so I do NOT suggest teens to read it, you'd get bored at the 10th page, like I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/26/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. First thing by Cox that I'd read. Quick moving, great plot line, well done. "

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

    " Weak sequel to The Meaning of Night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/21/2011

    " Brilliant sequel to "The Meaning of Night." The author somehow manages to make the plot more complex and deep than the first book without confusing or muddling up the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/17/2011

    " What a fun and compelling read! A great Victorian page turner in the tradition of Rebecca. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sarah t | 12/12/2010

    " This was an entertaining mystery set in the Victorian era - what's not to love. I might have even liked it better than the Meaning of Night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/2/2010

    " Somewhat predictable and slow at times but a good yarn. I prefered the "Meaning of Night".
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phoenix | 11/16/2010

    " The book picks up twenty years after The Meaning of Night and I was not disappointed! "

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About the Author
Author Michael Cox

Michael Cox is the author of The Meaning of Night, which was shortlisted for the 2007 Costa First Novel Award. He is also the biographer of the ghost-story writer and scholar M. R. James and coeditor of a number of Oxford anthologies of short fiction, including The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories. He lives in rural Northamptonshire, England.

About the Narrator

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.