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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,701 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Cox Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Building on Michael Cox’s haunting, superbly written debut novel, The Meaning of Night, The Glass of Time is a page turning period mystery about identity, the nature of secrets, and what happens when past obsessions impose themselves on an unwilling present. In the autumn of 1876, nineteen year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to become a lady’s maid to the twenty-sixth Baroness Tansor. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l’Orme, to uncover the secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza’s own life is bound up. At Evenwood she meets Lady Tansor’s two dashing sons, Perseus and Randolph, and finds herself enmeshed in a complicated web of seduction, intrigue, deceit, betrayal, and murder. Few writers are as gifted at evoking the sensibility of the nineteenth century as Michael Cox, who has made the world of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins his own.

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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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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