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3.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 53.44 out of 5 3.44 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Hoffman Narrator: Nancy Travis Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781594831607
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Be careful what you wish for. A woman who was touched by tragedy as a child now lives a quiet life, keeping other people at a cool distance. She even believes she wants it that way. Then one day she utters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks a strange and powerful new beginning. After the lightning strike, the chill in her spirit starts to have physical manifestations. She feels frozen from the inside out, and everything red looks as colorless as snow. Hearing of a fellow lightning-strike survivor - a man who was apparently dead for forty minutes, then simply got up and walked away - she goes in search of him. Perhaps Lazarus Jones, as he is known, can teach her to live without fear. He turns out to be her perfect opposite, a man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both hide their most dangerous secrets - what happened in the past that turned one to ice and the other to fire. And everyone in her fragile network of friends and family will be drawn into the conflagration of their joining. Alice Hoffman has written a magical story of passion, loss, and renewal. With a spareness and immediacy that only a master could achieve, she illuminates the bonds and mysteries that connect mother and daughter, sister and brother, woman and man.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 6/28/2011

    " I love the descriptive prose of Alice Hoffman's writing. The Ice Queen was a wonderful fabulous tale of love and loss and moving on from loss to find life beyond it. One of her best I've read thus far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandyn | 5/25/2011

    " The most beautiful book I've read in quite some time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pandora | 5/17/2011

    " This book was depressing and random. I really liked her book the Third Angel - glad I read that one first because I wouldnt have tried another of her books if Ice Queen was first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 5/11/2011

    " The Ice Queen is one of those quiet books that takes you on a subtle journey through one woman's life in search of need and ultimately, love. The book is beautifully crafted in terms of typography and the story is so moving. The Ice Queen is one of my favorites books of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 5/7/2011

    " Strange book with a character that was a little hard to relate to. Not a bad read, but not something I really enjoyed, either. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rose | 5/7/2011

    " made me dizzy to read some of this - didn't care for writing style (I loved "At Risk" though) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/16/2011

    " This was a very strange book-more depressing then interesting about a woman who had a horrible life and then was hit by lightning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/6/2011

    " Excellent book. A unique story line and characters that I can relate to. This book held my attention from the start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/31/2011

    " I really liked this dark, odd, fairy-tale influenced story. Death, love, lightning strikes, disfigurement. "

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About the Author
Author Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. Her short fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, Self, and others. Her novel Practical Magic was made into a major motion picture starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman; her young adult novel Aquamarine was made into a movie in 2006.

About the Narrator

Nancy Travis is an actress who is best known for her roles in feature films such as Three Men and a Baby, Three Men and a Little Lady, Greedy, and Fluke. She currently stars as Vanessa Baxter in the ABC television series Last Man Standing.