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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,982 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Megan Shepherd Narrator: Lucy Rayner Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Madman’s Daughter Trilogy Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780062246110
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Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A deft twist on a familiar classic, The Madman’s Daughter has the best of everything: beautiful writing, breakneck pacing, a pulse-pounding mystery, and an irresistible romance.”

    Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Romantic, haunting, and full of spine-tingling thrills, The Madman’s Daughter kept me reading late into the night.”

    Veronica Rossi, author of Under the Never Sky

  • “Entertaining.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/14/2014

    " Creepy and Gothic, this book made me want to delve into the work it was based on, The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells. The description was so vivid at times I could feel the humid jungle air and hear the sounds of the animals, and the unsettling atmosphere got so ingrained into my mind that when we couldn't find my cat while I was reading my first thought was that she had been stolen for one of Dr. Moreau's experiments! My only issues with this book were how naive the main character was--although for a sheltered Victorian girl I guess that's not uncommon--and the fact that a love triangle seemed wholly unnecessary in a Victorian sci-fi book. As for the plot twists, I guessed one ahead of time but the other I didn't see coming in the slightest. The ending was rather abrupt, but this is the first of a trilogy so I guess that can be forgiven. I hear book 2 will take inspiration from Jekyll and Hyde, so that should be interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/14/2014

    " A great retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau. First person narrative by a smart, strong willed young woman; mysterious characters; a creepy setting; and fast pacing all make for an entertaining read. I love the twist with the main character, and I look forward to reading more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/10/2014

    " The ending was so unexpected!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn (Rhiannon) Wolf Doctor Whovian Phoenix | 1/31/2014

    " It was really awesome!! The ending sucked, but it was a cliffhanger type thing, and there's two more books in the making. Yay! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Delaet | 1/8/2014

    " The writing style kept me reading but at times the story had a creepy feeling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie Mohler | 1/8/2014

    " I refuse to finish this- it's getting stupid and it has a love triangle- really??? "

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

    " HOT DAMN. Nightmares for weeks. Also, that ending. Review to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 12/7/2013

    " Thoroughly Madman's Daughter. Great characters, great story and an amazing ending I did not see coming. Could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 12/3/2013

    " This book was a little long winded. I thought the book was okay. It had such promise, but the characters lacked some depth and the ending was very rushed. It was a quick read, and interesting concept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Wise | 11/1/2013

    " Well... It's a very different story. I liked it though. A very interesting story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Varano | 10/17/2013

    " I found the concept fascinating - building on the plot from another novel. I did not know much about the HG Wells novel but researched it a bit. I enjoyed the book. The plot was full of action and the character development was pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina | 6/26/2013

    " Dark and creepy. Not at all what I expected, but so wonderfully different from anything I've read in a long time. Can't wait to read the rest of this trilogy. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andra | 4/24/2013

    " Why is it every new author I pick up is writing a trilogy? Didn't LOVE it but the ending really caught me so now I have to read the next 2! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanyia | 4/1/2013

    " Dnf... just not for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) | 2/4/2013

    " OMG!!!!!! That ending! This was flipping awesome!!!!! "

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About the Author

Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in North Carolina. An avid reader and world traveler who spent several years in the Peace Corps, she now lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina. Her novels include The Madman’s Daughter and Her Dark Curiosity.

About the Narrator

Lucy Rayner has starred in numerous short and feature-length films, including English20 and Total Retribution. For her performance in Bolero, she was named Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 Madrid International Film Festival. A native of South Wales, she currently lives in Los Angeles.