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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,442 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Cox Narrator: David Timson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper. So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver - booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness, and a chance discovery convinces him that he was right. Greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

Glyver's path to reclaim his prize leads him from the depths of Victorian London, with its foggy streets, brothels, and opium dens, to Evenwood, one of England's most beautiful and enchanting country houses, and finally to a consuming love for the beautiful but enigmatic Emily Carteret. His is a story of betrayal and treachery, of death and delusion, of ruthless obsession and ambition. And at every turn, driving Glyver irresistibly onward, is his deadly rival: the poet-criminal Phoebus Rainsford Daunt.

The Meaning of Night is an enthralling novel that will captivate listeners right up to its final thrilling revelation. Thirty years in the making, this debut from Michael Cox has earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sinistmer | 2/17/2014

    " Beautifully written--it has great tension. The narrative voice is extremely strong, and the plot is excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 2/9/2014

    " This was a pretty good book - but long, and I could guess what was going to happen before it did - a little too drawn out for my taste, but a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth Grech | 2/7/2014

    " Great, great, great book. I loved it from beginning to end. Great story line, great characters...really good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie Stanley | 1/24/2014

    " So.......I dont even know what to say. I dont want to totally bash this book, Im sure that somebodyc could fall completely in love with this book....someone with a lot more patience than me. First of all, I LOVE victorian novels..l.LOVE them. When I first heard about this book I was really excited and bought it right away. The author does a great job with the histor and facts of the Victorian age, but seroiosly half this book could have been cut out. The author just went on and on and on. I felt that I wasted part of my life reading this book. Im not saying dont read it, Im just saying this book def was not for me. I will not be reading any other books from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 1/16/2014

    " Amazing until the end :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Woodfield | 1/16/2014

    " Anyone who loves the Victorian age should love this book. Cox is an expert on the period and it shows. While I was totally engrossed in this book, I did have one complaint. I was expecting a "big reveal" at the end that never came. It was a bit of a let down, but still, I don't regret any time spent with the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Kaufman | 1/11/2014

    " a very slow go of a book. I couldn't get past the first 150 pages...but once I did, I realized that it was all neccesary. I ended up loving this book. So many connections and twists made in the book. Loved it. If I ever read it again....I may just lightly read the first 150 :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/8/2014

    " Another Victorian mystery. LOVE IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty Gray | 1/5/2014

    " Slow start but after a while couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 1/4/2014

    " I ultimately ended up liking this book but it had a slow start for me and about a third of it could have been edited out. The story is captivating but just as I was getting really into it, it would drag and I would plod along until the next great part. A worthwhile read none-the-less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danica | 12/18/2013

    " FREAKING AMAZING. Long winded at times but this man (who is unfortunately deceased) was an amazing writer. I have found he is the one of the very few authors that can capture love and passion into words on a page and make me think "yes, that's exactly it!" "

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

    " neo victorian escapist fiction at it's finest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antonie | 11/30/2013

    " It was a page turner. It had an excellent sense of the time it was set in, and even though I avoid Victorian literature like the plague, I got into the rhythm of the language very quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Hurley | 11/20/2013

    " maybe even 4.5 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison Kilpatrick | 11/19/2013

    " (sigh) It was clear that the writer had done his research, and was passionate about it; and, the story line was complex, but ... about midway through the book, I started to guess the ending ... and so it was. Disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 10/15/2013

    " Took me forever to get into this... Sadly. So clever! Labyrinthine, fascinating, and then page-turnery by the end. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/10/2013

    " I don't read many historical novels, but I enjoyed this one very much. I enjoyed the character development, as well as trying to out guess where the story would take me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 4/21/2013

    " good read...reminds me of a tale of two cities "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresatoner | 2/26/2013

    " Set in Victorian London, you can see the plot's eventual end from a mile away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessicareads | 11/9/2012

    " waaaaay too much detail. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 4/23/2012

    " I actually did not finish this book, it was too boring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Anderson | 4/22/2012

    " Marvelous time travel to 19th century England. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 2/24/2012

    " Revenge is a dish best served cold: A school boy rift continues for two decades involving stalking, betrayal, secret identities, and murder. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Hubble | 9/16/2011

    " The story itself was intriquing, but it was very drawn out (the book was 700 pages). I would only recommend it if you have the patience and like longer books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adonna | 9/1/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, it was well written and dark. Reminiscent of Dickens, but without the morality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 8/2/2011

    " So very much like Dickens... I loved it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Louise Jardella | 7/26/2011

    " Didn't like it at all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 5/5/2011

    " Enjoyable tale in the style of Wilkie Collins, though a bit more graphic. The Meaning of Night is a quest/revenge story with interesting hooks and characters. It's also pleasantly unpredictable. Loses a star for rambling a bit more than is necessary - could have been a crisp 500 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pickleman | 4/26/2011

    " Anyone who enjoys Victorian era fiction should love this thing. It's got tons of suspense, romance, thrills and great characters. Puts you right in the 19th century with rich details of what it's like to live in the times. Highly recommended!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 --- 365andMe | 4/2/2011

    " Simply put, not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/13/2011

    " I read the Glass of Time (sequel) and I think, for me that was the best move... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 1/29/2011

    " The story had an intriguing premise and an interesting hero, but I only read about 150 pages before giving up. I'll be picking this up in the future to see if I can actually finish it. The cover is really pretty to look at in person though, it's what first led me to check it out in the first place. "

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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

David Timson is an actor, voice actor, and playwright. He is best known for his narration of The Complete Sherlock Holmes audiobook, in which he voices all 125 characters in the Holmes novels and short stories. His narrations have earned eight AudioFile Earphones Award.