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Download The Nature of Monsters Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (999 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clare Clark Narrator: Julia Barrie Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN:
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It is 1718 and, in a small parish near Newcastle, Eliza Tally, a headstrong girl of 16, embarks on a reckless love affair that will prove her undoing. When her lover casts her off, denying their union, she is forced to travel to London, a city that attracts and alarms her in equal measure. There, she takes up a position in the house of an apothecary, Grayson Black, whom she trusts to salvage what remains of her reputation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jana | 2/18/2014

    " This book is the book that finally stopped me from buying books at book stores because "the cover is pretty and the description on the back sounds interesting." After this book, I resolved to always consult online reviews before wasting my money on something I would end up hating. So, one star for this book being somewhat useful in that regard! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lesley | 2/16/2014

    " After enjoying Savage Lands, I hoped this book would have the same tone. Yeah, not so much. The non-stop references to bowels, turds, s#$t, etc was just too much. It reminded me a lot of the movie "The Road to Wellville" (which I have declared the worst movie of all time). I think the graphic descriptions of Mary's breathing, tongue and harelip were excessive and sometimes gagging, although it added to the character, it was just too much. I kept reading because I wanted to see Eliza get revenge on these terrible people and when it came, it was anticlimatic and disappointing (which is also the reason for the 2nd star, just the wanting to know what happened). I'm hoping "The Great Stink" isn't this bad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Athena | 2/12/2014

    " I tried to read this and had to stop it was poorly written and all over the place and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/7/2014

    " Not really sure what happened here... I ended up with this book through the mail-order book club thing to which I belong. (yeah, yeah, yeah, much like BMG where you got your copy of Milli Vanilli's 'Blame it on the Rain' in 1992). Um... did I think I recognized the author? Did they have a really good description on the site? Was I drunk? It is a mystery! In any case, the book arrived. I read it. And... that's all. There was no description on the back cover, which I hate. I really need something to set the stage and tell me where I am going. This was actually the best thing I learned from reading this book: I need a back-cover synopsis. Someone needs to tell me what to expect. While reading, I kept wondering what the point was, or what I was supposed t be thinking. I just couldn't come up with anything. I guess I cared about the characters, kind of. Yeah, just generally... not good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cat | 1/29/2014

    " There was such a focus on historical description, the story itself was predictable and boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/21/2014

    " An extremely dark book as the title reveals. The writing style can be a bit confusing switching between Eliza's story and the crazy ramblings of her opium addicted master The Apothecary, and some extraneous details were not needed. I will say that Clark's descriptions of 1700's London make you smell the filth and feel the grim as if you were there. I agree with other reviewers that Eliza's change of heart concerning Mary is a bit odd, considering her strong distaste in the beginning, but I still really liked this dark tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitlin | 1/20/2014

    " twisted dark kinda scary, just like i like em "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess Summers | 1/19/2014

    " Victorian mores, medicine, daily life, philosophy/religion, and mystery! woo-hoo! like her first book, also graphic in descriptions of bodily functions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/2/2014

    " very well researched fiction of the victorian era, london, fun to read but lack luster ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashleigh | 12/20/2013

    " Lots of sex. About the irredeemability/redeemability of man-kind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 12/8/2013

    " Not interested enough to finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dena | 10/30/2013

    " This book was so dark and disturbing, with very little redemption. I sort-of wanted to know how it all worked out, but be the end was just more disturbed than curious. I was only OK. This is one that you could skip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendi | 10/15/2013

    " This was a very dark novel. Within its pages are perversion, drug addiction, madness, violence and pain. I found the imagery quite disturbing and poignant which of course was the point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merry Lee | 8/4/2013

    " I was disaappointed that the story wasn't more suspenseful. I don't think the person who wrote the summary on the dust jacket read the book because what was described there were minor incidents in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 6/3/2013

    " Pretty good story but if the author had used the word 'greasy' one more time I was going to scream! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dragynlady | 5/5/2013

    " grim at times but I rather liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/12/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krysia | 8/4/2012

    " Those who enjoy reading books by Michel Faber, Sarah Waters, Emma Donohoe, Wesley Stace, etc. will enjoy this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Lemus | 5/8/2012

    " Not interesting enough to want to read. Read anyways -_- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/6/2012

    " This was spooky, gothic, a little FRANKENSTEIN-ish (is that a word?) and I liked the ending. If you like Jack the Ripper or Sweeney Todd era stuff, then this will be right up your alley, no pun intended. Haha "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Turtelina | 10/24/2011

    " Eigentlich war ich bis zum Ende hin ziemlich begeistert. Guter Schreibstil, interessantes Thema... bis dann irgendwann alles viel zu schraeg und absurd fuer mich wurde. Zum Schluss war ich echt froh es geschafft zu haben. Schade. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 9/10/2011

    " Soooooooooooo slooooooooow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 9/3/2011

    " Nice dark adventure that would not let me out until pages were finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katharine | 6/24/2011

    " almost done. Reading rapidly to be ready for tomorrow night's book club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maura | 5/16/2011

    " A gritty and at times disturbing story of London in the 1700s and the uniform medical practices and ideas of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 4/12/2011

    " this was a random read for me and i loved it. my favorite character dies sadly, but such is life. great read! great story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 3/27/2011

    " This book is great and then the author threw away the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 _incubus | 1/20/2011

    " volevo mettere due stelle e mezzo.... decisamente l'unica certezza che mi ha dato questo libro è che non avrei mai e poi mai voluto vivere nella londra del '700 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 12/28/2010

    " This historical novel is about the theory of maternal impression and one scientist willing to do anything to achieve greatness. There is real evil here, but we experience the narrator's attempts to resist it and celebrate when she achieves any measure of autonomy from male control. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KaiPea | 12/24/2010

    " This book has awesome creepy and weird things going on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 10/10/2010

    " Loved the writing style........... took me a little longer to get through it because my reading time is so limited now, but was well worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 8/31/2010

    " Kind of a frankenstein-ish plot...overall good read...very thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 7/27/2010

    " I actually had to put this book down for a short while as the death of the baby in the middle put me off a bit. I did finish it though, and it was pretty good! "

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About the Author
Author Clare Clark

Clare Clark is the author of four novels, including The Great Stink, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize and was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and Savage Lands, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2010. Her work has been translated into five languages. She lives in London.

About the Narrator

Julia Barrie, winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, is an actress who has appeared in such movies and shows as Doctors, Where There’s Smoke, and Close Relations.