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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,632 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Priest Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other.

Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers—but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other’s ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician’s craft can command, the highest misdirection and the darkest science. Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations to descendants who must, for their sanity’s sake, untangle their puzzle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant conjuring act by one of the master illusionists of our time.”


  • “Extraordinary—like a dazzling magic act!”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A dizzying magic show of a novel, chock-a-block with all the props of Victorian sensation fiction: séances, multiple narrators, a family curse, doubles, a lost notebook, wraiths, and disembodied spirits; a haunted house, awesome mad-doctor machinery, a mausoleum, and ghoulish horrors; a misunderstood scientist, impossible disappearances; the sins of the fathers visited upon their descendants…Imagine Possession rewritten by Barbara Vine, or Robertson Davies at his most smoothly diabolical. A brilliantly constructed entertainment!”

    Washington Post

  • “Hypnotic…The Prestige provides the satisfaction of an ambitious and well-told entertainment.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Nothing quite prepares you for the sinister complexity and imaginative flair of The Prestige…Magnificently eerie.”

    Anthony Quinn, Sunday Times (London)

  • “Enthrallingly odd…This is a complex tale that must have been extremely difficult to tell in exactly the right sequence, while still maintaining a series of shocks to the very end. Priest has brought it off with great imagination and skill.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Priest’s remarkable novel [has] been produced as an audiobook every bit as remarkable…Hearing Vance mellifluously pronounce words like ‘prestidigitator’ as if they were part of his normal speech makes the book worth the time, but there is so much more…Vance expertly portrays these two men as their lives (and their tricks) are slowly revealed.”


  • “Priest writes crisp, unencumbered prose. And anyone who’s ever thrilled to the arcing electricity in the ‘It’s alive!’ scene in Frankenstein will relish the ‘special effects’ by none other than Nikola Tesla.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A taut, twisting, prize-winning story…An unexpectedly compelling fusion of weird science and legerdemain.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Beautifully written…Priest masters the merging of SF and mainstream, and The Prestige is his finest novel to date.”

    New Scientist

  • “It’s difficult to say how long it’s been since I’ve been so enthralled with an audiobook…[Vance’s] performance was stellar. Because of his subtle care, the surprises of the novel were enhanced…The result is an intricate web that is slowly unraveled throughout the book. It’s an audiobook that merits a second listen…An SFFAudio Essential.”


  • “A marvelously scary entertainment with one of the creepiest final revelations in recent years. Don’t miss the magic show!”

    Gahan Wilson, Realms of Fantasy

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 1996 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • A 2007 Audie Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 1995 James Tait Black Memorial Prize
  • A 1996 Arthur C. Clarke Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ruddy | 2/20/2014

    " This was such an interesting book. The mystery of the magical world is such a compelling read. I think this book was so informative and also descriptive. I felt like I was there the whole time. The movie also translated pretty well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Annaliese | 2/18/2014

    " Fun book -- very compelling read, even when the point of view isn't your favorite one, because you are driven to know what is going on. As a fantasy novel, the part you have to suspend disbelief for comes a little late for it to go down easy, but you do it anyway and have a great time learning about magic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by MJ | 2/15/2014

    " An excellent book which I read long after having seen the movie - both stand equally on their own and are different enough (in places quite different) that neither completely spoils the other. That said, I think I prefer the movie version better which is a bit of a surprise considering how seldom a movie-adaptation lives up to the source material. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeffrey | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting book. Good movie with Hugh Jackman. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Priest

Christopher Priest has won the World Fantasy Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and in 2001 was awarded the Prix Utopia for lifetime achievement in fantastic literature. He is married to the writer Leigh Kennedy. They live in Hastings, England, with their two children.