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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (795 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sophie Gee Narrator: Cameron Stewart Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781598875300
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In a society eager for scandal but demanding of discretion, the intense attraction between two 18th-century Londoners makes for delicious gossip, a story that thrills in the telling. It also inspires the poem that catapults the career of poet Alexander Po 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 Chloe | 2/20/2014

    " This is exactly the kind of novels i enjoy reading. Based in 1711, the time when money was the only thing that mattered when it came to marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/20/2014

    " Reads a bit awkwardly due to unmarked perspective changes mid-stream, but moves well and offers a wealth of historical detail about the world of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Smschade | 2/20/2014

    " Returned it to the library without finishing it. I grew bored in the first few chapters and had other things that I had more interest in reading. "

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

    " This is a wonderful, light summer read with an interesting premise. The story is a fictonalized account of how Alexander Pope came up with the idea for The Rape of the Lock. Don't expect too much, but lots of fun. "

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

    " A diverting read with interesting interaction. Not a favorite but I did really enjoy its attempt to relate the backstory of the Rape of the Lock. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/4/2014

    " I don't think I ever would have picked up this book if it hadn't been recommended so highly by the bookseller who came to speak to our reading group. It's about the events that led Alexander Pope to write "The Rape of the Lock." I've never particularly liked poetry or 18th century British history for that matter, so the book was not a natural for me. I loved it from page one. The writing was wonderful; the plot a great combination of sex, political intrigue, and ambition; the characters all fascinating. I had a hard time putting this one down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/2/2014

    " Fictional work about Alexander Pope and his inspiration for one of his poems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev Hankins | 1/22/2014

    " Highly entertaining...I read it as non-stop as possible (given that I had to work 8 hours a day while reading it). Not quite as literary as I expected from a Harvard graduate and current Princeton professor. Reminds me more of a VERY steamy Georgette Heyer novel. Well-researched (as it should be...see sentence #2) 18th C romance novel overpowers what might have been an incredible historical fiction. Three and 1/2 stars...round up to four. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 1/15/2014

    " This a well written historical novel about Alexander Pope and the incident that inspired "The Rape of the Lock". I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 12/21/2013

    " Definitely light reading, but I thought it was a lot of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leora Stutes | 12/11/2013

    " Takes place in London 1711. This is an historical novel aabout Alexander Pope, with Rev. Jonathan Swift, Richard Steele (The Tatler,) John Gay (The Begar's Opera,) and others. Includes the printing of The Rape of the Lock by Pope. Interesting look at another time in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 9/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this period tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aparnaa | 3/15/2013

    " My guilty pleasure is historical fiction. It's okay. Literary historical fiction can be fun. It's not awesome or anything, but I breezed on through it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna Margaret | 2/7/2013

    " I couldnt really get into it. I only read certain parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/30/2013

    " This was good, but it didn't live up to my expectations. I thought it'd be a really interesting historical fiction book, but it was really only fine. I'd almost give it a 2.5. I liked it, it just didn't absorb me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 10/7/2012

    " Suprisingly good, expected it to be more trashy with the cover picture and title. But its based on real events and people and another piece of literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 7/14/2012

    " Soft porn, with a non-fiction base and a cover sure to turn heads on the air plane! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Elise | 6/22/2012

    " The story is based upon the epic poem "The Rape of the Lock" and is well-worth a read if one has read said poem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 3/14/2012

    " I'd really rate this book at about a 4.5, because the plot is a four but it is extremely well written. Although it was completed in the last few years, the conversations of the characters reflects the time period of the story perfectly, and the writing style is reminiscient of a Jane Austen novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 3/3/2012

    " I just happened to pick this one off the New Books shelf at the library and am very glad that I did. I learned a great deal about the poet Alexander Pope and also a great deal about karma. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leila | 11/4/2011

    " I'm having a really hard time with this one. I think that not being familiar with the poem had hindered my ability to get into this book. For now its going back on the shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 8/14/2011

    " This was a charming well-paced novel of the actual (fictionalized?, proposed?) story behind Alexander Pope's poem, the Rape of the Lock. Great sense of the time period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/9/2011

    " This was a charming well-paced novel of the actual (fictionalized?, proposed?) story behind Alexander Pope's poem, the Rape of the Lock. Great sense of the time period. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JackieB | 5/3/2011

    " I just couldn't get into this, but I don't know why. The plot seemed to move very slowly and the characters didn't engage me. However, it seemed to have a lot of the features which I look for in a novel. I may try this one again sometime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diana | 1/18/2011

    " It was confusing, because I don't really read, historical fiction. Honestly, I only skimmed through it quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bronwyn | 1/14/2011

    " I just could not get into this book though I tried for 300 pages, that was with skipping a lot. The back cover sounded promising but this story was not for me.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 10/26/2010

    " I liked the book based on a true story of the times 1700's. Quick read and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/7/2010

    " I wish I would have known this was historical fiction before I started. It was a bit slow, but most true stories are. It was entertaining, the "Scandal" wasn't so scandalous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellylynn | 9/2/2010

    " I normally like books written about this era. But this novel just was off for me, the whole thing just seemed awkward. Overall I just did not click with any of the characters at all. There was no sympathy, no feeling whatsoever. I just didn't care what happened to anyone.
    "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 9/1/2010

    " Over written academic wankery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Elise | 8/30/2010

    " The story is based upon the epic poem "The Rape of the Lock" and is well-worth a read if one has read said poem. "

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About the Author

Sophie Gee writes about Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature from Milton to Jane Austen. A native of Australia, she received her PhD in English from Harvard and is now an assistant professor in the Department of English at Princeton. She was named the John E. Annan Bicentennial Preceptor, the highest distinction that can be given to a member of the junior faculty.

About the Narrator

Cameron Stewart has toured in My Grandfather’s Great War, which was nominated for Best Solo Show by the Stage. He has appeared on television in The Turn of the Screw, All Saints, The Inbetweeners, Home and Away, Fallen Angel, Coronation Street, and Young Lions.