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The Somnambulist Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,695 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Barnes Narrator: John Curless Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Once the toast of good society in Victoria’s England, the extraordinary conjurer Edward Moon no longer commands the respect that he did in earlier times. Still, each night he returns to the stage of his theater to amaze his devoted, albeit dwindling, audience, aided by his partner, the Somnambulist—a silent, hairless, hulking giant who, when stabbed, does not bleed. But these are strange, strange times in England, with the oddest of sorts prowling London’s dank underbelly. And the very bizarre death of a disreputable actor has compelled a baffled police constabulary to turn once again to Edward Moon for help—inevitably setting in motion events that will shatter his increasingly tenuous grasp on reality.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Danceswithwords | 2/2/2014

    " I found parts of this novel quite charming, but I tend to be a sucker for stories that play with the language and conventions of the genres they so knowingly inhabit, so again, I liked the first part--the sly pokes at Victorian detective stories--more than the second part, with its inexplicably fantastical conspiracy plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Elle | 1/24/2014

    " I wanted this to be better. I had a hard time caring about the characters, and felt like it wrapped up too quickly. (which is odd considering I felt like it dragged on for the most part.) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Janet | 1/13/2014

    " The writing was good, but the story had too many problems to rate more than a 2 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Monte | 1/12/2014

    " Read this before the Domino Men "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan Barnes, author of the critically acclaimed novel The Somnambulist, graduated from Oxford University with a first in English literature. He reviews for the Times Literary Supplement and lives in London.

About the Narrator

John Curless is a theater, film, and television actor. He has appeared on Broadway in Journeys End, The Sound of Music, and The King and I and off-Broadway in Passion Play, Comic Potential, and The Entertainer. His film and television credits include Vibrations, Ed, and NYPD Blue. His audiobook narrations have been awarded two AudioFile Earphones Awards.