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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eva Ibbotson Narrator: Ruth Jones Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN:
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In 1896, in a pilgrim church in the Alps, an abandoned baby girl is found by a cook and a housemaid. They take her home, and Annika grows up in the servants' quarters of a house belonging to three eccentric Viennese professors. She is happy there but dreams of the day when her real mother will come to find her.

And sure enough, one day a glamorous stranger arrives at the door. After years of guilt and searching, Annika's mother has come to claim her daughter, who is in fact a Prussian aristocrat and whose true home is a great castle. But at crumbling, spooky Spittal, Annika discovers that all is not as it seems in the lives of her new-found family.

Eva Ibbotson's hugely entertaining story is a timeless classic for readers young and old. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amalia Acorda-fey | 2/19/2014

    " Venice is a beautiful place, and even if you knew your mother had dropped you off at a church to be brought to an orphanage you could still lose yourself in all the sights, smells, and sounds of the wondrous city. Annika is a foundling, and she lives in a house with three 'eccentric' professors, a housekeeper and a cook. Ellie, the cook is the mother figure in her life, while Sigrid is the brisk aunt. Annika is not rich, but she lives happily with her family of good friends. In the story she is about 12 or 13, and thoughts about her long lost mother always are flitting back through her head. When her mother comes to wisk her daughter away Annika is thrilled, because though she loves those who have cared for her, her dream has always been to live with her birth mother. When she arrives at her home, a dreary group of people meet her, along with a cold, dank mansion of a home. When she befriends a Romany boy names Zed, things begin to perk up, though she does not know what kinds of plots her 'mother' can cook up. When your mother comes to get you only after you have inherited priceless jewels from a grandmotherly neighbor, something must be up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 2/18/2014

    " A wonderful and surprizing story, it surprizes you at every corner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie | 2/12/2014

    " Good book. To be honest, I wouldn't have read it, but it is compulsory for school. I loved it when I read it, but then my English teacher explained it, and it completely ruined the book for me, he made it boring and long, with too much thinking involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annika | 2/7/2014

    " In this book, a girl named Annika is the main character. She was found and adopted as a baby and has been living with a bunch of professors and their cooks ever since. Annika is a very talented chef, and loves to do chores. Everything is going well, until one day, an annoy family's aunt comes to stay until she dies. The annoy family's name is the Eggharts and they think they are better then everyone else just because they have a lot of money. Their rotten daughter was supposed to keep this old aunt company, but wound up paying Annika to so it instead. Annika and the old woman became close friends and Annika finds out that the old woman used to be famous for strewing flowers from a high trapeze. Over the years, she had collected a bunch of gems. One, day, though, she quit to get married to a man who eventually dies. After that period of time, she was out of the business and had to sell her gems to have enough money to live on. A nice jeweler, though, had the jewels copied and given back to her. Later, the old woman dies. A strange woman shows up and claims to be Annika's mother. She is an aristocrat. Read for more details. I rated this book a 5 out of 5 because it had a very interesting story line with characters that are very relate-able. I love how the story showcases that people can change and they aren't always who they seem to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nellie225 | 2/3/2014

    " This is a book of mystery. This girl was found in a church and no one know where she came from. This family found the child and raised it like their own. As the girl grew older, she became more like a family member to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaycee Limutau | 1/28/2014

    " Very cute book for girls and boys. Has a good moral to the story and undertones of other learning/teaching opportunities for the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly Malcolm | 1/21/2014

    " Well this book looked good as in primary a lot of people read it and now that i am in S2 i thought the book would be good as i may know how to understand it but the beginning just didn't go from the minute i started reading i knew i wasn't going to enjoy the book - it is hard to capture and i wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who is slow at picking up books. Even though I'm not slow at picking up books i am actually quite fast this was just to hard to pick up on and i only got to the first 20-30 pages of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meggan | 1/12/2014

    " amazing, this book drew me until the very last page.I have re-read it several times since I was twelve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Thrasher | 1/12/2014

    " A postcard to Vienna (a long lost Vienna), Ibbotson takes as much loving care describing the food and music and people as she does weaving and constructing a slow, rich plot. Magical and wonderful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie "the Librarian" | 1/7/2014

    " Terrific old-fashioned kids adventure story, with an orphan and a secret fortune and rescues, set in Vienna and Germany. As big a fantasy fan as I am, I seem to prefer non-fantasy Ibbotson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zane | 12/21/2013

    " Deeply satisfying story. Wonderful detail. Excellent character development. A beautiful read aloud for mid-older elementary-age children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/20/2013

    " Again, one from the juvenile fiction category. Good story with suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rania | 12/16/2013

    " I love this story! It's amazing!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/14/2013

    " Nice, and very complex, plot. Many characters, and most painted clearly, but none really develop. That's OK, it's great escape fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/14/2013

    " WOW what a great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 12/3/2013

    " I picked this one up while browsing the other day - I had read it a long time ago but didn't remember much of it at all. This book is like Ibbotson's love letter to Vienna - a delight to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Waynemiddleton | 10/4/2013

    " Fun, light "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aruna Muthumanickam | 8/7/2013

    " Every fantasy lover must read this book, at least once. The characters are refreshingly moulded and the story is such that one doesn't just read but dreams through the book. And that is a good thing, trust me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 9/17/2012

    " Completely magical. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cammie Morgan | 9/9/2012

    " i'd give it 3-4 stars. The plot is good, but it's definitely not her best book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melva Clark | 6/5/2012

    " The book is a silver award winner in the Nestle Children's Book Prize. It is a simplified con artist book with an innocent in danger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/26/2012

    " I love Ibbotson's imagery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ina | 9/29/2011

    " This was so fun! It made me want to go back to Vienna!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynx | 7/10/2011

    " I just started the book, but I think it's really cool! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 5/22/2011

    " I haven't read Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea yet, but I bet that one's a good story too. For this novel is already a treat. I liked the plot, the characters and the flow of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney | 5/22/2011

    " This book made me feel happy all the way through : ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie | 5/2/2011

    " Good book. To be honest, I wouldn't have read it, but it is compulsory for school. I loved it when I read it, but then my English teacher explained it, and it completely ruined the book for me, he made it boring and long, with too much thinking involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 4/14/2011

    " I haven't read Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea yet, but I bet that one's a good story too. For this novel is already a treat. I liked the plot, the characters and the flow of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 3/28/2011

    " I liked this story, I listened to it on tape, the reader did a great job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annika | 3/27/2011

    " the main character has my name, so I'm supposed to like it :)
    but the story was intriguing, too.
    well-written and all good.
    a good book, that is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Rose | 3/4/2011

    " Good book but not the best... Then again I had to read it quickly because of a outline... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/25/2011

    " I liked this book and thought that it had a good plot. It was a bit young for myself but still was an enjoyable book to read. I thought it was a bit sad in the middle but had a happy ending. I liked this book and thought it was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/23/2011

    " Colin recommended this book to me. I enjoyed it, although it was quite predictable. A nice, sweet story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie | 2/5/2011

    "
    this is really good! I reccomend to anybody who wants to read it! The ending is the best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms. Foley | 1/4/2011

    " This is a great old-fashioned story set in turn-of-the-century (late 1800's/early 1900's) Austria and Germany. If you liked the feel of books such as The Penderwicks or The Doll People, you would like this. "

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About the Author
Author Eva Ibbotson

Eva Ibbotson (1925–2010) was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have won and been shortlisted for many prizes.