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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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