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3.00006040653599 out of 53.00006040653599 out of 53.00006040653599 out of 53.00006040653599 out of 53.00006040653599 out of 5 3.00 (33,109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Libba Bray Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739356777
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It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength to turn catty schoolgirls into loyal friends, and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild.

Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances with headstrong Felicity and timid Ann; with Kartik, an exotic young Indian man whose companionship is forbidden; and with the fearsome creatures of the realms. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds. The Order, the mysterious group Gemma's mother was once part of, is grappling for control of the realms, as are the Rakshana. It is there that the girls meet their adored friend Pippa, who is not the same...or is she? The power to change everything - both in and out of the realms - rests in Gemma's hands.

Libba Bray's The Sweet Far Thing concludes the trilogy that began with the bestsellers A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 HMT | 4/27/2017

    " I wish she would write a fourth book. The way it ended could give you another series about America. I love this series!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first two. I felt that it was unnecessarily long and that the author dragged it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jia Jia | 2/10/2014

    " Sadly... the last 150 pages is the only reason why this book receives a three. D; "

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

    " This was my favorite book of the series, a great example of genre blending; paranormal, romance and historical fiction. Libba Bray took twice as many pages as the first two novels to finish the story. I like when an author doesn't feel bound by convention and takes the time to let the story unfold and resolve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liesl Biddell | 1/10/2014

    " I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this series and being able to read them back to back was great. No waiting for the next book to come out. I discovered them all on the shelf in the book department and took the chance that I would like them all and bought all three. I am so glad I did. Great read!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/8/2014

    " I loved these books - what a great series - wish I was still reading it!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 AnnaMarie | 1/6/2014

    " I had to finish out the trilogy. I think it helped me pinpoint what I don't like about this series. I mentioned in my last Gemma Doyle review that the friends weren't really friends. Now I've determined that I don't like her magic system. Maybe super geeky of me to state it like that, but her magic system doesn't have rules or reason like better systems have. Gemma supposedly has no idea how to use it, but somehow knows how to use it sometimes. She's warned by Circe not to use it, but there aren't any bad effects when she does. She uses it for silly things, and then all of a sudden everyone has it when it's all supposed to be inside her. The whole magic rules were never decided or explained, so it's impossible to see how she can use it. Anyhow, it was ok, way too long of a book for what happens in it. But now I'm done. Positives: the content is pretty safe, and the story is good. I like Gemma as a main character. I think some of her messages at the end were good. It would have been cool if Libba Bray would have connected changes in women's rights to Gemma's actions or something. But that would have made it even longer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BreAn | 12/28/2013

    " I don't think I can actually put it on my 'read' list. I didn't even finish it. Book one was fun. Book two was slow, but fun. And this one I had a REALLY hard time getting into. I wanted to know the story so I tried to, but I kept getting frustrated by it. I liked Gemma. And the story was fun, but the style of the book didn't help keep my attention. And before I knew it I had renewed it from the library 2 times and STILL hadn't finished it. So I gave up and turned it back in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyla | 12/28/2013

    " Not as good as the second, but better than the first. Good end to the series. It left me feeling that the story was properly wrapped up and everything was as it should be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Mahan | 10/31/2013

    " Terrible. Just terrible. I hate when books have so much potential and the author kills them by taking the story in the wrong direction. The plot was rushed, like the author just had to try and tie up all the loose ends, but there was no satisfaction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trimid Lanns | 10/9/2013

    " This is one of the best books ever written for a teenage girl. There is not a difficult subject Libba Bray doesn't address. Labor rights, same sex relationships, sexuality of a teenage girl, sexual abuse etc...This trilogy is amazing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 courtland | 9/25/2013

    " I strongly dont recommed this, I loved this book until the ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tedraedwards | 1/21/2013

    " It was so goood!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 6/14/2012

    " So I read all three of these books. I can't say I liked any of the girls in the story-- but the story itself was cool & I had to finish the books to see how it ended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaclyn | 3/23/2012

    " I loved this series and I thought it ended well. It was a tad bit long, but well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Slee | 8/25/2011

    " It broke my heart in a beautiful but terrible way. I don't know what else to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arwyn | 8/10/2011

    " was probably the best out of all of them, and i think i understand now... maybe "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 6/8/2011

    " I thought this was the best of the trilogy. I was afraid it was going to drag on because it was over 800 pages, but it actually kept my attention the whole time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecelia Rae | 5/27/2011

    " The final book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy is just as good as the first two. The Sweet Far Thing kept me guessing all throughout. Another stupendous job by Libba Bray! "

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

    " Not entirely sure i liked the ending, bit otherwise i was really impressed with this trilogy! "

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

    " So far it is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sha | 5/18/2011

    " Didnt like the ending... Kind of dissapointed there. But everything else was good!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/17/2011

    " My favorite of the trilogy. Sad to see Kartik become a tree, though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/15/2011

    " A good book. It was a bit slow at times but very interesting overall. Kartik was one of my favorite characters and his and Gemma's romance is what got me to read the entire series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 5/12/2011

    " So I read all three of these books. I can't say I liked any of the girls in the story-- but the story itself was cool & I had to finish the books to see how it ended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 5/10/2011

    " i have to say that the ending to this book made me cry. i wish that it hadnt been like that but that didnt stop me from loving all three books. i felt like i was actually there. like it was me that all that was happening to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sklieger23 | 5/4/2011

    " the best book eva!!!!!!!!!!! i couldnt put it down and the other books r just as amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Olga | 4/28/2011

    " I'm afraid from this point story became really so slow and bo-o-oring!
    I'm still straggling through it though.

    Yes, I'm done, I've officially give up on this. Maybe I'd like to finish in form of audiobook but can't. But I'm really not interested at all what happens next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 4/27/2011

    " I loved this series, and the conclusion was no exception. However, be prepared for a bittersweet ending... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexi | 4/25/2011

    " love this series! this my favorite!! "

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About the Author
Author Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy, and she has written short stories about everything from Cheap Trick concerts to Rocky Horror Picture Show devotees to meeting Satan worshippers on summer vacation. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Her dream is to stop sucking so badly at drums in Rock Band.

About the Narrator

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.