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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,851 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Johnson Narrator: John Lee, Susan Duerden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781415949733
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The art of embroidery uncannily links two fascinating women of different eras and their equally passionate love stories

In an expensive London restaurant, Julia Lovat receives a gift that will change her life. At first glance it is a book of exquisite seventeenth-century embroidery patterns belonging to a woman named Catherine Ann Tregenna. Yet in its margins are the faintest diary entries; they reveal that “Cat” and others were stolen from their Cornish church in 1625 by Muslim pirates and taken on a brutal voyage to Morocco to be auctioned off as slaves. Captivated by this dramatic discovery, Julia sets off to North Africa to determine the authenticity of the book and to uncover more of Cat’s mesmerizing story. There, in the company of a charismatic Moroccan guide, amid the sultry heat, the spice markets, and exotic ruins, Julia will discover buried secrets. And in Morocco—just as Cat did before her—she will lose her heart.

Set almost 400 years apart, the stories of these two women converge in an extraordinary and haunting manner that will make readers wonder—is history fated to repeat itself? 

A literary mystery, historical adventure, and dual love story, The Tenth Gift literally crosses genres with narrative ease and prose that is as captivating as the characters who people this unforgettable tale.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 1/29/2014

    " One of my all-time favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jo ann | 1/27/2014

    " a bit difficult to read at first, but the effort was worth it in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/6/2014

    " Another great book..1625 Cornwall, pirates, romance. I had to keep reading to find out what happened. Now I know where the term "Sally Rovers" originated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nita Woodard | 1/1/2014

    " It was an adventure from 1625 to present..it did hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 12/29/2013

    " needed more substance and grit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/23/2013

    " I really struggled sticking with this book untill about chapter 20. Was not connecting to the characters...I am glad I stuck with it because the rest was fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Carl | 9/19/2013

    " This book is very historically interesting. I had no idea that over a million Europeans were taken by pirates and sold into slavery in Africa! The two female protagonists are spoiled and bratty, but seem to be learning a lesson as the book unfolds. Very well written and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 7/19/2013

    " book club choice for feb 2011. most enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fay | 6/14/2013

    " It wasn't boring, just not exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/18/2013

    " This book isn't due out until 5/08. I grabbed a pre-pub copy at the library just because I liked the cover. The story was great. Two related stories, one taking place today and one 400 years ago, pirates, embroidery(!) and a ghost. What's not to like?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Mendel | 3/5/2013

    " This was a book club selection and I really enjoyed it; I liked the way that the parallel story lines not only intertwined but came full circle in the end. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saralyn | 12/7/2012

    " A pleasantly intertwined plot that keeps you interested all the way through the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Three/Jana | 12/5/2012

    " It started out a bit slow, but once it got rolling, I was quite interested. I would have liked to have seen more ardor in the romance, with both Catherine and Julia but all in all I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sofia | 10/13/2012

    " Very nice book, really interesting story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 6/30/2012

    " Really interesting tale set in Cornwall. I had never heard of pirates off the Cornish coast in 1625. The story parallels two women -one in 1625 and one living today. Part mystery, part adventure, part historical fiction - entertaining and enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 9/23/2011

    " Enjoyed the story; took me a while to understand the "tenth gift" thing, but near the end I figured it out. Thought the relationship between Anna and Julia after the truth came out was bizarre. In the end, I am glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/14/2011

    " One day I will hopefully write an indepth review about what I did and didn't like about this book. For now, I shall ruminate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/29/2011

    " I couldn't put this book down!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 5/23/2011

    " Just read this for the third or fourth time (for book club). It's been years, and I'd forgotten how wonderful it was. So many dog-eared pages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 5/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed the language and the description of life at that time. Great story line. Mostly unpredictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 5/22/2011

    " A classic so had to be read. It was good enough to keep me interested. "

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

    " I read this classic years ago and I'm glad I read it again. Great characters, great quotes. In some ways, Bronte's thoughts were before her time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 5/21/2011

    " Painful. A very boring read. I had to read this for college and it is very hard to write essays on a book with no substance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/21/2011

    " I'm a little surprised by how much I loved this book. I'm obsessed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorraine | 5/21/2011

    " One of my most favorite stories. A person can be abused and forgive - can have very bad things happen and still be self confident, loving, caring, and optimistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scarlett | 5/21/2011

    " I adored this book. I loved the characters, and the plot was intriguing. I highly recommend this book, and I'll definitely be picking it up again and rereading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angi | 5/20/2011

    " Well written. I enjoyed the book as a whole. However, I really didn't identify with the main character. In fact, sometimes she really frusterated me.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 5/20/2011

    " What a classic! I can't believe I haven't read it until now. My favorite part was the bits and pieces of french all throughout it. Quite the love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paddy | 5/20/2011

    " A must read for any literature lover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 5/19/2011

    " I have read this twice and it is truly a scary story but romantic as well. I love it. "

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About the Narrators

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.

Susan Duerden is an actress and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. Her reading of The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht earned her an AudioFile Best Voice Award and a Booklist Editors’ Choice Award. She has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. Here career spans film, television, theater, voice-overs, and animation. She has played critically acclaimed and award-winning theatrical roles on London’s West End and Off Broadway; acted in the features Lovewrecked and Flushed Away; and held a recurring role on ABC’s Lost.