The Thinking Womans Guide to Real Magic Audiobook, by Emily Croy Barker Play Audiobook Sample

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic Audiobook

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Read By: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 17.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 13.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781470366247

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Longest Chapter Length:

50:55 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

19:39 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

33:39 minutes

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Publisher Description

Emily Croy Barker's riveting debut is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she's any hope of survival.

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“A marvelous plot, clever dialogue, and complex characters distinguish The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic. With the intimacy of a classic fairy-tale and the rollicking elements of modern epic fantasy, Emily Croy Barker’s delightful debut will sweep readers into another world. Fun, seductive, and utterly engrossing, this wonderful tale of magic and adventure is a perfect escape from humdrum reality.”

— Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of Shadow of Night  


  • “To read The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic is to enter a lush, fantastical dream filled with beauty and strangeness, love and cruelty, playfulness and gravitas. Emily Barker has crafted a wholly imaginative and witty debut novel that is unlike any I’ve read.”

    — Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants
  • “Barker weaves together classic fantasy and romantic elements (including shout-outs to Pride and Prejudice and hints of Wuthering Heights) to produce a well-rounded, smooth, and subtle tale.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “This dark fairy tale has plenty of curb appeal for a wide range of fantasy, time-travel, and alternate-reality fans.”

    — Booklist


  • Selected for the August 2013 Indie Next List
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, September 2013
  • A 2014 Locus Award Finalist

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About Emily Croy Barker

Emily Croy Barker spent almost twenty years as a journalist and had great fun turning her writing skills to fiction to produce The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic, her first novel. A graduate of Harvard University, she is currently the executive editor at The American Lawyer magazine, where she oversees international coverage. She lives in New Jersey.

About Alyssa Bresnahan

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned twenty Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration.