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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,434 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karleen Koen Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9780739332535
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Karleen Koen's sweeping saga contains unforgettable characters consumed with passion: the extraordinarily beautiful fifteen-year-old noblewoman, Barbara Alderley; the man she adores, the wickedly handsome Roger MontGeoffry; her grandmother, the duchess, who rules the family with cunning and wit; and her mother, the ineffably cruel, self-centered and licentious Diana. Like no other work, Through a Glass Darkly is infused with intrigue, sweetened by romance and awash in the black ink of betrayal.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvette | 2/19/2014

    " Excellent! I am going to have a difficult time reading anything new! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana | 2/12/2014

    " Amazing! Follow-up, or rather, depending how you read them, the prelude, to Dark Angels. I'm glad I read DA's first and then TAGD. Wonderful!! Never put the thing down...I think I may have read it in my sleep! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 2/3/2014

    " It's never a good sign to feel relieved when you've just finished a book, but that's how I feel about this one. So long, so repetetive, and so many typos! There were a few bright spots, but overall, not worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline | 1/30/2014

    " I really loved this book at the beginning, and I loved the concept of the older man-younger girl marriage, which is taboo now but was probably the norm during this time period. I was gripped from the beginning of the story, and I found Roger very attractive. I could understand why Barbara liked him, it was kind of like her teen fantasy come true to marry him. I also liked the storyline with Barbara's brother. However, after Barbara and Roger get married, I felt like the story faltered and I didn't like the way Barbara's personality changed later on. I think this book would have been better if it was shorter, too. Overall, I liked it, but the first half is much better than the second. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/22/2014

    " I got tired of the parenthetical "Little did she know", "she never knew", etc. and also the parenthetical definitions. But I plan to read Dark Angels because Duchess Alice is a much more interesting character than Duchess Bab. Extraneous and explicit sex scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammyg | 1/11/2014

    " It was a bit bumpy in the beginning and then it got better and took some twist and turns but I am digging ig. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Resendes | 1/4/2014

    " 1715 France and England. Storyline is riveting. Sense of history heavily felt.Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie P | 1/4/2014

    " The first part of the book was a bit slow, but the book picked up later on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/23/2013

    " 3.5 maybe? I adored parts of this book, but it is super long, kind of drawn out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 stillme | 12/4/2013

    " Everyone was so irritating and depressing by the end that I skimmed the last 350 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 12/3/2013

    " Perhaps the most depressing book i have ever read but very well written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 faithful | 2/26/2013

    " Even with all the interspersed sex scenes and disgusting addition of perversion near the middle, this story has a lovely family story with a bunch of history all woven together. If you are able to scan passed yucky parts, this is well worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Ann | 1/12/2013

    " can't complain as it was a free download, I enjoyed the story but it was just too long. I hear there is a sequel, but I think I will pass as my list and stacks of books I really want to read are way big :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/22/2012

    " Cheesy beach read if you're going on a loooong beach trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra Huffman | 3/12/2012

    " Good book...it made me cry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynde Cerf | 8/15/2011

    " Great historical fiction that takes place during the 18th Century in England. Love the historical aspect of the book and the details are extraordinary. Ready to read the next book in the series. Beware, there are steamy sex scenes, but you can read over them...well, unless you like those bits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joni | 7/11/2011

    " I had high hopes for this book and was greatly let down. I read it about a year ago and was left scratching my head. I fell like this story could have been a lot better, but that the author was trying to make the book into something it was not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helly | 4/29/2011

    " Absolutely the best book I have ever read, in any genre. I've read it a good 20 times at least, and this book is HUGE. <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shala | 4/1/2011

    " The last 200 pages are filled with unrelenting sadness (and one or two dollops of hope). Beautifully written by a woman not at all afraid to show grief reflected across several characters' perceptions and actions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 3/23/2011

    " I'm a die hard Romance fan because I want that happy ending. This story took me in and left me sad and depressed... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 pavesb | 3/21/2011

    " I would have liked this book better if it hadn't included overly explicit sex scenes that weren't related to the plot. I understand that Koen was creating historic context for the story but I thought she overdid it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverley | 3/12/2011

    " This book was a keeper and a life-changer. The indepth research underpinning the most fascinating characters and complex storyline meant I couldn't put it down. It also was a precursor for my interest in the eighteenth century. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T a R a | 2/7/2011

    " This is a tale about unrequited love, complex relationships and growing up!! Absolutely divine!!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 2/6/2011

    " I did like this book, but I was disappointed in the ending. Maybe I'm just HM, but I expected more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 1/15/2011

    " I adored this book! I found that I could not put it down! As a lover of period pieces, this transformed me to another place. The characters and their involvement of their dark secrets were intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 12/31/2010

    " Since I love historical romances, this was a great book. It was more historical than romance, and like the Outlander Series, heartwrenching. 18th century England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zacaro | 12/26/2010

    " I don't think I finished this book and may have used spark notes. It was a hard read for me in college. I may come back for this book later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hillary | 12/24/2010

    " long, rich, deep historical romance with magnificent characters and twists and turns. All the things I loved in epic historicals such as Gone With the Wind are here. Read it when you have a lot of time and can fall in and stay, however, this isn't a book you can pick up and put down a lot. "

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About the Author
Author Karleen KoenKarleen Koen is the author of Now Face to Face and Through a Glass Darkly, which was a New York Times bestseller and featured a much older Alice Verney (known in that novel as the Duchess of Tamworth). The author lives in Houston, Texas. Visit her online at karleenkoen.com.
About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.