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Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England - that of favorite mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II. From whores and highwaymen to courtiers and noblemen, from events such as the Great Plague and the Fire of London to the intimate passions of ordinary - and extraordinary - men and women, Amber experiences it all. But throughout her trials and escapades, she remains, in her heart, true to the one man she really loves, the one man she can never have. Frequently compared to Gone with the Wind, Forever Amber is the other great historical romance, outselling every other American novel of the 1940s - despite being banned in Boston for its sheer sexiness. A book to listen to again and again, this edition brings back to print an unforgettable romance and a timeless masterpiece.

©1944 Copyright 1944 by Kathleen Winsor; Copyright renewed 1971 by Kathleen Winsor (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • Alie
  • 16-04-20

So excited to FINALLY have this as an audiobook!

I love this story (great characters and the real history events during Amber's life are well told with detail) and the narrator does a great job! I have been checking for about 2 years now in hopes of seeing this so when I checked this month and saw that it was here it was an immediate purchase!

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  • Amazon Customer Yumasavellz
  • 28-04-20

Wonderful memories from the 60s

Read this book in high school and enjoyed it so much. Pretty tame today lol. Enjoyed it again in audio after 50 years! Not my type of book anymore as a historical romance but the story and feeling of that era still fascinating. So happy publisher released this! Reader very good as well.

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  • Patsyzip
  • 17-08-20

Outstanding. one of the best I've ever listened to

This is a powerful story set in 17th century England. The author did a stunning job of evoking life in that time. The main character in spite of her clay feet is driven by love that is obsessive but believable. In fact everything about this book grips the reader and drives the story forward at a fast gut level pace. I care deeply what happens to her but often want to slap her. This is not a romance though it is driven by Amber's love and ambition. It takes her through debtors prison (which was a huge eye opener), the bubonic plague, the London fire of that time and into the courts of King Charles, driven by her passion for Lord Carlton. Historical realism and astonishing detail, yes! A love story, yes, but there is nothing category or predictable about the plot beyond the fact that no matter how horrible things get, Amber will fight her way through. I don't ever want to meet this woman, but I care very much what happens to her. All the main characters are in depth, fallible, and the whole book leaves you with the feeling you've just walked through time. I think I'm rambling now. Listen to it. The performer is perfect for the book.

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  • DMB
  • 25-04-20

42 Hours I’ll Never Get Back

The main female character whines endlessly throughout the whole 42 hours of the narration and has no self esteem or worth. The main male character takes advantage of her lack of self worth at every turn leading her on.

There are several story lines that never conclude and as the book ends, 42 hours later, you are left feeling empty and frustrated.

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  • Kim Romes
  • 21-11-20

Didn’t care for it

I like to listen to books that are long. I might have to rethink that. This is story of a spoiled vain beautiful woman that repeats mistakes over and over again. It skips around and doesn’t give enough background to make sense. The performance was good.

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  • ginas8
  • 13-08-20

A complete waste of time

I purchased this book because my mother in law said it was a “must read.” Oh my. I immediately found Amber to have no redeeming qualities....and my opinion of her did not improve after hours upon hours of listening to her ridiculous story. Don’t waste your time on this one.

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  • abirsch
  • 11-06-20

Thank you Audible! What a fantastic book

A lovely story and I wish there has been so much more. It used to be a banned book which is why I wanted to read/listen.

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  • Amanda
  • 20-04-21

One of my favorites

I first read this book years ago. This is my first experience with this particular audio version, but I’m very much enjoying it. I’m sure I will read this again and again as I already have done so imprint. This is one of my favorite novels of all time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-21

Great book

Read it as a young teenager In the early 70’s. I really enjoyed it then. I loved the audio just as much.

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  • Jean
  • 28-03-21

Loved this book

This is a great story! Well read and preformed. The book was great and the audible did it justice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-20

Great yarn

I first read this book when I was 16. I’m in my 60s now and it has always stayed with me what a great book it was. I found it on Audible recently and decided to down load it. Was do not disappointed. It’s a great story from beginning to end. Well worth a listen.

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  • tru.gough
  • 19-08-20

Timeless

I searched for this book for years, i was thrilled to see it here as it has been out of print.

The reading is fantastic bringing all characters to life.

It is a timeless story that empowers women in a time where women were thought to have none.

It has a historical setting but it is not the main theme of the book.

I really enjoyed the book and the narration.

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  • Clara
  • 24-07-20

Great book!!

Loved it, read it years ago and really enjoyed it, I'm glad this time I could listen to it because I really couldn't put it down but glad I could do other things while I listened!!!

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  • Amber
  • 24-09-20

Don't pericaly like Romance but Loved Foever Amber

I don't nomaly like Romance stories so hade little hope for Forever Amber. However I loved all the twist and turns and how emotional attracted I become to the characters. I know little of Englands history so found this quite interesting to look up the historical events that tock place through out the book.

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  • Eva Hnizdo
  • 30-08-20

An enjoyable yarn.

I didn't like the narrator. it's not great Literature but it's fun and the historical period was well described.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-21

still an exceptional period drama

Captures the characters and the period of the day, still an amazing book, well read

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  • Stephanie Evans
  • 11-09-20

Far too long

I enjoyed the first third of the book immensely. However, the last two thirds were boring and repetitive. I ended up skipping to the end to find out what happened.

42 hours should’ve been around 15 for what the plot actually was.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-06-20

Lovely book

I’ve read this book several times on paperback and I was excited to get it in audiobook. It did not disappoint. Narration was great and the story simply wonderful.