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  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • Written by: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Written by: Susanna Clarke
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OVER 4 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE

Shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian First Book Award; longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

‘Unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years ... Funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical' NEIL GAIMAN

The year is 1806. centuries have passed since practical magicians faded into the nation’s past. But scholars of this glorious history discover that one remains: the reclusive Mr Norrell, whose displays of magic send a thrill through the country.

Proceeding to London, he raises a beautiful woman from the dead and summons an army of ghostly ships to terrify the French. Yet the cautious, fussy Norrell is challenged by the emergence of another magician: the brilliant novice Jonathan Strange. Young, handsome and daring, Strange is the very antithesis of Norrell.

So begins a dangerous battle between these two great men which overwhelms that between England and France. And their own obsessions and secret dabblings with the dark arts are going to cause more trouble than they can imagine.

©2004 Susanna Clarke (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, and Bloomsbury Publishing

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"Unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last seventy years...Funny, moving, scary, otherworldly, practical and magical." (Neil Gaiman)

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A masterpiece

Wonderful book, masterful narration. Words cannot do it justice. An outstanding work of literature and Simon Prebble grasps the tone perfectly with his inflections and voice acting.

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Absolutely Enchanting!

I've been craving for a magical experience like this forever! I love stories about magic but it's so hard to find the kind of book that really feels like it's about magic; and not whatever else the YA and "magic is like science!" genre of books have got going on. So this book ticked all the right boxes for me.

The author is brilliant at character creation, world building and weaving their individual stories together. The world in the book always felt very alive. There was always a lot happening, what with so many different characters having their own plots and switching between so many POVs, but I never once felt jarred, displaced or confused. And I feel as though the author very skillfully tied it all together towards the end. I'm very sad this book needed to end at all!

The book is a bit slow to start and I admit to cringing at some of the language (but I understand that it was written to reflect the times with which the book is concerned and so excused them). I think the author struggled a bit towards the middle, the scenes of war and its cruelties felt soft and light hearted due to the whimsical writing. Then the hard turn of violence it took towards the end of the book caught me by surprise. But those are my only complaints.

I will now spend the next month or so obsessively drawing these characters and scenes. All the Kudos!

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great story

one of the good books I read this year,
loved it, a bit tedious initially, but eventually became very interesting.

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interesting

The drawback of an audiobook is that it heavily depends on the preformer. The was nothing wrong with it but there was not enough of a distinction between the characters.
The book itself has an interesting narrative. A little difficult to get into but once in it, it comes together in a fun way.

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