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The Starless Sea

Written by: Erin Morgenstern
Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
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Brought to you by Penguin. 

The magical new novel from the best-selling author of The Night Circus.

Are you lost or are you exploring?

When Zachary Rawlins stumbles across a strange book hidden in his university library it leads him on a quest unlike any other. Its pages entrance him with their tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities and nameless acolytes, but they also contain something impossible: a recollection from his own childhood.

Determined to solve the puzzle of the book, Zachary follows the clues he finds on the cover – a bee, a key and a sword. They guide him to a masquerade ball, to a dangerous secret club and finally through a magical doorway created by the fierce and mysterious Mirabel. This door leads to a subterranean labyrinth filled with stories, hidden far beneath the surface of the earth.

When the labyrinth is threatened, Zachary must race with Mirabel and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, through its twisting tunnels and crowded ballrooms, searching for the end of his story.

You are invited to join Zachary on the starless sea: the home of storytellers, story-lovers and those who will protect our stories at all costs.

©2018 Erin Morgenstern (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Meh

the insta love was out of nowhere I didn't like this book mostly because of nothing happens

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-06-20

Disappointment

Many great short stories, while the main story has become a drag after chapter 30 (OMG there are 97 chapters).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-20

Into the world of the Starless Sea

Like The Night Circus, Erin once again paints and creates worlds with words, making it easy for readers to open the doors 😉 and step inside. This novel is intricate, with several stories interwoven, developing throughout the book and progressively merging. It is certainly one to read a second time. Well done Erin. We hope you are working on your third book!

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  • Brenda
  • 22-04-20

A Bizarre Tale

After Night Circus I was so excite for this book that I even pre-ordered it.... My, my what a terrible disappointment. I imagined I would love it... and in the end I couldn't even finish it, let alone like it. It's way too much like hard work. There are NINETY THREE chapters and eventually at Chapter 36 I finally gave up. (Yes I stuck it out for THAT long so no-one can say I didn't try hard enough). Next time Erin brings out a book I will wait to see a few thousand reviews on it before I waste another credit.

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  • Nichola Millen
  • 20-03-20

Poor choice on my part

Some stories are meant for you and some are not. This book was not for me. I had to actively push through this narrative and it almost put me into a reading slump 3 times. I can appreciate this beauty and its honouring of stories. But I think I need to walk way from Morgenstern and keep walking.

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  • Liesl
  • 15-01-20

More than one story woven into one

The story is a multitude of separate stories, which also happens to be one story. These stories are woven into one and you are left at the shores of the Starless Sea and the habour to wonder what other adventures await the characters you were introduced to. This story reminds one to open new doors and to go exploring, wondering, meandering, and experience life to its fullest.

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  • michael potts
  • 03-12-19

Ruined by Dominic Hoffman

The story has moments of brilliance, but as an audio book is unfortunately by Dominic Hoffman's drawl, repeated miss pronunciations, clumsy rhythm, and painful, monotone drone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-11-19

A Love Letter to Storytelling

This book is stunning. It is beautiful, lyrical and so atmospheric. It pulls you in and doesn’t let go. It makes you believe in fairytales again.

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  • T. Komorowska
  • 05-11-19

Perfect.

I’ve waited 9 years for this book, anticipating another novel as enchanting as The Night Circus. That being said, I dove into this book with high expectations and major worries it wouldn’t live up to Morgenstern’s debut. I didn’t need to worry. Drawn in as soon as the first words began, Erin managed to instantly transport me away from my life, worries, mundanities. She creates worlds in a way that it becomes real for you too. The narrators were perfectly chosen. I worried that multiple narrators would spoil the flow for me, instead it added to the submersion of Erin’s stunning prose. It you are contemplating buying this book, I simply can’t recommend it enough. No words I could ever produce would do it justice. Jump. Jump in to this book, and the world it weaves around you. You won’t be sorry.

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  • Inge
  • 18-12-19

It just goes on and on. Beautiful but aimless.

It seems to be a beautiful story, beautifully told. I have listened to nearly 7 hours of it. But it does not seem to have a goal, purpose or plot. I have given up.

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  • Jenna Nock
  • 14-02-20

The narration is terrible

I had to buy a physical copy of this book due to the errors made in the performance. The voices for the character kept interweaving and this left me feeling really confused about what was going on, and who was saying what.

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  • Colin Dente
  • 11-11-19

Wonderful

It's been a long wait since The Night Circus, but oh, so worth it! A truly captivating story, and an excellently produced audiobook.

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  • Alex
  • 31-01-20

terrible!

It is impossible to get into this book or care about any of the characters!

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  • an amazon customer
  • 17-01-20

So disappointing

How can a book with so much promise fail to deliver so miserably? I loved The Night Circus - it was one of my favourite books from the time. This book had a good premise, and some nice lyrical passages, but I was overall just so disappointed. The characterisation was pretty much non-existent, there was no narrative drive, it was confusing, long, repetitive. I'm sorry but I really wanted to love this book. The performance was fine, but could not salvage it for me, I'm afraid. This book in no way lived up to the huge hype surrounding it, and that is a shame.

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  • Neil
  • 14-01-20

An astounding journey

This was something special, something different. The narration, calm, level and measured, the pace slow but steady. If you are sleepy when listening don't be surprised if it lulls you into dreams and you end up rewinding over half remembered pages But don't let that make you think this is boring or tedious. The story is woven through with sub stories and plots that pull you ever in. You do not realise you have gone anywhere, know that anything much has come to pass until you think back over the action. I adored this production. I've not read the authors previous novel but I will now. The characters are both deep and elusive they are more emotion than substance for the most part. A brilliant concept wonderfully executed.

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 13-05-20

No words

No words can describe how much I enjoyed this book. I cried I laughed I wanted to hear more I didn't want it to finish. Fantastic, fabulous, unbelievable, I could go on adding compliments, but they would not be enough.

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  • Debbie
  • 10-03-20

A magical journey

beautifully told. the story takes the reader on a wonderful adventure, didn't want it to end.

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  • Jennifer Allan
  • 25-01-20

style over substance

promised much with beautiful descriptions and great writing, but the plot was convoluted and got bogged down in endless cats and stars and ribbons. got fed up halfway in

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-19

Not smoking what she’s smoking.

I was so excited about this book having loved The Night Circus. Some of the characters were interesting and likable and the story had some great elements, however I found myself losing interest as the story drifted along labyrinthine paths. It was a bit like listening to someone else describe a very long (and fascinating to them) dream.

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  • Gabriele
  • 20-11-19

Was waiting for ... so much more

Highly psychedelic. 18 hours and 37 minutes of world building and character introductions. Loved Night Circus! So was waiting for… so much more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-20

Expecting more that never happened

Being a huge fan of The Night Circus, I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I got through two thirds of the novel and finally gave up on it. Although the descriptions and world building was stunning, I found that the story became confusing, and not really a story at all. Beautiful exposition and interesting characters, but lacked a cohesive story. I'm so sad! Another distracting problem i found was with the different narrators. Some did a perfectly great job, although I think the number of narrators made the story even more confusing at times, and some are obviously unsure of how to pronounce some words. Words like 'ballet' and 'chaise lounge' were repetitively mispronounced - maybe not a big deal for some readers, but it was quite distracting for me.

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  • Darren
  • 17-01-20

Acid trip without the acid

I was a big fan of the Nigh Circus and tried really hard to keep going with this book, but with only a few chapters left till the end, I finally gave up. The book is made up of a series of vignettes held together by the central premise relating to stories. Morgenstern attempts to manufacture her own mythology, but there is nothing cohesive in the tale.

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  • Miss Tanya Heywood
  • 10-12-19

Just beautiful

I'm a sucker for a bit of Magic and this was truly magical. The tale had me hooked from the get go, the incredible readers transported me backwards and forwards in time. The story unfurled Seamlessly.

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  • Janet Moffat
  • 22-07-20

Mesmerised

Completely taken away from my everyday world into a magical place where anything is possible. I was sad for this to end!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-20

Beautiful writing narrated with excellence

A story about stories, their import, their fancy and allure. So many bits that resonated with me, touching my heart, making me smile, yearn, laugh and cry. Thank you for sharing, Miss Erin Morgenstern. The narration takes its time and let's the characters live through the story rather than rushing them to the end. Overall a wonderful experience that I wholeheartedly recommend.

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  • Maja
  • 09-06-20

Amazing storyline, it's own magical universe

I highly recommend this wonderful story. All the threads get weaved together in the end. Such imagination to come up with a story like this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-20

huh?

i’ve never been so confused in my entire life. what even happens in this book?!?!?!?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-20

too long and weird

Far too long and weird. I persevered for ages and then when I saw how many chapters were still to go I left it.