• by Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by Jenny Sterlin
  • 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Is the spirit Winnie's great-great-grandfather, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens' childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more arcane and insidious origin? Winnie begins to investigate and finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades - some from her family's peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past. In the spirit of A. S. Byatt's Possession, with dark echoing overtones of A Christmas Carol, Lost presents a rich fictional world that will enrapture its listeners.


What the Critics Say

"Maguire...makes the supernatural chillingly real." (Library Journal)
"A deftly written, compulsively readable modern-day ghost story." (Publishers Weekly)
"A brilliant, perceptive, and deeply moving fable about loss and a storyteller's ghosts." (Boston Sunday Globe)


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Customer Reviews

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This is one of only few books i have given up on. I am 4 hours into the book and absolutely nothing has happened exept from a knocking sound from a wall. The narration is no good either. Everyone exept the leading character sounds like evil goblins and it gets annoying after a while.
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- Jan

Extremely Disappointing

It took me about three weeks to finish listening to this, and I'm someone who usually devours an audiobook inside of a few days. The story is utterly, blisteringly dull, and the narration is often unpleasant. Maguire is on his game as far as the writing goes, but the tale itself feels pointless. The ghost story gives the impression of having been tacked on so the characters had something to do, and most of the large cast is ultimately uninteresting and irrelevant. If you want to good read a book by Maguire, get 'Wicked'. Only the sleep-deprived and masochistic should purchase this one.
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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-06-2007
  • Publisher: HarperAudio