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Publisher's Summary

A vertiginous gothic masterpiece from the best-selling author of The Quincunx. Charles Palliser's work has been hailed as "so compulsively absorbing that reality disappears" (New York Times). Since his extraordinary debut, The Quincunx, his works have sold over one million copies worldwide. With his new novel, Rustication, he returns to the town of Thurchester, which he evoked so hauntingly in The Unburied.
It is winter 1863, and Richard Shenstone, aged 17, has been sent down - "rusticated" - from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion. Addicted to opium and tormented by sexual desire, he finds temporary refuge in a dilapidated old mansion on the southern English coast inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie. Soon, graphic and threatening letters begin to circulate among his neighbors, and Richard finds himself the leading suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from vivisection to murder.
Atmospheric, lurid, and brilliantly executed, Rustication confirms Palliser's reputation as "our leading contemporary Victorian novelist" (Guardian).
©2013 Charles Palliser (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By anne maniscalco on 01-24-14

Dark story with twists and turns

Would you listen to Rustication again? Why?

loved the story, did not like the narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

Was a very dark story ,no sugar coating. But a good story with twists

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By julie on 04-22-14

A mind bender

Any additional comments?

Definitely different but surprisingly engrossing. I thought the narration was good and since I like John Lee as a narrator- I am use to his pace and inflections. I thought he was perfect for this dark character and yes.... It is a Twisted story!

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mike Thomas on 08-21-16

Excellent stuff

Where does Rustication rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top ten.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rustication?

The twists and turns of the plot.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brought a tone of authority to the reading.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I would like to hear Charles Pallisers masterpiece The Quincunx on Audible.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Leon van Schoonneveldt on 05-05-15

Brilliant novel slightly let down by performer

Palliser is once again on top of his game here: atmospheric, intricately plotted, and a wholly convincing narrator-protagonist. John Lee is an experienced reader, but not ideal casting for a novel whose narrator-protagonist is a boy of seventeen. I would have preferred a younger and somewhat colder voice.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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