The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

  • by Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble, Davina Porter
  • 7 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses, vengeful owls, ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice. The heroines and heroes who must grapple with these problems include the Duke of Wellington; a conceited Regency clergyman; an 18th-century Jewish doctor; and Mary, Queen of Scots; as well as Jonathan Strange and the Raven King. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories introduces readers to a world where charm is always tempered by eeriness, and picaresque comedy is always darkened by the disturbing shadow of magic.

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What the Critics Say

"All but one of the stories takes place in or around 1811, and Clarke uses the language, diction, and historical settings beautifully, just hinting at Jane Austen. Each character is elegantly drawn and comes to life....These stories are charming, engaging, and deceptively simple." (Booklist)

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21st century 19th century lit

If you haven't read or heard, as the case may be, "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell", go do that now. After you are finished, pick up "The Ladies of Grace Adieu". The incomparable Susanna Clarke further establishes a 19th century Britain where the practice of magic is a reality and the study of faeries a laudable diversion for any gentleman or lady. This is a collection of several previously published works and well worth the listen.

Clarke's writing is much illuminated by footnotes and this particular audible rendition, through the use of two narrators, easily handles the format.

The narrators are engaging throughout and both have a certain droll delivery that well captures the subtle humor found throughout Ms. Clarke's work.
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- M. Morgan

Another beautiful read.

I thought I would be bothered by the inclusion of Davina Porter in this reading, because Simon Prebble was amazing in his reading of Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell," but I was wrong. So, with two talented readers, this audio book was fantastic.
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- Jeffrey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2006
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio