The Nature of Monsters

  • by Clare Clark
  • Narrated by Julia Barrie
  • 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1718 and, in a small parish near Newcastle, Eliza Tally, a headstrong girl of 16, embarks on a reckless love affair that will prove her undoing. When her lover casts her off, denying their union, she is forced to travel to London, a city that attracts and alarms her in equal measure. There, she takes up a position in the house of an apothecary, Grayson Black, whom she trusts to salvage what remains of her reputation.

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What the Critics Say

"A sublime evocation of the 18th century...there was no way I was ever going to put this down." (Telegraph)

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Part of what is interesting to me about this novel are the many historical details which are often quite obscure, but, from what I've read about the period, are based in fact. Nonetheless, some details are so fantastic it's hard to believe they are not made up.
Also, as you begin the novel you may think you've stumbled onto something from the erotica category, but this is short-lived. Quickly, the atmosphere turns from eros to human cruelty. The latter will be your companion throughout the rest of the novel with little redemption for the most part. It's a strange story that I would liken in style to a sort of hybrid mixture of Bronte, Dickens, maybe Camus, and, at times, de Sade. And I have to say I really enjoyed it, (although at times I found myself slightly ashamed for enjoying it -- but good books can be that way, can't they?) Probably, it's not for everyone, but it's guaranteed you'll remember it whether you liked it or not.


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- Gaither

The Nature of Humans

I very much enjoyed this audiobook. The story isn't fast paced, but it is convincing. 'The Nature of Monsters' is part historical novel, part phychological thriller, and does feature a few sexually explicit scenes early on which may put off some listeners. It also centres around the old wives tales that suggest that an unborn child can mutate based upon the mother's visual experiences.

This book could have just as easily have been called 'The Nature of Humans' for it's foray into the psychological states of the characters within it. It is certainly worth listening to.
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- Meg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-20-2007
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks