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Publisher's Summary

In this novel, set in Scotland in 1863, Bessy Buckley attempts to escape her past by taking a job as a maid in a big house outside of Edinburgh, where she works for the beautiful Arabella. Bessy is intrigued by her new employer, but puzzled by her increasingly strange requests.
© Jane Harris; (P) Clipper Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Bessy's unique, witty voice distinguishes this boisterous novel." (Booklist)
"Sharp, funny and tender-hearted." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Allen on 05-20-07

Funny & Extremely Well-Read

Normally, I shy away from books read by their own authors, but after listening to the audio sample, I made an exception. Jane Harris has not only written a highly entertaining book about a sharp-witted Irish girl, working as a maid for a strange English woman in 19th century Scotland - but she also gives voice to her characters with a level of skill that few professional readers possess.

Do yourself a big favor & get this audiobook. You won't be disappointed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Angela on 09-01-08

Great book!

Favorite things about this book: 1) Narrator does a great job on the different voices/accents and the manners of speech, i.e. some of Bessie's pert smart-alec comments. She made me laugh out loud in a few places, a rarity in a rather gothic tale, 2) Ms. Harris also kept me guessing. I have read other reviews that complained that some characters are not fleshed out other than Bessie, but that is what keeps me (and Bessie) guessing, 3) the writing is terrific!

I am partial to historical fiction - if you liked The Thirteenth Tale, you'll probably enjoy The Observations. Most gothic-type stories do move rather slow but with a good author there is a joy and delight in the words as you move to the conclusion.

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By Karen on 05-24-07

Very Enjoyable

This is the second audio book I have listened to and I really enjoyed it. It had me laughing out loud on several occasions and crying at others. The author doing the reading was perfect. This is a story I wanted to go on and on. Very pleasant and pleasing to the ear. Although quite predictible it was a delight to listen to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JenPeter on 09-30-10

Excellent novel; brilliantly read by the author

I loved this book.
The Observations is a brilliant and original story, told in the first person by the irrepressible Irish heroine, Bessy Buckley.
Bessy has some wonderful expressions; which are delightfully comic and create hilarious visual images. This is a book full of comedy but it is also deeply moving, dark and tragic.
The Observations is read by Jane Harris, the author. It is the best read audiobook I have listened to. The accents of the characters are wonderful, especially that of Bessy herself.
Highly recommended.

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