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Publisher's Summary

A Face Like Glass is an astonishing and imaginative novel from the Costa Award-winning author of The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge.
In the underground city of Caverna, the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare - wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair, or fear - at a price.
Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed.
©2012 Frances Hardinge (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Kevin T. Collins's style is affecting as he delivers this engaging novel, which is rich with backstories. When Cheesemaster Grandible finds Neverfell, a 5-year-old human, in a cheese vat, he's as shocked as she is. The contrast between grumpy, reclusive Grandible and his young adoptee is perfectly rendered by Collins. They live in Caverna, an underground city where babies are born without facial expressions, which must be taught by 'facesmiths.' The wealthy have only the best of everything, for example, wine that erases memories and cheese that reveals the future, which the drudges must supply. Listeners will be transported to Caverna by Collins's vivid descriptions of the strange place and even more peculiar people. After seven years, Neverfell's maturity is audible as she observes the inequality that surrounds her when she leaves the safety of Grandible's home. Her fear will be shared by listeners as she realizes that she's in danger because of her expressive face. The touching epilogue brings a satisfying conclusion." (AudioFile Magazine)
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By Alana on 02-06-18

Wrong narrator for the text

Would you try another book from Frances Hardinge and/or Kevin T. Collins?

Yes, I like Hanrdinge's writing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Face Like Glass?

Original story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The book needed a female narrator. Why on earth the publishers decided on a male narrator is utterly beyond me. A male voice actively detracted from the story for me. I ended up reading the last third of the book in print because I found the narration so distracting and ineffective.

Any additional comments?

Based on the narration, I cannot recommend this excellent text as an audiobook. Nothing wrong with the narrator--he was just woefully miscast for this book.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Faith Smith on 05-26-17

really fun story, funny and exciting.

main character is enduring and brave. the story is full of clever ideas that keep your imagination spinning. the plot twists and is a happy story after all.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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