A Most Extraordinary Pursuit

  • by Juliana Gray
  • Narrated by Nicola Barber
  • 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Known for her original plots, deft characterization, and lyrical voice, Juliana Gray presents an extraordinary novel of an uncommon pursuit.
February, 1906. As the personal secretary of the recently departed Duke of Olympia - and a woman of scrupulous character - Miss Emmeline Rose Truelove never expected her duties to involve steaming through the Mediterranean on a private yacht, under the prodigal eye of one Lord Silverton, the most charmingly corrupt bachelor in London. But here they are, improperly bound on a quest to find the duke's enigmatic heir, current whereabouts unknown.
An expert on anachronisms, Maximilian Haywood was last seen at an archaeological dig on the island of Crete. And from the moment Truelove and Silverton disembark, they are met with incidents of a suspicious nature: a ransacked flat, a murdered government employee, an assassination attempt. As they travel from port to port on Max's trail, piecing together the strange events of the days before his disappearance, Truelove will discover the folly of her misconceptions - about the whims of the heart, the motives of men, and the nature of time itself.

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What the Critics Say

"Narrator Nicola Barber perfectly captures this opinionated, forward-thinking Englishwoman.... Her smooth, engaged narration leads listeners through this unlikely adventure, which includes Greek mythology, time travel, and ghosts. Listening is a light and fun escape." (AudioFile)

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This Book Would Have Been A Hot Mess...

...in the hands of a less skilled author. Instead, it was enchanting! And the narrator, Nicola Barber, made the experience extremely enjoyable. Terrific author, fantastical premise and utterly delightful performance---who could ask for more?!?
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- alexis

Ehhh?

This is just a crazy mish-mash of incidents that don't seem to be satisfactorily tied up at the end. I didn't especially like Emmaline, and the reader's interpretation of her voice as wimpy and breathless, almost whispery was just annoying. Lords Silverton and Olympia were annoying and not charming or loveable - and Emmaline should have knocked Silverton flat when he showed his true colors. And ghosts? Where did the ghosts come from? (Although Queen Victoria was my favorite character in the book - a dead woman was more lively and believable than the living characters!) And, what were the Americans doing? I've listened twice, and I've read it once, and I just don't get it. I didn't feel like there was any resolution - the author just decided to stop writing.
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- Cheryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio