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Fingersmith Audiobook

Fingersmith

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Audible Editor Reviews

Fingersmith is the dazzling audiobook written by Sarah Waters and narrated by the ever-popular Juanita McMahon. This is the enigmatic story of the fingersmith's, working their way through the pockets and purses of 1862 London. It is a curious look at their lives told through the eyes of a young girl growing up among them. She has been unwittingly set on a path since her birth that is as mysterious as the family who care for her and the young orphan living nearby that she can't help but feel a connection with. This story is enchanting as much as it is suspenseful. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

London 1862: Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.

©2002 Sarah Waters (P)2002 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Sarah Waters is one of the best storytellers alive today " Matt Thorne, (Independent on Sunday)

"Intensely atmospheric, impeccably paced, and cunningly structured, this is that rarity in contemporary fiction: a deeply serious novel that is also a thumping great read" Douglas Kennedy, (Mail on Sunday)

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    Kate 11/01/2015
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    "Very well read, brilliant story."

    Lovely listen, fantastic reader, gripping storyline. Overall, time well spent. If you want a book representative of Victorian England, this is definitely worth it!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    lesley essex, United Kingdom 05/12/2014
    lesley essex, United Kingdom 05/12/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "beautifully written, beautifully read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think this to be Sarah Waters finn st book to date, her amazing descriptions of Victorian London and asylum life are so vivid and the fast paced plot carries you on an amazing journey. Exploring the fragile nature of identites based on ones ancestors and the mutability of human nature, how two main characters change and grown through the story. It is a great book, beautifuly written


    What did you like best about this story?

    The opening descriptions of the house in london.


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    joanna 02/10/2014
    joanna 02/10/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant!"
    If you could sum up Fingersmith in three words, what would they be?

    clever, gripping, enjoyable


    What does Juanita McMahon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She is one of the best narrators I have listened too (and I have listened to 1000's of audiobooks) she really brought all the characters to life and has a beautiful voice. I wlll be buying more books narrated by her!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all Sarah Waters books now and all are absolutely brilliant, and coupled with such an excellent narrator they make very gripping reads! I thoroughly recommend!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Harrow 23/02/2015
    Harrow 23/02/2015

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    "Excellent narration of very good novel"

    This was the first Sarah Waters book I have read, chosen because recent newspaper reviews deemed it one of her best. There certainly was much to like: an original plot, convincing central characters and a definite Dickensian quality to the cast of minor crooks, liars and perverts.

    It is generally a well paced novel and the narrator does an excellent job of sustaining atmosphere.

    Recommended , particularly for those who want a longer listen.

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    GJ Scott 09/01/2015
    GJ Scott 09/01/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect."

    Just brilliant.
    I loved the narrator who brought the characters to life.
    The story was very Dickensian and completely unpredictable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine 11/06/2015
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    "Intriguing, surprising and engaging story"

    I’ve only recently discovered this fine novelist through reading her book The Paying Guests. Fingersmith is an earlier novel but has the same strengths of strong characterisation, pacy story with surprises along the way.

    The narrator is outstandingly good as she made the book sound more like a drama as she brought the various players to life with her fine ability to create different voices.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ionaeds 13/02/2015
    Ionaeds 13/02/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "very enjoyable!"

    I couldn't stop listening! Great story and a brilliant narrator. Accessible Dickens, gripping and well paced for a good, long listen.

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    Miss 26/05/2015
    Miss 26/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly amazing"

    I watched the film many years ago, but the book is even better. Highly recommend.

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    Mr. T. J. Baker 16/05/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "A brilliant page turner"

    An intriguing novel full of shocks and surprises, twists and turns. I wanted to finish it to see what the conclusion would be, but at the same time didn't want it to end

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    Myles UK 02/12/2015
    Myles UK 02/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Olivia Twist"

    As I listened to the first few chapters, my initial thoughts were pessimistic. A couple of Artful Dodgers attending an actual play of Oliver Twist? Unsubtle, I grumbled. Returning to the Fagin-esque inhabitants of the robber's den? Uninspired, I huffed.

    But then the plot started to thicken.

    This is a dual-perspective tale of deception set in a fairly clichéd Victorian London and the countryside nearby. The main character, Sue, is a fingersmith, brought up in the poorer part of London to a hodgepodge family of thieves and swindlers. As the hallowed 'scam to make their fortunes' is plotted, Sue finds herself learning how to be maid to a lady, her co-protagonist, Maud.

    To reveal more would be a disservice, as the twists and turns throughout are part of what make this tale so enjoyable. The characters, while dredging Victorian conventions, are a colourful bunch and I loved and hated my way through them. Juanita McMahon's narration is superb, if a little "gor blimey gov'nor", and she creates an absorbing atmosphere with emotionally powerful characters.

    At almost 24 hours, however, Fingersmith is slightly too long, and at times I did let frustration spoil my constant enjoyment when arguments went over the same ground, over and over (Maud, I'm looking at you). But this is a fairly minor criticism as by the end I found myself not wanting to leave Waters' world and I'll happily return for a revisit in the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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