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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter Audiobook

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

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Publisher's Summary

Based on some of literature's horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders - and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

©2017 Theodora Goss (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    R. Maines 08/02/2018
    R. Maines 08/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!"

    A Marvellous mashup of several classic novels that sets them in the same universe but from the perspective of Dr Jekyl’s daughter (Mary) and the retinue of other woman she picks up as the plot rattles along. Really enjoyed it.

    Narration was good. The interjections from the characters that interrupt the story can be annoying at times (I suspect they work better in the paper version) but flesh out the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elly gausden London, United Kingdom 09/11/2017
    elly gausden London, United Kingdom 09/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Very enjoyable"

    A clever conceit done really well. The author has built a Victorian London populated by monsters who aren't and men who are. But she doesn't disappear into her own cleverness and lose track of the story, unlike some other people who have done similar things (yes Kim Newman I'm looking at you). The story rips along quite well, but we get some good background and insight into the characters too.

    The only point to note, especially apparent in Audio book form, is the jumping between 'now' and the story. It's a bit jarring at first but after a while becomes part of the flow and actually a fun way to tell a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rachel
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States
    07/07/17
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    "Cute, erratic, sloppy but not without charm"
    What did you like best about The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter? What did you like least?

    Strong female characters, love a good mystery.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a good job trying to make each character distinctive, but gets confused as occasionally swaps accents.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly


    Any additional comments?

    I love the concept, but the narrative was a bit annoying. I didn't mind the idea of borrowing creatures from other stories and weaving them into this tale but the Sherlock Holmes character was so poorly represented.

    If you are going to use beloved characters with well established personalities and NOT completely reinvent, then be true and respectful of the source.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica Johnson
    San Jose, CA, US
    27/07/17
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    "lovely unsuspenseful mystery"

    interesting style of writing - the heroines commenting on the story throughout was funny and relaxing

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jujubntx
    Glendale, CA
    14/08/17
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    "The Strange Case of The Strange Case"

    Unfortunately I struggled to finish this novel. I purchased the audio book based upon the interestin premise and it started off decently enough . however as time went by it became apparent that the books pace slowed to a snail's pace and then finally towards the climax and lengthy denouement the book structure fell apart completely. The performance is decent but it was a stretch for the male voices. i just didn't care that much for any of the characters. Won't be reading the sequels

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • sonia
    Alexandria ,Virginia, United States
    22/06/17
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    "PLEASE TELL ME THIS WILL BE A SERIES!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    I did not read it, only listened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter?

    Justine's story


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Honestly, all. I really enjoyed how the characters were pre-identified verses, "she said or he said"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NO SPOILERS! The last few chapters, when the women realize how unique they all were, that each one had individual value to bring to the whole.


    Any additional comments?

    THIS BETTER BE A SERIES! Even though most characters are female, men will enjoy this novel very much. SPOILER ALERT! No sex, no mushy love story just a fun adventure, not even so much as just from a woman's POV. It was a well told story. It really isn't light and breezy, you have to pay attention but not a hard difficult story to follow either. I thought it was a interesting and fun new twist to several classics.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Dan
    07/12/17
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    "Doesn't make a good audiobook"

    This is a "story within a story" novel where the characters are writing the book you're reading. As a consequence, they'd frequently interrupt the story to have little side discussions about the book and at times it could be very confusing as an audiobook because you couldn't tell if the dialogue was happening in the story or outside.

    The story itself was only alright. Good concept, but very anticlimactic and predictable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joel Langenfeld
    Shoreview, MN United States
    12/07/17
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    "Slowly, her breathing slowed..."

    That phrase pretty much sums up the entire book.

    This could a pleasant eight hours of Audible. Unfortunately, it will require 13 1/2 hours of your time to plow through. The author executed this lexical legerdemain by slipping in looonng expository narratives from several perspectives, relieved only by the various narrators arguing about the presentation of those tedious narratives.

    Kate Reading was spot on with her narration, but unfortunately her considerable talents could not elevate this plodding prose.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Chad Allen
    31/08/17
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    "I enjoyed this book"

    This story was very entertaining while playing on the literature classics, nice coherent relatable characters. Prior to this I never put much thought into "what if the classic monsters had children?" The writing style was also unique in the way that I felt as if I was listening several people telling a story, with all of the impromptu interruptions and aside dialog.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • AngieAngleways
    London, England by way of the good ol' USA
    10/11/17
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    "I was looking for something similar to The Night C"

    I was looking for something very similar to THE NIGHT CIRCUS. I was not disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • stephen
    Long Beach, CA, United States
    05/11/17
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    "Clever use of Public Domain characters "

    Kate Reading is as professional as they come and Theodora Goss has created an interesting tale using the female characters from Great Gothic novels from the 19th century. It is a mystery that involves Holmes & Watson with the help of the daughters of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde , along with others. Simply brilliant

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    12/09/17
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    "Immensely Enjoyable"

    Fun premise and quite imaginative. First rate narration only enhances the experience. Looking forward to the follow-up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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