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The Glass of Time Audiobook

The Glass of Time

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Publisher's Summary

It is 1876. Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to be interviewed for the position of Lady's Maid by the 26th Baroness Tansor, the former Miss Emily Carteret.

But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the dark and dangerous secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanza's own closest interests are bound up.

Gradually those secrets are revealed, and with them the truth of who Esperanza really is, forcing agonising obligations on her, and enmeshing her in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit and murder that culminates in betrayal by those she trusted most.

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    Nathanael Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom 10/09/2009
    Nathanael Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom 10/09/2009
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    "Read his first, first!"

    A book I really could not stop listening to. At several times you felt the conclusion to the story had been reached and there would be yet another twist and turn to keep you on your seats edge. I was not aware until I searched for more of Michael Cox's books that this is a sequel to his first book which will now have to serve as a prequel. Enjoy!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Michael Roy 01/09/2009 Member Since 2017
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    "A HOLIDAY MUST!"

    What a joy it was to listen to this audiobook, I found myself unable to switch off, sometimes keeping me up until after 2am, fantastic plot with all the components necessary to make a very good story. Such a shame that there will be no more words from the pen of Mr Cox.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    coolzs 12/08/2009
    coolzs 12/08/2009 Listener Since 2008
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    "the glass of time"

    i thought michael cox's first book was good , but this in many ways is even better. I think the descriptive language adds to a plot with many unexpected twists , and was sorry to learn that no more books from this author would be forthcoming , due to his untimely death.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    R Exmouth, United Kingdom 17/08/2011
    R Exmouth, United Kingdom 17/08/2011 Member Since 2015
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    "beautifully written and narrated"

    This is a most beautifully written and narrated historical novel written by Michael Cox. I found myself continuously intriqued, wondering constantly what would happen next and if I was correct in my assumptions of how the story would progress.I listened to "the meaning of night" first by the same author and this gives the background "to the glass of time" and I found the two books together well worth reading and I can recomend them heartidly. I will definately listen to them again
    Sadly there will be no more titles by this author for which I am truly sad, but I am grateful to audible for bringing my attention to the book which I probably wouldnt have listened to if I hadnt taken the time to read the preview

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Coventry, United Kingdom 19/07/2011
    Sarah Coventry, United Kingdom 19/07/2011 Member Since 2015
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    "Utter perfection"

    Having listened to the Meaning of Night, I very quickly came back to download this book, having enjoyed the former so much. I wasn't sure if this would be so good, as I'm aware that the first book was almost 30 years in the planning. I need not have worried. I didn't believe I have ever been so engaged or enthralled by any character as I was by Esperanza Alice Gorst, and the twists and turns of her life.

    Even though some of the outcomes were clear early on, Cox always threw in a twist when you least expected it, and one that was hard to foresee. The beauty of his writing further aided the story, and restrained nature of the conversations was so authentically Victorian, and had me yearning for the characters to break free!

    Michael Cox's output may have been small before his sad death, but is perfectly formed. His story was an interesting one in itself, and if you haven't already listened to The Meaning of Night, and the interview with the author which comes at the end, I'd strongly recommend it.

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    Diane 07/12/2010
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    "The Glass of Time"

    What a wonderful book, beautifully read.

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    Elizabeth Davies 03/03/2010 Member Since 2011
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    "Exceptional"

    Superb listening experience - I did not want it to end.

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    Louisa Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom 21/02/2010
    Louisa Freshwater Bay, United Kingdom 21/02/2010 Member Since 2014
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    "Keeps you constantly gripped"

    This is a wonderfully rewarding listen and keeps you constantly gripped. I might advise starting with The Meaning of Night, and going straight on The Glass of Time because I certainly had some difficultly in remembering the plot details of the previous book. If you enjoy an enthralling tale with plenty of twists and turns in the plot, you will really enjoy this book.

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    Amazon Customer 07/12/2009 Member Since 2013
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    "A really good read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well put together and well read. The author has recreated the era to perfection. I little predictable in places, but well worth reading. Highly recommended.

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    Deborah Stafford, United Kingdom 28/03/2012
    Deborah Stafford, United Kingdom 28/03/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "Great"

    Loved this and his first book, they complemented each other and highly recomend listening to the first book before purchasing this.

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    01/11/09
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    "Not as good as "Meaning of Night'"

    The author's first novel, the prequel to this one, is one of my favourite novels ever. This is an attempt to provide "bookends" if you will, to the first novel, and it didn't totally succeed for me.
    It feels rushed and thrown together in parts and could have used a thorough editing. But there is something about the female lead character that just didn't feel true to me - an example of a male author who can't truly inhabit his creation.
    I will read The Meaning of Night over and over in the future, but not The Glass of Time.

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