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Summary

Lud-in-the-Mist - a prosperous country town situated where two rivers meet: the Dawl and the Dapple. The latter, which has its source in the land of Faerie, is a great trial to Lud, which had long rejected anything 'other', preferring to believe only in what is known, what is solid.   

Nathaniel Chanticleer is a somewhat dreamy, slightly melancholy man, not one for making waves, who is deliberately ignoring a vital part of his own past: a secret he refuses even to acknowledge. But with the disappearance of his own daughter and a long-overdue desire to protect his young son, he realises that something is changing in Lud - and something must be done.   

Lud-in-the-Mist is a true classic, an adult fairy tale exploring the need to embrace what we fear and to come to terms with 'the shadows' - those sweet and dark impulses that our public selves ignore or repress.

©2019 Hope Mirrlees (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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A masterpiece

First read this back in the seventies as a student, knowing nothing about the author - if anything, I thought it was probably contemporary, possibly American. Only recently have I discovered that it’s pre-Tolkien, pre-Lewis, pre the whole ‘fantasy’ thing, and very British
The book has haunted me ever since. I never met anyone else who’d even heard of it, and it was really difficult to get hold of once my old copy had fallen apart. So when I saw that it has reappeared out of the past - like Mayor Chanticleer from the debatable lands - both as a book and on audible - it is a bit like an old dream coming to life. So please forgive this bit of self-indulgent autobiography- the book has been very important to me all my adult life.

It’s a strange, wonderful, poetic work - the language is quite beautiful, the characterisations real and engaging, the plot as gripping as a thriller at times (though I’ve always wanted to know more about what actually happened to Nat at the end). You can read many, better and more thorough reviews of the story itself - including by Neil Gaiman,
But I must comment on Eleanor Bron’s reading, which is outstanding. There’s not a false note, not a nuance missed. Her voice is beautiful, but also versatile, managing at different points to be moving, humorous or sly as the plot demands. It is one of the best readings I’ve heard on audible - and I have over 400 books.

Thanks Audible, for acknowledging this stunning book as the masterpiece it is.

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A real gem, don't miss it

I bought this on a whim, taking a chance and I am so glad I did. I haven't even finished it yet, but lt I just had to review it. The novel is nearly a hundred years old yet it holds it's own, as Tolkien. It is beautifully written and Neil Gaiman introduces the book and he is spot on. Another of my favourite books which I have listened to three times (and will do again) was his book ' the ocean at the end of the lane, and this book reminds me so much of that book. I hope this helps ND that you enjoy this as much as I did.

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A gift from mother to child

I am ashamed that I have not read this book until now. My mother had a copy since her university days and only now have I been brave enough to give it a go. But in an odd way now was the right time. I am old enough to understand it and still feel its warmth and magic. It was also such a treat to hear it read by the familiar and comforting voice of Eleanor Bron. I first heard her reading ‘the little princess’ and so this audio book is like the perfect storm of the feelings that I had as a child.

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Needs a couple of listens

I liked this book, in the end - it took till the last hours to get there! I will need to listen again to fully immerse myself.

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lives up to the hype!

I really loved this fairy tale. If you liked Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell or little/big or the wayward children books I think you'll like it too. I thought that Gaiman was giving too much praise but having finished it I have to agree.
The audiobook narration is fantastic too.

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Wonderful book. An absolute classic.

Part fantasy, part crime thriller, part reflection on manners and prejudice. Wonderfully worthwhile to listen.

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Beautiful and enchanting.

The most wonderful adult fairy story. Narrated in a way that brought all of the characters to life.

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A beautiful alternate reality fiction classic

A beautiful, subtle & atmospheric alternate reality fiction. If you've not read it before, I'd advise listening to Neil Gaiman's introduction after the book, as it gives away some of the plot.

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Marvellous

A great story with its roots in European folk lore and Eleanor Bron is superb.

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Bewitching

Beautiful narration - the authors gentle voice soothes you into an extraordinary story (it reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust) - prosperous merchants and their families all having their lives turned upside down by forces secretly (or not so secretly) associated with the neighbouring land of Fairie. One brave local dignitary solves the riddle.

I loved this book and could not wait to plug in my headphones every day to find out what would happen. It is a work of genius, which such a huge span of ideas and plot, while remaining incredibly enjoyable.