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  • Opium and Absinthe

  • A Novel
  • By: Lydia Kang
  • Narrated by: Bailey Carr
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Opium and Absinthe

By: Lydia Kang
Narrated by: Bailey Carr
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Summary

From the bestselling author of A Beautiful Poison comes another spellbinding historical novel full of intrigue, occult mystery, and unexpected twists.

New York City, 1899. Tillie Pembroke’s sister lies dead, her body drained of blood and with two puncture wounds on her neck. Bram Stoker’s new novel, Dracula, has just been published, and Tillie’s imagination leaps to the impossible: the murderer is a vampire. But it can’t be - can it?

A ravenous reader and researcher, Tillie has something of an addiction to truth, and she won’t rest until she unravels the mystery of her sister’s death. Unfortunately, Tillie’s addicted to more than just truth; to ease the pain from a recent injury, she’s taking more and more laudanum...and some in her immediate circle are happy to keep her well supplied.

Tillie can’t bring herself to believe vampires exist. But with the hysteria surrounding her sister’s death, the continued vampiric slayings, and the opium swirling through her body, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for a girl who relies on facts and figures to know what’s real - or whether she can trust those closest to her.

©2020 Lydia Kang (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Surprising story

When I first started this book I generally had no idea where the story would go. It kept me interested about what happened to Lucy with some twists and turns in the middle. As with all audiobooks it takes me a few chapters to get used to the narrator but once that passed i enjoyed it.

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gripping

Fantastic book and good narration, until she does a 'British' accent then it goes wrong!

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Enjoyable

i quite liked the story, but did not care for the audio performance. The "voices" used were a bit stiff and the pacing too slow at times. It was a great book otherwise.

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Brilliant!!!

Just incredible. I praise the writer for this story and the wonderful characters! Can't wait to see this story reach other people.

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Gothic

Wanted to hear what happened. I loved the Dracula quotes which brought the book to life

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really enjoyed!!!

it was great! intriguing but not too gory. some of the story seemed quite young and I wished some of the other characters interconnected into the murder mystery in a more complex way. But I liked the slightly awkward heroine who eventually found her voice.

I liked the narrator.

looking forward to more of Lydia Kang's books.

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Love A Gothic Novel

I'm disappointed that I can't read this on daylight and listen to Audible in darkness despite it being listed as Whispersync/Narration ready. The kindle and audible versions don't sync as promised between the versions. Other than that it's a great story I'd like to continue, but annoyingly I'll have to return the audio and wait until it really is available. You think it'd be easy to fix but Amazon would rather take back a book and refund you, losing goodness knows how many sales for authors than make it work.

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Superb, highly recommended

wonderfully descriptive, this book had me guessing through to the end who the perpetrator was.

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"A carnal catastrophe of crumbs."

No, doesn't sum up the content of this book: it is simply a line the main character thinks of which I actually found enjoyable.

I really expected to like this book. Drawn by the lovely cover, fool that I was, and intrigued by the brief resume, I bought it despite already having reservations about the narrator from the four minute excerpt. Sadly, the twelve and one half hours of this miserable tale felt more like double that time as the 'heroine', a spoilt, wealthy, clumsy, petulant and immature young woman drooled, regurgitated and craved either laudenham, opium, morphine or heroin in the final few months of the nineteenth century. Had she been a child of twelve or so, her character would have made far more sense, (asking constant questions such as how an elephant smelt?) but she had to be much older for the slow burn romance to take place. Theoretically a murder mystery, it was much more a series of not very well drawn character studies as seen by this silly woman as she doses herself with ever increasing drug usage following her breaking her collar bone after being thrown from her horse because of total incompetence, an accident which had occurred at the same time as the killing of her older sister.

Although of marriage age, Tillie is silly, emotionally but a little girl, even if she does like to read and find out about things. The narration emphasizes this. Lydia Kang's voice is perfect for children's stories. But in this book, which requires the listener to form a picture of a fully adult woman for the character to stand a chance of succeeding, she only makes the main character sound childish. Again, nothing wrong with her actual narration other than being totally wrong for this book (although her individual are limitted, and the accent of the British Lady Remington is a cross between Irish/Scottish and Australian - awful).

So, definitely not a book I would recommend, despite the lovely cover. It is well written, hence the three stars, and, being set in an earlier time frame - a little over one hundred years ago - attitudes and circumstances were certainly different from today. I am sure many people will fully revel in the plight of the poor, plucky little rich girl whose elders wanted her to conform to the social modes and which she did not want. But the author would have done better to remove the time frame still further into the past, except then she would have been unable to use the frequent Dracula quotations at the beginning of the chapters. Ah, well...

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not a great first audible experience

I didn't enjoy the narrator, I couldn't believe some of the mispronunciations made it past editing, I assumed it might be a computer generated voice.

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