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Two young women, living centuries apart, both accused of madness, communicate across time to fight a common enemy...their doctors.

"It was the dog who found me."

Such is the stark confession launching the harrowing scene that begins The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls as Emilie Autumn, a young musician on the verge of a bright career, attempts suicide by overdosing on the antipsychotics prescribed to treat her bipolar disorder. Upon being discovered, Emilie is revived and immediately incarcerated in a maximum-security psych ward, despite her protestations that she is not crazy, and can provide valid reasons for her actions if someone would only listen.

Treated as a criminal, heavily medicated, and stripped of all freedoms, Emilie is denied communication with the outside world and falls prey to the unwelcome attentions of Dr. Sharp, head of the hospital's psychiatry department. As Dr. Sharp grows more predatory by the day, Emilie begins a secret diary to document her terrifying experience and to maintain her sanity in this environment that could surely drive anyone mad. But when Emilie opens her notebook to find a desperate letter from a young woman, imprisoned within an insane asylum in Victorian England and bearing her own name and description, a portal to another world is blasted wide open.

As these letters from the past continue to appear, Emilie escapes further into this mysterious alternate reality where sisterhoods are formed, romance between female inmates blossoms, striped wallpaper writhes with ghosts, and highly intellectual rats speak the Queen's English.

But is it real? Or is Emilie truly as mad as she is constantly told she is?

The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls blurs harsh reality and magical historical fantasy whilst issuing a scathing critique of society's treatment of women and the mental health care industry's treatment of its patients.

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Terrible narrator.

Couldn't get through more than a few minutes, the narration is terrible. Not good at all.

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Fantastical window into madness

Leans much heavier on fantasy than reality. Charming characters. Eloquently performed. A dizzying journey between the madness of two kindred souls.

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Perfect depression

Spectacular well written. A perfect description of depression. True horror without requiring anything more than the description of the mind at war with itself. I recognise so much of myself in this, despite it being utterly different from my experience. Well worth the listen

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Strange narration but got used to it!!

struggled to get on with the narrator at first. very individual style but enjoyed the book despite its abrupt ending.

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AMAZING!

loved it so much. I've wanted to hear this for so long. physical copy next 💃

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Awful Narration

The narration was awful! truly awful , actually made me give up listening after a few chapters!

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love it.

amazing, in a word. as a fan of Emilies music I have known about the book since it was announced. but never was able to get a copy (written or otherwise) and the audiobook has had so much love and care put into it. would recommend to anyone even if they didnt know about her music career.

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Splendid!

After hearing the book from start to finish in the course of 2.5 days, I imediately started it all over again! Just overall a superb book!

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  • Lis.beth
  • 06-02-19

Painful narration

Painful to the point of distraction. Potentially if I read it myself, but this is my entertainment for commuting. I can’t even finish this. I cannot even focus on the story.

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  • Kat
  • 06-04-19

Exquisite

The performance of this book is outstanding and leaves you on edge. It’s books like this that I use audible for. When she describes a scene where they’re singing she is actually singing and it’s musical and you get lost in the scene as though you were watching a play... Bravo Emilie Bravo

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  • kimberly eisner
  • 21-01-19

eh, not worth it.

ok story, absolutely awful narrator. I had anxiety listening to the author, but not in a good suspenseful anxiety type of way. I stuck through the story, and almost wish I hadn't. listen to the sample before you use your credit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-20

Absolutely amazing.

This book was a masterpiece made only more thrilling and tangible through the voice of Emilie Autumn. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, provided they’re in a place where they can handle a difficult story. Anyone who has ever dealt with trauma, sexism, grief, or hospitalization will find this book either a little too close to home or absolutely validating and cathartic. Personally, I loved this story. It is groundbreaking.

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  • Nick
  • 08-10-18

A journey through the mind.

Emilie Autumn has done amazing things with this book! I love her music, and this book had drawn me in instantly! The characters, the music, the dialogue. How she hints to songs she has wrote. If you enjoy her music and have not read her book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Justin
  • 12-09-18

So much talent!

So much talent singer song writer and author of this amazing novel!I will be listening to this one over and over.My heart is filled with emotion.

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  • AmethystClay
  • 10-03-18

amazing insanity

Truly an Audible experience! Impossible to release for a moment; the narrator's intensity is only paralleled by the author's magnificent tale of courage, woe, and ultimate heartbreak.

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  • Derek
  • 24-01-19

I love the asylum

I loved every single second though I was disappointed that Miss Lucy who I have personified on a game and feel extremely close to was not in the book. also I could not believe there was not more to read I wish there had been a few more chapters to this book and it has never ended I wish there had been more detail about the asylum but other than that it's good intoxicatingly addicting.

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  • Lily
  • 07-08-20

A tea party to remember

I loved the music and the story so much. ugh I just wish there was more

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  • fcs15
  • 13-06-20

Love the story and musical effects

I am a big fan of the story and the Artist and love the amount of work she has put into crafting this story from illustrations, music, and an upcoming musical. I feel like the audio book is just the beginning of the multimedia universe. That being the case it is a great re-read a few years later after a good amount of music has come out giving the novel more shape. The audiobook is narrated by the author which I always feel adds a little to the story. However, she is a professional singer not a narrator whose performed on hundreds of books. I am a big fan of hearing the emotion come the author rather than a narrator because it feels more authentic. Some people may prefer a seasoned narrated because of the greater range of voices and experience with pace. It is a personal preference with trade offs imo. It's a great story that transports you between the present time dealing with mental health issues to back in time in the Victorian era.