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The Burning Page

The Invisible Library, Book 3
Narrated by: Susan Duerden
Series: The Invisible Library, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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Summary

Librarian spy Irene and her apprentice Kai return for another "tremendously fun, rip-roaring adventure" (A Fantastical Librarian), third in the bibliophilic fantasy series from the author of The Masked City.

Never judge a book by its cover...

Due to her involvement in an unfortunate set of mishaps between the dragons and the Fae, Librarian spy Irene is stuck on probation, doing what should be simple fetch-and-retrieve projects for the mysterious Library. But trouble has a tendency to find both Irene and her apprentice, Kai - a dragon prince - and, before they know it, they are entangled in more danger than they can handle...

Irene's longtime nemesis, Alberich, has once again been making waves across multiple worlds, and, this time, his goals are much larger than obtaining a single book or wreaking vengeance upon a single Librarian. He aims to destroy the entire Library – and to make sure Irene goes down with it.

With so much at stake, Irene will need every tool at her disposal to stay alive. But even as she draws her allies close around her, the greatest danger might be lurking from somewhere close - someone she never expected to betray her...

©2016 Genevieve Cogman (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Great story ruined by TERRIBLE narration

I love the Library stories having read them in the traditional format up to now and was really looking forward to listening to the latest on audio.
Alas! Does the narrator get to listen back to their recording? Surely they would notice the same intonation repeated over and over and over for every sentence!
Actually, the producer is probably more at fault - they should be sacked for allowing this travesty to be published.
But most of all I feel sorry for Genevieve Cogman who's great stories have been completely ruined, none of the subtleties and humour in the writing were represented at all.
What a shame.

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  • Susan
  • Irvine, United Kingdom
  • 05-03-17

Great story, poor narration

Considering that this story is about the Invisible Library and about every second sentence has the word library in it, it's ridiculous that the narrator seems to be unable to pronounce it as anything other than libaree! She has a rather stilted and disconnected narrating style, rather flat and with peculiar inflections. Shame that the book has been spoiled by this, please get someone else to narrate the one that's due out this!year

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Great book, shame about the narration

As usual, the invisible library series is fun and entertaining. Unfortunately the narration really lets it down. Constantly over dramatic, voices of characters too similar and the uplift at the end of each sentence is incredibly annoying. What a shame.

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Read it don't listen to it!

I love this series and was looking forward to this new book but the narrator was horrendousssssssss

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  • JR
  • 21-06-17

Story good. Awful narration

I would recommend the continuation of the storyline and the writing of the author but sadly I can't cope with the semi whispering monotone voice of the narrator.
It is such a shame.
PLEASE redo them with someone else!

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Narration by machine? Horrible!

I finally downloaded the audible version after reading it in print up to chapter 13. It sounds like some sort of text to voice machine, I don't think I made it through one page. The story is fun, the reading of it drains all life from it!

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Saving the whole universe?

What did you like most about The Burning Page?

Ms Cogman never disappoints

What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Accurately captured characters and atmosphere

Any additional comments?

I am a big fan of Ms Cogman and couldn’t wait for this next novel. The wait was worth it though. Irene and Kai still find trouble around every corner. This time, however, the library itself is in danger and our two heroes must sacrifice much to stay ahead of Alberich and his dastardly plans. With the help of their friends and some frenemies, they must save not only each other, but also their friends and the library itself.
I look forward to their next adventure, and hope that more will be revealed about Kai’s past and the reason he was partnered with Irene.

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Poor narration

This is the third library book I have read, but the first I have listened to. I felt that the flat narration, which at times seems to place the emphasis on the wrong word or have no relation to the information, detracted from the story and I am not even going to finish listening to the book. It sounds very much as though it is simply being read from a sheet, with no forethought as to what is happening in the story.

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Horrendous narrator dreary voice..I can't listen

Horrendous narrator such a shame ruins book I am really disappointed and sorry for author

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Third book, wont buy any more

The narrator totally and utterly ruins the stories for me. Ive tried, but this one was even worse than the last two, in fact i was so bored with her narration, pronunciation and style that i dont even remember half of the story. What a shame, no more libareee for me!

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  • Stephanie
  • 06-02-17

Do I smell a seris?

No mega cliff hangers but there is still a lot of unfinished buisness.
Our heroine is at peace mostly by the end of this book. Still I enjoy the characters SO much!
I recommend this and the previous two books two anyone into adventure, fantasy, fae, magic, and scf-fi

Also, the same narrator improves dramatically from the monotone delivery you hear through most of book 1 to an exceedingly better delivery in books 2 & 3. If you handle it, definitely listen to all 3 books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-17

fun listen, we'll spun story.

Thoroughly enjoyed the narrator, and the twists and turns in the story. A great addition to the series, and the development of the characters/ friendships

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  • Mercy
  • 20-02-17

Amazing

Another great book in the Invisible Library series. Full of intrigue and great fun. I throughly enjoyed listening to this latest installment and can't wait for the next one.

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  • K. Hallett
  • 23-01-17

excellent continuation to the tale

What made the experience of listening to The Burning Page the most enjoyable?

the story was excellent

Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Duerden?

It is hard to listen to this narrator. As she speaks, all I can picture is a heaving breathy bosom as she speaks. I really do not like this particular type of speech

Any additional comments?

Overall, this is an excellent edition to the series. Ideally, I would love to see more about Vale - maybe his own series even!

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  • Garyl240
  • 10-06-19

The Invisible Library Series

I have just finished the third book in the series, and have thoroughly enjoyed all three. The first I read, and the other two were audiobooks. They had several well interwoven plots. I particularly liked that a number of books in our own reality were referenced. This is is also a series that could be read by teens as well as adults, with both getting different takeaways. The dictation was superb.
Sincerely, a reader of 60+ years, B.S., M.S., J.D.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-12-17

Another Page Turner

Each of Ms. Cogman's books is amazing in the scope of the reality and characters that she creates. Irene is an amazing female with strong instincts and a stronger will to do the right thing. Once I start listening it is very hard to find a stopping point. I hope there is another "Library" book coming soon.

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  • P. Welter
  • 12-12-17

Unfulfilled

The ending left too many unanswered questions and the last half felt rushed as if the author was just trying to finish. Loved the series, just a bit disappointed by the last book

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  • Amy Bradley
  • 25-07-17

Loved it!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Burning Page to be better than the print version?

For my partner - yes. For me, no, as my ability to retain what I hear is very low. However, I did enjoy listening to it. And hearing the characters come to life in voices was a very neat experience.

What other book might you compare The Burning Page to and why?

The Burning Page is much in the vein of the other Invisible Library titles. Other series that are similar are The Magicians (Lev Grossman) and The All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, Book of Life) - but neither are identical, just put me in a similar mood.

Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

Irene and Kai are definitely my favorite of the characters to hear performed by Susan. Vale at times I had a bit of trouble distinguishing from Kai, but I may have been over-tired.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy from the author on a giveaway through her Goodreads blog. This was lovely for us to listen to on several long (5-6 hour) car rides back and forth to a clinical trial I am in.

The narration was interesting: low and mesmerizing, but not sleep inducing overall.

(And I have actual narcolepsy. When I read printed or on screen works, it helps keep me awake; listening to audio without doing something with my hands or body - i.e. the car when it is dark and I can't see to do something crafty - is generally a fast way for me to fall asleep. I only ended up nodding off while listening after midnight when I hadn't slept well the night before; normally with most audio books we’ve listened to in the car, I’m in and out of awareness within half an hour of not being able to see within the car due to darkness.)

My partner, who hasn't read the books, also found the story engaging, which was a big plus and helped him focus on the drive.

A few times when tired, I had difficulty distinguishing the characterization of Vale from others, but only when I was really tired.

Story wise: loved it! Still going to read it, as I’m not sure how much I retained, but was a very enjoyable experience to listen to.

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  • marie monahan
  • 10-07-17

These books❤️

Yet another marvelous adventure! The wait for the next installment will be tough! Some series find a way straight to your heart and this is one of them.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-01-17

Leaves you wanting more

This novel is amazingly written. The author has a wonderful style influenced by greats like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and classical spy greats.
Loved the story and hope for more exciting things in the future from her!!!

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