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The Doll Factory

Narrated by: Tuppence Middleton
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Summary

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal is the intoxicating story of a young woman who aspires to be an artist and the man whose obsession may destroy her world forever.

London. 1850. The Great Exhibition is being erected in Hyde Park, and among the crowd watching the spectacle, two people meet. For Iris, an aspiring artist, it is the encounter of a moment - forgotten seconds later, but for Silas, a collector entranced by the strange and beautiful, that meeting marks a new beginning. 

When Iris is asked to model for pre-Raphaelite artist Louis Frost, she agrees on the condition that he will also teach her to paint. Suddenly her world begins to expand, to become a place of art and love.

But Silas has thought of only one thing since their meeting, and his obsession is darkening.... 

This audiobook includes an exclusive interview with Elizabeth Macneal.   

©2019 Elizabeth Macneal (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic reviews

"A sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession." (Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train)

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Enjoyable & Immersive

An enjoyable fairytale like story with the pre-raphelites as the background. it felt as though feminism had been retro fitted into the story without too much trouble. And it was a pleasant immersion in time and place. I'll definitely keep an eye out for more from this author

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Enjoyable but not quite what I had expected

I enjoyed listening to this story. It has some interesting characters. The Pre-Raphaelite links were fairly well done and I think they anchored the book and gave it a bit more substance and feeling of reality. I had been expecting a Victorian Gothic horror based on some of the reviews but I think it's more historical fiction than horror and not particularly scary. It feels like a very modern story line adapted for Victorian London. No doubt it will be made into a period TV drama very soon!

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Huge disappointment

After reading so many good reviews, I couldn't wait to start listening. Sorry but have given up after 6 chapters!. For me it seemed very bitty and none of the characters were likeable . The narration was good but the story did nothing for me .

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Excellent listen!

So richly told, this is an excellent story that takes you right back to Victorian London. Highly recommended.

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Her first novel.

For a first novel it is excellent. For me I found her writing exquisitely descriptive, not just the characters in the story but the way in which she brings London alive at a not so pleasant period in it's history especially for the poor. Although it paints a picture of a time and place I would love to view first hand, it is not one where I would want to have lived. To say I enjoyed this book does not go far enough but I seriously recommend you to listen to this one if you, like myself are captivated by tales of the 1800s.
At the end She mentioned that she has not finished with this period and gives a brief insite to her 2nd book and I can't wait to hear it. 5stars for The Doll Factory. May there be many more from Miss Macneal.

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An enthralling, chilling, atmospheric story

Not only is the story compelling in itself but it vividly brings to life the streets and culture of Victorian London - the Great Exhibition, the pre-Raphaelites and so, so much more. I loved it.

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Incredibly Vivid

I really enjoyed this book, the way both the author and the narrator describe iris’s process of painting was particularly inspiring, I felt like I too was learning from a master painter

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The doll factory

I real enjoyed this trip back in time to the horrors of Victorian London. I found the ending very slightly disappointing but overall it was a very good listen.

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Good story but ending could have been better

I really enjoyed this book until the end. It felt a bit rushed and incomplete.

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Great book

I really liked this book. The story kept me engaged and wanting to know more. My reason for dropping a star is that I wanted to know more at the end about all the characters we got to know and found the ending a bit abrupt.

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