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Summary

A dazzling, romantic new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds from Richelle Mead, number-one internationally best-selling author of Vampire Academy.

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide's deception. Complications soon arise - first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands....

©2016 Richelle Mead (P)2016 Listening Library

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  • 22-09-16

Enjoyable and not what I expected

Definitely a good listen. Don't let the aristocratic accents put you off, they soon mellow a little and the story is very enjoyable.

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Amazing!

I really enjoyed this audiobook! Great story and I also really liked the narrators too.

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Couldn't stop listening

Richelle Mead has exceeded my expectations as always. The plot was brilliant, the setting was mesmerising. The only problem I had with the reading was that the British accent was often over exaggerated, even by countesses terms! Aside from that I loved it, and cannot wait for the next installment in the series.

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  • Anna Erikssön Bendewald
  • 15-04-16

I love this story!

First, let me say that I loved Kristen Sieh's performance and voice so much, I will listen to anything else she narrates for the rest of my life.

As for Richelle Mead's story- simply pure escapism! I love our heroine, I love everyone she comes in contact with and the villian, pretty much love to hate!

I don't typically enjoy fantasy, but the fact that these are countries that don't exist and religions she's created didn't matter one bit. The were completely real to me and I loved the adventures.

I hope there's a follow up book, I'd adore another adventure with these characters.

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  • Stephanie
  • 19-04-16

narrator is excellent

I very much enjoyed the narrator. Each character had a discernable voice or characteristic. very well read.

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  • Lacey
  • 23-04-16

Wonderful Narrator with a wonderful new story.

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The narrator for this book is just wonderful. Her voices for the Characters are rich and she makes the story come alive. I look forward to listening to more of her narrated books.

Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors. She took a different approach with this book. It is less of a fantasy book and more of a loose take on history. This story seems to combine elements of the Roman Occupation of Britain, the colonization of the United States with a dash of Salem Witch Trials just to keep it interesting. It is definitely not like her other books but that makes it a vert refreshing read. I will definitely listen to this one again. Definitely worth the credit and I look forward to the next book in the series!

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  • Amanda
  • 14-04-16

Excellent Read

I LOVED this book!! There were so many twists and turns, it was awesome! I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Maya
  • 29-05-16

Okay plot, but a lot of loose ends and barely likable characters

When I first began this book I thought I would grow to love it. I did grow to be okay with it, but I was never truly that fond of listening to it. I think the reason was because I did not like the main character, and I just simply couldn't feel that bad for her. She was not endearing or inspiring and I am sad to say that I only grew to dislike her. None of her traits as a main character won me over, nor allowed me to sympathize with her plight to get out of a marriage... Mostly because she didn't have that rough of a time and she came off as kind of snobby the entire book. I love mead's other works and am a huge fan, but this just was not as good as I had hoped.

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  • Christiana
  • 24-05-16

Loved it!

Couldn't get enough! kept me interested the entire time! Had a fun new appeal to it.

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  • S. Hilpert
  • 13-04-16

I loved this book

The fact Is that this has been one of my favorite books to listen to. I will keep this brief so you can get started reading! The voice the plot the romance the characters the mystery and plot twist add up to one of the best books I've ever read. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have. Have fun reading!

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  • Amanda
  • 01-06-17

Didn't think I would but I did love it.

Strong female leads and fantastic character development. High adventure reminiscent of Jane Austin meets Larry McMurtry.
You'll wanna keep listening.

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  • Erin
  • 22-02-17

Exceeded my expectations

What made the experience of listening to The Glittering Court: The Glittering Court, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

What did you like best about this story?

I went into this book just wanting an entertaining, fluffy YA novel to listen to on my commute. I chose The Glittering Court because the plot sounded interesting enough and it has good reviews. I ended up loving it! The description of the book really doesn't do it justice. The story has so much more depth than I was expecting and engages with so many different issues. I'm invested in this story now and can't wait for the next book in the series!

What does Kristen Sieh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kristen Sieh is a wonderful narrator. Before I downloaded the book, I read some reviews saying they didn't like her narration very much. I completely disagree. I could listen to her forever. She really brought the characters to life, especially the protagonist.

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  • Missy
  • 11-11-16

Great book, phenomenal reading!

Where does The Glittering Court: The Glittering Court, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's actually the first audiobook I've listened to completely, and it honestly kind of spoiled me! The narration was fantastic, to the point that I've been really disappointed to realize that a lot of the audiobooks out there in the world just don't compare to the quality of performance offered here.

What other book might you compare The Glittering Court: The Glittering Court, Book 1 to and why?

If you're a fan of other works by Richelle Mead, I think you'll definitely appreciate this one, too. It has the same narrative style I know and love from the other works I've head by her, including her trademark feature - a strongly written and interesting female lead, with a really clear personality coming through in the storytelling.

What about Kristen Sieh’s performance did you like?

She absolutely lives up to the word "performance". This wasn't just someone reading words out loud - she perfectly embraced the first person nature of the story narrative, and it felt like the story was being told directly to my by the main character. There was an impressive amount of acting put into the narration, and her inflection and style meshed perfectly with the personality of the protagonist.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely! Although that didn't prove feasible, given it's over 12 hours long!

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