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Summary

The first in a gripping fantasy-mystery series, The Invisible Library is the astounding debut from Genevieve Cogman.

Irene must be at the top of her game or she'll be off the case - permanently....

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested - the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene's new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she's up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option - the nature of reality itself is at stake.

The Invisible Library is followed by the second adventurous title in the The Invisible Library series, The Masked City.

©2015 Genevieve Cogman (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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Fantastic Narrator

What a difference a good narrator makes. Kristin Atherton really brought this book to life, so much better than the previous recording with Eyeore reading. Just a pity that it is the american version (women wearing men's underwear? underpants? really?)Great story, great plot, well formed character.

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A new narrator gives the story a huge boost.

I have long enjoyed this series of books, but sadly, like many others, was put off buying many of the first Audible versions thanks to a poor narrator. I hate being so negative about a person who will have done their best, but it was a shame the narration let down the overall audio version.

Now the early books are being re-released using the narrator who took over reading the later books in the series, and the difference is amazing. Truly, having better narration lifts the whole book to a much more enjoyable level.

The book is a mix of emotions, from fun moments, yet it has twists and turns, and leads you into a world that engages you. A great fantasy novel for those days you want something easy to listen to, but with enough meat to the storyline to not be too boring or too cliched.

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Could be better

I liked the idea of this novel but it was rather confused and not brilliantly performed. A better editor and a better narrator and this would be a different proposition. Not to be recommended, I’m afraid.

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New Narration makes all the difference!

I bought this book a couple of years back and couldn’t listen for more than 5minutes I ended up returning it. I noticed it had been updated with a new narrator so gave it another go…what a difference! Great book for lovers of Jodi Taylor/Jasper Fforde and the like

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Thank goodness for the new reader

Only at the start of this book, but thank goodness they got some one else to read it! I’ve wanted to listen to this for ages (as the subject is just the kind of thing I like to listen to when I’m cooking or doing something around the house .... light and easy the listen to!) but the previous person reading it meant that I couldn’t even get through the sample! The new person is great!

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At last

I'm so glad that this story has been re-released with a different narrator so I can finally enjoy it.

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Brilliant story........

Well written. What an imagination. I read this book a long time ago and was hoping there would be more. Excellent writing.
And I am so glad they were re-recorded by Kristin Atherton. However much I enjoyed the story. I could not have listened to the person who recorded the earlier version.
Kristin is excellent. What a vocal range she has. And perfect intonation
The narration had a few too many pauses in the wrong places at first. But then she really relaxes into it. I am definitely a fan of Kristin’s reading.

Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Joan
  • 23-04-21

I am a Librarian

This was a bit too drawn out and overly down for my liking. While it had the makings of a great story it seemed to get lost in all the details the author was trying to put in. The main character Irene needs a confidence booster in the worst way and if I heard I am a Librarian one more time I thought I was going to scream We Know That Already!
Narrator was wonderful and had a great voice and voices. Just wish the story lived up to the hype.

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  • Rebecca Myers
  • 05-06-21

Female character harassed and *apologizes* for it

(Note: The narration is well done; this review is about the content.) I was enjoying the general shape of the story until the main character is unnecessarily, obnoxiously propositioned by her partner - and the way that situation is written/handled was offensive enough that I stopped the story and returned the book. One of the very few times I’ve ever needed to do that. (Thank you, Audible, for making that an option.) It may not bother all readers, but it definitely bothered me.

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  • Renee Straube
  • 24-05-21

Engaging

Engaging story with good characters and plot twists. would recommend for young adult readers and adults.

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  • t
  • 03-05-21

What an amazing find

I don't remember how I came across this audiobook, but I purchased it on a whim. I so love it when I buy something I've never heard of and it more than meets my expectations.

The story, as told from Irene's POV, paints a wonderful picture of the way she thinks. From her introduction to Kai and Vale and their developing friendship, to her reaction to Silver (I love Silver. I want more Silver). But even beyond that was the additions of book references -after all she is a Librarian and book lover.

The descriptions of the Library spaces as well as the London in Vale's world were well done without being too much. It had a wonderful Urban Fantasy feel without going into the harshness & pure negativity that some UFs dive into.

A definite 5 star listen. I look forward to more Irene and Kai (and hopefully more Vale and Silver) in the next book.

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  • Thomas Walsh
  • 01-05-21

The reader is awful. Cadence is just bad.

While the Kindle book is entertaining the audio book is horrible, The reader (just a reader, not a performer) has a cadence that is bum bum bum pause bum bum bum pause. Saying it is irritating is being nice. Compare her to Bronson Pinchot or Zara Ramm (two of the best) and it's not in the same universe. Please hire trained vocal actors in the future.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-04-21

Wonderful

Excellent storytelling by author and reader. Love the premise of such a library existing. Please make it so!