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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored and utterly out of place.  

But her quiet existence is shattered when she stumbles across a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page reveals more impossible truths about the world, and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own. 

©2019 Alix E. Harrow (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting." (Christina Henry, best-selling author of Alice)

"A gorgeously written story of love and longing, of what it means to lose your place in the world and then have the courage to find it again. This book is a door I'm glad to have opened." (Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians)

"A tantalising quest through strange and beautiful places and a love story that spans time, worlds and magic. I couldn't put it down." (Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M)

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A magical journey!

This is one of those books that comes along every now and then, that stands out from the others. The language is exquisite, the narrative compelling. I didn’t want the book to end and knew I’d feel a sense of loss when it did. The narrator is wonderful, the characters well drawn. I just want to find another read as good as this again soon! If you enjoy the unusual and magical, you’ll love this book!

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Fabulous. Don’t hesitate.

Lovely story, well read. Satisfying ending. Magical in all the right ways. I’ve always loved secret doors and hoped they led somewhere Other....

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Charming

If you like portal fantasies then this utterly charming book will be right up your alley.

Narration is good as well.


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Wonderfully magical

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.

I’m sure this book will be a classic. It transported me to ten thousand other worlds.

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Lovely

The story is lovely but best of all is the narrator's voice, she made this book a joy to listen to.

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Stunning

Absolutely magical, a beautiful story beautifully narrated. I didn't want it to end, thoroughly recommended.

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magical

I have no words for this book. it took me back to the joy I felt as a child reading for the sheer magic of being transported to another place or places in this case. Wonderful.

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Ok i guess

A little boring, but interesting premise. Just felt a little meh. Would have liked some more explorations of other worlds.

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Wonderful Story and Narration

Not normally my type of book, but trying to expand my horizons, this book took me a little while to get into. But once there, helped by the superb and comforting narration, I was lost in this magical book where some doors open to new worlds. Well written. A bit like a grown up fairy tale. I’m so glad I purchased this book.

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the ten thousand doors

I kind of went in expecting this story to have doors be open to new worlds , new skies , strange people and weird stories , but it started very obnoxiously , very boring and not at all what I expected it would be , but by the middle it just kept getting better and better I was glued to the audiobook , by then it delivered , and that ending was the best ending to a book I read in a long time .

an amazing story , I just wish it started with the second part of the book and went from there - just a personal reference - all those fake historical facts bored me tbh .

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  • Frans Pieterse
  • 20-11-19

Melodrama

Fun. Interesting concepts. 30% too long. Melodrama is the best description I can think of esp after the way too Baroque ending