Frog Music

  • by Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by Khristine Hvam
  • 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Frog Music is a wonderfully evocative novel of intrigue and murder from Emma Donoghue, the author of the international bestseller Room, an emotive and powerful novel that was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker and Orange Prizes.
San Francisco, 1876: A stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead.
Frog Music, inspired by true events, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder: Elegant, erotic and witty.


What the Critics Say

“The story is fascinating… Emma Donoghue is clearly a master storyteller.” (Northern Scot Midweek Extra and Irish Examiner)
“Frog Music builds into a gripping tale of a woman’s struggle to survive in the anarchic world of a frontier city and shows what a wonderfully talented and versatile writer Emma Donoghue is.” (Scottish Daily Mail)
“This is another smart and finely wrought consideration of parenthood, further proof of Donoghue’s significant skill as an author.” (The Observer - The New Review)
"In Frog Music, Donoghue constructs an entire world in which the characters and material can really breathe… filling every page with a kaleidoscope of detail." (Belfast Telegraph)
"Frog Music builds into a gripping tale of a woman’s struggle to survive in the anarchic world of a frontier city and shows what a wonderfully talented and versatile writer Emma Donoghue is." (Daily Mail)
"The novel is fast-paced and Donoghue’s talent for storytelling shows in her ability to jump around without every losing the reader. She also has a knack for description: both her characters and the world she portrays come alive in your mind." (Scotland on Sunday)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

To be fair I haven't listened all the way through

I was so excited to see a new novel by the author of Room, one of the most moving, thoughtful and insightful books I've read in years.

I downloaded it without hesitation and started listening...

First I fell asleep while listening (without the sleep timer on), so I decided to give it a fighting chance and start back at the beginning, convinced it was my fault for being too tired to listen properly... I stated again...

It was such a bitter disappointment to realise that this just isn't for me; I tried and tried but whether it's the characterisation (an astonishing strength of donoghue's last novel) which felt sketchy to the point of threadbare and borderline characatured, or whether it was the narration (more on that later) I don't know. Either way, after about 4 or 5 good attempts at getting past he initial "hump" to see if I could go the distance, I've reached my Waterloo I fear! This book is not for me.

A word on narration; you're selling an audiobook to the European market. The main character is a Frenchwoman, to be narrated with a French accent, and the book contains frequent use of French quotes and comments... PICK A FRENCH SPEAKING NARRATOR!!!

I'm sure many people will love this book but it's not for me :-(
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- Victoria

I tried

What would have made Frog Music better?

more gripping first chapter.

Has Frog Music put you off other books in this genre?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

narrator was good ...just distracting with different accents.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Frog Music?

all of the first chapter

Any additional comments?

boring, confusing , far too drawn out.. complete waste of time trying to get into this story. Dissappointing

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- alan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-03-2014
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd