• by Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by Jenny Sterlin
  • 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Is the spirit Winnie's great-great-grandfather, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens' childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more arcane and insidious origin? Winnie begins to investigate and finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades - some from her family's peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past. In the spirit of A. S. Byatt's Possession, with dark echoing overtones of A Christmas Carol, Lost presents a rich fictional world that will enrapture its listeners.


What the Critics Say

"Maguire...makes the supernatural chillingly real." (Library Journal)
"A deftly written, compulsively readable modern-day ghost story." (Publishers Weekly)
"A brilliant, perceptive, and deeply moving fable about loss and a storyteller's ghosts." (Boston Sunday Globe)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A good story, spoiled by a poor interpretation

I believe I might thoroughly have enjoyed this book if not for the inappropriate stresses and accents employed by the reader. The tale itself with its allusions to Dickens and Victorian fantasies is intriguing, but the reader seems unable to exhibit any empathy with the characters or the narrative. I would be most interested to hear this book given a more sympathetic reading by another narrator.
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- Brinkus

strange but enjoyable

this was an odd one, took me a long while to get into it and i was a little disapointed with the way it ran away at the end but the bulk of it in the middle was very good .
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- Elaine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-11-2007
  • Publisher: HarperAudio