• by Charles Palliser
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A vertiginous gothic masterpiece from the best-selling author of The Quincunx. Charles Palliser's work has been hailed as "so compulsively absorbing that reality disappears" (New York Times). Since his extraordinary debut, The Quincunx, his works have sold over one million copies worldwide. With his new novel, Rustication, he returns to the town of Thurchester, which he evoked so hauntingly in The Unburied.
It is winter 1863, and Richard Shenstone, aged 17, has been sent down - "rusticated" - from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion. Addicted to opium and tormented by sexual desire, he finds temporary refuge in a dilapidated old mansion on the southern English coast inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie. Soon, graphic and threatening letters begin to circulate among his neighbors, and Richard finds himself the leading suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from vivisection to murder.
Atmospheric, lurid, and brilliantly executed, Rustication confirms Palliser's reputation as "our leading contemporary Victorian novelist" (Guardian).


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Where does Rustication rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top ten.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rustication?

The twists and turns of the plot.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brought a tone of authority to the reading.

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I would like to hear Charles Pallisers masterpiece The Quincunx on Audible.

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- Mike Thomas

Brilliant novel slightly let down by performer

Palliser is once again on top of his game here: atmospheric, intricately plotted, and a wholly convincing narrator-protagonist. John Lee is an experienced reader, but not ideal casting for a novel whose narrator-protagonist is a boy of seventeen. I would have preferred a younger and somewhat colder voice.
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- Leon van Schoonneveldt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios