The Essex Serpent

  • by Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by Juanita McMahon
  • 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species.
As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar. They find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other's lives in ways entirely unexpected.


What the Critics Say

"One of the most memorable historical novels of the past decade." (Sunday Times)
"The Essex Serpent is a novel to relish: a work of great intelligence and charm, by a hugely talented author." (Sarah Waters)


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Customer Reviews

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Didn't do it for me.

Like some other reviewers, I am mystified by the hype around this book. I struggled to keep my concentration on this as an audiobook, not necessarily because of the narration, which is OK-ish, but because of lack of a comprehensive storyline. Very occasionally my attention was quickly drawn back e.g. the knife attack. Perhaps this is one to read and/or one for the Book Club, but either I've missed a great deal, or this book is just not what all the publicity tried to sell it as.
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- Patricia White

An Authentic Voice

Beautifully written, with fully fledged characters, a wholly believable plot and the perfect narrator, makes this book stand head and shoulders above the crowd. Sarah Perry has a gift, a special gift that means she really can paint pictures, induce smells, bring forth the tactile nature of her novels like few others can. I just loved it.
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- Christina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-07-2016
  • Publisher: Lamplight Audio