The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

  • by Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble, Davina Porter
  • 7 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses, vengeful owls, ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice. The heroines and heroes who must grapple with these problems include the Duke of Wellington; a conceited Regency clergyman; an 18th-century Jewish doctor; and Mary, Queen of Scots; as well as Jonathan Strange and the Raven King. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories introduces readers to a world where charm is always tempered by eeriness, and picaresque comedy is always darkened by the disturbing shadow of magic.

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What the Critics Say

"All but one of the stories takes place in or around 1811, and Clarke uses the language, diction, and historical settings beautifully, just hinting at Jane Austen. Each character is elegantly drawn and comes to life....These stories are charming, engaging, and deceptively simple." (Booklist)

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Not quite as good as JS&MN- but still good

I downloaded this book after listening to 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell'. JS&MN is a long story with single plot running through the book, with little subplots and stories of faerie woven in. 'The Ladies of Grace Adieu' is a collection of shorter stories, all which have the same charm as those in the former book. Whilst this collection does not lead to as fulfilling an experience, it is still a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
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- WJE Hoppitt

Lacked something but still enjoyable

I absolutely loved Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel so decided to give the Ladies of Grace Adieu a whirl. I did enjoy the book and the stories were compact, cleverly written and entertaining. However I think it is fair to say that I was spoilt by JS&MN so this book felt lacking in someway. I probably should have done them the other way around.
The audio quality was clean and crisp, Simon Prebble is a joy to listen to and the reading pace was great. I can't fault the book in any way,, other than I was probably wanting more of JS and didn't get it. A good book on the whole and well worth a listen. I give it four out of five.
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- Sue

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2006
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio