• The Nature of Monsters

  • By: Clare Clark
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 20-11-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (24 ratings)

Summary

It is 1718 and, in a small parish near Newcastle, Eliza Tally, a headstrong girl of 16, embarks on a reckless love affair that will prove her undoing. When her lover casts her off, denying their union, she is forced to travel to London, a city that attracts and alarms her in equal measure. There, she takes up a position in the house of an apothecary, Grayson Black, whom she trusts to salvage what remains of her reputation.
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©2007 Clare Clark (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd.
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"A sublime evocation of the 18th century...there was no way I was ever going to put this down." ( Telegraph)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Bett on 02-12-08

A grusome tale with a heart!

This is a compulsive story and really lifts the lid on the dirty, gritty and unwashed London of the 18th Century. It's shocking premise of "monster" children being borne to women who were exposed to excesses of emotion and imagination is hard to credit in this day and age. Unbelievably it was thought feasable in 1720 when the novel is set. The feisty heroine seemed completely of her time, so often in historical novels the characters seem to think, speak and act in a very 21st century manner. Eliza is trapped by the constraints of both poverty and loss of reputation that kept women completely controlled. Lives are bought and sold with callous indifference that makes us happy to be living when we do! I thought the novel was read beautifully, you couldn't fail to be moved by the plight of the characters as they felt completely real. If you want to immerse yourself in historical London that you can almost smell and gasp at unimaginable horrors lurking in it's dank and closed courtyards, I think you will enjoy this as much as I did!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Muppet on 22-08-08

Not too shabby

I bought this book as I was trying to go for something I wouldn't normally buy. It is a good story and found that I could not put it down! Really wanted to know how it worked out, even though it is fairly predictable. Still a good story, ideal for holiday reading material, not too taxing!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gaither on 07-10-08

Exotic Blend

Part of what is interesting to me about this novel are the many historical details which are often quite obscure, but, from what I've read about the period, are based in fact. Nonetheless, some details are so fantastic it's hard to believe they are not made up.
Also, as you begin the novel you may think you've stumbled onto something from the erotica category, but this is short-lived. Quickly, the atmosphere turns from eros to human cruelty. The latter will be your companion throughout the rest of the novel with little redemption for the most part. It's a strange story that I would liken in style to a sort of hybrid mixture of Bronte, Dickens, maybe Camus, and, at times, de Sade. And I have to say I really enjoyed it, (although at times I found myself slightly ashamed for enjoying it -- but good books can be that way, can't they?) Probably, it's not for everyone, but it's guaranteed you'll remember it whether you liked it or not.


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4 out of 5 stars
By Meg on 10-04-10

The Nature of Humans

I very much enjoyed this audiobook. The story isn't fast paced, but it is convincing. 'The Nature of Monsters' is part historical novel, part phychological thriller, and does feature a few sexually explicit scenes early on which may put off some listeners. It also centres around the old wives tales that suggest that an unborn child can mutate based upon the mother's visual experiences.

This book could have just as easily have been called 'The Nature of Humans' for it's foray into the psychological states of the characters within it. It is certainly worth listening to.

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