The Invisible Library : The Invisible Library

  • by Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by Susan Duerden
  • Series: The Invisible Library
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies -think Doctor Who with librarian spies!
Irene must be at the top of her game, or she'll be off the case - permanently.
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.
Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos infested, the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene's new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own. Soon she's up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues, and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option - the nature of reality itself is at stake.


What the Critics Say

"It's a breath of fresh air ... with a companionable heroine in Irene, and a satisfyingly complex plot, The Invisible Library - the first of a series - is a book in which to wallow." (Guardian)
"Fantasy doesn't get much better ... If you're looking for a swift, clever and witty read, look no further (
"This witty and spirited adventure sets up a potential gold mine of lore for the writer to plunder in future sequels ... a fun and original page-turner" (
"Cogman's dialogue is clever and funny, and her characters delightfully flawed. With this book she has crafted an exciting, fast-paced introduction to a world you will yearn to revisit ... Books such as The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games series are paving the way for stories like this" ('ve seen it compared to Doctor Who, I'm sure it'll be compared to Harry Potter, and it'll probably get compared to every Anglophile novel full of vim and fun that's ever been written. These comparisons will all be well-earned (


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

horrible narration

What disappointed you about The Invisible Library?

Got 5 minutes in then returned. shame as the plot interested me but the cheesy 90's dj narrative just turned me off completely!

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- Catherine

Can not even listen to this book

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This could be the greatest book in the world but I will never, know. I can not listen to it as the narrator drives me crazy.

Would you be willing to try another book from Genevieve Cogman? Why or why not?

Maybe if it is not read by Susan Duerden.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Duerden’s performances?

I would rather stick pins in my eyes than listen to another book read by this woman. The cadence she employs is impossible to listen to her. I am Australian and I know all about annoying cadence/inflection but man on man this woman needs to listen to almost any other narrator to understand that simply making her voice go up and down at the end of EACH sentence does not add colour or interest it is pointless and could cause someone to throw their ipod or other device at the wall.

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- Dawn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-04-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios