A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray audiobook

A Great and Terrible Beauty

By Libba Bray
Read by Josephine Bailey

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The Gemma Doyle Trilogy: Book 1

11.32 Hours Unabridged
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The first book in the critically acclaimed New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, the exhilarating and haunting saga from the author of The Diviners series and Going Bovine. It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to? “A delicious, elegant gothic.”—PW, Starred  “Shivery with both passion and terror.”—Kirkus Reviews  "Compulsively readable." --VOYA  A New York Times Bestseller A Publishers Weekly Bestseller A Book Sense Bestseller BBYA (ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults) Iowa High School Book Award Garden State Teen Book Award Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2004 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A 2007 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

The first book in the critically acclaimed New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, the exhilarating and haunting saga from the author of The Diviners series and Going Bovine. It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to? “A delicious, elegant gothic.”—PW, Starred  “Shivery with both passion and terror.”—Kirkus Reviews  "Compulsively readable." --VOYA  A New York Times Bestseller A Publishers Weekly Bestseller A Book Sense Bestseller BBYA (ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults) Iowa High School Book Award Garden State Teen Book Award Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An interesting combination of fantasy, light horror, and historical fiction, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure.” School Library Journal
“Plot, setting, and characterization are all strong. Questions of life, love, maturity, responsibility, and the harrowing nature of choices are seamlessly worked into a compulsively readable story, open ended enough to hint at the possibility of a sequel…Exhilarating and thought-provoking.” VOYA
“Bray is totally successful in placing her readers in the confinement of Victorian England and also in the freedom of the strange spirit world Gemma finds…[An] exceptional book.” KLIATT
An interesting combination of fantasy, light horror, and historical fiction, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure…Recommend this to fantasy fans who also like Sherlock Holmes or Mary Russell. School Library Journal 
There’s no doubt the mystical elements, along with a touch of forbidden romance, will draw a large, enthusiastic audience. Booklist
A New York Times BestsellerA Publishers Weekly BestsellerA Book Sense BestsellerBBYA (ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults)Iowa High School Book AwardGarden State Teen Book AwardPennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award
A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy . . . an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy. Amazon.com
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This classic boarding school drama with gothic tones deals with real issues . . . a compulsively readable story. VOYA 
A delicious, elegant gothic. PW, Starred 
A Gothic novel touched by modern conceptions of adolescence, shivery with both passion and terror. Kirkus Reviews
A true boarding-school drama, full of cattiness, Victorian repression, and steamy schoolgirl dreams of being ravished by virile gypsies. The Bulletin, Recommended
[An] engrossing, imaginative Victorian-era novel . . . An unconventional book that entertains to the end and stays with you long after. BN.com 

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Author

Author Bio: Libba Bray

Author Bio: Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of the bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy and the Diviners series, among others, and the author of Beauty Queens, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Going Bovine, which won the Michael L. Printz Award.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.32
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English