The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron audiobook

The Dark Unwinding

By Sharon Cameron
Read by Fiona Hardingham

Scholastic Inc 9780545327862

The Dark Unwinding Series: Book 1

9.70 Hours Unabridged
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When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London. Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity. As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance.

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Summary

Summary

When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Cameron has produced a ripping good read with all the drama, intrigue, and romance of a Victorian pot-boiler with mystery, suspense, and hints of the supernatural thrown in for good measure.” VOYA
“Atmospheric and imaginative, rooted in a rich history and packed with well-drawn characters—and is a great crossover for adults.” BookPage
“By turns funny and poignant, this period mystery is a thoroughgoing delight.” Kirkus Reviews
“Cameron’s eerie and suspenseful first novel offers gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape. Readers should find it easy to become fully absorbed in this gothic coming-of-age story about finding unexpected freedom.” Publishers Weekly

Reviews

Reviews

by ET3D 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Okay, but not worth full price

Passive protagonists are always less fun than active ones, and unfortunately Katharine Tulman takes passivity to the extreme. Throughout the story she is acted upon and manipulated. When she can change something with a word, she is silent. When she might do something, she convinces herself that she shouldn't. On the rare occasion that she does something, which isn't really premeditated, she would brood on it later. So although she is a sympathetic character, I found myself cringing more than I was rooting for her.

The story itself is reasonably interesting. I enjoyed the setting, and I enjoyed the mystery to an extent (marred by Katherine's behaviour), and the plot was okay. The plot was also rather simple, being dragged to a longer length by the protagonist's behaviour and constantly wrong evaluation of what was happening.

Narration was okay when it came to the women. The narrator's voice sounded suitable for the protagonist, and some other characters were reasonably depicted. Sadly the narrator has pretty much one male voice, and that doesn't sound very much like a real person. She does play with tempo to get some more distinct characters, but I'm sure I would have sometimes had a hard time determining who was whom without the name tags in the conversations. Her Ben Aldridge in particular sounded nothing like I imagined he should sound based on his description.

All in all, I spent too much time while listening to this book wishing that some things were different. It's not a bad book, it kept my attention and I did want to know how it ended. I'm glad though that I bought it on sale and didn't spend a full credit on it.

Author

Author Bio: Sharon Cameron

Author Bio: Sharon Cameron

Sharon Cameron is the author of the Dark Unwinding series and the Forgetting series, as well as a stand-alone novel Rook. She was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.70
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English