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Opium and Absinthe

A Novel
De : Lydia Kang
Lu par : Bailey Carr
Durée : 12 h et 32 min

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From the bestselling author of A Beautiful Poison comes another spellbinding historical novel full of intrigue, occult mystery, and unexpected twists.

New York City, 1899. Tillie Pembroke’s sister lies dead, her body drained of blood and with two puncture wounds on her neck. Bram Stoker’s new novel, Dracula, has just been published, and Tillie’s imagination leaps to the impossible: the murderer is a vampire. But it can’t be - can it?

A ravenous reader and researcher, Tillie has something of an addiction to truth, and she won’t rest until she unravels the mystery of her sister’s death. Unfortunately, Tillie’s addicted to more than just truth; to ease the pain from a recent injury, she’s taking more and more laudanum...and some in her immediate circle are happy to keep her well supplied.

Tillie can’t bring herself to believe vampires exist. But with the hysteria surrounding her sister’s death, the continued vampiric slayings, and the opium swirling through her body, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for a girl who relies on facts and figures to know what’s real - or whether she can trust those closest to her.

©2019 Lydia Kang (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Brenda
  • 20/07/2020

Great historical crime book!

This book has many twists and turns in it so that you never know exactly who the bad guy is until the very end. I had never heard of this author. This was a treat to find. I should also mention that I have trouble staying with a book if it's not moving at a good pace as soon as it starts with a decent hook to reel me in. I was getting a little bit put off at the beginning because I'm impatient like that and that's more me than the rider.. But I stayed with it for a couple of more pages and it took off and kept moving steadily throughout the rest of the book. Great read.

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  • Alicia Brown
  • 08/07/2020

This book is not about hunting vampires.

This book is more about addiction and recovery than about vampires. The story was intriguing and fun enough to keep listening. The narration was ok.

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  • V. H. Shaw
  • 26/07/2020

Great story, performance mediocre

I am loving this book. Not done yet, but truth be told, the narrator has only two voices. The most natural one being that of the main character. However when she speaks other parts, be it male voices, an elderly grandmother, and a few others, they all take on the most annoyingly stiff, somewhat forced and fake British upper crust tones with some vocal fry mixed in. Very very annoying. I want to read Lydia Kang's other books, but if the narrator is the same, I will have to think twice. It rather ruins the listening experience.

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  • Linda
  • 24/07/2020

2nd Book — High Society in New York in 1800’s

My 2nd book by this author. It was awesome. Tillie Pembroke is a young woman trapped by tradition. She is the 2nd daughter of a wealthy family living in New York during the gilded age of the late 1800’s. She wants to be her own person but her grandmama and mama want her to be traditional. When her sister, Lucy, is murdered, Tillie decides to find out who killed her and why. She sneaks out of the mansion to investigate. She gets hooked on opium after she falls off a horse and breaks her collar bone. The descriptive writing of her addiction makes for touch reading, especially knowing what we now do about opium and its uses at that period. It was common for rich women to be addicted to it. The author is a physician and knows her stuff. I listened to the audible version as well and liked the narrator, Bailey Carr. A lovely book.

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  • #AmazonSucks
  • 31/07/2020

Narrator not suited to this book

This book wasn't my favorite. The story was okay but the narration was awful. Just awful. I should've stuck to the kindle e-book. I won't be getting anything else narrated by this young woman. Perhaps she should try juvenile and child fiction to narrate. It would suit her very young voice much better.

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  • JBHarris
  • 27/10/2020

INCREDIBLE!

I loved this story! I was guessing until the end! Brava! I need more of this story!

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  • 15/10/2020

Great story but not a vampire story

I thought I would as listening to a vampire story but instead I found out it was not which was disappointing however it was a fantastic written and performed better book. I think it had a very interesting and kept my attention the whole time . If your looking for a vampire story this isn’t it. I though think it as extremely important the subject matter that was brought throughout the book and the murder is someone you’ll never ever guess!!!

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  • Doll Girl
  • 14/10/2020

Fine story, terrible narrator!

The narrator routinely mispronounces words which is incredibly jarring! The most common mispronunciation is "shone". She also couldn't get "ray" (the sea creature), "anatomy", "brooch" and other words correct. Someone who reads without the haughty affectations would serve these stories better. The story itself was pretty good. Better than The Impossible Girl certainly.

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  • Kay
  • 12/10/2020

Quite the spin on addiction . . .

So, as a whole this story surrounds addiction and how it affects the user. I have never been one for vices, but I was able to sympathize with Tillie. Tillie is 100% addicted to opium and she adores the feel of being drunk. And although I do not like these things Lydia Kang has found a way to make me feel like I get it. 4 stars

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  • Richard H.
  • 06/10/2020

Interesting Story

This has a good story, but at times a bit breathy.Good job on the narration.