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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Lu par : Juliet Stevenson
Durée : 17 h et 19 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar, read by Juliet Stevenson.

This voyage is special. It will change everything....

One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah's ship for what appears to be a mermaid.

As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock's marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on...and a courtesan of great accomplishment. This meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course - one on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost.

What will be the cost of their ambitions? And will they be able to escape the destructive power mermaids are said to possess?

In this spellbinding story of curiosity and obsession, Imogen Hermes Gowar has created an unforgettable jewel of a novel, filled to the brim with intelligence, heart and wit.

©2018 Imogen Hermes Gowar (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critiques

"A cracking historical novel... The story is by turns intriguing, touching, funny, sad and heartwarming. It will make you laugh and it may make you cry.... The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is superb." ( The Times)
"A marvellous, high-energy, inventive romp through Georgian society. Rich in delicious period detail and written with a wickedly observant eye, the path of this unlikely romance leads down some unexpected byways to give a fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable reading treat." ( Daily Mail)

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  • Joselo
  • 06/04/2019

Magical realism in the Victorian Era

A mysterious mermaid unexpectedly affects the lives of a widowed merchant and a vivacious prostitute in Victorian Era England. Author Imogen Hermes Gowar renders the characters with great understanding and compassion. She's got massive talent. Juliet Stevenson's narration is pitch perfect. This is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks that I have come across. I don't want to give away the plot and I suggest that you investigate no further. Just let yourself go and dive into this fairy tale of sorts. It's a special one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21/11/2018

Loved it

Really enjoyed it, fantastic story telling, bit of a weak ending but will remember this one for a while.

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  • Laura
  • 14/06/2018

Highly recommend

A beautifully written novel made all the more exquisite by the voice of Juliet Stevenson.... highly recommend.

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  • lilli filkin
  • 29/05/2019

Athmosphäre des 18. Jhdts authentisch eingefangen

Die Sprecherin Juliet Stevenson kann nicht genug gelobt werden, aber die Geschichte der Mrs. Hancock ist doch auch sehr, sehr gut geschrieben, sprachlich angelehnt an Jane Austens Zeitgenossen, inhaltlich erinnernd an Charles Dickens kritische Gesellschaftsbilder, und mit viel gutmütigem Humor.
"Fanny Hill" kommt einem in den Sinn, zwar ohne die erotischen Szenen, aber man erfährt, wie das Leben der "Women of pleasure" vermutlich wirklich aussah, und als Leser fiebert man mit unserer Kurtisane und ihrem liebenswerten Bewunderer, Mr. Hankcock mit, ob und wie sie ihre Beziehung festigen....
Ich habe mir vorgenommen, das Buch auch selbst zu lesen, und bin gespannt, wie ich es ohne Juliet Stevensons wunderbare Interpretation finden werde...und ob es wohl wirklich Meerjungfrauen gegeben hat ;-)