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Publisher Description

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England's history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England-until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.

Soon, another practicing magician comes forth: the young, handsome, and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's student, and they join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic, straining his partnership with Norrell, and putting at risk everything else he holds dear.

Time Magazine #1 Book of the Year « Book Sense Book of the Year « People Top Ten Books of the Year « Winner of the Hugo Award « A New York Times Notable Book of the Year « Salon.com Top Ten of 2004 «Winner of the World Fantasy Award « Nancy Pearl's Top 12 Books of 2004 « Washington Post Book World's Best of 2004 « Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction 2004 « San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of 2004 « Winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel « Chicago TribuneBest of 2004 « Seattle Times 25 Best Books of 2004 « Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 12 Books of 2004 « Village Voice "Top Shelf" « Raleigh News & Observer Best of 2004 « Rocky Mountain Newscritics' favorites of 2004 « Kansas City Star 100 Newsworthy Books of 2004 « Fort Worth Star-Telegram 10 Best Books of 2004 « Hartford Courant Best Books of 2004

Simon Prebble
hr min
November 1
Macmillan Audio

Customer Reviews

eleanor k. ,

Great reader!

The book was charming and fun -- a little long and slow, but well worth it -- and the reader does a great job. I liked his Yorkshire accents and very believable women's voices.

Randall Jr. ,

You'll be ensorcelled

Superb narration of a fascinating story in a rich world of magic.

ParkerShortill ,

Absolutely BRILLIANT

I have never heard such a fantastic performance! Simon Prebble's voice characterizations all sound so unique that it's easy to tell "who" is speaking--even the women. Put that together with Susanna Clarke's truly magnificent narrative, and I'd put this at the top of my favorite audiobooks of all time. In fact, one of the chief complaints about her story is all of the footnotes, which can be hard to keep track of while following the thread of the story; Prebble's narration, however, makes the footnotes seem more like natural asides in a conversation that fill the reader in on pertinent information as the story goes along. Clarke is both funny and frightening...Strange and Norrell is mix of Jane Austen, Harry Potter, and Stephen King, and you'll be looking for more of Simon Prebble after you listen to this.

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