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The illusionists [sound recording (audio book)] / Rosie Thomas ; read by Lucy Price-Lewis.

By: Thomas, Rosie [author.].
Contributor(s): Price-Lewis, Lucy [narrator.] | Audible, Inc.
Material type: SoundSoundPublisher: Tullamarine, Victoria Bolinda Audio, p2015Edition: Unabridged.Description: 13 audio discs (CD) (15 hr., 21 min.) : digital, stereo ; 12 cm ; in container.Content type: spoken word Media type: audio Carrier type: audio discISBN: 9781486258086.Subject(s): Artists -- Fiction | Magicians -- Fiction | Theater -- Fiction | London (England) -- History -- 19th century -- FictionGenre/Form: Audiobooks. DDC classification: 823.92 Read by Lucy Price-Lewis.Summary: London 1870. A terrifying place for a young, beautiful woman of limited means. But Eliza is modern before her time. Not for her is the stifling, if respectable, conventionality of marriage, children and domestic drudgery. She longs for more. Through her work as an artist's model, she meets the magnetic and irascible Devil, a born showman whose dream is to run his own theatre company. Devil's right-hand man is the improbably-named Carlo Bonomi, an ill-tempered dwarf with an enormous talent for all things magic and illusion. Carlo and Devil clash at every opportunity and it constantly falls upon Eliza to broker an uneasy peace between them. And then there is Jasper Button. Mild-mannered, and a family man at heart, it is his gift as an artist which makes him the unlikely final member of the motley crew. Thrown together by a twist of fate, their lives are inextricably linked: the fortune of one depends on the fortune of the other. And as Eliza gets sucked into the seductive and dangerous world her strange companions inhabit, she risks not only her heart, but also her life.
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Talking Books Davis (Central) Library
Talking Books
Talking Books THO 1 Available T00579850
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London 1870. A terrifying place for a young, beautiful woman of limited means. But Eliza is modern before her time. Not for her is the stifling, if respectable, conventionality of marriage, children and domestic drudgery. She longs for more.Through her work as an artist's model, she meets the magnetic and irascible Devil - a born showman whose dream is to run his own theatre company. Devil's right-hand man is the improbably-named Carlo Bonomi, an ill-tempered dwarf with an enormous talent for all things magic and illusion. Carlo and Devil clash at every opportunity and it constantly falls upon Eliza to broker an uneasy peace between them. And then there is Jasper Button. Mild-mannered, and a family man at heart, it is his gift as an artist which makes him the unlikely final member of the motley crew.Thrown together by a twist of fate, their lives are inextricably linked: the fortune of one depends on the fortune of the other. And as Eliza gets sucked into the seductive and dangerous world her strange companions inhabit, she risks not only her heart, but also her life.

Read by Lucy Price-Lewis.

London 1870. A terrifying place for a young, beautiful woman of limited means. But Eliza is modern before her time. Not for her is the stifling, if respectable, conventionality of marriage, children and domestic drudgery. She longs for more. Through her work as an artist's model, she meets the magnetic and irascible Devil, a born showman whose dream is to run his own theatre company. Devil's right-hand man is the improbably-named Carlo Bonomi, an ill-tempered dwarf with an enormous talent for all things magic and illusion. Carlo and Devil clash at every opportunity and it constantly falls upon Eliza to broker an uneasy peace between them. And then there is Jasper Button. Mild-mannered, and a family man at heart, it is his gift as an artist which makes him the unlikely final member of the motley crew. Thrown together by a twist of fate, their lives are inextricably linked: the fortune of one depends on the fortune of the other. And as Eliza gets sucked into the seductive and dangerous world her strange companions inhabit, she risks not only her heart, but also her life.

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Library Journal Review

Artist's model Eliza Dunlop knows she was meant for something extraordinary, and a chance encounter with a pair of illusionists, the memorably named Devil Wix and his talented partner Carlo Bonomi, quickly draws her into the exciting world of Victorian theater. Courted by a variety of ardent suitors, Eliza finds herself increasingly intrigued by the charismatic Devil and discovers that stage life may be more exciting and dangerous than she ever imagined. VERDICT Thomas (The Kashmir Shawl) does her best with the romantic story, creating a brooding hero and plucky heroine who historical romance fans should enjoy cheering for. The rest of the plot unfortunately feels underdeveloped in comparison, and the novel could have ended much sooner than it does. Thomas's vivid characters and lively pace combined with well-chosen details of theatrical life at the close of the 19th century, however, make this a generally enjoyable lighter read for historical fiction fans with an interest in the late Victorian era or in the lives of "show folk."-Mara Bandy, Champaign P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.