London 1862: Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.
©2002 Sarah Waters (P)2002 W F Howes Ltd
"Sarah Waters is one of the best storytellers alive today " Matt Thorne, (Independent on Sunday)
"Intensely atmospheric, impeccably paced, and cunningly structured, this is that rarity in contemporary fiction: a deeply serious novel that is also a thumping great read" Douglas Kennedy, (Mail on Sunday)
well written, and brilliantly read as well. total immersion into a different time, had me on the edge of my seat and was very upset when my lifes duties interrupted my listening....
"Very well read, brilliant story."
Lovely listen, fantastic reader, gripping storyline. Overall, time well spent. If you want a book representative of Victorian England, this is definitely worth it!
"beautifully written, beautifully read"
I think this to be Sarah Waters finn st book to date, her amazing descriptions of Victorian London and asylum life are so vivid and the fast paced plot carries you on an amazing journey. Exploring the fragile nature of identites based on ones ancestors and the mutability of human nature, how two main characters change and grown through the story. It is a great book, beautifuly written
The opening descriptions of the house in london.
clever, gripping, enjoyable
She is one of the best narrators I have listened too (and I have listened to 1000's of audiobooks) she really brought all the characters to life and has a beautiful voice. I wlll be buying more books narrated by her!
I have listened to all Sarah Waters books now and all are absolutely brilliant, and coupled with such an excellent narrator they make very gripping reads! I thoroughly recommend!
"Excellent narration of very good novel"
This was the first Sarah Waters book I have read, chosen because recent newspaper reviews deemed it one of her best. There certainly was much to like: an original plot, convincing central characters and a definite Dickensian quality to the cast of minor crooks, liars and perverts.
It is generally a well paced novel and the narrator does an excellent job of sustaining atmosphere.
Recommended , particularly for those who want a longer listen.
"Intriguing, surprising and engaging story"
I’ve only recently discovered this fine novelist through reading her book The Paying Guests. Fingersmith is an earlier novel but has the same strengths of strong characterisation, pacy story with surprises along the way.
The narrator is outstandingly good as she made the book sound more like a drama as she brought the various players to life with her fine ability to create different voices.
I loved the narrator who brought the characters to life.
The story was very Dickensian and completely unpredictable.
I couldn't stop listening! Great story and a brilliant narrator. Accessible Dickens, gripping and well paced for a good, long listen.
Fantastic narration. Historical novels are not usually my thing at all.but I loved this intriguing book with its many twists and turns. Highly recommended.
I watched the film many years ago, but the book is even better. Highly recommend.
"A brilliant page turner"
An intriguing novel full of shocks and surprises, twists and turns. I wanted to finish it to see what the conclusion would be, but at the same time didn't want it to end
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