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Opium and Absinthe

A Novel
Narrated by: Bailey Carr
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • #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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  • 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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  • Harley94
  • 29-07-2020

Kept me guessing!

I enjoyed listening to this book until the very end. The narrator did a good job with the voices. It had a strong plot and an array of characters, set when the novel, Dracula, was released. This is the second book in this series written by Ms. Kang. In both, she did a great job presenting how different society was for females about a century ago. Would recommend if you like mystery and historical fiction genres.

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  • Jimmer
  • 27-07-2020

Excellent story!

This story held my attention and kept me guessing until close to the end. And then, would the heroine survive?

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  • Stephanie Loomis
  • 25-07-2020

Silly

This book tries to be too many things and as a result does none of them well. The narrator was fair, but the inaccurate accents and mispronounced words were annoying. The book's editor should have encouraged the author to edit and focus on one element: mystery or romance or addiction or society or journalism or women's rights in the early 20th century.

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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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  • Domenik
  • 23-07-2020

Fantastic story.

I loved this story and I was surprised to gain motivation and deep understanding with my own battle with alcohol. Not that I am an alcoholic. More the physical symptoms such has head pains and tension. So I will practice mindfulness instead now, instead of picking up a bottle of wine at the supermarket.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2020

Brilliant!!!

Just incredible. I praise the writer for this story and the wonderful characters! Can't wait to see this story reach other people.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-2020

gripping

Fantastic book and good narration, until she does a 'British' accent then it goes wrong!