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Taryn Cornick believes her sister, Bea, was deliberately run down and killed. She believes it so hard she allows a man called the Muleskinner to exact the justice Bea was denied. An eye for an eye.

Which is when Taryn's problems really begin.

Because the police suspect Taryn's involvement in the death.

Worse, others have their eyes on Taryn - those in a faraway place who know what Taryn's family have been carefully hiding in their vast library. The Absolute Book.

They want it - and they want Taryn to help find it.

For the lives of those in more than one world depend upon it....

©2021 Elizabeth Knox (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Mind-blowing." (laini Taylor)

"Astounding." (Francis Spufford)

"Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, The Absolute Book has something for everyone: the search for a mysterious book, talking ravens, police detectives and academics, gods and demons, a giant saltwater crocodile, the bucolic English countryside and magical gates to hidden worlds. Here is a cinematic tale that is by turns dark and dreamlike, yet ultimately hopeful." (Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches)

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wordy

I struggled to connect with the main character, it was so wordy and felt like the author was trying to be clever but missed the mark. I struggled to stay interested and couldn't get passed the 5th chapter. Save yourself the credit

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  • Michael and Jane Bochenski
  • 16-04-2021

A brilliantly crafted new world.

A glowing review in The Guardian Weekly first put me onto this. A brilliantly crafted new world. Superbly narrated. Grippingly mysterious, and with a severe punch to the values we live by in “our” world. It’s excellent. (Michael).

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  • S. Coakley-Evans
  • 29-03-2021

absolutely disappointing

a not very interesting story with very fleeting allusions to many greater books of this genre and with out their great stories. the characters have little depth and the story is disjointed. now a third way into this I find I dont care and have given up. can't face another 13 hours waiting for a cohesive story to emerge.

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  • Domenik
  • 28-03-2021

Highly reccomended !! A fantastic story.

I enjoyed listening to the narrators voice and she is exceptional actress with believable accents. The story is easy to fall into and took me away which is a great thing during the pandemics restrictions here in the UK.

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  • Jane E
  • 28-06-2021

Wonderful!

I love this book - and am now going to buy a physical copy! Beautiful, exciting, and magical. And a fantastic spoken performance by Anne-Marie Duff - an ideal reader with the gift of creating the voices of each disparate character.

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  • Fiona C
  • 20-05-2021

absolutely great

a long and tangled tale moving from one world to another effortlessly
well written and well read
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  • christine gray
  • 06-05-2021

Yawn

Struggling to finish so longwinded tried to send it back near the beginning but don't seem to have that option any more. Hate not finishing a book but think I might give up even though I am 2/3rds through it. I had not realised when I got it that it was mainly fantasy thought it was a thriller

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  • rosanne kearney
  • 27-04-2021

A womans journey of discovery

Super story, great narration I'll be checking out other books read by Anne- Marie Duff! Riveting. Beautiful words in abundance!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-04-2021

The storyline was convoluted and lacked fluidity.

The narrator was gresg but unfortunately the story was not. The first quarter of the book held the promise of much to come but the rest appeared to be written by another author and the work felt directionless and confusing. Left feeling unsatisfied that it did nit live up to its potential. Sorry

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  • ian
  • 08-04-2021

Bad choice

I regret trying this book. I couldn't finish it which is unusual for me.
The effort put in to the style of writing has backfired, it is often tedious which is not helped by the slow pace and disjointed story.
While suspension of disbelief is to be expected, there is at least one gaping hole of information which is not alluded to or explained. It simply isn't there. it doesn't detract from the story but nevertheless is off putting.
This author clearly has potential but seems to be trying too hard.

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