Get Your Free Audiobook

Non-member price: $30.38

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

A girl's quest to find her father leads her to an extended family of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World of England when it intrudes on the modern world. From the best-selling master of fantasy Garth Nix.

In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesn't get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin.

Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones), who with the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones) are an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.

Susan's search for her father begins with her mother's possibly misremembered or misspelt surnames, a reading room ticket and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.

Merlin has a quest of his own, to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, the right-handed bookseller Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find this quest strangely overlaps with Susan's. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin and Vivien must find out as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New.

©2020 Garth Nix (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Garth Nix sets the standard for Fantasy." (Leigh Bardugo)

"Garth Nix is one of the best world-builders in fantasy." (Brandon Sanderson)

What listeners say about The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Dope tale. However...

The story is so much fun. I recommend this book to you, yes, you. You will enjoy it. My problem is with the narrator. Not the story. I found her voice to be grating. I didn’t mind it overly much to begin with but by the end I was over it. She does an excellent job of doing the voices of the different characters - All except for the main character - which is the most important. However, as intolerable as her voice became, I still recommend this book. Oh, and regarding the other current review, which says that she thinks a chapter is missing... I am fairly certain, though not 100% certain, that she wasn’t paying attention properly. I think this because I was looking out for a missing chapter and I didn’t find one. I think I know the bit she was talking about. It is easy to drift away listening to audiobooks as I’m sure you know, dear reader. Peace and love.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jennifer R.
  • Jennifer R.
  • 06-10-2020

Booksellers

I have to say not a lot of books got sold but maybe that was because there was way too much otherworldly shenanigans afoot. Most enjoyable and fast paced. Enjoyed both the story and characters immensely!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kate
  • Kate
  • 05-10-2020

Excellent fun

Highly entertaining, quirky, funny - very enjoyable folklore-inspired take on a 'special one' story. Recommended!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for M. Tomos Green
  • M. Tomos Green
  • 16-11-2020

brilliant

Another great book from Garth Nix well worth listening to. Thank you for this book

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-2020

Dreadful

Dreadful narration. Dreadful book. One dimensional characters and flimsy storyline. Save yourself the time that I will never get back

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for David
  • David
  • 11-10-2020

Slow

Very slow start, the first 3 hours should have taken 30mins. Unable to care about the characters as they are very 1 dimensional.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.