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Publisher's Summary

For a handful of gold, Madame de Morville will read your future in a glass of swirling water. You'll believe her, because you know she's more than 150 years old and a witch, and she has all of Paris in the palm of her hand. But Madame de Morville hides more behind her black robes than you know. Her real age, the mother and uncle who left her for dead, the inner workings of the most secret society of Parisian witches: None of these truths would help her outwit the rich who so desperately want the promise of the future. After all, it's her own future she must control, no matter how much it is painted with uncertainty and clouded by vengeance.

"Take a full cup of wit, two teaspoons of brimstone, and a dash of poison, and you have Judith Merkle Riley's mordant, compelling tale of an ambitious young woman who disguises herself as an ancient prophetess in order to gain entry into the dangerous, scheming glamour of the Sun King's court. Based on scandalous true events, The Oracle Glass brims with our human foibles, passions, and eccentricities; it's a classic of the genre and unlike any historical novel you have ever read." (C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici)

©2012 Judith Merkle Riley (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Absorbing and arresting." ( The New York Times)
"Fascinating and factual." ( Los Angeles Times)
"Chilly, witty, and completely engrossing ... great, good fun." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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  • az roamin'
  • 10-01-2014

Horrible narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narrator

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Again, the narrator

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Linda Bruno?

Katherine Kellgren

Any additional comments?

I suffered through 15 chapters hoping it would somehow get better- but, alas, I couldn't stand the mispronunciations, the lack of change in voice between characters, etc. this story seemed like it could have been a good story, but, until they do it with a better performer, I'll never know. Don't waste your credit on this one!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2013

disappointing narration

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes a monotone reader.

What didn’t you like about Linda Bruno’s performance?

Linda reads way too fast and without much emotion. The book takes place in 17th century France but it sounds like she's reading the evening news off a teleprompter.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, this is one of my favorite books. At first I couldn't understand why there were so many low ratings but now I know its the narration or lack of it. Is sad to hear a great book read by someone who could careless about what they are reading and can't wait to be done.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • WKM
  • 08-02-2017

Horrible narration

Would you try another book from Judith Merkle Riley and/or Linda Bruno?

I would NEVER try another book from Linda

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I couldn't get to the ending because the narration was horrible. This is the first time I've had to stop listening to a book mid-way through.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

YES

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Confusion. When more than 2 characters start talking, the story gets confusing, no pauses and no fluctuation of the voice. Very dry.

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  • my reads
  • 13-07-2016

bad narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

the book may be a good read.....but. the narrator has struggled to read the words, they seem stuck or perhaps to much for her to pronounce and read smoothly.

How could the performance have been better?

a different narrator

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I didn't finish listening..I may read it at some point

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  • carol wagner
  • 06-06-2015

The story is fun

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wouldn't change the book...it is what it is..........but the narration is annoying. I won;t order another narrative book is Linda Bruno is the narrator. Where do you get some of these readers.....from some second rate acting school?

Would you listen to another book narrated by Linda Bruno?

NO!!!!

Did The Oracle Glass inspire you to do anything?

To read more historical information about the time period

Any additional comments?

The book was entertaining, but it was hard to keep up with all of the characters.

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  • Lucy Bergstrom
  • 12-04-2018

Terrific book flawed by imperfect reading

I have read this book several times, but hearing it read in this version was an annoying experience. The reader not only can’t pronounce French words, but has trouble with English. For the first half of the book, she pronounces “hearth” to rhyme with “birth”, then suddenly she stared pronouncing it right. But several other words were consistently pronounced wrong, like “impudent” with the emphasis on the second syllable. A couple of times, words were just garbled. What a shame for a well-written and extremely entertaining book. Judith Merkle Riley is a wonder of a writer of historical fiction, taking us places we could hardly have imagined, but through her words can be there with all the sights, sounds and feelings experienced by her characters.

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  • Pamela Gartner
  • 30-10-2017

gotta read or gotta listen....you won't regret it

the undercurrent of bemused sarcasm in the readers voice brings the characters to life through the lenses of a very observant young woman.

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  • Besendorfer Books LLC
  • 29-06-2015

Some interesting bits, but way too long.

The reader spoke clearly, but sounded the same when reading all the different characters.

I don't know much about France during this time period, but the details sounded authentic. There were interesting things in the story, but the story itself was lacking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2015

this was a good book but the end was rushed

I found the story intriguing but quite a few mispronounciations (of English words) were a little jarring at times. otherwise the narrator was pleasant to listen to .
The end seemed a little rushed but I will re-listen to the final chapter again in case I missed something.