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A Curious Beginning

Written by: Deanna Raybourn
Narrated by: Angele Masters
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London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker - a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

©2015 Deanna Raybourn (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Must listen for anyone Who likes Victorian suspense/adventure such as Sherlock Holmes. Lovely narrator with a great variety of characters she glided easily from one to another without pause.

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great story! good for a movie

while I was listening to this , I imagined the characters from the mummy movie! lol
Great story, hope they make a movie out of it. I was hoping for at least a kiss at the end. :(

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awful

I hated every page of this. Basically, grating prose, boring plot, anachronistic behaviors and a shockingly awful protagonist. She is, honestly, one of the worst, most aggressively annoying and unsympathetic protagonists that I have ever read.
Awful.

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A Curious Beginning

I don’t normally write a review but this treasure deserves a mention. What a lovely book! It’s one of those books that sincerely takes you within the pages to take a closer look. I love the time, the characters and mystery in every turn. It’s a story that you don’t want to end.

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Delightfully fun!

Charming characters, exciting adventures, spunky heroine, dashing but cranky love interest.

All of my favourite things are in this series!

The narrator is fantastic at bringing it to life!

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Excellent Story!

Really great story! Unique storyline. Characters you can really cheer for. Interesting ideas throughout. Really different perspective on this period in history which is one of my very favorites to read about. I absolutely loved it. I listened to the whole thing in one day and I can't wait to read the rest!!

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Fast-paced and fun

I’ve seen the Veronica Speedwell books before and was always curious - I am glad I decided to try them out.

The narrator seems perfect for this book. The characters fleshed out enough. As we learn the mysteries of Veronica speedwell-will be reading more of the series

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So much fun!!

I loved this story. Veronica is the best female character I've read/listened to in a novel in a long time. I wish Stoker's voice was done differently, but it is still an amazing performance. I can't wait to experience the rest of the series!

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A riveting romp!

This was a great story. I quite enjoyed the feminist views of the heroine. Both she and th

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Loved it!

Enjoyed the story. Veronica Speedwell is a female character who can take care of herself. She grows throughout the story and realizes she doesn’t have to do it alone, hopefully making her next adventure that more interesting.

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