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The Invisible Library

Written by: Genevieve Cogman
Narrated by: Susan Duerden
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents, and forbidden societies - think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game, or she'll be off the case - permanently.

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos infested, the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene's new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own. Soon she's up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues, and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option - the nature of reality itself is at stake.

©2015 Genevieve Cogman (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Narration is Important

After reading the publisher’s summary, I was really excited about this book. However, I couldn’t hear the story over the deplorable monotone, sing-song narration. If this title is ever re-done with a better narrator, let me know.

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  • Julia
  • 2015-04-20

Distracting Narrator!

What would have made The Invisible Library better?

I couldn't even get into this book because the narrator was so terrible. Her sentences have a sing-song quality that is distracting, and her acting is just awful. It's too bad because it seems like a good book, based on the reviews.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2016-03-04

could not get past the voice

What disappointed you about The Invisible Library?

the narrator had a sing song voice every sentence was red the same..... horrible

What was most disappointing about Genevieve Cogman’s story?

did not hear the story ...had to quit listening in the first chapter

What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

I tried several times to listen...thinking I would get use to this monotone...sing song reading...but could not do it.... sorry I missed the book.....
will not buy any other book read by Susan Duerden.... sorry

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Invisible Library?

didn't finish the book... too bad it sounded like something I would like....

Any additional comments?

isn't there is someone who listens to the narration before it is published?

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  • Sandra Morgan
  • 2015-04-21

Her voice killed the story!

What made the experience of listening to The Invisible Library the most enjoyable?

It was not enjoyable. Susan Duerden's voice made listening to the story very distracting. I don't think I can listen to the rest of the story.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Duerden’s performances?

NEVER! Her story telling is awful! Couldn't finish this book.

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  • Jennifer L Nelson
  • 2017-02-07

Narration is bad, story seems good

I think this seems like an interesting book, but like others have said the narration is terrible & every sentence ends with the same sound. It's so annoying that I don't want to listen anymore.

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  • Paula
  • 2015-07-23

Monotone naration. Like an elevator voice.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I Have tried several times to listen to this book but the naration puts me off. She sounds like an operator, there is no inflection or emotion in the voice.

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

I haven't been able to make it to the end. I may have to buy it in kindle and read it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Susan Duerden?

Julian Elfer, she has the english accent that seems to be desired but she also has the ability to create characters.

Do you think The Invisible Library needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It needs to be re recorded with a different narrator

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  • Josie
  • 2015-04-16

Over dramatic narrator

I really enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing where it goes. The narrator was too breathless and intense for much of the story and kept an intense pace with almost no variation. I found is so distracting in the beginning it was irritating. Later I became used to it but it really diminished the quality of the an otherwise enchanting book.

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  • Kyrina
  • 2015-05-21

Libraries ... lending alternate lives.

Narrator did not fit the story well. However the story was thought provoking. I loved that the book left me imagining where and how it would continue. Imaginative and thought provoking first and foremost.

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  • Pam
  • 2015-04-15

Steampunk Heaven

This enthralling book mixes steampunk tech (zeppelins, pneumatic tubes, etc.) and spy intrigue with vampires, werewolves, fairies, and even dragons. And somehow it all works! I didn't want to stop listening, and am very much looking forward to future installments. The narrator has a lovely British accent but spoke a little slowly for my taste, so I ran the story at 1.25x speed. Perfect!

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  • Waylon
  • 2015-05-28

Harry Potter for the book lover

I think that says it all. This book has the vibe of the Potter novels with "the language" taking the place of spells and this story has a slightly darker tone. Though I really like the limitations placed on "the language". I feel that if I hadn't already been familiar with Rowling's material I would have enjoyed this one more. The narrator does a decent job, though following the characters was at times difficult. Part of this was because of the authors choice in names (they all seem to bleed together and everyone has a "secret identity" so that was another name) and in part because the narrator didn't give each character much of their own flair, so they all end up a bit samey. Overall quite enjoyable though.

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  • bookwormgrrrl
  • 2017-02-27

Wish I had read the reviews - narrator is terrible

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

I could not listen to this book - couldn't get past the first chapter, as the narrator sing-songed her way through every sentence, regardless of what she was saying, in exactly the same notes. Seriously - we should be able to get a refund on this book!!!

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