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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by the works of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, Garth Nix's Newt's Emerald is a Regency romance with a fantasy twist. New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger calls it "charming; quite, quite charming".

After Lady Truthful's magical Newington emerald is stolen from her, she devises a simple plan: go to London to recover the missing jewel. She quickly learns, however, that a woman cannot wander the city streets alone without damaging her reputation, and she disguises herself as a mustache-wearing man. During Truthful's dangerous journey, she discovers a crook, an unsuspecting ally, and an evil sorceress - but will she find the emerald?

©2015 Garth Nix (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Clean, fun magical romp

Would you listen to Newt's Emerald again? Why?

I think I would. I loved the narrator's skill of different accents and really getting into the story. Plus the side characters, magical elements and the writing style were very good.

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

It was rushed. I do think he needed at least 100 more pages to extend the romance and action of the finale.

Have you listened to any of Faye Adele’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first listen to Faye Adele and I was impressed. She wasn't over dramatic; she played every part, efficient in each accent and gave the story a lot of life and fun.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A missing jewel and evil sorcerers can really make London exciting.

Any additional comments?

Nix truly adapted the regency era writing style perfectly. He always tries something different and I loved seeing a new and different story from him. This is also a very clean story, for those who don't like graphic content in their books.

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Loved it!

Perfect historical romance imo. Heroine fun and proactive the hero darcy'esque and the mistaken identity plot wasn't drawn out for too long

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adorable!!!!

very cute and a great narrator - campy and feel-good. I loved it a lot! I highly recommend it

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Such a Happy Adventure!

I love this story! Love how Mr. Nix writes. And enjoyed this narrator very much. Thank you :)

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Slow to start but fun story

This wasn't my favorite Garth Nix book. Took a while to get started and the characters weren't what I expected in beginning. Also less magic was used than most of his other works. However, the story ended up being quite good and hooks you. Had one of the best love stories between characters in part because of the chemistry.

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Sweet & Magical

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely! Fans of Jane Austen will appreciate the pacing of this book and the witty ways the characters interact.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't want to spoil it, but it's one of the few romance novels I've read where the ending was worth the wait!

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entertaining and delightful

entertaining and delightful. great characters. a bit wordy sometimes but well performed by this reader.