• Shrines of Gaiety

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Jason Watkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (309 ratings)

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Shrines of Gaiety

By: Kate Atkinson
Narrated by: Jason Watkins
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Publisher's Summary

The #1 national bestselling, award-winning author of Life after Life transports us to a restless London in the wake of the Great War—a city fizzing with money, glamour, and corruption—in this spellbinding tale of seduction and betrayal.

1926, and in a country still recovering from the Great War, London has become the focus for a delirious new nightlife. In the clubs of Soho, peers of the realm rub shoulders with starlets, foreign dignitaries with gangsters, and girls sell dances for a shilling a time.

The notorious queen of this glittering world is Nellie Coker, ruthless but also ambitious to advance her six children, including the enigmatic eldest, Niven, whose character has been forged in the crucible of the Somme. But success breeds enemies, and Nellie’s empire faces threats from without and within. For beneath the dazzle of Soho’s gaiety, there is a dark underbelly, a world in which it is all too easy to become lost.

With her unique Dickensian flair, Kate Atkinson gives us a window in a vanished world. Slyly funny, brilliantly observant, and ingeniously plotted, Shrines of Gaiety showcases the myriad talents that have made Atkinson one of the most lauded writers of our time.

©2022 Kate Atkinson (P)2022 Random House Audio

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great fun!!

I loved the narration and all the characters! The humorous details took me by surprise...I found myself laughing aloud throughout the whole telling.

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Disappointing

I have been a huge fan of Kate Atkinson, but this book doesn’t come close to Life after Life or Behind the Scenes or her others. The characters are superficial ( granted they are supposed to be) and just not that interesting. Better use of your time to reread one of her earlier books.

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Stellar Performance

I began reading this as a book, but segued to the audiobook; both are so very enjoyable, I cannot say enough good things. The reader does a superlative job with all of the roles (and there are many). The book itself makes me want to read more Kate Atkinson (Life After Life) was fabulous!

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Simply delightful

I thoroughly enjoyed this, the third of Kate Atkinson’s novels that I’ve read.
Dark, yet still lighter fare than Life after Life & A God in Ruins, both of which I’ve read twice.
Perhaps the lightness is because of the charm of the narrator. To know for sure, I’ll have to actually read it with my eyes someday in the future, which I look forward to.

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Rich characters of all stripes

Kate Atkinson does not disappoint. This was another atmospheric book and it was performed beautifully. The performance gave life to the many highly developed characters both female and male.

The book is a deep dive into the London nightclubs and underworld coming alive after WW1. It portrays what a woman’s options were during that era in a way that helps you understand the challenges they faced and the choices they made. Atkins takes the time to delve into the characters often painting a full picture of where they came from and how they came to and existed in London.

If you want to get swept up and delivered to London in the 20’s this book delivers you there. I loved that Atkinson wrapped it up with what happened to them all.

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Settle down for an enjoyable immersion

I chose this book after reading Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie series. Confession: first SAW it on PBS. Her quirky, dark-humored writing sets her apart and elevates the pleasure in the story. Jason Watkins matter-of-fact narration was the perfect accompaniment.

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Can’t get past the narration

The narrator sounds almost like he is affecting an accent. Also, the book is to descriptive for me. I don’t need a description of everything in a room, or on a suit. I just need plot. I lasted about an hour.

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A rollicking ride through London Clubs

Memorable characters populate this story. I wished it had been longer. What an unexpected ride

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An engaging,funny and suspenseful glimpse of a dazzling and dangerous London in the Jazz Age.

Working undercover for a Scotland Yard DCI, librarian Gwendolyn Keilling infiltrates the empire of the queen of Soho nightlife, Nellie Coker, to unravel the mystery of runaway young girls who have been murdered and finds herself strangely attracted to Nellie’s oldest son Niven.

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Fantastic story and most excellent narrator.

I love Kate Atkinson she never disappoints. I found this book to be very informative, and oh so very smart.