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The Magpie Society

By: Amy McCulloch,Zoe Sugg
Narrated by: Jill Winternitz,Katie Leung,Laurence Dobiesz,Olivia Darnley
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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

The brand-new series from Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch. 

Illumen Hall is an elite boarding school. Tragedy strikes when the body of a student is discovered at their exclusive summer party - on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie. 

When new girl Audrey arrives the following term, running from her own secrets back home in America, she is thrown into solving the case. Despite her best efforts to avoid any drama, her new roommate Ivy was close to the murdered girl, and the two of them can't help but get pulled in. 

The two can't stand each other, but as they are drawn deeper into the mystery of this strange and terrible murder, they will discover that something dangerous is at the heart of their superficially perfect school. 

Welcome to the Magpie Society. 

One for Sorrow is told via the alternating first-person perspectives of the lead characters Audrey - written by Amy - and Ivy - written by Zoe - with the narrative jointly plotted by both authors. 

©2020 Amy McCulloch and Zoe Sugg (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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I AM SHOCKED. You have to listen!

I had never read Zoe’s books before because they seemed to be more for kids. But when I heard she was coming out with a different type of book with a friend, Amy, I was intrigued. Let me tell you if you chose to just read this book instead of listen YOU ARE MISSING OUT. The production of this audiobook is amazing. Especially when they introduce the podcast. Chills ran down my spine!!! Can’t wait for the next one.

SPOILER ALERT KINDA. Read ahead if you dare.

The only thing I really wish was different in terms of storyline was I wish we hadn’t found out about who was producing the podcast until the end or even not at all. The secret podcast was so gossip girl and really my favorite part of the book until we found out who it was. I also found the book was going too fast at times and I wish they had taken their time doing things. But that just might be me! I love listening to 16hr books!

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Can't wait for Book 2!

I really enjoyed this book I took my time reading it because I didn't want it to end Zoe you're an amazing writer and I look forward to the next.

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a rambling tale with no resolution

I understand that this may be part of a series, but there is absolutely no story arc in this book. it begins with an interesting plot concept - murder at a boarding school - but the story never develops/evolves.

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The Magpie Society

I love this book! I wasn't sure how much I would like it at first, I do love all of Zoe Sugg's books so I was pretty sure I'd at least like it. I couldn't stop listening to it and enjoyed it so much! I hope there will be a 2nd book.

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amazing

I love the style that its written in and the storyline is so intriguing but in a way you wouldn't expect. 10/10 i recommend

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Addicting read!

I managed to listen to this book in ONE DAY! I honestly didn’t intend on doing this, but I couldn’t stop listening! The story really gripped me! It felt like there was an element of cozy familiarity but then again I haven’t read anything like it in a long time. The narrators did a great job, the plot was something I couldn’t completely figure out ahead of time and it kept me interested the entire time!
Fantastic read, really cannot wait for more! Loved, loved, LOVED! Congrats Zoe and Amy!

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Good but …

I enjoyed the book but it was really annoying that the volume changed between the readers. The one reading for Ivy was much lower. Also the readers kind of read the accents different, from Audrey’s pov Mr T was British but from Ivy’s pov he was Scottish … and that was very distracting.

We had to race and lower the volume between the chapters while listening to it in the car,


The story though, good!

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Terrible accents

I really enjoyed the story Amy and Zoe wrote, but the **TERRIBLE** southern accent was so distracting. As a native American Southerner it was almost unbearable. I'm looking forward to the story in Two for Joy, but am so nervous about the narration...

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Good Start

It is an enjoyable start to the series. Thought it was great, but the detective's interview seemed off

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Experience feels hollow.

Just as we begin to start moving along with the characters and story, book one ends— and when you think about it, what really is the point? Feels a deceptive, money grabbing tactic towards onsumers.

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  • chesterNatalie
  • 11-05-20

This was my first audio book

I downloaded audible to listen to Zoe and Amy’s first book together. The story had me hooked. I thought the audio book was fantastic and it felt more realistic when listening to the podcast as opposed to reading it on text in a book. The story was very good, clever and although I guessed things v early on, probably due to my constant watching of murder tv shows etc, I think most people will enjoy this. I can definitely see it being a film or a tv show. It was very good. I was naive to think I would find out who killed Lola in this book however the plot was extremely interesting and I cannot wait to read the next. I assume will be called two for joy.

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  • Audrey
  • 12-19-20

Decent story

The establishing of the story and characters is great but it takes a while to get good. I would have preferred to feel more of the characters' emotions'. I felt like they are quite 2 dimensional and lack that emotional touch. The story has great potential but needs a bit more speed and more climax.

I so far never listened to an audio with two actors voicing two characters which at first I liked, but then it got a but frustrating especially when both actresses were doing the same two characters in different accents. I just don't understand why the hassle of having two actors when they're both going to do the Eng/American accent.

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  • L H Hennessy
  • 12-06-20

Mostly good

I enjoyed this story and thought the performance was good. It was let down by the sudden and inconclusive ending though, quite frustrating and would make me think twice about buying a follow-up book

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  • Kim
  • 12-03-20

Not sure what to think ....

I really enjoyed the story and the narration was great. I’m unsure about the ending though. It’s a clear cliff hanger to a second book but I think there should have been more to the ending and some more ends tied up.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-17-22

Very catching

I enjoyed this first book. Very intriguing and catching. I really need to read the 2nd book now cause the story is nowhere near finished.

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  • alexandra
  • 03-27-22

What nonsense !!!

A ridiculous story set in ridiculous and extremely posh boarding school which resembles nothing that I have ever heard of,and I did go to boarding school, silly plot silly characters and an infuriating ending a good few hours of my life that I won’t get back!!!

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  • Jade
  • 10-20-21

So much better than expected

This book was incredible, such a difference from the girl online series (which was great too) I've never listened to an audio book that had so many extras (the podcast sections 😳👏🏻) well done Zoe, Amy and all involved!

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  • Jessica
  • 10-04-21

I'm hooked

I loved this book. Read was amazing and I really enjoyed listening to this. The story was really gripping and I'm now sad the next one isn't out till next month! Pre-ordered it already as it's just that good!!

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  • Freya brunton
  • 08-29-21

Dyslexic

As someone who is dyslexic and finds it hard to read and has poor comprehension this book was perfect for me. The performance is amazing and grabs your attention to each word. The story alone is brilliant, the chapters switch between two characters Audrey and Ivy. Would recommend to people! A great read or listen! Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Paula
  • 08-10-21

Accent discrepancies

Mr Tavistock has a Scottish accent one chapter, and a posh English accent the next! The two narrators have definitely not communicated before recording! Not the best American accents either, sadly!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-22

Looking forward to book #2!

The reader made me feel like I was right there with the characters. Great book!

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  • Jody Anderson
  • 07-15-22

loved everything about it

loved this story line, narrators were engaging and kept me interested. can't wait for part 2

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  • Tenisha Scott
  • 12-29-21

Great YA Mystery

Quick and Easy YA read that kept me guessing. Keen to try Two For Joy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-21

Intriguing YA

I loved experiencing this book through audio. Some of the plot lines were definitely predictable but easy to gobble up! I’m hoping for a sequel!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-21

Engaging

An easy read that kept me hooked throughout, I finished in one day! The voices were good and nice to listen to. There is more room for character development, which I hope comes in book 2. However, the general story was engaging enough to to make me want to continue on with the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-20

great mystery

this book was fantastic. a great who do it mystery book. I would highly recommend reading this one.