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Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews, read by Rupert Farley.

A beguiling tale of superstition, myth and murder, perfect for fans of The Binding, The Essex Serpent and Once upon a River.

She is awake....

Norfolk, 1643. With civil war tearing England apart, reluctant soldier Thomas Treadwater is summoned home by his sister, who accuses a new servant of improper conduct with their widowed father. By the time Thomas returns home, his father is insensible, felled by a stroke, and their new servant is in prison, facing charges of witchcraft.

Thomas prides himself on being a rational, modern man, but as he unravels the mystery of what has happened, he uncovers not a tale of superstition but something dark and ancient, linked to a shipwreck years before.

Something has awoken, and now it will not rest.

Richly researched, incredibly atmospheric and deliciously unsettling, The Leviathan is set in England during a time of political and religious turbulence. It is a tale of family and loyalty, superstition and sacrifice, but most of all it is a spellbinding mystery and a story of impossible things.

©2022 Rosie Andrews (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"Darkly compelling and dripping with atmosphere, The Leviathan is a bewitching tale of good, evil and all the shades in-between." (Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars)

"It’s hard to believe that such an accomplished novel could be a debut - The Leviathan is a gloriously dark story that sweeps you along to its harrowing yet satisfying conclusion. Superb." (Susan Stokes-Chapman, author of Pandora)

"Infused with creepy gothic dread and gorgeously written. Fantastic." (Amy McCulloch, author of Breathless)

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Immersive and beautifully crafted!



Open this book and you are immediately taken to C17th England and to the heart of the story. Well written and well paced it's difficult to put down! If you enjoy Hilary Mantel or Ellis Peters writing style pick this one up!

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Wonderful!

This is like nothing I have read or listened to. It combines history, sense of time and place and the supernatural into a compelling story. The narration is so well-fitted to the story. A thoroughly enjoyable experience which I highly recommend.

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Full of Gothic suspense

Brilliant plot with twists, a wonderfully-described, brooding geographical and political landscape, and well-written characters.

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cuts off mid sentence in chapter 1... 04.34

only just started the book and feel like I missed a part of the narrative...

Is this the style of the writing? The narrator is cut off at 04.34 and resumes speaking after a few seconds mid way through another scene.

just thought I would let Audible know incase it's a mistake.

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Superb narration & a clever, engrossing yarn

The narrator here is truly excellent. The accents and characters are clear and feel real, it’s skill from the writer and narrator both. The story is unexpected and at the beginning I felt confused as to how it could all be related - but this was all brought together in a really clever way. The rural Norfolk life of the 1600s felt brought to life for me.
Really enjoyable!

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Beautifully written

Beautifully written and beautifully read. Narration really enhanced the listen. Enjoyed this one enormously, recommended.

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Fantastic book, brilliantly read!

I listened to the preview & was worried the accent was going to put me off (I'm picky) but the story sounded interesting - I needn't have worried. I listened to the whole thing in a few big chunks and I was gripped. There's an unsettling, atmospheric feel to this book, supported by some beautiful writing from the author, and well-drawn characters brought to life by the narrator. The simmering tension and fear around the accusations of witchcraft are really well done and it feels very authentically of the time. Highly recommended!

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mixed bag

a book of 2 halves. the first is all about some mysterious deaths and the quest to discover who or what was the cause.
about half way through the book we solve the mystery and the second part is about the ongoing consequences.
I found the first part of the book an intriguing mystery. a whodunit with magical mystical overtones. 4/5
the second part of the book, for me, was dull and drawn out. 2/5.
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Epic

This is a mighty tale. I loved the narrative shifts between two dates centuries ago.

Infused with powerful characters and themes as old as time.

Loved the appearance of John Milton.

Mary and Thomas suffer, live and love together.

Listened twice and enjoyed the nuances of the story even more the second time. Brilliant writing.