Hide Me among the Graves by Tim Powers audiobook

Hide Me among the Graves

By Tim Powers
Read by Fiona Hardingham

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780062210807
17.44 Hours Unabridged
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Winter 1862, London. Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute,arrives on the doorstep of veterinarian John Crawford, a man she met once sevenyears earlier. Their brief meeting produced a child who, until now, had beenpresumed dead. McKee has learned that the girl lives—but that her life and soulare in mortal peril from a vampiric ghost. But this is no ordinary spirit; thebloodthirsty wraith is none other than John Polidori, the onetime physician tothe mad, bad, and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron. Both McKee and Crawfordhave mysterious histories with creatures like Polidori, and their child is aprize the malevolent spirit covets dearly. Polidori is also the late uncle and supernatural muse to poetChristina Rossetti and her brother, painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. When shewas just fourteen, Christina unwittingly brought Polidori’s curse upon herfamily. But the curse bestowed unexpected blessings as well, inspiring both Christinaand Gabriel’s work. But when Polidori resurrects Dante’s dead wife—turning herinto a vampire—and threatens other family members, Christina and Dante agree theymust destroy their monstrous uncle and break the spell, even if it means theend of their creative powers. Determined to save their daughter, McKee and Crawford joinforces with the Rossettis, and soon these wildly mismatched allies are plungedinto a supernatural London underworld whose existence goes beyond their wildestimaginings. Ultimately, each of these disparate individuals—the sensitive poet,the tortured painter, the straitlaced animal doctor, the reformed prostitute,and even their Artful Dodger–like young daughter—must choose between thebanality and constraints of human life and the unholy immortality that Polidorioffers. Sweeping from the mansions of London’s high society toits grimy slums, the elegant salons of the West End to the pre-Roman catacombsbeneath St. Paul’s Cathedral, Hide Me among the Graves blendsthe historical and the supernatural in a dazzling, edge-of-your-seat thrillride—a modern horror story with a Victorian twist.

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Summary

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A 2013 Locus Award Finalist

A 2013 Mythopoeic Award Nominee

A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

Winter 1862, London. Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute,arrives on the doorstep of veterinarian John Crawford, a man she met once sevenyears earlier. Their brief meeting produced a child who, until now, had beenpresumed dead. McKee has learned that the girl lives—but that her life and soulare in mortal peril from a vampiric ghost. But this is no ordinary spirit; thebloodthirsty wraith is none other than John Polidori, the onetime physician tothe mad, bad, and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron. Both McKee and Crawfordhave mysterious histories with creatures like Polidori, and their child is aprize the malevolent spirit covets dearly.

Polidori is also the late uncle and supernatural muse to poetChristina Rossetti and her brother, painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. When shewas just fourteen, Christina unwittingly brought Polidori’s curse upon herfamily. But the curse bestowed unexpected blessings as well, inspiring both Christinaand Gabriel’s work. But when Polidori resurrects Dante’s dead wife—turning herinto a vampire—and threatens other family members, Christina and Dante agree theymust destroy their monstrous uncle and break the spell, even if it means theend of their creative powers.

Determined to save their daughter, McKee and Crawford joinforces with the Rossettis, and soon these wildly mismatched allies are plungedinto a supernatural London underworld whose existence goes beyond their wildestimaginings. Ultimately, each of these disparate individuals—the sensitive poet,the tortured painter, the straitlaced animal doctor, the reformed prostitute,and even their Artful Dodger–like young daughter—must choose between thebanality and constraints of human life and the unholy immortality that Polidorioffers.

Sweeping from the mansions of London’s high society toits grimy slums, the elegant salons of the West End to the pre-Roman catacombsbeneath St. Paul’s Cathedral, Hide Me among the Graves blendsthe historical and the supernatural in a dazzling, edge-of-your-seat thrillride—a modern horror story with a Victorian twist.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] fine example of the work of a much-beloved author and a spooky ride through Victorian London to boot…Powers’ work engages with something prerational that is buried deep, deep in our brains and won’t be bullied into submission by mere reason.” Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author
“No one writes historical fantasy quite like Tim Powers.” Washington Post
“Superbly written, wonderfully imagined.” Times (London)
“Powers’ specialty is secret supernatural histories of the world that offer far more plausible explanations for everything than, say, Dan Brown, and are conceptually far wittier. He is an intelligent, emotionally complex writer with a taste for elegantly conceived nightmare.” Independent (London)
“It would be a serious mistake to dismiss Hide Me among the Graves as something less than art…It’s a smart, exciting, and perfectly constructed novel, and it’s hard as hell to put down.” NPR
“[A] breathtaking achievement, the complexity of which a review can only begin to capture…[A] powerful work.” Locus
“Rewards readers with a delightful case of the shudders. The setting of Victorian London, damp, foggy, and full of unsavory characters, adds an extra dimension to the story.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“[A] stellar supernatural thriller…Powers works an impressively original variation on the vampire theme and makes the Rossettis’ crusade extremely poignant…The meticulous attention to historical and literary detail grounds the story solidly in its period and enhances its imaginative reach.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The nonstop action of this diverting steampunk thriller will attract many readers.” Library Journal
“The vampire-ghost of John Polidori haunts the pages of this swashbuckling genre bender…[A] fast-paced nail-biter…Powers gives us no time to contemplate deeper meanings as the breakneck pace and labyrinthine plot pull us through history, mythology, mystery, and horror with his signature creative verve.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Tim Powers

Author Bio: Tim Powers

Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels, including Last Call, Declare, Three Days to Never, and On Stranger Tides, the inspiration for the blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz. He has received the Locus, World Fantasy, and Philip K. Dick awards. He lives in San Bernardino, California.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 17.44
Audience: Adult
Language: English