The Mermaid Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the author of Lost Boy comes a beautiful historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea, only to become the star attraction of history's greatest showman.
Once there was a mermaid called Amelia who could never be content in the sea, a mermaid who longed to know all the world and all its wonders, and so she came to live on land.
Once there was a man called P. T. Barnum, a man who longed to make his fortune by selling the wondrous and miraculous, and there is nothing more miraculous than a real mermaid.
Amelia agrees to play the mermaid for Barnum and walk among men in their world, believing she can leave anytime she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 44 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||June 19 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #83,164 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#644 in Historical Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,107 in Dark Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,620 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
Top reviews from Canada
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Amelia is a real-life mermaid, who lives between land and sea. Only when Amelia agrees to join P. T. Barnum's museum sideshow will she learn how horrific mankind can truly be.
There is so much that could be said about how wonderful this story is - beginning with how gorgeously it is rooted in true storytelling. This is one of those rare books that will sweep in and steal your heart entirely, leaving me more than a little disappointed that I have yet to meet a real mermaid in this life.
This has quickly become a top recommendation for summer must reads for me - I cannot wait to share the magic of this book with everyone I can.
Top reviews from other countries
I’ve read my fair share of Mermaid retellings but never one about PT Barnum’s Feejee Mermaid hoax.
I enjoyed this generally but it lacked some of the whimsical and magical flair that the authors other books did. I had hoped to see a little of the Barnum circus setting but sadly this took place before that in his museum. The setting ended up being a little drab and dull.
Barnum was money-focussed, callous (even towards his wife), and always looking for a way to trick people.
Levi was kind and sweet, and his love for Amelia was touching.
Amelia herself was the star of the show here, in the storyline as well as the book itself. I loved her frank personality, her fearlessness and her ability to love so deeply. Her love of Jack felt so genuine and raw, even a decade after his death.
The story was quite slow and I’ll admit there were a few parts where I got a little bored, but the writing was still fantastic as in all of Christina’s books.
Not my favourite of her books, but still an interesting new spin on a tale of old.
I certainly feel rewarded for reading ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Fabulous Showman’ before diving straight into this, as they do give one the feeling and attitude of the age and thereby give this story a sense of genuine realism. So i would certainly recommend reading both before hand if you’re looking for a more immersive experience from this story.
Reading a work of fiction that contains real historical characters, in their real historical places and time, while only twisting the factual narrative where needed to make the fictional narrative fit was, at times, quite emotionally disturbing. One can truly feel for Amelia as though she is a genuine historical person, because all the people around her were genuine historical people.
For example… Barnum did put a huge tank into the museum, but he put whales in it. And the way in which he treats the mermaid in this story is not too dissimilar to how he treated the whales. One can almost read this story as the story of those whales, and have Amelia’s voice speak for them. Sadly, the whales never had a voice, nor did they have someone like Levi to champion their corner, and all suffered and died serving the ignorance of the masses and Barnum’s bank account. It made me feel genuinely uncomfortable, and moved in ways that an ordinary work of fiction simply doesn’t. It’s quite the experience, and one i certainly recommend.
As with all of Christina’s books, the writing is wonderful, flowing, and, for me, perfectly edited. A wonderful read. It really does capture the feeling and attitude of the age.
Christina’s next book ‘The Girl in Red’ is out on 18th June 2019. I’m so looking forward to having a ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ journey.
‘Lost Boy’ is still my favourite of hers but this was well worth reading!
The Mermaid did not disappoint, once the story is was set, I couldn't stop reading and had to pace myself so that it wasn't over too quickly!
A mermaid, a sailor, a showman and a lawyer. Who owns her? Will she ever be free to swim again? These are just two of the questions I was asking myself as I read.
The Mermaid will make you gasp out loud, in fright, sympathy and anger!
If you like fantasy, fairy tales and a little bit of dark reality then you will love this.