- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: September 29, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015TKAISY
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Menagerie Audible – Unabridged
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That is our protagonist: a woman stripped of her legal rights and thrown into a cage, where she is starved, humiliated, beaten, and threatened with rape. And yet, she never loses sense of the rights she should have as a living, sentient being. She never gives in to the horrible "girl needs help so she falls in love with the first kind hand she meets" trope.
Gallagher, by the way, is also really kick-ass. He is one of the men who run The Menagerie, and he is clever and ruthless, but with this enormous capacity to care, and it's all written in a way I haven't seen before. I did not see his big reveal coming which is silly because, looking back, it's spelled out for us.
I loved this book. I devoured it, I got into it. I cheered for so many characters. I hated a few--and I was supposed to hate them, too! That never happens. I usually just end up hating the main character.
Now, some parts were a bit rushed but I'm trying to avoid spoilers, and others felt completely unresolved, like the thing with the werewolves. But I think that comes down to this being the first in a series. I can't wait for the next one.
Author Rachel Vincent invites readers into a world that is dark and intriguing, strange and seductive and spellbinding, harsh and heartbreaking, vicious and cruel. And she gives them a glimpse of what life is really like behind the scenes of Metzger’s Menagerie for its reluctant performers.
When Delilah Marlow first visited Metzger’s Menagerie she was both captivated and repulsed by what she saw. Years later when the show was back in town she found herself just as drawn to the beasts, the oddities, the spectacle. But an act of cruelty toward one of its young and helpless performers enraged Delilah in a way she hadn’t ever been before, revealing to her, her friends, and everyone who witnessed her transformation that she is not so different from the curiosities in the menagerie they’d come to gawk at.
Finding out she was not human and that the life she had planned was no longer possible was devastating. Being taken into captivity and forced to make sense of a power she hadn’t even known she had in order to perform for the menagerie was an absolute nightmare. One without end, unless she could find a way to use her power to escape her captors and flee to a place where she could exist, undetected, and live free from persecution.
MENAGERIE isn’t a story for the faint of heart. It doesn’t tread lightly when it reveals the barbaric conditions the captives are forced to endure. It tackles all of its very real and relatable issues head on. It will give readers plenty of food for thought - about human nature, about fear-based actions, about a human’s capacity for cruelty, about what makes someone human. It will give them characters to love, to root for, to sympathize with. It will show them how important that hope, the will to survive, and a fighting spirit can be in the face of heartlessness, insensitivity, oppression, barbarity.
Rachel Vincent has proven herself a masterful and inventive writer with this brilliant and heartrending first installment in her new series. MENAGERIE is amazing and wonderful and disturbing and touching and an absolutely riveting and insanely good read.
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I met Rachel at an event in March 2017 where she gifted me a copy of Menagerie and told me it is her favorite book that she's...Read more