Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

Written by:
Audrey Niffenegger
Narrated by:
Bianca Amato

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2009
13 hours 46 minutes
From the author of the #1 bestselling The Time Traveler's Wife, a spectacularly compelling novel—set in and near Highgate Cemetery in London, about the love between twins, men and women, ghosts and the living.

Julia and Valentina Poole are twenty-year-old sisters with an intense attachment to each other. One morning the mailman delivers a thick envelope to their house in the suburbs of Chicago. Their English aunt Elspeth Noblin has died of cancer and left them her London apartment. There are two conditions for this inheritance: that they live in the flat for a year before they sell it and that their parents not enter it. Julia and Valentina are twins. So were the girls’ aunt Elspeth and their mother, Edie.

The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders the vast Highgate Cemetery, where Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Stella Gibbons, and other luminaries are buried. Julia and Valentina become involved with their living neighbors: Martin, a composer of crossword puzzles who suffers from crippling OCD, and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. They also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including—perhaps—their aunt.
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Two freakish, immature, tepid, spoiled & unappreciative characters ruin people's (including each other's) lives in this bizarre supernaturalish yarn featuring adolescent-type characters yearning for middle-aged men (a distasteful theme present in the author's more famous book as well). A couple of interesting characters kept me from giving up on finishing.

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Mandi Scott Chestler

While the characters were initially engaging, the plot points soon turned ridiculous and monotonous. This attempt at a ghost story was anything but "fearful", often resorting to feeble comedic scenes just to expand the length of the tale.

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Sandi Graham

Wanted to like it because Time Traveler's Wife was so incredible. In the end, this story was just not believable.

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I am so happy I came across this book. Not having read anything else written by this author, I wasn't sure what to expect. This book kept me intrigued and interested the entire time and the author's voice was soothing and lovely. I agree with the prior review that the build up of the plot was so long and the climax was so abrubt and just strange. To me it seemed like there would have been countless other ways to solve Valentina's dilemma...it was a bit radical and quite risky. The characters were all very complex and believable until the climax involving Ellspeth, Robert and Valentina. No believable character would have ever agreed to "it" under the circumstances. (Wish I could say more but I don't want to ruin the plot twists). Prepare for a sad empty ending...but it really could not have ended any other way.

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Plot sorta happened--all of a sudden one character wants to die and this sets actions in motion. Most main characters are hard to like (or to be curious about). Writing and audio performance are lovely.

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Wow! This book had me at hello. From the first sentence I was enchanted, and my interest never wavered until the end. Then I felt like I had lost a friend. The writing is superb and the narrator had a gem of an English accent.

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