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Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury audio book read by Elissa Steele

Posted by hollybookscoops on December 13, 2012

Wrapped is a great audio book for teen girls- I’m sure it’s great in written form as well, but I listened to it and loved it out loud. Agnes Wilkins is a beautiful young woman about to make her debut on London’s high society. She is invited to a mummy unwrapping party and discovers that she has stumbled upon a mystery when she is chosen to cut into the ancient mummy wrappings.

While standing still for endless hours being fitted for top-secret ball gowns Agnes spouts off Jane Austen quotes in multiple languages, much to the chagrin of her mother. Of course, in keeping with Jane Austen’s most famous decree that every single, wealthy man is in want of a wife, Agnes is expected to be snatched up by her wealthy bachelor neighbor, the dry arrogant Lord Showalter who loves to flaunt his wealth and knowledge (he’s also the host of the unwrapping party). I think my favorite character, next to Agnes, was Caedman, the aspiring Egyptologist who has no means to pursue Agnes and no hope to succeed in winning her because of that.  Wrapped

I would love to read this in written form because sometimes I get distracted when listening to things out loud and I kept having to backtrack when my kids got too noisy. I learned a lot about Napolean and London in this refreshing glimpse into 1815 London. Most novels of this time period completely ignore the political turmoil of the time, and I enjoyed getting a more world-savvy view. I also enjoyed that Agnes defied the social expectations of young women of her day to accomplish some amazing things. If you prefer written words, to audio books, you may want to check this version out:

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I have to ask, because the covers are so different- which cover most appeals to you? Or do you like them both?

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2 Responses to “Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury audio book read by Elissa Steele”

  1. Becky said

    I like the graphic novel style art of the audiobook way more! Sounds good- I’ll have to look for it.

  2. I agree. I like the audiobook cover better. It’s more consistent with the content. This is a case of ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’. Not that the cover of the novel is bad, just inconsistent with the actual book.

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