The Phoenix Crown: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2024
11 hours 35 minutes
From bestselling authors Janie Chang and Kate Quinn, a thrilling and unforgettable narrative about the intertwined lives of two wronged women, spanning from the chaos of the San Francisco earthquake to the glittering palaces of Versailles.

San Francisco, 1906. In a city bustling with newly minted millionaires and scheming upstarts, two very different women hope to change their fortunes: Gemma, a golden-haired, silver-voiced soprano whose career desperately needs rekindling, and Suling, a petite and resolute Chinatown embroideress who is determined to escape an arranged marriage. Their paths cross when they are drawn into the orbit of Henry Thornton, a charming railroad magnate whose extraordinary collection of Chinese antiques includes the fabled Phoenix Crown, a legendary relic of Beijing’s fallen Summer Palace.

His patronage offers Gemma and Suling the chance of a lifetime, but their lives are thrown into turmoil when a devastating earthquake rips San Francisco apart and Thornton disappears, leaving behind a mystery reaching further than anyone could have imagined . . . until the Phoenix Crown reappears five years later at a sumptuous Paris costume ball, drawing Gemma and Suling together in one last desperate quest for justice.
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Hélène S.

nice reading of a book with the voices

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Laurie S.

The plot was not that imaginative with a predictable ending. Finished it because I paid for it.

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Absolutely a joy to listen to! A wonderful story with incredible narration..

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Nicolas V.

What did you think? Nerd fest, the reader is horrible. The story is confusing. How this won awards and can be made into a Netflix series is inexplicable. I just don’t get it.

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