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  • The Book of the Most Precious Substance

  • A Novel
  • By: Sara Gran
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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By: Sara Gran
Narrated by: Carol Monda
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Summary

The highly anticipated thriller from internationally renowned author Sara Gran, author of Come Closer and the Claire DeWitt series.

A mysterious book that promises unlimited power and unrivaled sexual pleasure. A down-on-her-luck book dealer hoping for the sale of a lifetime. And a twist so shocking, no one will come out unscathed.

After a tragedy too painful to bear, former novelist Lily Albrecht has resigned herself to a dull, sexless life as a rare-book dealer—until she gets a lead on a book that just might turn everything around. The Book of the Most Precious Substance is a 17th-century manual on sex magic, rumored to be the most powerful occult book ever written—if it really exists at all. And some of the wealthiest people in the world are willing to pay Lily a fortune to find it, if she can.

Her search for the book takes her from New York to New Orleans to Munich to Paris, searching the dark corners of power where the world’s wealthiest people use black magic to fulfill their desires. Will Lily fulfill her own desires and join them? Or will she lose it all searching for a ghost?

The Book of the Most Precious Substance is an addictive, erotic thriller about the lengths we will go to get what we need—and what we want.

©2021 Sara Gran (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Great book

Really enjoyed the journey. I loved the way the characters are written. Don’t want to give too much away but its dark and witchy so if thats your vibe give it a go.

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So good!

A super fun horror/thriller around the world filled with occult titbits and sex. A lot of sex. Really nice, enjoyable background stuff about bookselling too. I loved it, and the performance is pitch perfect.

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Abit disappointing

Not really what I was expecting, and a lot of quite dull chapters where not much happened.

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Weird and entertaining

Take it with a grain of salt lol it’s strange and I’ve not read anything like it. It was entertaining enough that it had me wanting to find out how it ends. The narration is well done, even the accents are done well. As it’s a freebie I’d definitely give it a listen!

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An adventure with a middle aged female protagonist - and lots of other strong female characters

Unputdownable, unpredictable, sexy and magical. A unique chance to explore the rare book trade and to travel the world with a pair of unlikely anti heroes.

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