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The Rathbones

Janice Clark

A gothic, literary adventure set in New England, Janice Clark's haunting debut chronicles one hundred years of a once prosperous and now crumbling whaling family, told by its last surviving member. Mercy Rathbone, fifteen years old, is the diminutive scion of the Rathbone clan. Her father, the last in the beleaguered dynasty, has been lost at sea for seven years - ever since the last whale was seen off the coast of Naiwayonk, Connecticut. Mercy's memories of her father grow dimmer each day, and she spends most of her time in the attic hideaway of her reclusive uncle Mordecai, who teaches her the secrets of Greek history and nautical navigation through his collection of specimens and moldering books. But when a strange, violent visitor turns up one night, Mercy and Mordecai are forced to flee the crumbling mansion and set sail on a journey that will bring them deep into the haunted history of the Rathbone family, and the reasons for its undoing. As Mercy and Mordecai sail from island to island off the Connecticut coast, encountering dangers and mysteries, friends and foes, they untangle the knots of the Rathbone story, discovering secrets long encased in memory. They learn the history of the family's founder and patriarch, Moses Rathbone, and the legendary empire he built of ships staffed with the sons of his many, many wives. Sons who stumbled in their father's shadow, distracted by the arrival of the Stark sisters, a trio of "golden" girls, whose mesmerizing beauty may have sparked the Rathbone's decline. From the depths of the sea to the lonely heights of the widow's walk; from the wisdom of the worn Rathbone wives to the mysterious origins of a sinking island, Mercy and Mordecai's journey will bring them to places they never thought possible. But will they piece together a possible future from the mistakes of the past, or is the once great family's fate doomed to match that of the whales themselves? Inspired by The Odyssey by way of Edgar Allan Poe and Moby Dick, The Rathbones is an ambitious, mythic, and

A gothic, literary adventure set in New England, Janice Clark's haunting debut chronicles one hundred years of a once prosperous and now crumbling whaling family, told by its last surviving member. Mercy Rathbone, fifteen years old, is the diminutive scion of the Rathbone clan. Her father, the last in the beleaguered dynasty, has been lost at sea for seven years - ever since the last whale was seen off the coast of Naiwayonk, Connecticut. Mercy's memories of her father grow dimmer each day, and she spends most of her time in the attic hideaway of her reclusive uncle Mordecai, who teaches her the secrets of Greek history and nautical navigation through his collection of specimens and moldering books. But when a strange, violent visitor turns up one night, Mercy and Mordecai are forced to flee the crumbling mansion and set sail on a journey that will bring them deep into the haunted history of the Rathbone family, and the reasons for its undoing. As Mercy and Mordecai sail from island to island off the Connecticut coast, encountering dangers and mysteries, friends and foes, they untangle the knots of the Rathbone story, discovering secrets long encased in memory. They learn the history of the family's founder and patriarch, Moses Rathbone, and the legendary empire he built of ships staffed with the sons of his many, many wives. Sons who stumbled in their father's shadow, distracted by the arrival of the Stark sisters, a trio of "golden" girls, whose mesmerizing beauty may have sparked the Rathbone's decline. From the depths of the sea to the lonely heights of the widow's walk; from the wisdom of the worn Rathbone wives to the mysterious origins of a sinking island, Mercy and Mordecai's journey will bring them to places they never thought possible. But will they piece together a possible future from the mistakes of the past, or is the once great family's fate doomed to match that of the whales themselves? Inspired by The Odyssey by way of Edgar Allan Poe and Moby Dick, The Rathbones is an ambitious, mythic, and
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A gothic, literary adventure set in New England, Janice Clark's haunting debut chronicles one hundred years of a once prosperous and now crumbling whaling family, told by its last surviving member. Mercy Rathbone, fifteen years old, is the diminutive scion of the Rathbone clan. Her father, the last in the beleaguered dynasty, has been lost at sea for seven years - ever since the last whale was seen off the coast of Naiwayonk, Connecticut. Mercy's memories of her father grow dimmer each day, and she spends most of her time in the attic hideaway of her reclusive uncle Mordecai, who teaches her the secrets of Greek history and nautical navigation through his collection of specimens and moldering books. But when a strange, violent visitor turns up one night, Mercy and Mordecai are forced to flee the crumbling mansion and set sail on a journey that will bring them deep into the haunted history of the Rathbone family, and the reasons for its undoing. As Mercy and Mordecai sail from island to island off the Connecticut coast, encountering dangers and mysteries, friends and foes, they untangle the knots of the Rathbone story, discovering secrets long encased in memory. They learn the history of the family's founder and patriarch, Moses Rathbone, and the legendary empire he built of ships staffed with the sons of his many, many wives. Sons who stumbled in their father's shadow, distracted by the arrival of the Stark sisters, a trio of "golden" girls, whose mesmerizing beauty may have sparked the Rathbone's decline. From the depths of the sea to the lonely heights of the widow's walk; from the wisdom of the worn Rathbone wives to the mysterious origins of a sinking island, Mercy and Mordecai's journey will bring them to places they never thought possible. But will they piece together a possible future from the mistakes of the past, or is the once great family's fate doomed to match that of the whales themselves? Inspired by The Odyssey by way of Edgar Allan Poe and Moby Dick, The Rathbones is an ambitious, mythic, and

Language:

English

Narrators:

Erin Spencer, Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle De Cuir, Malcolm Campbell

Length:

14h 16m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:39


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:23


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:18


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:01


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:55


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:21


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:11


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:55


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:48


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:54


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:38


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:38


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:28


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:19


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:17


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:44


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:28


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:44


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:14


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:01


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:06


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:46


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:10


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:39


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:37


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:29


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:03


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:17


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:25


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:52


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:40


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:59


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:13


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:56


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:15


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:36


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:33


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:46


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:29


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:03


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:40


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:52


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:41


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:49


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:01


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:00


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:51


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:48


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:17


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:10


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:55


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:51


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:53


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:34


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:34


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:02


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:53


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:50


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:45


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:44


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:54


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:46


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:54


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:18


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:13


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:15


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:02


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:39


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:03


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:15


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:48


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:07


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:48


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:15


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:38


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:55


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:51


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:38


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:54


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:53


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:21


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:47


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:28


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:31


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:33


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:27


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:02


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:36


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:46


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:10


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:56


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:24


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:40


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:33


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:37


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:54


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:16


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:03


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:23


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:59


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:38


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:36


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:54


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:44


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:55


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:55


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:42


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

04:40


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:07


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:03


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:42


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:34


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

05:16


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:51


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:35


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:10


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

04:13


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

03:57


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

06:07


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

03:49


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:17


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:16


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:53


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:06


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

00:27