Publisher's Summary

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town. But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival.
Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions" - mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons, and kelpies - are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.
©2015 Rachel Vincent (P)2015 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mistress of The Dark Path on 07-10-2015

Dark story but good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend it to those who enjoy contemporary fantasy type of stories.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between Delilah and Gallagher was hard to understand at first. I wasn't sure I really liked him, but as the story progressed he grew on me. He and Delilah each had their roles to play under the circumstances (don't want to spoil anything). Nothing happened in the book that could be considered romantic and there was an unusual power balance with their relationship that evolved quite a bit by the end of the novel, but I would like to see something deeper develop in future books.

Which scene was your favorite?

The end was my favorite part and I will definitely be looking forward to the next novel in the series. Most of the criptics really grew on me and I can't wait to learn more about them.

Any additional comments?

I should warn that this book starts really slow and there isn't a lot of action in it. Expect a whole lot of world-building to set events up. It is also very dark with torture, abuse, and severe neglect featuring throughout the story. For some people, this will be difficult to get through. I almost gave up on it, but I was intrigued enough with the characters and story to push through. The ending and what may happen next made it all worth it. This is the kind of story that stays with you and makes you think about what humanity really is. What really defines an animal or monster?

Also, the narrator was fantastic. She did a great job of giving the wide cast of characters unique and individual voices. Her pacing was also excellent. I could definitely listen to more of her work.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 23-04-2016


This is an entertaining, deep, intellectual, moral read. I am so glad I roamed away from what I normally read to catch this. The book starts with a pretty cool twist and surprise for the main character, which leads to a mystery. Just when I thought, okay enough with the Satyr's, Centaurs, trolls, elves, mermaids, werewolves, fairies, giants, selkies, succubae, Minotaur, etc..., I am shocked with something new. Many of you may be thinking that you are not into all this weird stuff, but the main story is really a lot more than that. This is no more about mythology, folklore, or weird creatures, than Water For Elephants was about Elephants. This should appeal to anyone with a heart. Water of Elephants is a good example of the scope and appeal to the general public this book has.

oh yea, there was a narrator, I think? Not at one time during the reading did I give one thought to the narrator, which tells me she was great.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Stacey on 17-04-2016

Good start to a new series

What did you like most about Menagerie?

The writing was good and made me care about the characters

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

How would the world be if mystical creatures existed? Would we discriminate against them and treat them as less than human? What is it that makes us human? Is it our appearance or is it how we treat people? These are the main themes explored in this new paranormal book.

What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

Pleasant voices are essential to bring a book to life. Garbra's narration was enjoyable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really but I like to space books out.

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