not really sure... I love Tim Curry, but his voice was just putting me to sleep...
If Mr. Curry would have put some more emotion into the main character.. she is just so bleh....
I could not finish the book. I really really wanted to enjoy this, the story line is really neat and original but I guess I will have to pick up a hard copy to finish it.
When I first downloaded Sabriel I was skeptical. I received a strong recommendation for the book, but the audio seemed faded and less clear than many of the crystal clear books I've listened to lately. The opening music was more of a distraction than a mood setter and the prologue seemed to drone.
Once the story started, though, I became hooked! Nix creates a world of magic that slowly unveils itself as the book continues. Trips into the grey and flowing world of death add even more intrigue into this mysterious world. Though not grand in scale (like books by Robbin Hobb, for example), the world is certainly one that deserves exploration.
The story starts with Sabriel, the main character, leaving school on a quest into a magical kingdom. She knows nothing more than the reader. Magical secrets reveal themselves one by one until a very exciting and dramatic end to her journey.
The style of writing lends itself to quick revelations about the plot. Nix often reiterates past plot elements and flashes back to important points to ensure the listener is following along. I found it helpful given the complexity of some names. Others who enjoy a more subtle unfolding of plot hints may find it transparent.
Overall, though, I'd recommend Sabriel as an enjoyable read. I fully intend to continue onto the second book in the series of three.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Usually I'm a SciFi guy but I saw Tim Curry's name as the narrator and had to try this. This novel contains many of the features I would expect in a Science Fiction book: Namely there are rules that must be followed; not the laws of physics but rules for magic. And, like SciFi, whose rules are often just invented to suit the plot (Cloning, FTL, Time-travel), the rules for magic in SABRIEL make for some interesting situations. I appreciate the approach of Garth Nix to reveal these "rules of magic" gradually, working them into the unfolding of the story. By the time the climax of the story is near everything is in place. This was a good listen.
Tim Curry as the narrator is wonderful. He always kept me listening because his deep British accent is so pleasant to listen to. Curry really shines when the guards are speaking. He manages to throw in some Monty-Pythonesque accents on occasion. And his rendition of the cat Mogggit is always entertaining.
One would think that Tim Curry would be an odd choice to narrate a story about a young woman, but it works. You have to get past the first few chapters where Sabriel is still in an all-girls boarding school, and Tim Curry has to funnel the anguish of a young girl at the loss of her pet bunny. I actually can't get that ejaculation out of my head. Overall, excellent story, narrated by an expert who has a pleasant voice to listen to.
Was easy to put yourself into her shoes.
Great voice to listen to. Puts a nice twist on the character. Especially Mogat.
When she found Touchstone. Her ashamed but curious reaction.
Have read the books 2x already. Audio book is great to listen to when running or driving or when I can't sleep.
I didn't know what to expect from Sabriel. But I really enjoyed it. It does tend a little bit toward the YA genre. The protagonist is an 18 year old girl. But I'm a 37 year old man with daughters of my own, and I enjoyed it a great deal. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy.
Garth Nix is a master storyteller, and his words come alive with Tim Curry. I have both read and listened to this book, and never have I been disappointed.
Sabriel, obviously! She is determined and interesting.
Voices that expertly describe the action.
Yes. I loved it.
Sabriel could stand alone and be a deeply satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable read (although two mind-boggling fantastic sequels do follow). The Old Kingdom and the world that Garth Nix creates are such deeply magical, mysterious places that they have lingered with me more than a decade after I first enjoyed reading Sabriel. It was delightful recently rediscovering this series with Tim Curry's excellent narration. If I were stranded on a desert island, I would take Sabriel and its sequels with me. I don't think I could give it higher praise than that. I know that any lover of fantasy who gives this book a chance will be more than rewarded, both by the poignancy of Sabriel's story and by the quality of Tim Curry's narration. I wish it could go on forever!
I like the print version because I visualize the setting a bit better when I see it in print, but I love Tim Curry's voice, which I find both engaging and soothing at the same time. Also, whenever I'm listening to an audiobook, I catch bits that I might have missed when I was reading it in print.
I thought all of the voices were really good, but Mogget's has stuck in my head the most.
The book in any form is amazing and this trilogy ranks up there with the best books I've ever read, no additional qualifiers necessary. The addition of Tim Curry just makes it that much better.
Tim Curry! His narration was impeccable, he was able to make amazing evil cat sounds!
When Sabriel has to find her father in death, the scene is very emotional.
Mogget, he could make the cat snarl and talk at the same time, amazing!
Yes! Such a different story, not like anything I have ever read!
What a wonderful bookand series, it is one that sticks with you for a long time and makes you yearn for more.
Tim Curry needs to be one of your top narrators and narrate more books! He is amazing!