The story is brilliant. The characters are familiar but still original. A wonderful and enchanting coming of age story set in the magical Old Kingdom.
Tim Curry's narration is top notch. He nails it. His voice is as magical as the story.
I listen to audiobooks while on the stairmaster. I stayed on way longer than intended most days because the story is so amazing.
The recording quality was difficult to get used to. The narrator and story were both very good. I'm surprised Audible produced such a poor quality recording.
More substance, less predictability, fewer - references to left/right sides of some minor descriptive detail, thin air tangents, nasal voices, repititions of the words "charter markers" and themes borrowed from stories ranging from the Little Mermaid (Disney style), to the Wizard of Oz. Ive forced myself through the 5th chapter and can't take anymore tonight.
This is book one... more foundation please.There were more groping and dangling arms in this story than an octopus.
The narrator sounded largely bored and vocal modulation was minimal. He has only a few alternative voices that seem to range from high nasal to falsetto nasal. If he injected a bit more vocal modulation, there would have been no need to change voices at all. His natural voice was much easier to follow and would have been enough. I appreciate his natural voice best.
I can't really say enough about this book. It is a great story -- a very original magical system, compelling characters, a plot full of adventure, mystery, and a wonderfully lurking history, and of course Tim Curry only adds to the experience. I highly recommend this book (and the whole series).
This series and book are amazing. The characters are well developed and the lore of the is intricate and wonderfully detailed and original. Mogget is one of the best characters I have ever read. Sabriel is one of the best role models I have ever read.
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
Sabriel is a wonderful role model. And the world she lives in is fantastic in that there is never any hesitation in respecting her - once you learn who/what Sabriel is, respect is automatic and that is something that is sorely lacking in most books/tv/movies these days.
Perfection. His voice is incredible!!!! He bring life and theater to the story - making the whole world come to life. Plus, his voice is just amazing.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
I have a tell me to get these book saying I would love them. I bought them a while back but always had a book I wanted to listen to first. Finally I got to this book and started it on Tuesday. Saturday I finished it as soon as I finished doing my home work. Every free minute I had I was listening to this book.
Most books I have read Necromancy is a evil magic, raising the dead and controlling them and making them follow your will. Here Sabriel is trained in the art of Necromancy to put the dead to rest. A interesting twist with the fight to stop the dead.
Tim Curry is the narrator here and he happens to be one of my favorite actors. From Home Alone 2 to Annie. He makes it so this story comes to life. adding to the magic of the world.
I love and recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy.
Obsessive book hoarder, and intense audible lover.
Tim Curry is one of my all time favorite performers. He has such a distinct voice and character, I respect him and love most of his performances because of it. This is no exception! I have not experienced an audiobook to date like I experienced this one. I loved how everything he read had me enraptured. I find myself generally zoning out when a narrator is setting the scene, and have even used a few books as effective sleep aids. But oh my goodness, I made a mistake trying to use this novel as a similar aid. I couldn't fall asleep, it was too riveting. In fact, I felt my heart racing and found myself saying "No...watch out!" During a few particularly dangerous situations for Sabriel. So safe to say, I didn't fall asleep for a while after that!
His reading brought this novel to life. I'd heard of Sabriel but had not given it much thought until I saw Tim Curry was the narrator. It is 100% worth a credit. In fact, I think I'll actually listen to this book again. Something I never do.
Try it out. I'm not a YA reader, and this didn't feel like a YA novel at all. I previously read a review describing at such-- I thoroughly disagree! So don't let anything get in the way of you enjoying a fantastic experience in Sabriel.
I would, for fantasy readers / listeners. It's a good story, with interesting characters, and an interesting magic system.
Sabriel certainly, gotta love a bad@$$ female lead :-)
Personally I feel that they should have cast a female voice actor *cough* Kate Redding *cough-cough*, but Tim Curry did okay. No caracters stood out as fantastic as far as voice acting.
Well I don't know about all in one sitting, but I did listen to the series back-to-back without jumping to other books, take that at face value I suppose.
I read this series before I listened to it, and enjoyed it just as much in audio format. I love the world, and expecially the magic system - mixing fantasy and semi-modern weapons was a lot of fun. This being the first book was great, and I feel the series as a whole was a good listen, I would suggest it to any fantasy buffs :-)