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Mister Monday: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1 | [Garth Nix]

Mister Monday: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1

Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock.
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Publisher's Summary

Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock.

Arthur is safe, but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with bloodstained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back, even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him.

Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house, a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key, and discover his true fate.

Listen to the rest of the books in The Keys to the Kingdom series.

©2003 Garth Nix; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Exciting and suspenseful." (School Library Journal)
"Corduner's vocal flexibility is the key to this enjoyable audiobook." (AudioFile)

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    Brooke P. Anderson USA 07-28-04 Member Since 2001
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    "For 9-12 year olds, excellent"

    I bought this based on the rating and genre and didn't know that it was a children's book. I was a little disappointed that it was a kid's book, but it's excellent in its category and even a decent read for an adult. Some of the elements of the world he creates I thought were very interesting and vibrant. I wouldn't say it is as good a kid's book for adults as, say, the Harry Potter books, the Hobbit, the Earthsea trilogy, and Podkin of Mars, but I'm considering getting the next book in the series at some point.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    B. Manowski Bay Area, Ca 09-27-05
    B. Manowski Bay Area, Ca 09-27-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Another Great Book by Nix"

    I bought this book based on my previous reads of the the excellent Sabriel/Abhorsen/Lirael books.(In fact if you like Nix's style but are put off by the 9-12 age of these books, proceed directly to Sabriel which I found to be a better book, if for no other reason than its more mature content.) But on to Mister Monday. I'll skip the summary as you can read that above. The first thing I liked about this book was Corduner's voice. The range of different characters portrayed and the deep throaty tone and timbre of his voice adds quite a lot to the atmosphere of the book. I also really enjoyed the originality of the setting. In a genre dominated by derivative rehashes, a truly original world is refreshing to see when it does come along.(Which isn't nearly as often as I'd like.) The world is for me the most compelling part of the book because of its originality and character. The story kept me listening although my fascination with the world Nix has created will make me buy the next book. I would have given the book 5 stars if it contained more adult themes and content. But all in all a completely entertaining, but light book. Highly recommended

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Camille Katy,, TX, United States 11-17-07
    Camille Katy,, TX, United States 11-17-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent"

    I found this book because I was looking for other reads by Allan Corduner. He is a terrific narrator. I had been hoping to read this series at some point so I was pleased that I could listen to his performance of the book. He reads all the books in the series. I am looking forward to the next one.

    You can read the plot summary above. The idea that a "will" can be fragmented into pieces of print or text was an imaginative and original idea.

    This is also a very positive "adoption" story. Arthur is is adopted because his parents died in a pandemic. The loving devotion of his adoptive parents and his strong relationships with his siblings were a very happy aspect of the storyline.

    Very entertaining listen. Would be good as a family listen on a car trip.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Katelyn el mirage, AZ, USA 05-16-09
    Katelyn el mirage, AZ, USA 05-16-09
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    "Great series"

    This is one of the most interesting and creative series I have ever read. Only Garth Nix could come up with this universe. As always Allan Corduner does an excellent job narrating, he is always solid. If you are looking for a tolerably long series to keep you entertained for a week, this is it. The only problem is that the final book hasn't come out yet so you'll just have to wait with the rest of us!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Krista Austin, TX, USA 06-12-07
    Krista Austin, TX, USA 06-12-07
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    "Captivating"

    The Keys to the Kingdom Series is truly captivating! I have listened to each installment multiple times. The books are wonderful and the narrator is absolutely perfect. His inflections really bring the characters to life. I highly recommend this book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Napa, CA, USA 06-21-07
    Eric Napa, CA, USA 06-21-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it..."

    I found this to be an extremely imaginative story that is fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable. The characters are well thought out and the voice actor did a tremendous job making them all distinctly different. I would whole heartedly recommend this book to fans of fantasy.

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    Derek Scarsdale, NY, USA 08-10-05
    Derek Scarsdale, NY, USA 08-10-05
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    "Average book"

    The thesis behind the book is extremely interesting and the other characters that inhabit the world, especially Leaf, are very vivid. However all that became overshadowed by the constant whining of the main character. Throughout the book all he does is complain. At first it is because he can't breathe then it is because he wants to go home NOW. I got images of a poor version of Veruca Salt (the first Willy Wonka film). Since it was the main character, it became so that I would fast forward through his diatribes to get back to the story. Even with this drawback, I still plan on getting the second book for the storyline. But if Arthur continues his nails on chalkboard complaining, I will stop at book 2.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Temecula, CA, USA 08-05-08
    Jason Temecula, CA, USA 08-05-08
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    "Alice in Wonderland 2000"

    The three stars goes to the narrator. He was outstanding. The British accent and vocalization was ideal for this book. Unfortunately, I didn't care for the story. While the quest of the story is well defined (get through the seven days of the week), the plot is quite hodge-podge. It is as if the main character was placed in a series of bizarro dilemmas which are far too outlandish for the imagination. Mr. Monday reminds me of a re-worked 21st century version of Alice in Wonderland--without the enchantment.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen saluda, SC, United States 10-07-11
    Karen saluda, SC, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Lively and Enchanting Read!"

    i really enjoy this book and the reader! i never get tired of listening.it was funny and sad but it all works out in the end.sort of.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    grik St. Paul 07-10-08
    grik St. Paul 07-10-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Unmitigated Drivel"

    If you expect something worthwhile like Sabriel, Abhorsen, or Lireal look elsewhere. This book is imaginative but iredeemably silly.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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