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The Grey King: Book 4 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence | [Susan Cooper]

The Grey King: Book 4 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence

There is a Welsh legend about a harp of gold, hidden within a certain hill, that will be found by a boy and a white dog with silver eyes - a dog that can see the wind. Will Stanton knew nothing of this when he traveled to Wales to recover from a severe illness. But when he met Bran, the strange boy who owned a white dog, he began to remember. For Will is the last-born of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to saving the world from the forces of evil, the Dark.
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Publisher's Summary

There is a Welsh legend about a harp of gold, hidden within a certain hill, that will be found by a boy and a white dog with silver eyes - a dog that can see the wind. Will Stanton knew nothing of this when he traveled to Wales to recover from a severe illness. But when he met Bran, the strange boy who owned a white dog, he began to remember. For Will is the last-born of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to saving the world from the forces of evil, the Dark. And it is Will's task to wake with the golden harp the six who must be roused from their long slumber in the Welsh hills to prepare for the last battle between the Dark and the Light.

Listen to more in the Dark Is Rising Sequence.

©2007 Susan Cooper; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group.

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Honor Book

"Susan Cooper is a consummate storyteller, and Richard Mitchley is an extraordinary narrator. His voice resonates with the atmosphere of the British Isles. The power and depth of his voice as the Grey King cause the listener to cower, and his icy tones create chills as the Brenin Llwyd blows by. As Will comes to understand the eerie might of the warestones, Mitchley brings goose bumps to the listener's skin. The interplay of past and present is compelling and believable, given his masterful presentation. This is a fabulous listen!" (AudioFile)

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    Kara Davis Orem, UT United States 10-25-12
    Kara Davis Orem, UT United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This series starts out good but gets weird"
    What made the experience of listening to The Grey King the most enjoyable?

    The discussion of Wales and Mitchley's excellent handling of the language and accent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    see above


    Any additional comments?

    At first I was hesitant to try a new narrator, as Alex Jennings handles the others in the series with aplomb, but after hearing Mitchley's Welsh I don't think Jennings could have done it proper justice. Both are good narrators but Mitchley was the best choice for this particular novel. An enjoyable listen, if a weird book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bibliopa United States 06-01-08
    Bibliopa United States 06-01-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great to listen to"

    It was lovely to hear all those Welsh words I've always wondered what they sounded like. Beautifully read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 02-25-14
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 02-25-14
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    "One of the better in the series"

    The last of 'the old ones' must find a mystical harp in the welsh country side and defeat the dark side which is corrupting men.
    Despite being centered around my least favourite protagonist I didn't mind this story. Simple, short and if you have a loved pet you might find some emotions. Quite a few coincidences and stuff we take for granted without explanation, like the boy's illness at the start.
    If your interested in Welsh history and culture there a lot of it here. I'm not so I can't say if it was accurate.
    Like the others in the series keep in mind it's for kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 02-27-13
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 02-27-13

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "One step closer."

    This was actually the first book of the sequence that I ever read. At that time I didn't know it was part of a series. This latest adventure begins when Will Stanton, last of the Old Ones, is sent to visit relatives in Whales while he recovers from a bout of Hepatitis. Soon after his arrival he meets Bran, an introverted, pale boy who seems to know something of Will's true nature and his business. It soon becomes apparent that even here the forces of the Dark, and indeed one of their most powerful lords, are at work, with the unwitting but not entirely unwilling aid of a disagreeable farmer with a grudge against Bran's father. Will the two boys be able to accomplish their mission before all is lost?
    This is the only book in the series not read by Alex Jennings. Fortunately Richard Mitchley, Jennings' stand-in, has both a good voice for storytelling and a good ear for accents and dialects. This is a fairly short book but I couldn't put it down for long.

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    SoCal Walker Irvine, CA 11-20-10
    SoCal Walker Irvine, CA 11-20-10 Member Since 2010
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    "I lost interest somewhere in Book 2 or 3"

    This series started out strong, but failed to keep my attention after a while. The author writes really well, but the plot just became too convoluted, the symbolism too complicated to follow.

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    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 11-30-08
    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 11-30-08 Member Since 2007
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    "The Best of the Best"

    This is my favorite of the Dark is Rising series. The reader captures the Welsh accent so very well, it's like being in Wales. Brilliant.

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