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Among Others Audiobook

Among Others

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Publisher's Summary

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science-fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled - and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father, whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England - a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off.

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

©2010 Jo Walton (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2012
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 2011

“Walton succeeds admirably. Her novel is a wonder and a joy.” (The New York Times)

"Katherine Kellgren’s Welsh accent, with its lyrical cadences, suggests that audio may be the most authentic way to experience this 2011 winner of the Nebula Award." (Audiofile)

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    Scott SEATTLE, WA, United States 10-08-12
    Scott SEATTLE, WA, United States 10-08-12
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    "What's the fuss?"
    Would you try another book from Jo Walton and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    An interesting premise, but I was underwhelmed by the arc of the story. It was a long lead-up to a tepid climax.

    Also, the narrator's accent was so thick as to be distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Australia 09-28-12
    Kris Australia 09-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What a performance!"

    I've heard Katharine Kellgren with an English accent in Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, but her Welsh accent was just as brilliant, maybe better! (At least to this untrained Australian ear.)

    The story by Jo Walton is also lovely, the inner monologue, or conversation, that Mor has with her diary is honest and amusing. Read in Kellgren's Welsh accent just listening to this book made me smile, a lot.

    The main character Mor is a teen learning about life. Between her passion for science fiction novels, her disinterest in the vain girly things of her classmates and her interaction with the fantastic and magic things of the world this book is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers.

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    David Doncaster, Australia 09-27-12
    David Doncaster, Australia 09-27-12
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    "Wow. Brilliant and absorbing."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good for literature and sci fi lovers as it references a lot of sci fi novels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character for her resilience.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant Welsh accent by reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Barr 09-24-12
    Ron Barr 09-24-12
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    "Well-written, well-read. This is a "little" book."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed the book but I also didn't expect too much.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was satisfying but not particularly profound.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The challenge with this book is that nothing ever happened.


    Was Among Others worth the listening time?

    Listening to this was worth the time.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    david Seattle, WA, United States 09-17-12
    david Seattle, WA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Bit of a let down"
    What did you like best about Among Others? What did you like least?

    The reader is fabulous, and probably the reason I persevered with the story. The story is full of onerous details like what someone is wearing, expressions on faces, the weather, which slow everything down. The reader is hoping for a big finish to reward the slow going. But the end of this story is a bit of a fizzer.


    Would you recommend Among Others to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. There are plenty of better reads than this I can recommend.


    What about Katherine Kellgren???s performance did you like?

    Fabulous


    Did Among Others inspire you to do anything?

    Wish I hadn't bought more Jo Walton books


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. 08-26-11
    L.W. 08-26-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "This might be good"

    The writing seems to be good. The story line intrigued me. The flow was good but the narration (for me) was just too awful. The singsong speech pattern distracted from what I think is a good story. I really hate to be critical of narrators because I appreciate the work they do.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-21-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 08-21-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Both Magical and Excruciating!"

    If you're thinking of getting this book, you'd better listen to the sample of the narration! Consider whether or not you can deal with that voice and that accent (on and on without variation) for 10 hours! Seriously!

    That said, there is a very intriguing story here. There are moments of magic, but also a good bit of frustration. The main character is wonderful and engaging. But there's a lot of name dropping (of book names and author names, especially SF and Fantasy) that is overdone in my view. I relished the stuff about love of reading, and libraries, and book shops, but I must admit I mostly just wanted to get on with the story, if there was ever going to be one!

    Because of the narration, I am going to give this book another chance -- in written form! I know some reviewers have loved "the voice", but I ultimately found it to be unbearable.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    bluestategirl Vermont 09-26-11
    bluestategirl Vermont 09-26-11 Member Since 2011

    I need more ears!

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    "God the accent is painful!"

    I usually love the lilt and musicality of the Welsh accent, but as performed by this reader, it was so emphatic and so thick that it really became painful to listen to. It was like a Welsh valley girl constantly rambling on and on about nothing -- AAaaarrrgggghhhhHHH! Shut up already! I'm about 2/3 of the way through and I had to stop to give my brain a rest! Will I like it better when I finish it? (Oh, I WILL finish it!) I don't know. But for now, what started as a charming story became a forced march through teenage hell. Proceed with caution!

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-24-12
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Reader Ruins It"

    Note: Don't know if I would have liked story because reader ruined for me so that I could not continue. Reader has a Irish accent that is thicker than I like but that is not worst part. She doesn't have any pause at the end of sentences so a whole paragraph seems to be one continous one. She also doesn't use different voices for different characters so it is hard to know which character is talking.

    I would try the book again if there was a different reader but I don't think that is going to happen.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Wylie, TX, United States 07-07-12
    Dave Wylie, TX, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A really, really, really long book...in 10 hours"

    This book seemed to take a very long time to make it through. I kept checking the timer of the player and thinking “2 hours and 30 minutes? How can that be?” I was thinking this book was about magic in modern societies, but I ended up believing this is a diary of a schizophrenic. The further I got into it, the more she sounded like the Chief from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”. Truly, the 200+ hours of the Games of Thrones series moved more briskly. I will never again complain that Peter F. Hamilton’s Void series was too verbose. This was the longest 10 hours of my life. If you only have 10 hours to live, this is definitely the book. Not only will it make those 10 hours seem much longer, but it will make you want to “cross over” so it will end.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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