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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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    Bookoholics Anon 07-15-12 Listener Since 2009

    No Pink Ponies

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    "Less here than meets the eye (or ear)"

    This is a diary form of a tale, told in first person by Morwenna, who survived a car accident that cost her her twin sister. But the accident is no ordinary accident; magic is involved--and witches, and...Morwenna's mother, who is apparently trying black magic to become the Dark Queen and be empress of the world--or so we are led to believe. We follow Morwenna as she's reunited with her absent father, goes to a posh but dull boarding school mandated by her three rich (witch?) aunts and she matures as a teen, gets a boyfriend, and battles magic. All through the book there is a running thread of the books Morwenna reads and loves, most of them science fiction. It's fun to hear her (abbreviated) opinion of the classics of sci fi but ultimately, there is less here in this novel than meets the eye and and the ultimate showdown is a bit of a let-down. The rest of the novel maunders on in diary form--interesting enough but not really gripping. Katy Kellgren's Welsh accent gets a bit on my nerves after the first section, but it's well-done and she's a good narrator, though she sounds a bit mature for the role of teenager. I've read worse, but didn't think it deserved a Nebula in the least.

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    A. Kongs New Mexico, USA 08-28-14
    A. Kongs New Mexico, USA 08-28-14
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    "Magical & entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Among Others the most enjoyable?

    Katherine Kellgren, the reader of this audiobook, was so delightful to listen to. Her voices, her pace, her animation was absolutely delightful and drew me in, really coloring the story for me.


    What other book might you compare Among Others to and why?

    There is no comparison. A book full of magic and, well, other books!


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She read it perfectly. Her tone, her different accents - she was very good at switching between characters during their dialogue. Absolutely magnificent job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course, but my life/job makes that impossible unfortunately.


    Any additional comments?

    The best audio book I've ever listened to. I give as much praise to the writer as to the reader on this one. A brilliant story line that was brought even more to life by the narration. Bravo!

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    John O'Keefe Stow, MA 02-03-14
    John O'Keefe Stow, MA 02-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Simply a wonderful book"
    Where does Among Others rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily in the top 2. Just a wonderful work and performance. I'm a huge Charles de Lint fan and there are strong similarities.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Among Others?

    Morwenna's first time at the book club, really resonated with me. I would have loved to have that experience as a kid.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Just flawless. The performance elevated an amazing book to new levels. Often I hear a character's voice in my head but Kellgren's performance was so much better than I could have possibly imagined.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    So much of Morwenna's childhood feelings if isolation and otherness mimicked my own growing up in the same era. Certainly, there could have been pandering to a like-minded audience but this never felt like anything other than authentic.


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    Cherie FRANKLIN, TN, United States 11-18-13
    Cherie FRANKLIN, TN, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Had high hopes"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. This was not a book for me. I didn't like the narrator. She made the character sound stuck up and bored. The story had so much philosophy that I could barely stand it! Just too long and weird for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jo Walton again?

    NO


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, she sounded stuck up and bored. It really controlled the tone of the story.


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    He who does not know anything Macondo 10-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Very hard to hear"
    Would you try another book from Jo Walton and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Maybe this book is better for reading than hearing. I need to give a try to a printed copy to decide whether I would by a book buy them since hearing it was such a bad experience.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

    Katherine Kellgren was so hard to understand that I doubt I'll buy another performance by her.


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    Lincoln Florida 06-12-13
    Lincoln Florida 06-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "NO PLOT WHATSOEVER...JUST A BAD REFERENCE BOOK"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone looking for titles of old scifi books they would like to check out.


    What could Jo Walton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    write a different book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    her accent got very annoying after awhile (that sing songy welsh is just so annoying)


    Any additional comments?

    BORING with a CAPITAL B. I got through about 6 chapters and literally nothing happened but the character read a bunch of books and stated she liked them a lot in various verbaige. BORING.

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    Mike Urbana, IL, United States 12-12-12
    Mike Urbana, IL, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Love Song for Bibliophiles"

    Katherine Kellgren gives us a wonderful performance of a book that is a love song for bibliophiles. In the course of the story Jo Walton references some 150 SF and Fantasy books. Each reference gave me a little thrill of recognition or made me want to go out and read that book. The main character of the story, Morwenna, is a strong, sympathetic, and compelling personality who made me want to keep reading even though the plot is somewhat sparse. Another strength of the book is the magic system which is unique and self-consistent. This was a magnificent use of a credit!

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    Deliah the Space Rigger 12-09-12
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    "A Paen to a SciFi Childhood, Hugo, Nebula Winner"

    Among Others is a book made alive by audio- reading the book could never bring alive the various accents.

    The book won both the Hugo and Nebula, though it is much different in style than previous winners. The ambiguity of the book title reflects the central question(s) for the teenaged protagonist: are the Others that she should live among other human beings or fairies? Do you live among or with others? How do you live among either or both set of others without going insane or even dying? And the real question that she cannot know she is exploring is: how to do this at that very tricky time of life of being a teenager when just living with yourself is pretty tough?

    The one weakness to me of the book is that in the middle it becomes more of laundry list of science books that the protagonist is reading at the time at school. While it was a delight to see that Jo Walton liked the books I did and to make a mental list of what I should add to my reading list, at some point I was wondering if we've ever get to back to the intriguing plot line started in the opening.

    Power through- Walton does get back that to it in a compelling and emotionally satisfying way.

    Great read and share with your teenagers.

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    Denise 10-25-12
    Denise 10-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Expecting climactical turning point"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    That the main character would be more emotional.
    That the references to the books she reads would be more apparent in how she thought and was effected by them before the end.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have had a point or more where emotions bubbled up regarding what had happened, where she relives it completely in memory, and have this be a turning point where she begins to melt into herself. I realize that this was there subtly, and it did happen, it was sweet and not as informative as this hungry-for-what-happened-ears would have liked and there was quite a bit of foreshadowing and untold story plot so that it could be unraveled as the main character unraveled. At the end, there is a great scene where she beats her antagonist, and this is the most interactive moment with the plot that the story surrounds itself with, I would have liked more of it, as otherwise, the day in and out of the subtly progressing into womanhood teen was a bit on the not so eventful side. It was a peek into her daily mind.


    Any additional comments?

    I also think it is a sweet book, I appreciate what the character had gone through and her perspective of how she saw and her strength at being herself and doing what she needs to do with her life. I think this is great for any young to old woman finding herself. It is a book that shall remain in my memory in the subtlety more than largely eventful. I teared at her receiving the love and acceptance from her new support network who appreciated what she is about. It is what women need (such as me, thus the tears).

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    Doris Monrovia, CA, United States 10-08-12
    Doris Monrovia, CA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Narration"
    Where does Among Others rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks as one of the best books I've listened to all year due to the spectacular narration of Katherine Kellgren. The story is also worthy of all the awards it has won, as it kept me riveted with its fascinating world and characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the strong female lead and the world she lives in, with its magic working in the daily life of a teen girl living in 1979.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    I felt this was truly a performance. I felt carried away to another world with her Welsh accent and her stunning portrayal of Mori the title character, an avid reader of science fiction..


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes, the story dragged on a bit when Mori spends so much time discussing the books she's reading. I wanted the story to move faster.

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  • Karen
    London, United Kingdom
    12/13/12
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    "A spectacular ode to science fiction"

    This book was one of my favorites to listen to since I started my audible subscription. The narrator is wonderful, and the welsh accent makes such a difference (an accent I know I wouldn't have been able to keep in my head if I'd read the book instead of listened to it). The story is complicated to explain, but not complicated to listen to, and the book is addictive in the best way.



    And for a fan of science fiction, it was like a hot bath and a comforting meal - even though the main character Mori read few of the same authors as I did, the feeling was the same, and it reminded me of how much love I felt for reading when I was a teenager, the way I devoured books and how much they impacted my life and my imagination.



    Just a wonderful book. I highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jo
    GREAT YARMOUTH, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Loved it"

    I wanted a nice gentle read with a bit of fantasy thrown in and thats what I got. I so loved this book and will listen to it again and again. I loved the accent, which was wonderful and left me wishing for more. It takes you through some of the issues faced by young girls as they enter womanhood especially those that are a bit different.

    It entwines the real bland and everyday reality with that of magic mysticism and escapism. It questions if one creates the other and is it reasonable or even advisable to try and control these – after all who wants to live with puppets or to become one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ann-Marie
    Gävle, Sweden
    4/20/12
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    "Listen is good but reading may be better"

    I can't decide what to make of it. I liked the book talk - the SF hints, bits and pieces. I also liked Mori. I did not like the story though. In fact, I don't think it really is a story. It could have been one but never gets to it. When ( at last ) something finally happen, it somehow belongs to another story, not this one.

    I really loved the narrator. She is excellent. Her welsh accent is wonderful.

    I think maybe I would like to read the book because then I'll have all the titles, quotes and nice literary stuff to go back to.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Elaine
    West London
    6/21/14
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    "I had not expected this to be so compelling"
    If you could sum up Among Others in three words, what would they be?

    For SF addicts


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Among Others?

    The realisation of the heroine that her local library runs a weekly book club for SF enthusiasts; or perhaps when she finds out about inter-library loans.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    I was initially put off by her Welsh intonation but after a few minutes this became quite addictive and I think she has added a whole new human dimension to what was already a very compelling read (as is often the case with first-class narrators).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's a slow-burn read, as the heroine is not one given to laying all her cards on the table. The impact of the book cannot be laid at the door of any one episode; it's the entirety of the book that is moving.


    Any additional comments?

    The more SF and fantasy you have read, the more you will get out of this book. One quibble: in a book set in 1979-80 with a heroine whose head is full of Tolkien, Niven, Heinlein, Le Guin, Delany and Zelazy (among others), even if she is cooped up in a girls' boarding school, how come she doesn't seem to have heard of Alien?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annika
    Tallinn, Estonia
    12/31/13
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    "Does not seem magic at first, but..."

    It is a story about a girl who claims to see faeries and do magic, but reading/listening to over half the book it seems like it is a child's delusion like invisible friends and so on. And only in the second half magic becomes more real. I awaited a totally different story, but I like it much much more the way it is really written than it usually might have been written by someone else.
    Even without magic turning out to be real it would have been a fantastic book. I liked it a lot. I hope there are more like this from the writer.
    Oh, and I adore that all the nice characters read SciFi. ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Newport, United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Some interesting ideas not fully realised"

    As a girl who grew up in the South Wales Valleys in the 70s and 80s, with a passion for science fiction and fantasy I had high hopes for this story. There was a lot to like. The central character was complex and appealing and the author developed some interesting characters around her. It brought back a lot of wonderful memories of going to Lears in Cardiff to find new SF books, and the burning passion I felt for boks at that age.
    However, the book was also very slow, and the fantastical elements felt a little clumsy. As the story of a girl coming to terms with the death of her twin and learning to love life again it was moving and thought provoking; as a story of magic less so.
    I also found the narrator very trying. As an American actress attempting a Welsh accent she did well enough, and if the accent had only belonged to a minor character it probably would have been fine, but as the voice of the whole novel it really started to get on my nerves. It was like Gladys Pugh trying to put on a posh accent! It really undermined the voice of the main character and I felt we lost some of her sharpness and wit because the accent was so ridiculously sing song.
    I would certainly try more books by this author, and this story has stayed with me, I just feel it didn't fully realise its potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazel
    Cardiff, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "Light on plot, high on nostalgia"
    Where does Among Others rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a lovely, meandering reflection on being young and being shaped by the magic of books. It isn't fast-moving like some books I've listened to, but every few minutes I'm reminded of my own adolescence and I smile.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator's accent got a bit dodgy at times, but I'm from South Wales, so very familiar with what she was aiming for and therefore more likely to be jarred when it went wrong. It was still a fantastic effort for someone who isn't actually Welsh!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me smile. I remember being a disabled child and having to rely on books, and on the escapism that only the very best ones could provide.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynette
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    3/13/13
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    "Pointless"

    It is with regret I have to write a negative review for this book. Several times I gave up then thought no I must finish listening to see if there is a reason for this story. I am sorry to say it was as disappointing as I imagined and I should have gone with my gut instinct and given up earlier. Although I did like the characters I just felt it was just a wordy book and no real direction, just very pointless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shabra Dowson
    Malvern, England
    2/21/13
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    "I don't want it to end!"

    I haven’t finished listening to the book yet and I really don’t want it to end. I’m really believing in the main character’s existence and I’m sad that I have pierced ears because this means that I won’t be able to see fairies (not that I ever have). The narrator’s accent is just right. There is a lot of talk about science fiction books and I have a moderate interest in them so that’s fine, I might even read some of those that are mentioned. I really like the main character: she is brave and resilient, resourceful and interesting. I like the way the back story is slowly revealed through the diaries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann-Marie
    Gavle, Sweden
    4/20/12
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    "Listen is good but reading may be better"

    I can't decide what to make of it. I liked the book talk - the SF hints, bits and pieces. I also liked Mori. I did not like the story though. In fact, I don't think it really is a story. It could have been one but never gets to it. When ( at last ) something finally happen, it somehow belongs to another story, not this one.

    I really loved the narrator. She is excellent. Her welsh accent is wonderful.

    I think maybe I would like to read the book because then I'll have all the titles, quotes and nice literary stuff to go back to.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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