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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 2016
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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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