Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.
Though her journey begins alone, she soon finds companions: Mogget, whose seemingly harmless feline form hides a powerful and perhaps malevolent spirit; and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories.
With threats on all sides and only each other to trust, the three must travel deep into the Old Kingdom, toward a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death, and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.
A tale of dark secrets, deep love and dangerous magic, Sabriel introduces Garth Nix as an exceptional new talent.
©1995 Garth Nix; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of The Random House Audio Publishing Group
"It's an epic journey in a world as richly realized as Middle-earth and much darker and bloodier than Harry's trials at Hogwarts...Tim Curry brings authority to the reading, grounding the fantastic elements with nuance of character and depth of emotion. (AudioFile)
"Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel...is excellent high fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)
"A page-turner for sure." (Booklist)
I love most books that transport me to another time and place & books that uplift my spirit.
I'm a Garth Nix addict. His books are really imaginitive, interesting and fun. I'm waiting for the final installment for the other series he has, and I decided to give this series a shot and I was not disappointed.
I'm always looking for stories that are unique and fun. This is one of those. I'm already into the 2nd of the series, Lirael which is just as amazing as the first story.
Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Tim Curry's wonderful voice brings alive this fantasy world. The use of bells as a fantasy power devise is unusual and dealing with the dead (and mostly dead) is sufficently creepy to keep you in your car long after the motor is off. I can hardly wait for Lirial and Abhorsen to come to the audio format as well.
Tim Curry is perfect as the narrator. The concept of the Abhorsen and the Old Kingdom was amazing. After I had finished the book I found myself remembering the names of all the bells. This book is worth the credit and will become an instant addiction for you!
This book is classed as a children's novel. Don't let this put you off. At times the writing is fairly simple and the story is not overly complicated. Despite this the book is a very good listen, helped by the always wonderful vocal talents of Tim Curry. I just hope that Audible get round to making the rest of the series available
Garth Nix is one of my favorite fantasy novelists. Sabriel begins with a young woman leaving school after she receives a message that her father is in danger. She must travel into the Kingdom, across the Wall, and enter Death to find her father. In this fantastic three-book sequence, Nix creates an extraordinary world, full of magic and horror. Parents, if you are worried about younger readers scaring themselves, there is a scene sequence early on in Sabriel that is one of the scariest I've read. Definitely worth a pre-read if you're concerned. Tim Curry is my favorite audio book reader and he outdoes himself in this sequence!
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I actually got this book because I'm such a Tim Curry listening fan. He is such an awesome reader, one of my absolute favorites. I never need to be told which character he is "speaking".
The book was an absolute delight. I used to work in my daughters school library and am known for being a fan of a lot of "teen" books anyway, I'd spend tons at the book fair "for her" and then read the books myself.
This book was just an excellent adventure, from start to finish with just enough suspense to keep you hanging and urging Sabriel on. Of course this title will be a personal referral to my local audible friends too!
This is the first Audiobook I have ever given a five star rating. Usually, I find some reason to give 4 stars or less. This book is fantastic. Tim Curry does a superb job at narrating the story, as can be expected. The author weaves a tale that traps you and won't let go. The world and characters created by the author are complete and perfectly flawed. You can see everything exactly as it should be if a movie were to be made of it, and a movie should be made of it!
This fantasy story is NOT just for children. Part quest, part coming-of-age story with a light touch of romance, this is a wonderfully entertaining book.
Sabriel is a dignified young woman who is just graduating from a private school when she discovers she is also the youngest in a line of powerful necromancers whose job it is to keep the dead at rest and away from the living. With her father's tools, and her father's servant, but without her father's knowledge of the Old Kingdom and its ways, she sets off to rescue her father from death.
Tim Curry is a perfect narrator for this audio version; he reinforces characterization, humor and dramatic tension with his versatile and alluring voice.
Please, dear Audible rights managers, bring us the sequels (Lisrael, and Abhorsen) as quickly as you can!
Fantastic listen, gets you from the start, and swishs you away. If you like fantasy..this series is a must. This is one of those books that hooks you and even though you just started the first of the series, you want to slow it down and savor every minute of it..Tim Curry's naration no doubt makes this series the hit it is. GET IT, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
I started my audible career with mainly epic fantasy. In recent years I have moved into fiction and historical fiction.
This series stayed in my wish list for months while I picked other titles to listen to. After rereading the intro I decided to get it. I am a big Wheel of Time fan as well as George Martin and Terry Brooks. This one is different but still good. Different use of magic with a good mix of description and action. I felt I understood the surroundings but they werent over down. It is listed as kids fiction but I think adult listeners would enjoy this as well. Not a lot of gore except the description of dead flesh other than that good story... good listen...
"Still as brilliant as the first time..."
I love Garth Nix and I love this series. Powerful young women, suspense, just a touch of grown-up ness.
Tim Curry's narration was awesome too - especially of Moggett. Well worth it - just hope the others will be made into audiobooks as well.
"A fantastic adventure!"
Having read the book & enjoyed it thoroughly this was my first choice into the Audible world & I have not been disappointed! Tim Curry captures The Old Kingdom fabulously! I can't imagine anyone else reading it in his place! Sabriel is a wonderful blend of death & light! It's great to see a female lead who isn't afraid to get stuck in & fight with all her might! Can't wait to download Lirael and hear how Tim bring Dog to life like he did Mogget!
Sabriel is a relatively good read if you have a few hours of daily spare time. It's interesting to see how Sabriel struggles with the dual identity of being herself and the Abhorsen. The story does seem to lack a certain gripping element so I wasn't too invested in the storyline.
I would've dedicated more moments in crafting intimate character moments between Sabriel/Touchstone to explore their rapport. I feel like Sabriel's father should've played a more significant part in the story.
Yes. Although Tim Curry's narration of Sabriel is a little too nasal, while his voice of Touchstone is a little too stoic for my liking.
Yes. Margot Robbie should play Sabriel. Touchstone is up for grabs. Richard Madden should be Kerrigor.
"Loved every second"
It was Amazing :) story line amazing and I love the narrator he's done a few books I love good job :)
"Excellent, although the 'voices' aren't great"
Yes. It's a fantastic story and the storytelling is gripping.
Sabriel - it's exciting to see her development as an Abhorsen through the story
I like the performance on the whole, but the narrator's version of a female voice is overly nasal and grating - unwelcome when the main character is female.
The reunion between Sabriel and her father is touching, coupled as it is with the frightening scene in the reservoir and the ringing of Astarael.
"Strong girl hero"
Good teenage fiction, lots of action, finding oneself and a tiny bit of romance - good for any age really. I especially liked the direct and sometimes sarcastic tone of the dialogue.
Having loved the books I got these audio versions and haven't been disappointed! The narrator does a fantastic job and I have had many happy hours listening! Already listened to them all twice! Fantastic!
"Who else could pull it off?"
Sabriel is a novel where death, in all its sinister wickedness, comes to life. The eponymous heroine is to battle with the dead to send them back to beyond the 9th gate of death, from where they cannot return. Garth Nix has created a wonderful world for this novel, where a typical fantasy style "Old Kingdom", sits across "the Wall" from "Ancelstierre", which is pretty much like Britain at the time of the first world war (1914, if your history is rusty). With so much evil death around who else could pull off this novel other than Tim Curry? His voice seems perfect for this novel, and he really brings it "to life", or should that be "to death"? He tries hard to inject just the right amount of emotion into each line, each description and each speech, although he struggles a little to give Sabriel a feminine voice. He has particular fun with "Mogget", a sarcastic and grumpy cat that accompanies Sabriel on her quest, and he really hams up the character to the max.
The novel has been around since 1995 and is very popular as a fantasy novel. It is pretty well written, with prose quite a cut above what you might expect of a fantasy novel, but he does use similes a lot more often than he should. Although the world Nix creates has striking elements of originality, I personally found the overall structure too much like a standard fantasy novel, the themes a little flat and inconsequential. But don't let my high expectations put you off. For what it is, it is very good, and enjoyable. If you like fantasy novels, this is definitely something you should listen to.
"le Guin meets Pullman..."
This is a great story, reminding me of a cross between "A Wizard of Earthsea" and "His Dark Materials", that will appeal to anyone who likes these kinds of books. The narration is also very well done.
"Absorbing, clever, entertaining"
Very enjoyable for adults as well as kids. Of the trilogy, this and Abhorsen were the favourites. Sabriel in particular is arrestingly original, with great characters and a nice mix of action and character development. One of our favourites.
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