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.
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"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...
"An excellent story for parent and child"
My 13 year old son and I have recently discovered Garth Nix so I decided to add this story to my i-pod library.I was not disappointed. Nix creates an imaginary world that is both exciting and full of new ideas and notions. I have since bought the book for my son and he found it equally diverting and we have had lots of dicussions about this new world that has been opened up for us. Get through the first couple of chapters which can be a little confusing and you are in for a treat. My son has already moved on to the second book. What greater success could an author ask for?
"Gripping and Imaginative"
I've never come across Garth Nix before and I was delighted by this. It has one of the best opening scenes I've come across in a fantasy novel, and it manages to sustain the same level of suspense and invention throughout. Sabriel is a strong and believable heroine. Oh, and Tim Curry's narration is great - you can really enjoy his rich, expressive voice but he doesn't overdo things. He clearly has fun with the character of Moggett though.
(Does anyone else find that the problem with writing reviews for audio books is that you have no idea how to spell any proper names?)
One of the few audiobooks you cant stop listening too, the combination of excellent writing by Garth Nix and the calming tones of Tim Curry. A truely imaginative book that consistantly has you thinking. 5 stars
"Fantastic Book, Fantastic Reading"
This book is not as famous as it deserves. Excellent writing, totally original concepts, gripping story line and characters that you can believe in. A fantasy classic! The reading is also one of the best I've heard.
"Black, black, black"
The narrator is excellent, but oh my, is this book heavy going. Technically, it is well-written: the author succeeds (if that was what was intended) in creating a frightening and grim world, full of foreboding and menace. Indeed, the book is really a horror story rather than a fantasy, and the atmosphere is unrelieved gloom; this is hardly surprising as the central theme is death (the word must appear 1,000 times in the text), and the narrative contains repeated and prolonged descriptions of blackness, ill-defined monstrosities, ghoulish apparitions, and terrifying shadow worlds.
I can't honestly say that my family and I enjoyed this book. However, if you want to terrify your children, or if you are a child who wants to be terrified, this is the book for you.
This is the second time I've listened to this book and it is astounding and captivating.
Loved the novel when I read it myself a few years ago. However the narration did not suit at all, and the sound quality sounded dated. Was not a fan of this, and probably will not download the rest of the series.
"awesome book and performance"
could have done with much clearer production quality, however I think Tim Curry's performance and the quality of the book itself outweighs this.
"Awesome Story, awful quality recording..."
Story is very good and acts as a great precursor to the next two books, which are much better. But the audio of this recording is TERRIBLE. Seriously, your ears will hate you for the first 30 mins but I guess you get used to it. but for the poor quality I would have expected a cheaper price to compensate.
The story is just great. The World feels mostly believable, (the old kingdom is great, but I've never been keen on the "real world" south of the wall) and the characters are flawless.
Tim curry is excellent, manages the voices well and ramps up the performance when needed.
Yes, it actually seems to play out well in my mind, so i guess I would!
Seriously, the audio quality is SO BAD even on the highest download formats. someone somewhere screwed up the processing and this just sounds bad. the other two books sound fine however, so I guess its worth putting up with in the end.
"old Kingdom series a modern classic"
love this series read the trilogy 5 times now always enjoyable to go back to.the old Kingdom...
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