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)
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!
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
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!
Garth Nix's wonderfully engaging novel is read by Tim Curry, who brings a masterfully creepy voice to this tale of the girl who inherits the job of keeping the dead, dead. This is the first part of the Abhorsen trilogy, a must-read (or must-listen) for those into suspenseful, thrilling, well-written and -paced fantasy. A classic tale read by a master of camp creepiness.
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!
I loved this book as a teenager so was excited to listen to it again.
The narrator was Tim Curry and I just couldn't involve myself deeply in the story as his nasal voice kept irritating and distracting me. I love Tim Curry as an actor, but as a narrator I could have done without. Not as happy with this choice as I was hoping to be.
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
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...
"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.
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