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Sabriel | [Garth Nix]

Sabriel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Don't miss books two and three of this trilogy! Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr and Abhorsen.

©1995 Garth Nix; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of The Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    KRG 11-25-09
    KRG 11-25-09 Member Since 2004

    I love most books that transport me to another time and place & books that uplift my spirit.

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    "I love Garth Nix's books"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Salinas, CA, United States 10-02-04
    Megan Salinas, CA, United States 10-02-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Sabriel"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Katelyn el mirage, AZ, USA 05-16-09
    Katelyn el mirage, AZ, USA 05-16-09
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    "Loved it!"

    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel FarnboroughUnited Kingdom 02-03-05
    Daniel FarnboroughUnited Kingdom 02-03-05 Member Since 2014
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    "A good book but..."

    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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Grass Valley, CA, USA 02-10-09
    Nancy Grass Valley, CA, USA 02-10-09 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorites!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 11-06-06
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 11-06-06 Member Since 2014

    Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.

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    "Adventure beginning to end!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Bandera, TX, USA 09-12-05
    Jason Bandera, TX, USA 09-12-05
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    "AMAZING!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Naomi Gainesville, FL, USA 07-15-04
    Naomi Gainesville, FL, USA 07-15-04 Member Since 2015
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    "A complete world, well-presented"

    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!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Laplace, LA, United States 10-16-08
    Kyle Laplace, LA, United States 10-16-08

    I started my audible career with mainly epic fantasy. In recent years I have moved into fiction and historical fiction.

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    "Pleasently surprised"

    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...

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    Maarya Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-25-08
    Maarya Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-25-08
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    "absolutly adored it"

    garth nix is as amazing a writer as tim curry is a narrator. they both manage very well to capture the scariness and other-worldliness of death and spin it into a wonderful story. i am also very glad that Sabriel wasn't your typical damsel in distress. she was strong of spirit,mind,and body and always found a way through.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Kamran
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    6/21/09
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WJE Hoppitt
    Cambridge, UK
    6/2/09
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    SheffieldUnited Kingdom
    2/1/09
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bryony
    Leeds, West Yorks, United Kingdom
    3/17/08
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    "Fab"

    I loved this audio book so much that I continued to listen to the next ones in the series. Tim Curry is a fantastic narrator (cheeck out the Lemony Snicket series too) and this book is as engaging for adults as I am sure it is for children too. This book and the others in the series are fantastic and I am amazed they are not more well known. They certainly deserve to be and are truly in the tradition of other great fantasy novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sian
    Wakefield, West yorkshire, United Kingdom
    5/20/07
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    "Awsome for adults as well as children"

    Awesome audiobook, beautifully read! I'm 23 and loved it without the excuse of a child. I would recommend it to anyone. It is a wonderful book and an exciting trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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