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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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    Alison Poway, CA, USA 09-08-07
    Alison Poway, CA, USA 09-08-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen"

    I really enjoyed the narrators voices - gives the book a tone resembling a play. This is also a good book. Well thought out plot, no obvious resolutions; yes, good triumphs over evil but not without death and destruction of some of my favorite people along the way. Without giving away the plot, the characters have a chance to grow up and do take that chance, but not without some backsliding along the way to make things interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kalispell, MT 02-09-07
    Amazon Customer Kalispell, MT 02-09-07 Member Since 2011
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    "She's scary and strong"

    Sabriel learns to use her powers through all kinds of odds overcomes her obstacles. She fights her fears and the dead. Garth Nix keeps you on the edge of your seat as you wait to what horrors Sabriel will conquer next.
    Great fantasy adventure. I'm glad I didn't start listening to it when it first came out so I can go out and get the next books in this trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 09-26-06
    Ellen BELLEVILLE, IL, United States 09-26-06
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    "Thumbs way up!"

    What a wonderful, original story. Tim Curry is fantastic as the narrator. He makes each and every character come alive!

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    Ellen East Hampton , NY, USA 02-08-06
    Ellen East Hampton , NY, USA 02-08-06
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    "engrossing"

    Although a slow beginning, the book held me to the last sentence. Great for a plane ride.

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    Sarah Chicago, IL, United States 04-16-04
    Sarah Chicago, IL, United States 04-16-04 Member Since 2007
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    "Okay, not great."

    I got this book after hearing the Phillip Pullman "His Dark Materials" series. Maybe if I had listed to Sabriel first I'd have liked it more, but it's no where near as good as Pullman's work.
    That said, it is an interesting story and I love a good, strong female character. Tim Curry is always great to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    frodrigu 05-04-09
    frodrigu 05-04-09
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    "Great read"

    I am 62 years old and I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Tim Curry is an amazing narrator and I will look for other books in which he is the narrator. My one criticism is that this series is listed under Audible Kids. These books are NOT for children, anymore than the last 4 books of the Harry Potter series are.I would, at the very least, assess a child's ability to separate fact from fiction before allowing him to read, or listen to, these books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Graham United States 10-06-14
    Graham United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Garth Nix and/or Tim Curry?

    I probably wouldn't try another book by Nix.
    I've read countless fantasy book series. This one was very dull.


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    "Don't kick me for a 3 star rating! It's solid!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have to admit right off the bat I had no idea who Garth Nix was or anything about this performance prior to reading the publisher notes. I did a search for


    Have you listened to any of Tim Curry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As mentioned I'm a Tim Curry fan. He does a great job in this title as well.


    Was Sabriel worth the listening time?

    Most certainly worth a good listen.


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    rae Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-23-10
    rae Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-23-10
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    "Bad Narration"

    The story of a young woman sounds strange coming from an old man. I can't get over it-- it's kind of creepy and takes away from the storytelling, in my opinion.

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    Debra W. Haven, UT, USA 09-06-08
    Debra W. Haven, UT, USA 09-06-08 Member Since 2011
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    "love garth nix and really love this"

    I started reading the days of the week series, but liked this sieries even better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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