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)
Garth Nixs Abhorsen is a wonderfully deep and rich tale with plenty of aspects of the world itself to lose yourself in. And the narration by Tim Curry is absolutely stellar I give this title five stares for both reasons and highly recommend it to everyone.
The book in itself is a masterpiece of the young adult genre, in my view. Nix is very good at structuring dramaturgy and it shines through.
The performance was very good. Highly emotive at times but always within context and without assumption or heavy interpretation.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
Excellent narration. I don't care for YA but I liked Sabriel a lot. I can see why it won some awards. I will look up more books by Garth Nix.
This compelling, engrossing story is set in a kingdom split in two -- the monstrous magical half and the unsuspecting mundane. (That magical division reminded me a little of The Edge, an urban fantasy series by Andrews.)
Excellent characterization. I really felt the courage it took for Sabriel, an untried Mage attending boarding school, to enter the dangerous dead zone in search of her missing father. She was afraid, hesitant, but resolved, and Nix portrayed Sabriel's emotions masterfully. He also portrayed the careful deliberative thought process Sabriel employed at each critical juncture, to determine her next move. I am SO GLAD to meet a young heroine who isn't instantly invincible, fearless and sassy-assed. Sabriel felt real to me, human, so I felt for her plight.
It took me a while to figure out what was going on — and to keep track of what each bell does. If I'd been reading instead of listening, the various tones would have stuck with me better.
Sabriel is gradually joined by a great group of companions, making for a nice cast of secondary characters: Mogget, who appears to be a harmless and helpful cat, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage.
There is a hint of romance. Just a bit.
I didn't give it five stars because I reserve that for books I plan to re-play frequently just for pure enjoyment.
Complex, riveting, and unique
Tim Curry does an amazing job reading this book. He gives a unique feel to each of the characters, his tone is incredibly pleasant to listen to, and he is easy to understand.
The only complaint I have for this entire audiobook is that the Audible chapters do not line up with the book's chapters. It's a bit frustrating and makes it hard to keep track of where I am. I might end up using bookmarks on my own to fix this? But that's such a small complaint and it definitely wouldn't keep my from recommending this book to everyone I know.
Reader did it very good job. And part of music and things like that which made the experience better. The story was very straightforward with this story line. you pretty much know the ending of the book about half way through.
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