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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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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 07-16-13
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Tim Curry Delivers a Fine Performance"

    Usually I'm a SciFi guy but I saw Tim Curry's name as the narrator and had to try this. This novel contains many of the features I would expect in a Science Fiction book: Namely there are rules that must be followed; not the laws of physics but rules for magic. And, like SciFi, whose rules are often just invented to suit the plot (Cloning, FTL, Time-travel), the rules for magic in SABRIEL make for some interesting situations. I appreciate the approach of Garth Nix to reveal these "rules of magic" gradually, working them into the unfolding of the story. By the time the climax of the story is near everything is in place. This was a good listen.

    Tim Curry as the narrator is wonderful. He always kept me listening because his deep British accent is so pleasant to listen to. Curry really shines when the guards are speaking. He manages to throw in some Monty-Pythonesque accents on occasion. And his rendition of the cat Mogggit is always entertaining.

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    Katherine Durham, NC, United States 06-05-13
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    "Bunny!"

    One would think that Tim Curry would be an odd choice to narrate a story about a young woman, but it works. You have to get past the first few chapters where Sabriel is still in an all-girls boarding school, and Tim Curry has to funnel the anguish of a young girl at the loss of her pet bunny. I actually can't get that ejaculation out of my head. Overall, excellent story, narrated by an expert who has a pleasant voice to listen to.

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    Yvonne 04-29-13
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    "Great Trilogy!"
    What did you love best about Sabriel?

    Was easy to put yourself into her shoes.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Great voice to listen to. Puts a nice twist on the character. Especially Mogat.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When she found Touchstone. Her ashamed but curious reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Have read the books 2x already. Audio book is great to listen to when running or driving or when I can't sleep.

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    Brian 02-12-13
    Brian 02-12-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A great story performed beautifully"

    I didn't know what to expect from Sabriel. But I really enjoyed it. It does tend a little bit toward the YA genre. The protagonist is an 18 year old girl. But I'm a 37 year old man with daughters of my own, and I enjoyed it a great deal. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy.

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    Zelda United States 08-15-12
    Zelda United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I love this"
    What made the experience of listening to Sabriel the most enjoyable?

    Garth Nix is a master storyteller, and his words come alive with Tim Curry. I have both read and listened to this book, and never have I been disappointed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sabriel, obviously! She is determined and interesting.


    What does Tim Curry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voices that expertly describe the action.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I loved it.


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    Arwen PAYSON, UT, United States 07-01-12
    Arwen PAYSON, UT, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "In homage to Spinal Tap, I'd rate this 6/5 stars"

    Sabriel could stand alone and be a deeply satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable read (although two mind-boggling fantastic sequels do follow). The Old Kingdom and the world that Garth Nix creates are such deeply magical, mysterious places that they have lingered with me more than a decade after I first enjoyed reading Sabriel. It was delightful recently rediscovering this series with Tim Curry's excellent narration. If I were stranded on a desert island, I would take Sabriel and its sequels with me. I don't think I could give it higher praise than that. I know that any lover of fantasy who gives this book a chance will be more than rewarded, both by the poignancy of Sabriel's story and by the quality of Tim Curry's narration. I wish it could go on forever!

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    Kelsey Dayton, OH, United States 06-24-12
    Kelsey Dayton, OH, United States 06-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Garth Nix + Tim Curry = Perfection"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sabriel to be better than the print version?

    I like the print version because I visualize the setting a bit better when I see it in print, but I love Tim Curry's voice, which I find both engaging and soothing at the same time. Also, whenever I'm listening to an audiobook, I catch bits that I might have missed when I was reading it in print.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    I thought all of the voices were really good, but Mogget's has stuck in my head the most.


    Any additional comments?

    The book in any form is amazing and this trilogy ranks up there with the best books I've ever read, no additional qualifiers necessary. The addition of Tim Curry just makes it that much better.

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    Amazon user 05-12-12
    Amazon user 05-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Enchanting!"
    What made the experience of listening to Sabriel the most enjoyable?

    Tim Curry! His narration was impeccable, he was able to make amazing evil cat sounds!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sabriel?

    When Sabriel has to find her father in death, the scene is very emotional.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    Mogget, he could make the cat snarl and talk at the same time, amazing!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Such a different story, not like anything I have ever read!


    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful bookand series, it is one that sticks with you for a long time and makes you yearn for more.
    Tim Curry needs to be one of your top narrators and narrate more books! He is amazing!

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    Mary 03-28-12
    Mary 03-28-12
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    "Wonderful story"

    This series is great! the only problem I had was with Tim Curry's narration. It's probably just me, but his voice is very easy to tone out. I found myself losing track of the story because of it.

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    Donna Devine Massachusetts 03-27-12
    Donna Devine Massachusetts 03-27-12 Listener Since 2009
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I must have re-listened to this series 6 times. It rates as one of my all time favorite book series. I might like it better than Harry Potter. Garth Nix has woven and incredible world with such detail. I didn't want it to end. I believe my favorite character is Lirael or the Dog? hmmm....you've got to read this it is very unique. I love Tim Curry but he is a little wierd doing female voices but his overall reading skill negates the akwardness.

    I got inspired to review this book based on a


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