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)
More substance, less predictability, fewer - references to left/right sides of some minor descriptive detail, thin air tangents, nasal voices, repititions of the words "charter markers" and themes borrowed from stories ranging from the Little Mermaid (Disney style), to the Wizard of Oz. Ive forced myself through the 5th chapter and can't take anymore tonight.
This is book one... more foundation please.There were more groping and dangling arms in this story than an octopus.
The narrator sounded largely bored and vocal modulation was minimal. He has only a few alternative voices that seem to range from high nasal to falsetto nasal. If he injected a bit more vocal modulation, there would have been no need to change voices at all. His natural voice was much easier to follow and would have been enough. I appreciate his natural voice best.
I can't really say enough about this book. It is a great story -- a very original magical system, compelling characters, a plot full of adventure, mystery, and a wonderfully lurking history, and of course Tim Curry only adds to the experience. I highly recommend this book (and the whole series).
This series and book are amazing. The characters are well developed and the lore of the is intricate and wonderfully detailed and original. Mogget is one of the best characters I have ever read. Sabriel is one of the best role models I have ever read.
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
Sabriel is a wonderful role model. And the world she lives in is fantastic in that there is never any hesitation in respecting her - once you learn who/what Sabriel is, respect is automatic and that is something that is sorely lacking in most books/tv/movies these days.
Perfection. His voice is incredible!!!! He bring life and theater to the story - making the whole world come to life. Plus, his voice is just amazing.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
I have a tell me to get these book saying I would love them. I bought them a while back but always had a book I wanted to listen to first. Finally I got to this book and started it on Tuesday. Saturday I finished it as soon as I finished doing my home work. Every free minute I had I was listening to this book.
Most books I have read Necromancy is a evil magic, raising the dead and controlling them and making them follow your will. Here Sabriel is trained in the art of Necromancy to put the dead to rest. A interesting twist with the fight to stop the dead.
Tim Curry is the narrator here and he happens to be one of my favorite actors. From Home Alone 2 to Annie. He makes it so this story comes to life. adding to the magic of the world.
I love and recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy.
I would, for fantasy readers / listeners. It's a good story, with interesting characters, and an interesting magic system.
Sabriel certainly, gotta love a bad@$$ female lead :-)
Personally I feel that they should have cast a female voice actor *cough* Kate Redding *cough-cough*, but Tim Curry did okay. No caracters stood out as fantastic as far as voice acting.
Well I don't know about all in one sitting, but I did listen to the series back-to-back without jumping to other books, take that at face value I suppose.
I read this series before I listened to it, and enjoyed it just as much in audio format. I love the world, and expecially the magic system - mixing fantasy and semi-modern weapons was a lot of fun. This being the first book was great, and I feel the series as a whole was a good listen, I would suggest it to any fantasy buffs :-)
Sabriel is a great character. Through out the book she grows with the situations. I think her character is well written and her emotions seem real.
This book has it all action, adventure, love and magic. It is a unique story set in a vivid world. I can read/listen to this story over and over again.
Tim Curry's performance is amazing. I could listen to any audio book he read.
Always on the go but I love to read! A book worm at heart and audible makes my addiction possible.
I read this book when I was in middle school and loved it. Read it again in high school and loved it still. A decade later thought I would get it on audible and once again I loved it. The narrator wasn't bad but wasn't the greatest. It's a short book relatively speaking but a great trilogy. Book 1 in my opinion is probably the slowest to get into but we'll worth the time investment.
Tim Curry does a wonderful job with this classic YA fantasy novel. The story has lovely, well-developed characters whom Curry brings to life. Curry does an especially good talking cat.
Fantastic reader... Great story...
What didn't I like is a better question: Nothing.
The paperwing description is gorgeous..
This is worth the 18 dollar ticket
This is the first (new to me) fantasy I have heard/listened to in a couple of years where I lasted past the first chapter.. If you like this kind of stuff, no mistakes here.
not really sure... I love Tim Curry, but his voice was just putting me to sleep...
If Mr. Curry would have put some more emotion into the main character.. she is just so bleh....
I could not finish the book. I really really wanted to enjoy this, the story line is really neat and original but I guess I will have to pick up a hard copy to finish it.
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