Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not -stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
©2008 Patrick Ness (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Furiously paced, terrifying, exhilarating, and heartbreaking, The Knife of Never Letting Go is a book that haunts your imagination." (Sunday Telegraph, UK)
"A penetrating look at...what it takes to be a man in a society gone horribly wrong." (Booklist)
"A series opener as promising as it is provocative." (The Horn Book)
I love Nick Podehl's narration in The Kingkiller series, and this book proves it is no fluke. His energy, emotion, distinctive voices, and even more distinctive accents really make this more of a Performance than just a narration.
The book itself is entertaining and well-written, both thought-provoking and heart-tugging enough at times to generate enough interest for me to continue the series. And if there was ever any doubt, the narration performance clinches it.
I love reading! Love listening to book! I do photography and book trailers for YA authors and publishers.
I would definitely rec this book. It's a dystopian like none other and the concept, narration and story are interwoven brilliantly into a book that will leave you hanging and wanting more at the end.
The story and characters.
So many moments.When Todd killed one of the SpackleThe ending when Todd found Haven empty and what happened to the noise?
Amazing performance.He nailed it. Todd and mimicking all the other characters, he brought this book to life. Excellent voice and accents, I wish all Audible performances were this good
The noise will consume you!
I would and HAVE many times already. The narrator is just incredible and so perfectly fitted for this novel. I attempted to read the story in hardcover and could not get into it and so I decided to try listening and I am SO glad I did. The subsequent novels are even better.
I hate comparing books, this story is very unique
Manchee!!!! and of course Todd :)
perfect example of why audiobooks are awesome
This book is written in 1st person stream of consciousness. The hard won achievements of the good guys always seem to be wiped out more or less effortlessly by the bad guys. It's a difficult read, because events seem to leap out at the reader with no rhyme or reason. The loose threads of the plot may get bound up or just left dangling.
The Main Character is beyond Annoying. Nick Podehl does a great job portraying a little brat of a child. The only problem with this, is i was annoyed so much i had to stop listening to this book. While this book well written, and had a story that keep some of my attention, the main character was a young boy that all i wanted to do was smack.
Another Great performance by Nick Podehl.
Not in my mind.
I am an Avid Reader, I love all different kinds of books, from Mystery to Sci Fi and Horror.
I would recommend this book
I loved his dog, he made me laugh out loud so may times, that the people I work with thought I had lost my mind.
This was the first.
I did have an extreme reaction(s) to this book, I will not say to what parts, because I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it's good.
Unfortunately I saw a lot of good press about this series and bought the first two books in the recent Audible specials. For anyone who has ready the positive reviews I wish to provide a warning:
This book is not a good listen or read, for anyone. The main character goes through enormous trials and hardships without learning a single thing to the point where you start rooting for the stereotypically evil bad guys. The 'plot' revolves around withholding key information which when revealed is 1) not worth finding out 2) withheld so many times in so many nonsensical ways that it is beyond annoying. The setting is uninteresting despite an interesting premise and the fleet of trucks driving through the plot holes and inconsistencies in the use of the main device is very distracting even for someone good at suspending disbelief.
I finished it to give it a fair hearing but i doubt i will ever bother listening to the second volume.
For a great series in a similar category read the excellent Hunger Games
Like a Diesel engine this story had slow start, but once it got going, there was no stopping it. It took 4 days for me to get through the first hour, and only 4 more to finish it. Good listen, and the story telling was like sitting around a camp fire with a friend telling it off the top of their head.
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