We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking, Book 1 | [Patrick Ness]

The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking, Book 1

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.
Regular Price:$13.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (457 )
5 star
 (155)
4 star
 (172)
3 star
 (79)
2 star
 (31)
1 star
 (20)
Overall
3.8 (370 )
5 star
 (119)
4 star
 (127)
3 star
 (81)
2 star
 (25)
1 star
 (18)
Story
4.3 (366 )
5 star
 (206)
4 star
 (95)
3 star
 (43)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (11)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Adam Reeve 08-13-12
    Adam Reeve 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    249
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narrator knocks another one out of the park"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Vania Stoyanova 05-25-12 Listener Since 2009

    I love reading! Love listening to book! I do photography and book trailers for YA authors and publishers.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enticing from page one!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anthony Rodriguez NYC 05-16-12
    Anthony Rodriguez NYC 05-16-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Masterpiece!"
    What did you love best about The Knife of Never Letting Go?

    The story and characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Knife of Never Letting Go?

    So many moments.When Todd killed one of the SpackleThe ending when Todd found Haven empty and what happened to the noise?


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

    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


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The noise will consume you!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Old Hickory, TN, United States 02-15-12
    Amazon Customer Old Hickory, TN, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Absolutely Brilliant!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Knife of Never Letting Go to and why?

    I hate comparing books, this story is very unique


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Manchee!!!! and of course Todd :)


    Any additional comments?

    perfect example of why audiobooks are awesome

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J Livingston, TX, United States 02-06-12
    J Livingston, TX, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    100
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting but very turgid and repetitive."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    tim lowell, IN, United States 01-22-12
    tim lowell, IN, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    11
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Annoying Main Character"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Patrick Ness before, how does this one compare?

    no


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Another Great performance by Nick Podehl.


    Was The Knife of Never Letting Go worth the listening time?

    Not in my mind.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 01-05-14
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 01-05-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    94
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    92
    82
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mark Twain meets the Twilight zone!"

    This is a great book, and very well narrated. It sucked me in to downloading the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Me 02-25-12
    Me 02-25-12

    I am an Avid Reader, I love all different kinds of books, from Mystery to Sci Fi and Horror.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    117
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I want a dog like that"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Knife of Never Letting Go?

    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.


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

    This was the first.


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

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jen Brisbane, Australia 08-01-11
    Jen Brisbane, Australia 08-01-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Over-rated, annoying, not worth it"

    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

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nicolas Miami Beach, FL, United States 05-18-15
    Nicolas Miami Beach, FL, United States 05-18-15 Member Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Like a Diesel engine."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.