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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.
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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)

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    Nicolas Miami Beach, FL, United States 05-18-15
    Nicolas Miami Beach, FL, United States 05-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

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    R. Vanderwood 05-06-15 Member Since 2006
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    "not bad"

    story was pretty good, premise very interesting, but I'm not sure I want to continue to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ali Almohsen Bahrain 04-08-15
    Ali Almohsen Bahrain 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Started slow, unappealing diction"

    The book started slow and very boring. However, a few chapters in, it really picked up.

    The farmer boy diction wasn't very appealing. It fit in with the theme, but hearing that doesn't make it much more acceptable. Hearing the word ain't so many times started making me cringe later on in the book when it really picked up and made me binge listen.

    Other than these few negative remarks, the book was quite impressive. It really drags you in and is exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 10-30-14
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "run chase catch escape run chase catch......repeat"

    This is a great concept. I thought it would be a little ridiculous but the way the author presented the "reading other people's thoughts" was actually clever & not at all predictable. The only problem I had with it was the monotony of the whole running, chasing, catching and escaping. I mean really? Two really bad guys & they catch the kids (main characters Todd & Viola) at least three times each. Todd is not able to kill them so they tie them up or injure them and keep running. REPEAT. Bad guys chase, catch the kids, the kids can't kill them and they get away only to be caught later on. it gets REALLY REALLY old. narrator awesome as ever.

    I read the free prequel first and I'm glad I did. The story starts with the prequel. A girl named Viola on a scouting/settling ship with her parents to a "new world". She was raised on a ship. They crash. Book one.........Todd lives on New world where every man can read the thoughts of other men. They can also hear animals. Todd has an annoying dog, though loyal, named Manchee. We learn his parents are dead & he was being raised by Ben & Kilian (though I don't know if Kilian is Ben's lover, brother, son or what). Todd is the last boy in his town called printisstown. At 13 boys become "Men" and stop talking to other boys so he as no friends. One day he catches "silence" in the swamp after being attacked by maniacal priest Erin for not being home doing chores. He tries to make it home without anyone in the town knowing he heard (or didn't hear) something. Whole town of crazy, mean men. NO women. We learn they were all killed by the "Spackle". the alien race that are a primitive humanoid species. Ben /Kilian go crazy upon learning of the silence in the swamp & chaos ensues. They get a backpack with provisions give Todd a knife and his mothers journal telling him he is in great danger & to leave now. There's another settlement. He has been lied to his whole life. Prentisstown is not the only settlement on New World. He reluctantly leaves and that's when all Hell breaks loose. he finds the silence............a girl named Viola. Turns out you cannot hear women's thoughts on the planet. Just men. For whatever reason during the initial war with the Spackle that killed all the women on the planet - the silence germ that the spackle released killed all the women & made the men capable of everyone reading their minds. OR so he's been told..........The whole town turns on Ben & Kiliean & begin to chase Todd who saves Viola from Erin, the evil priest. Viola & Todd search for the new settlement and learn allot more than they bargained for. Definitely worth the credit but I swear if the second book doesn't stop this continuous, monotonous run/capture sequence I'm going to ask for a credit back for book 2. But I'll give it a chance!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Edmondson 10-26-14
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    "This has a cliffhanger ending"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I detest cliffhanger endings. I would never recommend a book that ended on a cliffhanger without warning someone first.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Cliffhanger. Detested it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without spoiling it too much, it's the scene where they meet other people and he learns everything isn't as he was told.


    Did The Knife of Never Letting Go inspire you to do anything?

    The book inspired me to warn people it ended on a cliffhanger.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was solidly written. I never came to like the protagonist and felt parts of the book dragged on too long. If not for the undisclosed cliffhanger ending I would have given it 4 stars instead of 3. I would consider this book part 1 of a serial rather than part 1 of a series.

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    Bee United States 08-02-12
    Bee United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Just a book fool.

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    "READ IT DON'T LISTEN!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think you should physically read this one. The narrator literally drives you crazy. They only good thing I can say about it is you feel like the "noise" explained in the book really is going to be the death of you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is unique and full of possibilities just dont let the audiobook ruin it for you.


    What character would you cut from The Knife of Never Letting Go?

    The main one. He cries and cries and I just want him to fall into hole that takes him to another planet never to be heard from again. I would prefer the girl to carry the rest of the story.


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    nevina CT, United States 07-16-12
    nevina CT, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2006

    nevina

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    "Brilliant start to the trilogy."

    More sci- fyesque than I was expecting, but also more disturbing, dark and violent too. I wouldn't class it as a children's book at all even if the main character is a 13 yr old boy going through a coming of age experience. This book reminded me somewhat of the AMC show, The Walking Dead, not for the content, there are no zombies in this story, but for the pervading sense of constant peril the characters are in. The feeling that they can't relax even for a minute, anything bad could happen at anytime, and the unlikeliness of ever getting out of their situation alive
    The narrator is excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke 12-21-11
    Brooke 12-21-11 Member Since 2011

    Audio books are the best :)

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    "Main characters can't catch a break!"

    I really enjoy dystopia type novels and love getting behind the protagonist and cheering them on through their struggles. This book however, completely lacked any sort of 'light at the end of the tunnel.' It kept me listening and was definitely a new and interesting idea for a plot but I did feel that it was a bit relentless on the main characters. I'll definitely give the second book a listen, as I'm now so invested in Todd and Viola's strife, so hopefully this book will provide some sort of relief!

    The performance was FANTASTIC too, I think I'd enjoy listening to this book more than reading it because Nick Podehl performs it so well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shannon Atlanta, GA, United States 08-15-12
    shannon Atlanta, GA, United States 08-15-12 Listener Since 2008

    Working mom who loves to read!

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    "Just Ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book. There are so many better books out there.


    Do you think The Knife of Never Letting Go needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I know there is a follow up but I will not be reading it.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MintSunrise Atlanta, Ga 04-25-13
    MintSunrise Atlanta, Ga 04-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Addicted to happy endings!

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    "Easy but Depressing Read"

    No Spoilers here:
    Even though some cusswords come out abbreviated, there is A LOT of cussing.

    It is a post apocalyptic story. All women are gone...or ARE they....I like the level of interest in which all the men have their inner thoughts exposed for all others. It is sociologically neat to see how different people handle the issue of being able to see/hear everything that men/boys think. However, (just like in real life) it isn't always so plain and easy to see what kind of person someone is just because you can see their thoughts. Ironic, no?
    The downside of the book was that you have to read the second book, AND the characters are not terribly lovable. They make the story kind of dark and frustratingly depressing. Don't mistake my meaning, it is a good read if you want something kind of dark and very dramatically serious. No humor whatsoever in this book, and very few breathers from the terror and struggle. Hunger Games had more humor in it than this book.

    The Narrator did a wonderful job giving the story layers. People have emotions and expressions that matched what the narrator provided. I have read and listened to this book, and it is definitely a better listen. Favorite Character: Manchie. Why? The narrator did such a good job with this dog's character voice that my husband and I were quoting him for weeks.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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