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Tomorrow, When the War Began: Tomorrow Series #1 | [John Marsden]

Tomorrow, When the War Began: Tomorrow Series #1

While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit and wisdom, or they die.
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Publisher's Summary

While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit, and wisdom, or they die.

The first of an enormously popular series that has been translated and published all over the world.

Don't miss the other titles in John Marsden's Tomorrow series.

©1995 Jomden Pty Ltd.; (P)1999, 2001 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd, by arrangement with Jomden Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"A gripping tale, told with Marsden's customary incisiveness." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fast-paced and provocative, it's a natural for book talking." (School Library Journal)

What Members Say

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    Bev Alton, IL, USA 08-31-06
    Bev Alton, IL, USA 08-31-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Listen, you won't be sorry..."

    I highly recommend this book to any and all. While it is listed as a young adult book, the description of the Australian wilderness, and the human reaction to death and war is right on for all ages. While starting a bit slowly it really gets moving after the war begins. The narrator is great and the story moves right along, making you want to hear what happens next.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Reda 04-05-10
    Reda 04-05-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "BEST 4.99$ I EVER SPENT!!!!"

    Loved this book!

    If your old enough to remember the movie Red Dawn and liked it... you should really enjoy this.If your too young for that then Hunger Games fans should enjoy also.
    2 Warnings 1-This is YA (PG13 for violence/teen drama) 2-This book does leave you hanging(1st in 7-8 books)
    ++This book is currently being made into a movie.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel Dover, NH, USA 04-04-06
    Nigel Dover, NH, USA 04-04-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderful"

    I was born in Australia and all the cultural references in the language came flooding back. I guess I may be a bit biased because of that but seriously the story was a gripping and thought provoking tale. Adventure at its best. I'm now hooked and am so happy that audible has the sequels available. I since read that this work won many awards as book for late teens. Don't let that put you off its not just a kids book! It's quite dark and serious in places.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer new zealand 07-31-12
    Amazon Customer new zealand 07-31-12
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    "Excellent Story, Disappointing Narration"

    The story in this book and the rest of the series are really wonderful (particularly the first 3 books). I got the audiobook for my dyslexic sister and I was really disaapointed with the narration. I checked with her (since she had no previous experience of this book) and she also found the narrator underwhelming.
    There is no issue with the narrator being Australian (the book is set in Australia) but she lacks the talent to take on the personality of each character, and her overall narration isn't all that easy to listen to (unlike other narrators I've heard).
    I'll probably still get the rest of the series because the books themselves are great for teenagers (this is an Australian classic for teens) and audio is a great way to assist dyslexic readers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-12-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 05-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Tremendous Story -- A Must Read"
    Would you listen to Tomorrow, When the War Began again? Why?

    Yes. Also, it is a movie made in Australia if you can get it. It is true to the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tomorrow, When the War Began?

    When Ellie and the group realize, at the end, what the mission has to be; when they realize what the magnitude of the situation is and their odds – very powerful.


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

    Suzi does a great job bringing each character alive in a way print just cannot manage.


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

    My immediate reaction was to start the next book immediately, without delay, without rest!


    Any additional comments?

    Ellie Linton is a strong and very complex heroine. If you like hunger games, you will love this book as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tilman Zurich 02-08-14
    Tilman Zurich 02-08-14 Member Since 2010

    Voracious reader with a 70hr working week who rediscovered his passion for reading through Audible. Secretly in love with commutes!

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    "Gripping Story beautifully told!"
    Where does Tomorrow, When the War Began rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my top 5 books so far, because it gripped my attention and would not let me go.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The spirit, the cheeky characters, the way that at every turn you feel part of the story.
    It makes you wish you were out there with them.
    Suzy Dougherty draws the wild, rebellious, adolescent tomboy Ellie right in front of you and allows you to explore her adventures through her own eyes. Great!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where they extract their friend Lee from the town centre.


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

    Yes, it gripped me and would not let me go. I listed to it on my commutes and within seconds I felt I was hiking through mountains and dodging bullets.
    The last 3 hours I listened to in one go!


    Any additional comments?

    The first hour is slow, but helps set the scene. From then on, it just will not let you go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Garnett Washington, Maine 11-28-13
    Daniel Garnett Washington, Maine 11-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book...a must read for all ages"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tomorrow, When the War Began to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Description to detail about the land and the feelings of the people the author is writing about.


    What about Suzi Dougherty’s performance did you like?

    She does a very good job


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

    There already is a film of this book


    Any additional comments?

    My suggestion is to see the movie first, and then listen to the book. It will help put a face to the characters in the book and the next six books after.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 06-20-13
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story well handled"

    I first read this series as a teenager, and now as an adult I found Tomorrow When the War Began just as compelling.

    The narrator does a great job, I forget how fast Aussies talk! She handles the different voices well, but with subtlety. I can see how someone who is unfamiliar with the Australian accent might not hear the distinctions between characters. So if you thought Taggart from A Town Called Eureka sounded authentic you'll probably struggle with this recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda HOMESTEAD, FL, United States 04-28-13
    Linda HOMESTEAD, FL, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Tomorrow Series was Freaking Awesome!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I have to several folks already! This series was a page turner, if you will! I couldn't wait to finish one book to get started on the next. Thank goodness for audio books, or I wouldn't have gotten anything done reading this lot! I couldn't stop listening to them. Then I listened to them again with my children until we finished the series again!


    What other book might you compare Tomorrow, When the War Began to and why?

    Divergent and Insergent which was also a great series! I can't wait for the final book of that series too. The story lines were different but similar as far as the characters, their hardships and important decisions and actions to continue to live. They both show great courage in the face of danger. They give encouragement and hope to every reader.


    What about Suzi Dougherty’s performance did you like?

    She was a perfect match for this series. I would love to hear her in more audio books. She did a wonderful job in every character. So much so that you knew who was who when they spoke or did something. She is a great performer! Thanks Suzi Dougherty!


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

    Absolutely, twice!


    Any additional comments?

    Good combination of Author and Performer! The book series was worth every penny and probably more! Thank you John Marsden for an awesome series. I will be looking for others from you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail diraz, Bahrain 09-27-06
    Gail diraz, Bahrain 09-27-06
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    "Skip the first hour."

    Skip the first hour and, yes, the book really jogs along. The main characters are all in their teens but soon become adult. If you like Michael Chrichton and James Patterson I recommend it.
    The Aussie accent is fine bearing in mind the location of the plot.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
    Holton, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    4/21/07
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    "An enthralling read"

    This audio book kept us wrapped in the story during a long drive from the centre of France. My son,15, my mother (over 65), and myself,52,all enjoyed listening to this well-written book. The narration is excellent, and draws you into the story with an appropriate voice for the characters. I have put the others in the series as my 'next listen' choices.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    10/4/06
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    "Excellent Teen Fiction, for teens of all ages"

    This book is exciting, harrowing and thought provoking, the reader is good too. John Marsden writes beautifully.... it's fairly adult stuff at times, certainly for 13+ , but the (considerable) violence and (minor) sexuality are not at all gratuitous, they are vital parts of the plot. Give this book a try and then see how long you can resist the others in the series, there are seven in all! These books are big in Australia, but not easy to find in the UK.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie and Duncan
    North Scotland, United Kingdom
    11/11/12
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    "Even better than the film!"

    We watched the film and really enjoyed it, so much so we had to get the audiobook next. It was great listening to the audiobook and having images in our head from the film, it really added to the enjoyment. Its a great story and written so well, the narrator is also really good and certainly adds to the enjoyment of listening to the book. Its better than the film because you get to hear the story in more detail, so you find out things you didn't know before. Excellent story and very addictive, you just want to get the next book in the series and so on. The only thing we'd like to add is to say this book is suitable for more than just teenagers, we are both adults and we love the story. We do feel audible/book publisher is letting these brilliant books down by advertising them for young adults between 11-13 because its suitable for ages far above that. Highly Recommended and thanks to the author for writing such a brilliant series. Its been by far one of the best series we have come across!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay
    Camberley, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Tomorrow, when the war began"

    My fourteen year old son who doesnt enjoy reading listened to the whole series. He thought they were brilliant and couldnt wait for me to download each book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DR
    GUISBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "great family listening"

    We listened to this as we drove to France with our 13 yr old son, Great reading voice from Suzi Dougherty and not too complicated for the younger listener, and provided excellent talking points over meals on our holiday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian
    Terenure, Ireland
    12/23/12
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    "Lazy Days and Sunshine then Tomorrow the War Began"

    Acclaimed as a book for the more mature teenager, I, as an adult was captured by the scene set by the author John Marsden, an excellent story of thrown together friendships, in the face of uncertainty and fear, these friends found their way and their resolve to face an almost impossible scenario. Excellently narrated by Suzi Dougherty i cannot wait for the second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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