She had become an Abhorsen, Lirael thought, at least on the outside.
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"Abhorsen is an excellent denouement for a fantasy that is both literary and popularly accessible. Out loud, the powers of this future classic are intensified, especially through Curry's inspired dramatization." (School Library Journal)
"At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this thought-provoking fantasy also resolves the true identities of the popular Dog and Mogget characters and suggests that Nix may still have more tricks up his sleeve." (Publishers Weekly)
Late 20's, student commuter. I love the telling of stories and have devoted countless hours to the study of oral tradition and literature.
Firstly, the narration was extremely well-done. The only thing that I didn't like very much was Mogget's voice, though this is only a matter of preference, and I cannot fault the narrator for that.
The book itself is very engaging and a good read/listen, though I have to agree with one of the other reviewers about the heroine: she is too whiney and distraught over something she really should have been used to by this point. Being a Remembrancer should be enough for her, especially since she's the only one in the world, but she can't seem to get over not being able to see into the future. This is tiring after a while. Other than that, it's a good story.
Audible listener since the late 1990s. I mostly listen to science fiction, fantasy, history, and science.
First off - this is the last book in the trilogy starting with Sabriel, and continues the story from Lireal. While several years passed between the action in Sabriel and Lireal, this book picks up immediately from the cliff-hanger that ended Lireal. What does that mean? You need to listen to the first two books before reading this one - don't try to listen to them out of order!
With that said, this book continues the remarkably good young adult series by Garth Nix, although the books are at least as well suited to an adult audience, especially Abhorsen, the darkest of the lot. Abhorsen revolves around a race to stop an ancient evil from being brought into the world, which sounds like a typical fantasy plotline, but in Nix's hands it is made fresh by his complex world and compelling characters. Tim Curry's reading is excellent, and, if not quite as inventive as the first two books, this provides an exciting and impressive conclusion, in which many mysteries are resolved from the rest of the series.
If you like Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling's more recent (darker) Harry Potter novels, or George R. R. Martin, you should strongly consider listening to this series.
Tim Curry has a great reading voice. He loses his character's voices a couple times, but overall very good. The story is deep fantasy, with lots of complex, arcane magic; deep, inferred history; and evil necromancers. Story sags just a little near the end, but overall, Highly Recommended.
This is an excellent conclusion to the Old Kingdom series as well as a perfect conclusion to the story begun in Lirael. I would suggest reading the two previous books in the series first because this book picks up right where the last one left off. This means that the action begins in the first chapter, keeping your interest until the end. The main characters continue their journey to stop an ancient being from destroying the world. This book is filled with magical fights that would rival those in Harry Potter. You will NOT want to stop listening.
This is a worthy sequel to Lireal (sp?) which I also enjoyed. This book has a bit more depth. The talking dog and cat still made me roll my eyes a little (is it Disney or Jar-Jar?) but it didn't spoil the story. Plus they are more than they seem, like every other character in this book. The ending was satisfying and worth the two-book wait, although the last couple of pages were a little predictable. I had a hard time putting this one down.
My only complaint is that it has to end!!!
This series is remarkable on so many levels. Garth Nix is a genius at creating rich, fantastic worlds fraught with gritty emotion and thrilling excitement and this final installment in the "Old Kingdom" series does not disappoint!
The characters are engaging, the story is tight, and Tim Curry is perfect.
Don't miss this one!
Hi! I love listening to and playing music, listening to audio books, videogames and long walks on a beach. :)
I personally love audio books! So in my opinion, the audio version is much better. When I'm cleaning, driving, at work with only so much to do, I can have my book playing! So while my hands are preoccupied with mindless tasks, my mind can still be stimulated!
As I said in a before review, the disreputable dog HAS to be my favorite! ESPECIALLY at the end. Get ready, its a crazy ride.
What I do like is that he brings each character to life in his own way! You know and love Tim Curry, so sometimes it can be weird to hear him do voices, but you forget that and get lost in his oh so unique story telling!
Yes, the end. The VERY end! So touching and...ok, you have to read this book. Go click buy. I'll wait here.
Phenomenal ending to a phenomenal series!
Just a wonderfully visual story, unique in his thoughts and names
too unique, I cannot think of one
Sabriel as expected
when she meets her mother for the first time
the whole series is fabulous, I have read and listened to it several times.
This trilogy has everything. Start with Sabriel, then Lirael, finally Abhorsen. Tim Curry does a great job as the narrator despite the fact that the trilogies are mostly told from female primary characters. I did find the middle book a bit slow going, but it is so worth it for the 3rd book. I had to go back and listen to the last half hour like 4 times because I enjoyed it so much. There isn't much humor in the first two books, but I did actually laugh out loud in the car several times during the third.
I love unusual relationships and the love between Lirael and the disruptable dog was gorgeous. The latter was the lonely girl's only friend for eons--and at the end, when I knew what was going to happen, I cried.
Even now as I write this review, I feel a lump in my throat--the ability to touch the reader--you can't get better than that.
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