Beyond the Deepwoods

The Edge Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Clive Mantle
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Far, far away, jutting out into the emptiness beyond, lies the Edge. Filled with strange peoples and terrifying creatures, this is a world unlike any other, where action - and danger - await at every turn. Abandoned at birth in the dangerous Deepwoods, young Twig has been brought up by a family of woodtrolls. He has always thought he was one of them, until, one cold night, he finds out he’s not. Soon, he sets off to find out who he really is, and he does the unthinkable - he strays from the path.

So begins the heart-stopping adventure that will take Twig through a nightmarish world of goblins and trogs, bloodthirsty beasts and flesh-eating trees. Only two things keep Twig going: the hopes of discovering his true identity and finding his destiny. 

Step to the Edge and enter a thrilling new fantasy series filled with amazing characters and unimaginable adventures - and see for yourself what lies beyond! 

©1998 Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"A tremendously exciting fantasy....An inventive, promising start to a series." (Publishers Weekly)

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FABULOUS!!!

I don't care what anybody else says about this book! I LOVED IT! It was a fabulous story of a boy named Twig in big world trying to make friends and fit in. I don't think they have the three other books in the series on www.audible.com, but I would definately pick them up at your local library. They were all so great. I'm a very picky thirteen-year-old when it comes to books, but these honestly blew me away. GET THESE BOOKS....NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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An intriguing adventure

My friend had loved this book as a child, so when i asked for a recommendation he immediately directed me towards the edge chronicles. I'm 23 so I'm well-above the intended age group for this story, nevertheless i was entertained. Twig is a character I can relate to. He's been thrust out into the world, rejected by his people and family, with nothing to his name except for his Naming Knife. I found Twig unbearable at times. He was whiny, always getting into trouble and near-useless at the best of times. But then I took a moment for reflection. Often times I myself can come across as nothing more than a whining mess, but it's only because life is hard and I'm struggling. Just like Twig. For poor Twig, it's just one thing after another and the moment he thinks he's safe or found a place he belongs, it's ripped out from under him. I find his downward spiral of never-ending bad luck relatable.

The writing had incredible flow and despite my initial disinterest I wanted to finish the story. The ending, while predictable, wasn't an entire disappointment. I enjoyed the story and its themes of facing the unknown and finding oneself. The narrator was incredible and kept me hooked with his enthusiastic reading. I enjoyed this book.

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Great book for the young and old!

I remember listening to this book when I was younger, I think 7 or 8 I'm 24 now and it was still a great listen.

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Excellent writing and narration

Excellent writing and narration, great and underrated. Highly recommend this, a more solid mythology than Harry Potter books.

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Great book!

Fantastic book series. Lots of interesting creatures, fun twists, and engaging characters. Also, I love the pictures in the books.

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This book was amazing.

I loved this book. It tells a really good message about how you don’t have to fit in everywhere anfing would recommend to all ages.

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Always loved the series

I read the whole original 3 trilogies over ten years ago and stumbled upon this and listened through it in one day. I loved this series as a kid and still love as an adult now. although twig is whiney in this book, I wish the narrarator didn't sound so annoying when voicing him.

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good

I started the series as a kid. now I want to finish it. great work.

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Wish it was longer!

This was an amazing read to enjoy and experience, I wish it was longer! Thank You!

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Enjoyed by all ages, incredibly imaginative

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This has entertained my children 5, 7, 9, 11, several teens, my siblings in their 20's and me in my 30's. I read this (and the other books of this series) to myself. Reread it to one of my children and got it on audio so all my other children could enjoy it. I enjoy it completely every time. Very few stories are that good.
The creativity of this book is amazing. It's unlike any other story I can think of. There's not magic, it's just a totally different place where the laws of nature are different and the creatures are widely varied.