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Publisher's Summary

On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that: it is the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril.
Listen to more in the Dark Is Rising Sequence.
©1965 Susan Cooper; (P)2001 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Jennings' ability is outstanding as he slips in and out of the numerous voices with the rapid dialogue as it approaches the climax....This is an outstanding reading of a classic tale that all young listeners and adults will thoroughly enjoy." (School Library Journal)

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Excellent

The first book in the series sets a wonderful tone and pace for the rest of the series. Great for kids and adults.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Kids loved it

What made the experience of listening to Over Sea, Under Stone the most enjoyable?

It was a reasonably realistic children’s adventure with some unpredictable events.

What did you like best about this story?

The suspense.

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

No, but Alex Jennings does an excellent job.

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

No, it’s a bit too long for a single sitting.

Any additional comments?

I did not like the instance or two of the kids lying. This is the first book of a sequence, but this book is far better than the second book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful series!

The language, the adventure the characters are all so appealing and in particular mysterious. I just wonder as to why I cannot purchase the second book "The Dark is Rising"? This is the only matter that has let the listening go unchallenged. Please could you rectify this..... I would dearly love to hear the wonderful, magical description of all five books in sequence.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Won't work, keeps messing up

Chapter three won't play, I'm cancelling my membership. I'm really disappointed in this especially when I really wanted to hear all of the series.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful