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Seven o'clock on a Monday morning, 500 years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again....Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith's world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, fairies, goblins, magic, glamours: all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The "ruinmark" she was born with on her palm proves it - and makes the other villagers fearful that she is a witch (though helpful in dealing with the goblins-in-the-cellar problem). But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy's mark not as a defect, but as a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap of forbidden magic One-Eye can teach her if she is to survive that destiny.
©2008 Joanne Harris; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[Harris] creates a glorious and complex world replete with rune-based magical spells, bickering gods, exciting adventures and difficult moral issues." (Publishers Weekly)

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Beautifully Narrated

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What lisp! indeed. There is no lisping and no mispronunciation in this narration. She reads the book beautifully and i like her so well that I plan to look for other books she has narrated. As for her Irish accent, I looked her up on Google and her accent is just as it should be for a native Dubliner - Irish.

Not yet finished the book but so far I love it and it only makes me want to hear more. Love Joanne Harris!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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classic

Amazing, Runemarks has been a bedtime favourite for my children and I for years. This recording has brought our love for this tale to a whole other level.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding

Excellent performance. I loved her voice variations for different characters. Outstanding story. Well developed. A pleasure to listen to. Masterfully done.

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Surprisingly dark

Surprisingly dark, but a good yarn with some lovely detail and satisfying villains. Manges its own fresh take on Ragnarok.

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  • j
  • 08-29-17

A Unique read.

So enjoyable. Read it twice...so far! My book collection are precious. Great addition, this.

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Really good

I really enjoyed this story, I did notice a lisp in the narrarator at first but I think it is just part of the accent she used, and not at all noticable once the story gets going. I would listen to other books she reads.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A fun story

This was overall a fun story but some non sequiturs such as mentions of clocks and gunmetal as a color took me out of the narrative. There wasn't enough background on the world to make me think that firearms or clocks were normal in the otherwise medieval sounding world.

The narrator has a definite lisp but I don't know if I got used to at the end or if better enunciation was employed.

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  • Suanne
  • St Petersburg, FL, United States
  • 03-11-08

good book, lousy narrator

Why would a company choose a narrator who lisps?

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  • S A
  • Hector, NY, USA
  • 02-14-10

Interesting, narrator takes getting used to

The story is very interesting, though complex. The narrator really annoyed me for 2/3 of the story, then I began to appreciate her. She seems to be trying to affect some sort of accent that does not come naturally to her, causing her to mispronounce many words in various ways each. It distracted me from the story.

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