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In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous.

There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their use inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land....

©1987 Isobelle Carmody. By arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia). (P)2016 Bolinda

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Awesome YA distopian fantasy

This book was my favorite teenage reads, I'm so glad it is now an audiobook. The world it builds is imaginative and original and this book is only the first of a long series. The author performs this book and she does a good job. If you like mind powers and young woman's quest against persecution in a distopian future then you'll like this book.

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  • Jacqueline Colla
  • 04-23-16

At Last! The Obernewtyn Chronicles in Audio

[{ "answer" : "I have already read the series and enjoyed it immensely, but to hear the story from the author's own lips is an amazing opportunity. If you are already a fan of the books, you will love this. For those who have yet to experience Obernewtyn, if you like post-apocalyptic science fiction/fantasy, this will be a great listen!! (And it will leave you wanting to hear the rest right away!)", "type" : "Overall", "question" : "What made the experience of listening to Obernewtyn the most enjoyable?", "id" : 34, "typeString" : "overall" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Story", "question" : "Who was your favorite character and why?", "id" : 6, "typeString" : "story" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Performance", "question" : "Which character – as performed by Isobelle Carmody – was your favourite?", "id" : 26, "typeString" : "performance" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Genre", "question" : "If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?", "id" : 61, "typeString" : "genre" }, { "answer" : "I can't wait for the rest of the series to become available! I read on Obernewtyn.net that the schedule has the first book set to be released in audio in May, but here it is on Audible in April! Let's hope the rest come out sooner than the scheduled dates as well. :)
Obernewtyn – May 2016
The Farseekers – July 2016
Ashling – September 2016
The Keeping Place – November 2016
The Stone Key – January 2017
The Sending – March 2017
The Red Queen – May 2017", "type" : "Misc", "question" : "Any additional comments?", "id" : -1, "typeString" : "misc" } ]

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  • Jessica Mengel
  • 05-24-16

Brilliant!

I really enjoyed this audio book. Normally I'm a bit hesitant to listen to author read books as they aren't usually as good as the professionals. However this is not the case for Isobelle Carmody. Her smooth voice captivates you and she embodies each character's tone wonderfully. I especially love her highlander accents! Can't wait to snap up the rest of the series!

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  • Peta
  • 01-20-18

Love this series

I read the paper copy of this book years ago. When I saw it as an audiobook I was overjoyed and it didn’t disappoint. Having the actual author narrating it was brilliant because you know she knows how these characters are meant to sound. Can’t wait to continue listening.

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  • BoniDee
  • 01-06-18

First Time @ 36yo

As this was my first time reading, or should I say listening it was inwombing.

Thank you Isobelle for your imagination takes me to a place a budding writer can only dream to achieve.

Truly enthralled,
Ebony

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  • BearCub
  • 12-15-17

Isobelle Carmody does not disappoint!

Where does Obernewtyn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I got into these books a few years ago when they were recommended to me. I came to the party late, but boy was I not disappointed!

I pretty much compare all other books to this series.

Now I am determined to listen to the entire series even though I've read it all several times.

What about Isobelle Carmody’s performance did you like?

Hearing Isobelle Carmody read the words as she wrote them is something else. She brought a whole new vision to this book for me and it's fantastic.

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  • Joycinta
  • 10-30-17

A must read.

I loved reading this years ago and loved listening to it even more. I was scared to see that Isobella Carmody had decided to narrate her own book but she absolutely knocked this out of the park. I would recommend this book to anyone!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-21-17

Great book

Excellent story, great characters, and the beginning of an excellent series by an excellent author
The author narrates the story, and is easy to understand and makes it easy to know who is who.
Only downside, which might not be a problem for those with headphones, she is a bit quiet, which can make it difficult to hear if listening in a noisy environment

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  • Star_Fox
  • 06-27-17

A good listen

I like that the idea that the author reads the book but in practice I might have enjoyed it more read by a narrator with a wider voice range

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-16-17

Absolutely love this book in every way.

I can't wait to listen to the next book. One of my favourites authors. I've been loving her books from a teen right into adulthood.

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  • Renee
  • 01-21-17

A great intro to sci-fi/fantasy for teenagers

Adults can enjoy it too but it's interesting, accessible, short and well read by the author. I'll be getting the sequel.