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Abarat, Book 1 Audiobook

Abarat, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold. When the answer comes, it's not one she expects. Out of nowhere comes a wave, and Candy, led by a man called John Mischief (whose brothers live on the horns on his head), leaps into the surging waters and is carried away.

Where? To the Abarat: a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day, from The Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening, to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of Gorgossium, the island of Midnight, ruled over by the Prince of Midnight himself, Christopher Carrion.

Candy has a place in this extraordinary world: she is here to help save the Abarat from the dark forces that are stirring at its heart. Forces older than Time itself, and more evil than anything Candy has ever encountered.

Don't miss any of the magic in the world of Abarat.

©2002 Clive Barker; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Skilled at fantasy, Barker throws plenty of thrills and chills at readers." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a story well worth hearing." (AudioFile)

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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 09-19-08
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 09-19-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Weird for the sake of weirdity..."

    Great little book. Far out story line. Great detail. The narrator does an excellent job of telling the story of Candy Quackenbush and her amazingly weird adventure. Most writers borrow from other stories to create their own works... Clive breaks out of the mold every time he puts ink to paper.

    Everthing about this book seems to be deliberately original in thought and different than anything I've ever read. He appears to be the type of author that likes to ask the unnusual "what if" questions about reality and then builds the fantastic on that "what if" until he has a story, making him similar to Ray Bradbury in a lot of ways...

    In this story, the thought is: "What if there's an unknown and unremarkable town somewhere in the Midwest, we'll call it "Chicken Town", that was actually something completely different and fantastic in it's past. What if it's past is so completely out of sync with reality that nobody believes it or they have forgotten it as just another silly story because it doesn't fit with the mundane-ness of the town as it is now? What if a child is the only person with a mind open enough to truly discover the town's past?

    This is the building block upon which rests "Abarat". Great story for adults and kids. It is calisthenics for the imaginations of children and adults alike.

    There are some death scenes in the story and some of the characters may be too freaky or scary for the youngest of minds.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    W TROUP MILLER Austin, Texas, US 04-12-08
    W TROUP MILLER Austin, Texas, US 04-12-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Bedtime Story for adults"

    Halfway between Anthony's Xanth and Gaimon's Coraline, Abarat is too mature for kids; it's just right to rediscover the elusive feeling that only a well-told fairy tale used to provide. Cozy, hypnotic fantasy- enjoy this one on a long car trip, or on the couch with a glass of wine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 06-04-12
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "What a World!"

    The first time I read this book, I thought, "Now, why didn't I think of that??" I love the idea of a world in which each island represents a different hour of the day. This book is Clive Barker at the top of his game. It's incredibly well written, and I think that there's a piece of Candy Quackenbush in all of us. Although Barker wrote this as a young-adult story, I believe that it can easily hold the interest of an adult, too. There are countless stories that could be told about the Abarat, and I look forward to many other sequels in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lesya Moscow, Russia 08-15-11
    Lesya Moscow, Russia 08-15-11 Member Since 2017
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    "This book is awesome"

    The world of Abarat is detailed and charming, both good and evil characters are alive and weird in many ways (I especially love it in Barker books). Also, the narrator is divine. I mean it! I did hear those different voices and felt those emotions Richard Ferrone was performing. This book is not as epic as, say, Holy Bible. But the world this book speaks of is fascinating, unusual and passionate. I can't wait for the Absolute Midnight to come!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Hollis, ME, USA 01-20-07
    Sandra Hollis, ME, USA 01-20-07
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    "Wonderful & Fun!"

    This certainly isn't the "usual" Clive Barker stuff, but it's a wonderful story full of twists and turns, magical characters a nd wondrous new worlds. Great characters, I found it hard to stop listening!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great story by Clive Barker."

    Clive Barker may be know for horror, but his fantasy is amazing and beautiful too.

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    Josline Reeves 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well Done"

    I enjoyed listening to this audio book as much as I enjoyed reading Abarat the first time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mustard the Bear Bisbee Open Asylum 04-05-16
    Mustard the Bear Bisbee Open Asylum 04-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing twists lay within...."

    you won't lay it down till you're passing it on to a friend ... so to speak.

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    Matt 09-09-15
    Matt 09-09-15
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    "LOVE this book!"

    I have been a big fan of this book (and series) since they were released. I love the storyline and how you can feel a kinship with the characters. This book transports you to a world full of magic and malice through the eyes of a high school girl who is generally unhappy with her life and longs for a sense of belonging; to be noticed in her world.
    I recommend this book to all of my moms with Tweens and a strong imagination. Most definitely a teen fantasy book but still relatable for adults (I'm 28 and I'm listening to this book during my 35 minute work commute). I also recommend it to adults who say that they don't like to read (you just have to find the right book!).
    While listening to the book, I think I would have preferred a slightly softer, effeminate voice at least when women and children are speaking. The narrator had a great voice and inflection for many of the male lead roles, but seemed harsh for voicing a female character.
    Overall still a great book. Can't wait for the next one to come out!

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    Michelle 06-13-15
    Michelle 06-13-15
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    "Love this book"
    Where does Abarat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites so far


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book! The story is fun and imaginative a Richard Ferrone does a great job narrating.

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  • Steve
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    7/25/13
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    "Abarat begins!"

    Clive Barker has been one of my favourite authors for more than 15 years. He has written some truly excellent fantasy books, like Imajica, and Weaveworld; so he is no stranger to the genre. In This story he really shows his imagination to be vast, showing us extraordinary scenes on each of the islands Candy lands on (there are 25 In the Abarat).
    The problem with the story is the getting from one scene to the next; it feels forced.
    Once we're in the action, Barker keeps us in his grasp building the tension nicely. When there's no action and we're just dealing with characters, it all falls down. Candy makes so many crazy decisions, on no more than a whim, that it starts to become ridiculous; even for fantasy. Nor is she the only character to do this. Characters who have spent their lives as slaves, just cast away their lives (no problem there), but are immediately confident people who need no adjusting whatsoever to their new situation, and have no problem pledging themselves to Candy, after knowing her for 10 minutes.
    Barker has created a successful series with Abarat and this first instalment has some excellent parts to it, I can only hope the next books improve on the story part and not just deal with the action. This is geared towards children, though the clunky feel to the story should not be excused on the strength of that. It's not a bad listen for kids, and it's written with the intention of keeping the adults reading the story, interested. Abarat does just that, but to be honest; it doesn't have a patch on the Potter series.
    Mr. Barker should take a leaf from JK Rowling's book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    1/13/12
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    "Strange and compelling"

    I love this book, I've read it, heard it, read and heard together.
    I love the strange world that is portrayed, I love the interaction of the characters.
    This is worth a listen if you like something different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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