Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the amazing world of the Abarat are getting more strange by the hour. Christopher Carrion, the Lord of Midnight, has sent his henchman to capture her. "Why?" she wonders. What would Carrion want with a girl from Minnesota? And why is Candy beginning to feel that the world of Abarat is familiar to her? Why can she speak words of magic she doesn't even remember learning?
There is a mystery here. And Carrion, along with his fiendish grandmother, Mater Motley, suspects that whatever Candy is, she could spoil their plans to take control of the Abarat.
Now Candy's companions must race against time to save her from the clutches of Carrion, and she must solve the mystery of her past before the forces of Night and Day clash and Absolute Midnight descends upon the islands.
A final war is about to begin. And Candy is going to need to make some choices that will change her life forever.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.;Don't miss any of the magic in the world of Abarat.
"Barker lovingly and graphically describes the wonders of a magical world, and his vivid scenes of near captures, deaths, and a climactic sea battle that ends in Chickentown will keep readers on the edge of their seats." (Booklist)
This sequel picks up where the first book, Abarat, left off. I would recommend reading the first book before this one. Candy Quackenbush continues to travel without much guidance or reason to many different islands. She meets many new and interesting characters and puts her life in jeopardy on several occasions. Meanwhile, she is slowly (and I mean slowly!) discovering what purpose she really has with the Abarat. You should know this is only book two of a four part series; however, the last two books have yet to be published. Like book one, it ends with much still to be resolved. I doubt I’ll read or listen to anymore of this series. It was interesting enough, but the predictability of this story became its undoing for me. I am a big Clive Barker fan, but this is not his best work.
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This is another great book by Barker as the follow up to the Abarat. Just note that this audio book seems to have a short part (or two) out of order! makes for disjoint listening. Lucky for me I have a hard copy of the book and was able to get the story straight. Maybe this can get fixed.
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A very wild an imaginative story, will keep you coming back for more and more.
I liked the first one, but boy did I like the second one. blew my mind. can't wait to begin the last of the series.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I've never met a book I didn't like. Even the worst are time well spent. It broadens your view of your world or theirs. Either way it's a new experience. The best of them wrap you in a bubble and trap you in their world. It's the thing that all readers search for. This book was better than the first. The characters gave up more of themselves, their worlds, their ambitions. Some of the questions raised in the first book. Although this still isn't living up to Mr. Barkers other works that I've read.
Would you recommend Abarat to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes, it's a journey. You may not like all aspects as with any journey; however you can't really judge it until you've arrived at your destination.
What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?
He really breathes life into the characters. He gives real dimension to the characters without making them feel the same.
Do you think Abarat needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! This series has so much moreto offer. I want candy to grow into her potential. I want to see more of the Abarat. I want to know all about the Abaratarata lol, probably mispelled that one. That is one thing I can say as been the same in both book thus far. I want more.
Any additional comments?
I'm willing to stay with this series as I've read others by Mr. Barker and really enjoyed them, so I'm hoping this will end the same.
What other book might you compare Abarat to and why?
The Abarat series bears similarity to The Harry Potter. It's a very imaginatice story and that enjoyably for children and adults.
If Clive Barker's first book in this series was designed to introduce the world of the Abarat, this sequel digs even deeper into some of the darkness that exists there. In addition to listening to the audio book, I also purchased a hardback copy of the book. Barker illustrates the entire story with the most amazing--and disturbing--images. The story stands up well on its own, but the illustrations take the story to another level that is just creepy--and brilliant!
I've been an on-off fan of Clive Barker for many years, loving some of his books like Weaveworld and feeling a bit lukewarm about others like Galilee so I wasn't sure what to expect with his foray into children's literature, Arabat. What took me by surprise was the magical quality of the story and the wonderful descriptive narrative about the parallel world of Arabat. The discipline of writing for children was obviously good for Barker; the book is scary, but not gruesome horror, romantic but without the gratuitous sex scenes of many of his novels - a really good tale. Candy, the John Brothers and a host of amusing characters made the journey through Arabat an exciting and enjoyable one and when the story ended I couldn't wait to see "what happened next" so I downloaded the next instalment, Days of Magic, Nights of War, which is a great listen as well. Richard Ferrone's narration was good, not great, but the action and enchantment of the story carried you away and any quibbles about voice were forgotten in the excitement of moment. Definitely a great listen and I can't wait for the next instalment of the story.
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Really enjoyed the story but I knew I would.
Not much I didn't like except a mix up of chapters in the beginning of the book, however having read the book a few years ago it did not confuse me.
I found this book a sruggle to read which is why I decided to get it on audio. It did help me to get to the end of the book and I have now got the last book in the series. I did find the reader a bit off putting however as their vice was not really to my liking. That is just my opinion however, others may disagree x
On a Technical Note- There's something wrong with a small section of the recording... While listening to chapter 1 - it skipped to chapter 2 then returned back to chapter 1... very disconcerting but easy to get back into the story after that...
Overall an amazing story! And- even better- audible sent me a pdf containing the paintings Clive Barker printed in his hard copy versions of the Abarat- which makes this more worth it than you can imagine!
Beautiful story. Imaginative and spellbinding!! Highly recommended!!