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Sabriel Audiobook

Sabriel

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Publisher's Summary

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

Though her journey begins alone, she soon finds companions: Mogget, whose seemingly harmless feline form hides a powerful and perhaps malevolent spirit; and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories.

With threats on all sides and only each other to trust, the three must travel deep into the Old Kingdom, toward a battle that will pit them against the true forces of life and death, and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.

A tale of dark secrets, deep love and dangerous magic, Sabriel introduces Garth Nix as an exceptional new talent.

Don't miss books two and three of this trilogy! Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr and Abhorsen.

©1995 Garth Nix; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of The Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"It's an epic journey in a world as richly realized as Middle-earth and much darker and bloodier than Harry's trials at Hogwarts...Tim Curry brings authority to the reading, grounding the fantastic elements with nuance of character and depth of emotion. (AudioFile)
"Rich, complex, involving, hard to put down, this first novel...is excellent high fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)
"A page-turner for sure." (Booklist)

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    Megan Salinas, CA, United States 10-02-04
    Megan Salinas, CA, United States 10-02-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Sabriel"

    Tim Curry's wonderful voice brings alive this fantasy world. The use of bells as a fantasy power devise is unusual and dealing with the dead (and mostly dead) is sufficently creepy to keep you in your car long after the motor is off. I can hardly wait for Lirial and Abhorsen to come to the audio format as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 07-28-15
    Laura 07-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this book as a teen"

    I loved this book as a teenager so was excited to listen to it again.
    The narrator was Tim Curry and I just couldn't involve myself deeply in the story as his nasal voice kept irritating and distracting me. I love Tim Curry as an actor, but as a narrator I could have done without. Not as happy with this choice as I was hoping to be.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Katelyn el mirage, AZ, USA 05-16-09
    Katelyn el mirage, AZ, USA 05-16-09
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    "Loved it!"

    Tim Curry is perfect as the narrator. The concept of the Abhorsen and the Old Kingdom was amazing. After I had finished the book I found myself remembering the names of all the bells. This book is worth the credit and will become an instant addiction for you!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel FarnboroughUnited Kingdom 02-03-05
    Daniel FarnboroughUnited Kingdom 02-03-05
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    "A good book but..."

    This book is classed as a children's novel. Don't let this put you off. At times the writing is fairly simple and the story is not overly complicated. Despite this the book is a very good listen, helped by the always wonderful vocal talents of Tim Curry. I just hope that Audible get round to making the rest of the series available

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Grass Valley, CA, USA 02-10-09
    Nancy Grass Valley, CA, USA 02-10-09 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorites!"

    Garth Nix is one of my favorite fantasy novelists. Sabriel begins with a young woman leaving school after she receives a message that her father is in danger. She must travel into the Kingdom, across the Wall, and enter Death to find her father. In this fantastic three-book sequence, Nix creates an extraordinary world, full of magic and horror. Parents, if you are worried about younger readers scaring themselves, there is a scene sequence early on in Sabriel that is one of the scariest I've read. Definitely worth a pre-read if you're concerned. Tim Curry is my favorite audio book reader and he outdoes himself in this sequence!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 11-06-06
    Jo Green Cordova, TN, United States 11-06-06 Member Since 2016
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    "Adventure beginning to end!"

    I actually got this book because I'm such a Tim Curry listening fan. He is such an awesome reader, one of my absolute favorites. I never need to be told which character he is "speaking".

    The book was an absolute delight. I used to work in my daughters school library and am known for being a fan of a lot of "teen" books anyway, I'd spend tons at the book fair "for her" and then read the books myself.

    This book was just an excellent adventure, from start to finish with just enough suspense to keep you hanging and urging Sabriel on. Of course this title will be a personal referral to my local audible friends too!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Bandera, TX, USA 09-12-05
    Jason Bandera, TX, USA 09-12-05
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    "AMAZING!"

    This is the first Audiobook I have ever given a five star rating. Usually, I find some reason to give 4 stars or less. This book is fantastic. Tim Curry does a superb job at narrating the story, as can be expected. The author weaves a tale that traps you and won't let go. The world and characters created by the author are complete and perfectly flawed. You can see everything exactly as it should be if a movie were to be made of it, and a movie should be made of it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Pyrmont, NSW, Australia 07-05-09
    Martin Pyrmont, NSW, Australia 07-05-09
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    "Sabriel - a definite winner"

    Garth Nix's wonderfully engaging novel is read by Tim Curry, who brings a masterfully creepy voice to this tale of the girl who inherits the job of keeping the dead, dead. This is the first part of the Abhorsen trilogy, a must-read (or must-listen) for those into suspenseful, thrilling, well-written and -paced fantasy. A classic tale read by a master of camp creepiness.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Naomi Gainesville, FL, USA 07-15-04
    Naomi Gainesville, FL, USA 07-15-04
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    "A complete world, well-presented"

    This fantasy story is NOT just for children. Part quest, part coming-of-age story with a light touch of romance, this is a wonderfully entertaining book.

    Sabriel is a dignified young woman who is just graduating from a private school when she discovers she is also the youngest in a line of powerful necromancers whose job it is to keep the dead at rest and away from the living. With her father's tools, and her father's servant, but without her father's knowledge of the Old Kingdom and its ways, she sets off to rescue her father from death.

    Tim Curry is a perfect narrator for this audio version; he reinforces characterization, humor and dramatic tension with his versatile and alluring voice.

    Please, dear Audible rights managers, bring us the sequels (Lisrael, and Abhorsen) as quickly as you can!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Eloy, AZ, United States 04-07-09
    Angela Eloy, AZ, United States 04-07-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful"

    Fantastic listen, gets you from the start, and swishs you away. If you like fantasy..this series is a must. This is one of those books that hooks you and even though you just started the first of the series, you want to slow it down and savor every minute of it..Tim Curry's naration no doubt makes this series the hit it is. GET IT, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Finn Haraldson
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    9/29/17
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    "Fantastic Performance and Gripping Story"

    Tim Curry narrates perfectly the fascinating story by Garth Nix with energy and passion. If you love magic systems and interesting worlds, then you must have a listen to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • London Student
    9/27/17
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    "Brilliant narration of a favourite book"

    Tim Curry does an excellent job bringing this rich tale and vibrant characters to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kaylie Hooper
    9/26/17
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    "One of the best books ever"

    I first read this book as a young teenager. I was taken in by the world, believable characters and story. It still doesn’t disappoint over 10 years later

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  • DF
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    9/25/17
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    "Awesome start"

    I was 25 when this book was first published, so I was never in the target audience, but I really enjoyed it, so I went on to read the rest of this series and many other works by Garth Nix. I'm not going to pretend I loved all of them, I didn't.

    When I saw that a fifth book had been published I went back to re-read the whole series, and being a big fan of audio books (and Tim Curry), I was keen to listen.

    I am so pleased I did. He's such a good narrator for this series, you can instantly tell who is speaking. He brings the books to life in a whole new way.

    I am slightly concerned that the narrators for four and five are as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/24/17
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    "No chapters"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The sections don't match with the chapters. Making it incredibly difficult to find where I finished.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim curry is excellent


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    Please fix the chapters. Please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    9/22/17
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    "Excellent"

    I love these books in paper form and Tim curry does an amazing job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    9/10/17
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    "Bravo!"

    Kudos goes to Tom Curry in this absolutely incredible narration of the Old Kingdom series. I've adored these books for many years and Tom Curry does these books justice! He keeps the tones of characters throughout without slipping. He really brought this book alive for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • davagg
    9/10/17
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    "hooked on book really quick"

    was not sure about this book but glad I gave it shot got into it really quick well worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gill Hancock
    9/8/17
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    "Wondeful book, beautifully read"

    Absolutely loved this book, and Tim Curry has done such a fantastic job at bringing the story to life.

    Only down point is the music at the beginning and end, but it doesn't last long. Wish they hadn't put it on though, as it really distracts from the amazing opening and closing!
    Read it anyway though, totally worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    4/25/17
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    "great story, a little dampened by the narrator"

    the first of garth nix's old kingdom series, sabriel not only lays the foundations for the following books but also tells a story of loss, time and the power of one's destiny.
    i last read this book 9+ years ago and was dubious starting off again, in case it would feel to YA targeted to be enjoyable, but I was please pleasantly surprised and not just by the nostalgia I felt, dipping into memories of my own. the story remains excellent and enjoyable for all ages, as it is a well executed balance of quick humour and often unsettling macabre. however as it is targeted at a younger audience, it does sometimes feel as though you don't know quite enough about the lore and mythos of the old kingdom to understand everything, as that is a subject only just scratched upon.
    tim curry is an excellent narrator for this book, able to do interesting and distinctive voices for each of the characters. the only complaint I have for this narration is that curry's voice of sabriel, the main character, can be off-putting. as opposed to stephen fry's hermione, tim curry's sabriel can sometimes seem like more of a mocking impression of a girl's voice than an actual portrayal. but the listener gets used to the strange croakiness of sabriel and can still enjoy the narration easily.
    overall a fantastic book with almost perfect narration, a must read if you enjoy pratchett of holt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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