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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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    Amazon Customer 01-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Spooky and Spellbinding"
    Where does Sabriel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am so thankful that I really started my audiobook experience with Sabriel. I had stared at the cover so many times in the book store, but never risked it. After a friend reviewed it and loved it, I decided to give it a try. Then I found out that Tim Curry did the audio and bought the audiobook. It still is one of my all time favorites and I am constantly recommending the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mogget. He's such a cat! His appearance in the novel also revitalizes it. It is a very serious story about a serious subject, and the addition of the wise-cracking kitty really lightens things up. I was already drawn in by the story, but I think the book is so much better after Mogget appears.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    I'm a fan of Curry, so I feel biased in saying I loved his performance. Its a shame that he could not perform the more recent novels in the series because nobody does it like he did.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    What I love about Sabriel is that it can be read as part of the Abhorsen trilogy or just as a stand alone. Sabriel is still my favorite in the series overall, but the whole series is great. Nix is really adept at bringing to life strong female characters. The themes, while dark, are well thought out and explored. It is a young adult novel, but I think that its more on the adult side of things. I'd recommend it for older teens (16+) and adults, because it can be at times very dark and intense. Toward the end of the book I was completely spooked, but I had to keep reading because I had to know how it ended! Not for the faint of heart!

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    Meghan Slomko 01-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love this book, love Tim Curry."

    While Curry's voice does very a bit low and gravely, which can make volume balance a bit off, overall he gives an incredible performance of an incredible story.

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    Paula Towe 01-25-17
    Paula Towe 01-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfection"

    This is what fantasy is all about... loved each and every moment of this fantastical world. Tim Curry is incredible. Can't wait to read the next in the series.

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    Terry R.Portlock 01-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Read."

    I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed seeing Sabriel's growth into the power of the Abhorsen.

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    Caleb Overlander 01-24-17
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    "one of my favorites"

    great story, full of adventure and suspense, only made better by being read by Tim Curry.

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    Amazon Customer 12-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic book, amazing performance."

    Tim Curry's performance is unparalleled. Very easily top-5 for me now. The world building is extremely vivid, but not over done by any means. If you're thinking of getting this audio-book, do it, you will not regret it if you love fantasy books.

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    The Night is Dark.. 12-22-16

    Epic, Sword & Sorcery, and (Grim)Dark Fantasy reader- always searching for that next great fantasy writer/narrator combo ^_^

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    "Story is good, narrator makes it better!"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Add more of the history of Sabriel and her family's background, give us something more to care about her


    What does Tim Curry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tim brought life to the story - he's easily my top 3 favorite narrators, the other two being Tim Gerard Reynolds and Peter Kenny. He has the best voice, diction, and really makes the book much better.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the story is alright, with a different mix of netherworld evil spirits and an early 20th century setting. There is better fantasy out there (there's no "I can't put this down" feeling), but you're missing out on Tim Curry if you skip this one. It's very sad that he's unable to do this kind of work anymore :(

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    Katelyn Smith 12-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "20 years"

    this series keeps me coming back to the old kingdom since 1996. thank you, garth nix.

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    Amazon Customer Everywhere, USA 12-05-16
    Amazon Customer Everywhere, USA 12-05-16 Member Since 2016

    When you cant read a book at work, listen to one instead!

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    "In my top 10 Favorites easily."
    Where does Sabriel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I adore this trilogy, ive read them multiple times. Listening to the audiobooks gives it new life. new perspective. No regrets buying them.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    The only problem I have with Tim Currys narration was he sounds kinda nasally as a woman.


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    Amazon Customer 11-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    I absolutely loved this book. I can't believe it took me so long to listen to it!

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