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Publisher's Summary

While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit, and wisdom, or they die.

The first of an enormously popular series that has been translated and published all over the world.

Don't miss the other titles in John Marsden's Tomorrow series.
©1995 Jomden Pty Ltd.; (P)1999, 2001 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd, by arrangement with Jomden Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"A gripping tale, told with Marsden's customary incisiveness." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fast-paced and provocative, it's a natural for book talking." (School Library Journal)

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  • Bev
  • Alton, IL, USA
  • 08-31-06

Listen, you won't be sorry...

I highly recommend this book to any and all. While it is listed as a young adult book, the description of the Australian wilderness, and the human reaction to death and war is right on for all ages. While starting a bit slowly it really gets moving after the war begins. The narrator is great and the story moves right along, making you want to hear what happens next.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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BEST 4.99$ I EVER SPENT!!!!

Loved this book!

If your old enough to remember the movie Red Dawn and liked it... you should really enjoy this.If your too young for that then Hunger Games fans should enjoy also.
2 Warnings 1-This is YA (PG13 for violence/teen drama) 2-This book does leave you hanging(1st in 7-8 books)
++This book is currently being made into a movie.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful

I was born in Australia and all the cultural references in the language came flooding back. I guess I may be a bit biased because of that but seriously the story was a gripping and thought provoking tale. Adventure at its best. I'm now hooked and am so happy that audible has the sequels available. I since read that this work won many awards as book for late teens. Don't let that put you off its not just a kids book! It's quite dark and serious in places.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 05-12-12

Tremendous Story -- A Must Read

Would you listen to Tomorrow, When the War Began again? Why?

Yes. Also, it is a movie made in Australia if you can get it. It is true to the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tomorrow, When the War Began?

When Ellie and the group realize, at the end, what the mission has to be; when they realize what the magnitude of the situation is and their odds – very powerful.

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

Suzi does a great job bringing each character alive in a way print just cannot manage.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My immediate reaction was to start the next book immediately, without delay, without rest!

Any additional comments?

Ellie Linton is a strong and very complex heroine. If you like hunger games, you will love this book as well.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Gripping Story beautifully told!

Where does Tomorrow, When the War Began rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my top 5 books so far, because it gripped my attention and would not let me go.

What did you like best about this story?

The spirit, the cheeky characters, the way that at every turn you feel part of the story.<br/>It makes you wish you were out there with them.<br/>Suzy Dougherty draws the wild, rebellious, adolescent tomboy Ellie right in front of you and allows you to explore her adventures through her own eyes. Great!

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where they extract their friend Lee from the town centre.

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

Yes, it gripped me and would not let me go. I listed to it on my commutes and within seconds I felt I was hiking through mountains and dodging bullets.<br/>The last 3 hours I listened to in one go!

Any additional comments?

The first hour is slow, but helps set the scene. From then on, it just will not let you go.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great book...a must read for all ages

Would you consider the audio edition of Tomorrow, When the War Began to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Description to detail about the land and the feelings of the people the author is writing about.

What about Suzi Dougherty’s performance did you like?

She does a very good job

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

There already is a film of this book

Any additional comments?

My suggestion is to see the movie first, and then listen to the book. It will help put a face to the characters in the book and the next six books after.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Let down, but just found out it was a series

Even though I just found out this is a series, I can't say I liked this one enough to continue. Maybe I was expecting Red Dawn and what I got was less action and more teen sex talk? To say the ending was abrupt is an understatement, then again it is a series. I may be being harsh because it isn't terrible, just didn't hold my interest as much as I thought it would.

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  • Amber
  • Fort Collins, CO, United States
  • 06-20-13

Good story well handled

I first read this series as a teenager, and now as an adult I found Tomorrow When the War Began just as compelling.

The narrator does a great job, I forget how fast Aussies talk! She handles the different voices well, but with subtlety. I can see how someone who is unfamiliar with the Australian accent might not hear the distinctions between characters. So if you thought Taggart from A Town Called Eureka sounded authentic you'll probably struggle with this recording.

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I so love this series. Great read

This is my second time reading this series. It never gets old. On to the next book now. Great job to the narrator!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Story, Disappointing Narration

The story in this book and the rest of the series are really wonderful (particularly the first 3 books). I got the audiobook for my dyslexic sister and I was really disaapointed with the narration. I checked with her (since she had no previous experience of this book) and she also found the narrator underwhelming.
There is no issue with the narrator being Australian (the book is set in Australia) but she lacks the talent to take on the personality of each character, and her overall narration isn't all that easy to listen to (unlike other narrators I've heard).
I'll probably still get the rest of the series because the books themselves are great for teenagers (this is an Australian classic for teens) and audio is a great way to assist dyslexic readers.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 04-21-07

An enthralling read

This audio book kept us wrapped in the story during a long drive from the centre of France. My son,15, my mother (over 65), and myself,52,all enjoyed listening to this well-written book. The narration is excellent, and draws you into the story with an appropriate voice for the characters. I have put the others in the series as my 'next listen' choices.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • nicola
  • 03-11-15

Enjoyable survival

If like me you enjoy any story about overcoming difficult situations, surviving against the odds and teamwork you should enjoy this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rosie and Duncan
  • 11-11-12

Even better than the film!

We watched the film and really enjoyed it, so much so we had to get the audiobook next. It was great listening to the audiobook and having images in our head from the film, it really added to the enjoyment. Its a great story and written so well, the narrator is also really good and certainly adds to the enjoyment of listening to the book. Its better than the film because you get to hear the story in more detail, so you find out things you didn't know before. Excellent story and very addictive, you just want to get the next book in the series and so on. The only thing we'd like to add is to say this book is suitable for more than just teenagers, we are both adults and we love the story. We do feel audible/book publisher is letting these brilliant books down by advertising them for young adults between 11-13 because its suitable for ages far above that. Highly Recommended and thanks to the author for writing such a brilliant series. Its been by far one of the best series we have come across!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • jake john
  • 12-16-16

Brought to life fantastically

I first read at the age of fourteen and love it as much now it is brilliantly narrated and a fun book for both girls and boys.

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  • English Country Life
  • 02-22-16

Red Dawn meets Neighbours

If you could sum up Tomorrow, When the War Began in three words, what would they be?

Aussie<br/>Teen<br/>Action

What other book might you compare Tomorrow, When the War Began to, and why?

There are many apocalyptic type books and comparisons are easy but I suspect "The Hunger Games" is closest

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

Certainly a book I could listen to several hours at a time

Any additional comments?

Startlingly good narrator -right on point with accent and not being too mature

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  • Jack smyth
  • 03-10-15

Brilliant

I watched the film and loved it
But after listening to the the book I found a greater understanding into the story and am on my way to finishing the rest of the series

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  • eilis
  • 02-04-15

Great book

What made the experience of listening to Tomorrow, When the War Began the most enjoyable?

I love this story having the teenagers view on the war and how they deal with it is inspirational. I cannot wait to listen to other books in the series

What other book might you compare Tomorrow, When the War Began to, and why?

like nothing i have read before, this is a new view on this kind of story

Which scene did you most enjoy?

i most enjoy when the characters start thinking more maturely

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Hell....... the safest place on earth???!!!

Any additional comments?

the Narator does a very good job and helps me picture what is going on

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  • Lindsay
  • 04-14-13

Tomorrow, when the war began

My fourteen year old son who doesnt enjoy reading listened to the whole series. He thought they were brilliant and couldnt wait for me to download each book.

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  • Di Griso
  • 12-24-12

great family listening

We listened to this as we drove to France with our 13 yr old son, Great reading voice from Suzi Dougherty and not too complicated for the younger listener, and provided excellent talking points over meals on our holiday.

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  • Adrian
  • 12-23-12

Lazy Days and Sunshine then Tomorrow the War Began

Acclaimed as a book for the more mature teenager, I, as an adult was captured by the scene set by the author John Marsden, an excellent story of thrown together friendships, in the face of uncertainty and fear, these friends found their way and their resolve to face an almost impossible scenario. Excellently narrated by Suzi Dougherty i cannot wait for the second book in the series.

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  • Megan
  • 03-08-15

Love this series, pity about the narrator

I re-read this series every few years and love the story. It is a great series and I strongly commend it. As others have said if you love Red Dawn (the 80s version) this is a great series. That said the narrator's inconsistent and incorrect pronunciation really became an annoyance for me, distracting from the overall experience.

I am surprised that other people have positively rate the narrator's ability to voice each character, I found this to be a weakness. I guess we all perceive and experience things differently, this narrator is not to my taste.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Tatiana Brusyanina
  • 04-06-17

Easy reading/Simple language

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The book was OK. I mean it's the first in the series, and i would not mind to read the other parts. Very easy language, without too much of detailing and descriptions; easy to follow. the story line is interesting.<br/>However, not sure if I can listen to any more of Suzi's performance...I did not enjoy it for a few reasons:<br/>- she does these smacking sounds with her tongue/mouth after each sentence/pause, so if you don't like anybody chewing in your ear - this is very annoying;<br/>- she tries to slow her speech intentionally, to make it clearer, but it feels like she's overdoing it.. like telling a story to a toddler..The other thing i found confusing is that the pitch of her voice makes the teenagers of this book sound like 10 yo kids.. So in my mind i had a picture of either way too smart kids or a bit "slow" teens, which was kind of annoying as well;<br/>- a few times Suzi would get to a bit faster pace, but then the words are all mumbled..<br/><br/>I'll give it a rest and probably read more of the books from the series or just watch a movie but probably won't listen any more books, read by Suzi..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • 07-20-16

Sensational

Incredible book, im ready to get into the rest of the series now. So much better than the movie was

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  • peter brazel
  • 10-18-15

Awesome book, A What if Book 10 out of 10

This story could happen to us, with our natural resources, but our own Government are behind the times with national Defense, if we did get invaded, the war would be a guerrilla, type war hit and run, , attacking infrastructure, rail bridges, power, road bridges, and to stop there resupply.
The would be fought by all ages, love the story.
I sat and listen for the whole 7 hours while modeling, I'm a old warhorse, love these stories and the movies, its a bloody shame that the second story, movie was not made it would have been good, cheers, I own a couple of the books, easy to listen, Awesome read, Cheers

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  • james
  • 10-12-15

love this book

I was made to read this at school and fell in love. now I play the book on long drives to keep me going love every bit of it

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  • lee
  • 01-30-15

Loved it

Such a great story, can't wait to read the next one in the series :) great australian work, such an easy listen

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  • Grace Less
  • 10-23-17

Aussie youth fiction

I missed out reading this in school, unlike most Australian teenagers in the 90s. Not a bad story, very much youth fiction though.

The narration was a bit meh and I thought the use of accents was a bit off/casually racist.

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  • Tracy Joyce
  • 07-20-17

Excellent

I read the novel a few years ago, but thought I'd listen to the audio book as well. It was very well narrated and well worth listening to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-17

Love it

Best series out and so very well done loved every minute of it can't wait to start the next book

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  • Solveig
  • 01-10-17

great Aussie YA drama

I loved this, it was very engaging, fast moving plot, excellent narration, great Aussie feel.