• The Ask and the Answer

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $24.47

Buy for $24.47

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode....

The Ask and the Answer is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure.

©2009 Patrick Ness. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What listeners say about The Ask and the Answer

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    13
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Exhausting book

Struggle to finish this. Really to much angst and issues.
Wish I did not spend my money on this.
Loved the narrator though!

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mr. D. V. Carruthers
  • Mr. D. V. Carruthers
  • 08-18-11

Brilliant

Absolutely fabulous book - not one to put a big smile on your face, but does ask some big questions. I found it quite difficult to read at times due to the trials and tribulations that some of the characters go through.

The narrator is absolutely fabulous, I really can't say enough good things about him, every voice is differentiated, and at times it's difficult to believe they're all coming from one person. I'd personally have him do all books from now on!

Hugely recommended.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sophie
  • Sophie
  • 03-27-13

Brilliant!

If you've read the knife of never letting go, get this book! It's an amazing sequel. If you haven't read the knife of never letting go, get over there and get it, then come back for this. I'm hooked! Off to read monsters of men.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Graeme from Preston
  • Graeme from Preston
  • 03-18-15

Keeps the story going

With the characters from the first book and a few new ones the story develops into a battle between fanatics. The theme being you can't trust warmongers - on any side.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Paula
  • Paula
  • 03-25-13

Fantastic

Equally as great as the first book! I was not able to stop listening to this book, LOVED IT!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Zathras
  • Zathras
  • 12-23-12

Excellent second part!

Great follow up, and as said before it has been read superbly. So good that you'll have to buy the next one!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Fiona MacDonald
  • Fiona MacDonald
  • 05-16-22

brilliant

this book is exciting, I loved it. the narrator was fantastic. well done, . look forward to next book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jon
  • Jon
  • 04-13-22

Good listens

After finishing book 1, you need book 2, now after finishing book 2 I need book 3. the cliff hangars are intense. the storyline is good, engaging and the narrator is good. i keep thinking his voice for mayor prentiss sounds just like grand moff tarkin from star wars (for me, this is good). narrator has good vocal range for different characters.

couple of complaints:
how many times the author repeats the same words, it can be a bit irritating, like when todd is calling viola for example.
and then this complaint is about the audiobook itself, at least once in each book so far there's been just the pure sound of the "noise" I guess it gives you a feel of how it would be walking into a city or something with so much noise around, but each time is, loud, takes too long to get past and annoying. I wanna enjoy the book, not cringe at the noise coming from the speakers or headphones.

other than that, loving it. proceeding to buy the next book right now!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brian
  • Brian
  • 06-29-21

Book great listen

This book was spoilt by the new IOS update which made the audible app crash and freeze. Several uninstalls and reinstall of the app were needed to enable continued listening.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tom D
  • Tom D
  • 06-02-21

good

liked it. felt it drag on a bit. but not bad. good ending makes me want to carry case n with book 3

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Southyorks1234
  • Southyorks1234
  • 04-06-21

great sequel

Great story. Good narrator. He changes tone, pitch, pace etc to fit the story. However he uses the same voice for all characters. This means it is sometimes confusing as to whether it is Todd or Viola talking in the first person.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-21

Nothing resolved. Nothing gained. Nothing lost.

I found it remarkable how such a long book could have such little character change. While there were significant experiences endured by the main characters, by the end almost nothing at all has changed. The "good guys" are together. The "bad guys" are still there, undefeated. Again, it really feels like you could skip this whole book and you won't have missed much.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jennine Cassidy
  • Jennine Cassidy
  • 10-31-21

This one dragged on far too long…

I purchased this second book because I loved the first one, but this one was far to long winded and seemed to drag on and on. I am sure I will buy the final book, because I do want to see how this ends, but I’m not excited to start.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-21

a decent book but probs won't we read

the reader was fabulous the book was decent that about sums up my feelings on the book

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for meaghan
  • meaghan
  • 03-26-21

Aweful

Aweful. Repetitive. i really struggled to get through this story. I just dont care enough to find out what happens in next book. Narrator was pretty good but poor at female character voices.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Valerie Barska
  • Valerie Barska
  • 02-17-20

Entertaining!

Beautifully written YA fiction. The concept of gendered noise is really clever and provides a nice commentary on our society. The price of innocence and the power of love are well exploited. The characters are well developed. The narration is beautiful, with each character distinct and memorable. I also really enjoyed the rendition of noise as a sound effect.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nina
  • Nina
  • 09-17-19

Heartstopping

I have read all of these books as they were released many years ago. But listening to them like this is so much better as I can see how much I skipped over in my excitement to find out what happens. What an incredible story. Part two in this brilliant trilogy is definitely full of action, drama and mystery. The narrator is amazing, really putting his heart into each of the characters. Can't wait to listen to the last one.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-19

BEST EVER!!!

Humphrey Bower is a LEGEND!! honestly the best performance !!

patrick ness is the most talented author!! way too many plot twists for me to stay sane i was so emotional!!!