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The Darkest Part of the Forest

Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (730 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they're destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she's found the thing she's been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointy as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does...

As the world turns upside down and a hero is needed to save them all, Hazel tries to remember her years spent pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

©2015 Holly Black (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Teens with a yen for dark, futuristic novels, and maybe even a few Anne Rice readers, will find this a refreshing take on vampire lit. As always, Black's writing is quick paced and thought-provoking. A must-have for any teen collection." ( School Library Journal)
"With rapid-fire dialogue, lavish details, and a wildly imagined world, this will enthrall Black's fans from start to finish and leave them hoping for another bone-chilling vicarious tour of Coldtown." ( Booklist)
"You may be ready to put a stake in vampire lit, but read this first: It's dark and dangerous, bloody, and brilliant." ( Kirkus)

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Good listen

It's racy enough to interest the teens and wholesome enough to listen as a family. Good story with lots of twists.

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  • DedeB!
  • Maine, United States
  • 03-07-15

The Horned Boy

Was not what I expected but anticipated every drive to school to drop my daughter off and pick her up again as listening to this audio book is greatly

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  • Julie
  • United States
  • 05-08-15

Holly Black does it again

A dark tale with a fast moving storyline. The pieces of the puzzle are all there for you to put them together, but will you? Lauren Fortgang does a great job as a reader and most of her character voices are fitting. Mostly. I really appreciate a stand alone fantasy tale that leaves me sated just as much as most trilogies do.

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Cute Story- Awesome Narration!

Fans of YA fiction like Mortal Instruments and Divergent will love this cute fairytale re-telling! This narrator is fantastic- 2nd series I've heard by her and she's still surprising me with new accents!

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  • Kate
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 02-02-15

Beautiful

This is my favorite book of all time. I reread it every year. Highly recommended!!

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  • TC
  • 01-23-19

Great as usual

I love the way Holly writes! She describes without boring or overdoing it. You can picture the people and worlds they live in. She sucks you in and make it hard to stop listening!! This is a creative and imaginative book. Thought maybe another story could have come after this one...maybe someday.
The narrator is great as well! Had me hooked!

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  • Erzebet
  • Kenosha, Wi, United States
  • 10-19-18

Another Perfect Adaptation of Classic Fairytales

Holly Black has, from her first book, been a master at weaving classic fairytale (the truly classic kind, not the Disney retellings many of us grew up with) into stories set in the Modern age. she doesn't create a new world so much as tease the reader with the idea that, right at the edge of the reality we know, lurks a world of magic and ancient beings that has always been there.
My boyfriend and I listened to this audio book last week on a road trip. He is not a fan of audio books but agreed to try one while it was my turn to drive, and chose this from my collection almost at random. He's never read a Holly Black novel, but this book has converted him, to both wanting to read her other books and to wanting to give audio books a try in the future. We did not finish the book during drive but he insisted we finish before the whole trip was over, choosing this book over his podcasts or movies. He was absolutely hooked until the very end.
The story is delightfully dark, a tale of family and love and the bonds those create, but without ever feeling heavy. All the characters are complex, with goals and flaws and pasts that have made them who they are and shape the choices they make as the story unfolds. The Narrator brings out every emotion and nuance in the characters, not just reading the lines but acting them out.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure, who wants to believe that there is magic all around but just out of sight, and who is ok with knowing that fairies may have wings and may sparkle but also probably may bite.

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A Fantastic Dream

Wonderfully written fairytale with excellent world building! I was hooked from the very first paragraph. Excellent narration! I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

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My favorite dark fairytale

The story is unique, and I loved every piece of it, the narration on audible is so grand I want the narrator to read to me any story every night.

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A personal favorite!

This audiobook is amazing! The story paired with the performance makes it all come to life.

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