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Publisher's Summary

Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, 16-year-old Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. The eerie clues pile up quickly, and when people start dying, it's clear that whatever this is - it's huge.

Marshall has no idea what's happening to him, but he's soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend, Cooper, who's been missing for over a week. Together with Coop's sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend, ultimately uncovering something bigger than he could ever have imagined.

©2010 D. J. MacHale (P)2010 Brilliance Audio

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Why doesn't Kvothe just use sympathy already?

Referencing the Kingkiller Chronicle as Podehl's other work. He did a good job narrating. He has a good voice for male coming of age novels. 'Nuff said.

Probably my fault for not studying up MacHale's other work, but there was nothing about it in the description. For those not generally familiar with his work, this is definitely young adult fiction. I didn't know this so not long into it I found myself thinking, "what's with all the horror movie and awkward teenager cliches?"

After I realized that the book is for the young and I forgave all the trite stuff it actually turns out to be a pretty good story. There are some very enjoyable set pieces where the "monster" attacks. These are cinematically described and quite vivid. MacHale's words and Podehl's cadence during the mysterious revelation scenes is also quite engaging.

Unfortunately, one tool the author beats to death is Marsh's uncanny inability to predict his scene. I'm sure MacHale does this so the reader's surprise matches the character's, but it is so consistent that it's distracting. If he thinks something will go well, it becomes a catastrophe; if he thinks he's in trouble, he is saved; if he thinks she hates him, he gets a kiss. It is more predictable than gravity. Usually, there is very little contextual reason that Marsh should have his misconception. MacHale simply describes the misconception then "surprises" you with the opposite, over and over.

My hangup on the cliches and that particular device aside, I think I would recommend this book to a teenager looking to read a little light horror. The action is good; the mystery is good; and the story moves along at a steady pace.

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Edge of my seat ride

Kept me waiting for what's next, great listen...
Highly recommend for anyone who needs to keep awake for the next twist

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Listen and enjoy a good story brilliantly read

Would you consider the audio edition of The Light to be better than the print version?

Never read the book but very glad to have listened

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Light?

Some great plot turns

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

It's was one of the books that i worried about ending as I was enjoying it so much

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loved it

just finished the Pendragon series and wanted more. I got what I wanted in this book.

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amazing book

This book does a great job in keeping the reader at edge,; never knowing what might come next.

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AMAZING

one of my all time favorites. this book series is absolutely amazing. I definitely recommend

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My favorite

This has always been my favorite book, and I didn’t know it was a series! It’s absolutely wonderful and it’s what inspired me to buy audible.

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Boring

Very boring book. Author jumps from present to past with no warning and always talking about the past with his best friend. Main character seems to be crushing hard on his best friend. I'm halfway through and even if its about to be good the 6hrs of whining and crying main character was enough for me. Great narrating tho.

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mystery!!!

DJ does it again. prepare for a story that will keep you guessing before pulling the rug out from under you.

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Amazing!

DJ Machale is amazing! Nick Podehl is the best narrator I have ever heard. Amazing story ill listen to it more than once i cant get it out of my head.

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  • 10-19-20

Lost for words

I got so into this that I was gutted when it ended I’m looking to see if there’s any follow ons now :)

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  • 03-08-11

Simply Amazing!

A brilliantly read audio book that was written by a class author who does not get enough recognition for his work. A spooky story read by a brilliant voice artist.

The story is well-written and extremly well-acted (or voiced, depending on how you look at it) by Nick Podehl! Generally slow during the first two chapters, the pace moves along quickly and it has ended up being my favorite book by D. J. MacHale, whose books I have all read.

I'd recommend it to any and all, even if you have never heard of D. J. MacHale or Nick Podehl!