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The Night Gardener

Narrated by: Beverley A Crick
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (309 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Auxier’s exceptional debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, is a Victorian ghost story with shades of Washington Irving and Henry James. More than just a spooky tale, it’s also a moral fable about human greed and the power of storytelling.

The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.

©2014 Jonathan Auxier (P)2014 Recorded Books

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From a librarian...

Creepy and suspenseful with just enough humor for an entertaining read. Believable characters will have you rooting for the heroes.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great spooky story

This is a great story, drizzled with a unique spooky and creepy mystery that will satisfy picky readers and kids that are too old for Goosebumps and want a good scary, thrilling book.
Great read

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  • Sakuya
  • California, USA
  • 03-22-17

Good Ghost Story

This story was very interesting throughout. The themes it takes on are given the respect they deserve which most books tend to lack. Sins like gluttony, pride, and greed are spotlighted in ways I think most people could sympathize with as well as learn to recognize in themselves. Kip was my favorite character. Despite his disability he was shown as someone that was sure, confident, and incredibly brave. To me, his disability added to the strength of his character. He was incredibly mature and most definitely the smartest person in the predicament the characters fond themselves in. The only negative that I have is that the story took a really long time for the "curse" mentioned in the summary to take center stage in the story. I was reading(listening to) the audiobook version and it was well over sixty percent when stuff started happening. It's still worth the read for the themes of courage and trusting one's self in any kind of situation.

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Hard to turn off! Great narration.

My 9 yr old and I got into this book slowly, but then couldn't do anything else until we finished it!

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Creepy without being too scary

This is a great scary story for preteens, the story has a good supernatural theme and a little backstory about Irish immigrants. Well done. I thought some of the voices, especially the male ones sounded weak but the other voices were great. Mild recommendation for true horror fans.

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Wonderful story

This was a great story with a fabulous narration. I loved her Irish accent. My children also loved this book.

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As an adult...

I did not want to enjoy this book. I didn't count on the tears, laughing, or remember the naivety an innocence of my childhood, but this story dredged it all up. I could not recommend this book enough for children and big children alike. Not for kids under 8 though.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

The Night Gardener reads like part children's fantasy and part adult horror. The story features two children, a sister and brother, homeless, penniless and seeking any type of work they can get to sustain themselves. That's how they find themselves in an old house set in a very creepy woods. The family of the home all have secrets that are slowly killing them.

Like most young adult stories, the children are left to be the heroes of the story, being able to do things that the adults for various reasons are unable to do on their own.

It was an enjoyable story to listen to, no foul language but there was violence in places. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a spooky story with young protagonists.

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Sweet Scary

Sometimes I like to listen to stories that would really put me in a fix if I imagine myself to be a child in the midst of its happenings. Siblings making their way in the big bad world. Chance upon employment far away from all that dangerous city hustle and bustle. They will soon learn that the countryside is not all that serene and safe as it is cracked up to be. And the stories folks are telling may not all be fantasy. True to form, there is a witch and nasty goons. And if like me, you make believe yourself into a child trying to make sense of this and that and loss in between, you might just experience a little bit of thrill. #Orphans #SiblingStories #Magical #HappyEnding #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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Disappointed- hard to follow Peter/ Fantastic Eyes

Sad storyline, not very entertaining, expected more since first book was amazing. Not worth it