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The Thief of Always

Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (342 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for 1,000 years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles and blissful rounds of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied.…

There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the House shows it's darker face - when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows - that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy.

The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitions for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years….

©1992 Clive Barker (P)2013 David N. Wilson

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I love this book!

I love the story, the narrator was not boring at all. I was able to finish the book in one day! I highly recommend this book for ages 10 years and up!

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Great story

Loved it! My 4 year old daughter also enjoys me reading this to her at bedtime. Great for Adults and kids

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every time!

I have read this book probably 10 times, and I love it more and more every time!

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Good children's story

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

I read the book first, and heard this years later. The performances weren't the same as I heard in my head, but it's not really fair to assume everyone knows what's in my head. Half of the time I don't even know what's in my head.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Hood is awesome. You can hear the sharp teeth.

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

...In a world...

Any additional comments?

Good, short, fun, story. The only thing I didn't like about it, was that I wanted it longer.

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A light-hearted story for children of all ages

I have fond memories of this book from the first time I read it, back in middle school. I'm glad to find that it is still enjoyable to me all these years later. The story of Harvey and Hood and the House of Always is one I keep coming back to from time to time. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

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Favorite Book

I absolutely have loved this book since it was released. My dad was a huge fan of Clive Barker, and he was so excited that at 14 this was a book by him that I could read, understand, and enjoy. I still have the original copy that he bought all those years ago. So glad this book is on Audible, I just love it and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, and I know I’ll be listening over and over!

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My favorite book

This is my all-time favorite book! I definitely would recommend this book! Clive Barker is amazing!

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Really really good!!!!!!!
This book shows great promise for 10. and 11 year olds.
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Epic!!

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The Voice on this is Fantastic!

Read this with students and the range in voices to imitate the emotions of the characters is perfect for listeners. Additionally, his tone was great for the type of book this was.

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The Thief of Always

this was a "children's" story that destroyes any I heard as a child by leapsnbounds!

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  • Michelle Shepherd
  • 01-20-19

Loved it.

My husband is a big Clive Barker fan and always expresses his love of this story. Loved it. Not sure if they have done a full cast version but if they did I’d love it.

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  • JD N.
  • 05-01-15

Brings back memories!

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

No. One of my primary school teachers read this to our class years ago, I must have been 7 years old. The content was just as good, but the voices of the characters, (especally Wendell), were very annoying! I prefer the way my teacher read it!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thief of Always?

It was all about reminiscing. I loved the Halloween parts, they remind me of Halloween as a child.

What didn’t you like about Adam Verner’s performance?

Annoying voices, Wendell reminded me of Patrick Star from Spongebob

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

Not really.