Abarat

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,019 ratings

Abarat, Book 1 Publisher's Summary

It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold. When the answer comes, it's not one she expects. Out of nowhere comes a wave, and Candy, led by a man called John Mischief (whose brothers live on the horns on his head), leaps into the surging waters and is carried away.

Where? To the Abarat: a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day, from The Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening, to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of Gorgossium, the island of Midnight, ruled over by the Prince of Midnight himself, Christopher Carrion.

Candy has a place in this extraordinary world: she is here to help save the Abarat from the dark forces that are stirring at its heart. Forces older than Time itself, and more evil than anything Candy has ever encountered.

©2002 Clive Barker (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Abarat, Book 1

    • By: Clive Barker
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 507
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 318

    It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold. When the answer comes, it's not one she expects. Out of nowhere comes a wave, and Candy, led by a man called John Mischief (whose brothers live on the horns on his head), leaps into the surging waters and is carried away.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Weird for the sake of weirdity...

    • By Paul on 09-19-08

    Regular price: $29.65

  • Book 2

    • Days of Magic, Nights of War

    • Abarat, Book 2
    • By: Clive Barker
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 316
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the amazing world of the Abarat are getting more strange by the hour. Christopher Carrion, the Lord of Midnight, has sent his henchman to capture her. "Why?" she wonders. What would Carrion want with a girl from Minnesota? And why is Candy beginning to feel that the world of Abarat is familiar to her? Why can she speak words of magic she doesn't even remember learning?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Imaginative but predictable

    • By karen on 12-29-05

    Regular price: $29.65

  • Book 3

    • Absolute Midnight

    • Abarat, Book 3
    • By: Clive Barker
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    "I know that many of you here have waited years for this Hour," Mater Motley said, using that voice that, though it was barely conversational in volume, was somehow heard everywhere. "The waiting is over. Tomorrow there will be no dawn. Only midnight, absolute and eternal." And so begins a new chapter in the epic story of 16-year-old Candy Quackenbush and her journeys through the world of the Abarat, where every hour is an island in one eternal day, and nothing is as it seems.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • BARKER gets DARKER

    • By Old Man Parker on 10-03-12

    Regular price: $33.08