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Sarah

Sarah Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom Member Since 2006
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  • "Awesome! A true modern classic."

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    I read this book a couple of years ago, based on a librarian's recommendation and once I'd got passed the first few confusing pages and got used to the raw writing style I realised it was one of the most amazing books I'd ever read in my life. This comes from a 40 something teacher who has to plough through some drab 'teen' fiction for a living, and who's favourite author is Jane Austen!.
    It's hard to describe how I fealt reading this book; the prose is so raw and brutal and funny and tragic and very 'new'. It's so poetic, so energetic. The story of a boy and his dog and a girl, who are running for their lives seems simple, but like the very best literature, the actual way this story is written is revolutionary and transporting.
    I've just listened to the audio book and Humphry Bower does his usual amazing job; turning in a powerful, energetic performance, (except I'd always thought of the settlers having an American deep south accent! but what do I know, rural England works too!).
    I loved this, hope you do too!

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    The Knife of Never Letting Go

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick Ness
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not - stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

    Sarah says: "Awesome! A true modern classic."
  • "Excellent Teen Fiction, for teens o..."

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    This book is exciting, harrowing and thought provoking, the reader is good too. John Marsden writes beautifully.... it's fairly adult stuff at times, certainly for 13+ , but the (considerable) violence and (minor) sexuality are not at all gratuitous, they are vital parts of the plot. Give this book a try and then see how long you can resist the others in the series, there are seven in all! These books are big in Australia, but not easy to find in the UK.

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    Tomorrow, When the War Began

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Marsden
    • Narrated By Suzi Dougherty
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    While Ellie and her friends are away in the bush, the world changes. Suddenly they are in the toughest situations humans can confront, facing life and death decisions. They are thrown into a world where they find courage, initiative, spirit and wisdom, or they die.

    Paul says: "An enthralling read"
  • "Fab book, fab reading, not just for..."

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    I've listened to talking books all my life and this series is as good as it can get. Fast paced, terrifying, mysterious, characters with depth that you love, and a beautifully descriptive writing style that is rare these days. Paver has created a world sort of like our own pre-history, but with an added extra magic; rather like Garth Nix or JK Rowling.
    What makes these listens so wonderful is the real coup of getting Ian McKellen to read them. He is a wonderful reader, and brings the books to full blooded life.
    This review is for the 5th book, but could be for any of them in the series, they are all very good. Listen in order, if you can. Well worth it!

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    Oath Breaker: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
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    When he was outcast, Torak was the hunted one. The following spring, he becomes the hunter when he swears to avenge the killing of one of his closest friends. To fulfil his oath he must brave the hidden valleys of the Deep Forest, where the clans have reverted to the savagery of an earlier time. Here, Torak finally learns why he is the Sprit Walker and discovers the true cost of revenge.

    Sarah says: "Fab book, fab reading, not just for kids!"
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