Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.
Kings fall, and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend, and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.
Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?
©2015 S. D. Smith (P)2015 Story Warren
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One of our favorites
There were too many to list just one. Picket's achievement definitely stands out!
He did a great job with the various voices and carried the story along really well.
It is really nice to find good, high quality books for our kids to listen to. They are very reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia, and the message and morals within them are extremely refreshing. We can't wait to see what Mr. Smith has next.
"Not Just for The Elementary Age Group"
I saw a friend recommend this on her blog - she has younger children, I have teens - so I thought I'd download this for me to listen through since we often get asked for recommendations for younger years books. (We home educate and are voracious readers.)
The story line is so engaging I wanted to share it with the rest of the family.
It's not just a story to read to children in the elementary years - it's one that will have appeal to a very wide age range.
For those that enjoy the Narnia Series, Watership Down, The Hobbit - tones of those are in this story.
Recommending this as an, easy, engaging car time/ road trip listen.
"Adventurous, fun story"
I listened to this book with my 11, 10, 7 and 5 year old. My older 2 children loved it, some parts were a little hard to follow for the 7 and 5 year olds, but it was simple to stop and explain when they didn't understand. We all really enjoyed this story, as well as the many voices of the narrator. Highly recommended by myself and my children!
"A stirring tale of adventure, courage and hope"
Yes, and I will listen with my two sons and my daughter, and then watch them go straight out to make wooden swords to learn to fight bravely like Picket and conquer their fears. A wonderful set of role models and creative sparks for kids.
In this Audible version, I got chills when narrator Joel Clarkson sang the song of the Mended Wood to a haunting tune he composed himself... the perfect embodiment of their beautiful vision of future reality.
This is my first book read by him, and I enjoyed it. He's a talented reader, and I enjoyed his musical additions very much.
The Green Ember: A tale of perilous adventure, thrilling courage, and hope in the midst of darkness
With elements of Watership Down, Redwall, and Narnia, S.D. Smith has masterfully woven a fresh tale in a brand new world with endless possibilities. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens to Heather, Picket, crabby old Elmer, and especially King Jupiter's heir! A job very well done, S.D. Smith! More please, as soon as possible!
"Does the story justice"
This book is a gem and I am proud to have it on my bookshelf! It assumes that children are interested in a world beyond themselves and inspires them to greatness. It allows children (and adults as well) to indulge their imaginations and come out better for having read it.
The Narnia Chronicles are sacred ground when it comes to fantasy literature, but there are elements of The Green Ember that remind me of my time spent in Narnia. The imaginative characters as well as the good vs. evil plot influence my comparison.
I have listened to Joel's piano music (which is excellent) but this is the first verbal performance I have heard.
I think performing an audiobook must be a great and difficult task. It takes skill to read the story well, but not to get in the way. The reader also has to compete with the listener's preconceived ideas about what the characters sound like - tough work! Joel Clarkson strikes a great balance and gives a worthy performance of the story.
What a great story! A rabbit tale with a much kinder worldview than Watership Down. S. D. Smith has created a wonderful world with a rich history. An exciting story great for kids and adults alike. We listened to it going to and from soccer games and hated to turn off the car when we arrived! The audio performance was excellent as well.
"Months Later, Still Sticking With Me"
Absolutely, I'd listen to this story, or read it, again in a heart beat. It was well paced, and an interesting tale.
When Heather realizes how strong she truly is. The other is a spoiler and thus won't be told here.
I have not and cannot compare.
I definitely laughed, no crying; maybe some shared frustration.
Joel Clarkson seems to have a difficult time keeping his female voices straight. I found his portrayal of some of the lesser female characters better than the main character but overall it was well done. His male characters were brilliant and his general range of voices is impressive.
The story itself is well told, well paced and kept me wanting more. It's been several months since my listen and it's still on my mind. That should give you an idea of how much I liked this one. I do hope there is a second installment
I have so much love in my heart for this book. As a preschool teacher, I have a big place in my heart for all children's literature. But this book, this book ranks TOP 5 favorite of all time. And that's a big compliment. It's enchanting- it's the kind of book that should be read by a fireplace when it's raining out on a early saturday morning- yes, it's that enchanting. But it's also full of adventure and simplistic fun that will make an child's nose crinkle with delight, but it's also full of truth so much that it led me to contemplate my own mistakes and fears and change them. And just wait til the end, you'll be fist pumping and yelling at S.D. Smith all in the same breath.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, if nothing else to see Truth and Beauty combined in one stunning story.
"Kids can't wait for more"
My 6, 8, and 10 year old listened to this before bed for several nights. We all loved it! One reviewer suggested it would be too scary for kids and could give them nightmares. None of mine were scared or had nightmares and they are not allowed (with rare exception) to watch pg13 or above movies. My 6 year old was recently scared by an Adventure in Odyssey cd but not this. If Narnia doesn't scare your kids I don't think this will. This story is wonderful and we loved Joel Clarkson's narration! Can't wait for more!
I'm a 29 years old PhD student in engineering, no kids but I was curious about this book. I just couldn't stop listening this audiobook, a really nice story for all ages. I think I'm going to buy the book anyways to check the art and get more details.
I will be waiting for the sequel that is coming next month.
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