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Green Rider

Narrated by: Ellen Archer
Series: Green Rider, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
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Summary

Karigan G'ladheon always seemed to be getting into a fight, and today was no exception. But as she trudged through the forest, using her long walk home to contemplate her depressing future - and the expulsion it was bound to hold - a horse burst through the woodland and charged straight for her. The rider was slumped over his mount's neck with two arrows embedded in his back. Wherever his horse was taking him, he would be dead before they got there. There's nothing Karigan can do, as the young man lies dying on the road. He had sworn to carry out his mission as a Green Rider - one of the legendary messengers of the king - and he has a life or death message that must reach King Zachary.

Karigan may be unable to save him, but she can deliver his message. He makes her swear to it, to keep it secret and, with his last breath, he warns her to 'beware the shadow man… 'Pursued by an unknown assassin, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent spectre of the original messenger, Karigan is going to become a legendary Green Rider herself. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, her simple promise to deliver a letter is about to become a race against time… and a race for her life…

Read by Ellen Archer. Ellen Archer is an acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of a coveted Audie Award for For the Love of a Dog.

Her recent audiobooks include the New York Times bestseller Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Unhooked by Laura Sessions Stepp, and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami.

©2008 Kristen Britain (P)2012 Penguin

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Superb story of a young woman, riding an adventure

Karigan Gladheon has been expelled from school and runs away home to tell her father before anyone else does, to put her side of the story, but she meets a Green Rider who is dying from 2 black arrows in his back. She is sworn to take a message to the King of her own Sacoridia, dodging her evil chasers and tormentors to ride the wild ride.
This is a lovely grown ups fairy tale/fantasy story that I first read 8+ years ago and have since read all other Green Rider books in the series because they are fabulously escapist and lifting, exciting and amazing.
If you enjoyed The Hunger Games then you will like this better.

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Green Rider... action and adventure

Green Rider has been a long time favorite book of mine, Karrigan tries to return home after a disagreement with the headmaster at school. Everything seems fine until a rider emerges from the forest with two black arrows in his back and she finds herself agreeing to help the dying man. Following a path only the horse seems to know Karrigan is off on an adventure.



Ellen Archer does a great job of narrating this book. Would love to see the rest of these books on audible.



Even my husband, a reluctant fantasy listener enjoyed this book.

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Thrilling and well read

Right from the beginning this was a captivating story, fast paced and well crafted. I would recommend to anyone who likes adventure and fantasy

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where's the next book?

fantastic story, but really annoyed I can't listen to the rest of them as they are equally as brilliant.

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young adventure

this is a fantastic adventure story and a good classic structure. strong young female lead which is well done performance

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A good read

A fast paced story of great imagination it kept the interest up well. Some parts were predictable but overall enjoyable.

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  • 16-07-15

Supurb imagination

Where does Green Rider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10 for sure

What was one of the most memorable moments of Green Rider?

Meeting the Berry sisters

Which character – as performed by Ellen Archer – was your favourite?

Karigan has to be the favourite but all the character are extreemly well visulised and documented by a fantastic author.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely, although it was not possible.

Any additional comments?

I have read this book 3 times and although Ellen Archer is not my favourite narrator she was ok. A bit slow and monotone in some parts but overall I got into the story through someone else's voice and enjoyed it. Shame Audible have not got the other books in the series to download!

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Brilliant story and narration!

Please give the UK the other audio books in the series for those of us that can’t read books? :’(

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A story of a brave girl written with much detail

This is the Story of a young girl full of adventure and spunk. With much detail and explanation from the writer, we follow her unbelievable adventures across the realm and beyond.

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Absolutely loved it!

The narration was impressive - the narrator managed to make sure every voice was different, going as far as singing and although female, managing to make the men's voices sound masculine.
I was very much in love with the story as well, the main character being her lovable spunky self.

Only disappointment is that although the following books are on the US audible, this is the book of the entire series available on the UK audible. Seriously! Give me more!!

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  • Kate
  • 25-01-14

Prepare for a wild ride!

The cover first caught my attention and once I read the blurb I was clicking the 'buy now' button. I was expecting the magic and detail of my childhood favourites, such as Tamora Pierce and Garth Nix, and I was not disappointed.
The Green Rider is the story of Karigan G'ladheon, a suspended school girl marching her way home, is come upon by a dying Green Rider who gives her the responsibility of carrying his message to the King, suddenly her life is propelled into dangers, near-death, monsters and intrigue (all on the back of a horse).
The story has been well read by Ellen Archer, and it was a joy to listen to her perform the narrative (her pace and accents suited the story so well).

My only disappointment is that the rest of the series is not available to UK/Australian listeners, and I eagerly await the rest of the series audio release.

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