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Silver on the Tree

Book 5 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence
Narrated by: Alex Jennings
Series: The Dark is Rising, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

The Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid to control the world. And Will Stanton, last-born of the immortal Old Ones, dedicated to keeping the world free, must join forces with his ageless master Merriman and Bran, the Welsh boy whose destiny ties him to the Light. Drawn in with them are the three Drew children, who are mortal, but have their own vital part in the story. These six fight fear and death in the darkly brooding Welsh hills, in a quest through time and space that touches the most ancient myths of the British Isles and that brings Susan Cooper's masterful sequence of novels, The Dark Is Rising, to a satisfying close.
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©1977 Susan Cooper (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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"[Alex Jennings] is a master of dialogue, slipping effortlessly into the cadences of children's voices and characterizing accents from around the British Isles and beyond. This is a satisfying conclusion to the series." (AudioFile)

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Final part of one of my favourite sequences

Love this but please can't you get 'Over sea, under stone' and 'The dark is rising'?

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children's fantasy and magic

The fifth and final ageless classic of "The Dark is Rising' series by Susan Cooper. It is rather surprising that her work is not as widely known as the Harry Potter books.She establishes a great sense of atmosphere in her books which draw heavily on Arthurian legends. Alex Jennings brings her work to life incredibly well.

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  • SOUTHAMPTON
  • 23-10-19

Revisited Childhood fav after more than 30 yrs.

Hats off to Audible, they have a great policy where when a Book is exchanged, the unwanted remains in the Customer's Library....that is what happened...The Dark is Rising sat in my Library, unwanted and unlistened to because I wasn't willing to give the voice of Alex Jennings a go... but did, under protest and glad I did. Four purchases later (quids-in Audible) I came to Silver on the Tree the last part of the Dark is Rising Series. What an utter entertainment it has been and Jennings is a real find, if you stick with him. Over 30 years ago I read this as a Kid and much like Rowlings' Potter Books, I think Cooper's talent is able to transcend Childrens' Literature and encompass the grown-up World.

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wonderful except so called Welsh ..

fantastic and wonderfully written story , great to revisit it as an audiobook , except for the pronunciation of the welsh , which was very disappointing , especially in this epic tale where the essence of Wales and welshness is an inextricable part of the whole story. An unexpected shortfall in an otherwise excellent audio experience.

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Almost excellent

I love all these books and this is almost an excellent rendition...it's such a shame that the little research it would have taken to get the Welsh pronunciation correct was not done. The, otherwise, engaging performance is however marred by the garbled approximation of the Welsh.

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great ending to the sequence

I love these stories and they have been beautifully narrated - the only criticism I can make of Silver on the Tree is the appalling Welsh pronunciation throughout.

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A thoughtful end to a magnificent series.

rereading (listening to) this volume makes me remember how much ground the series covers. much folklore and myth is brought into this series of linked books.

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Has to be one of the best tales ever.

Replayed over and over. A book I will never tire of. Thank you for the dreaming.

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Wonderful story

A wonderful epic story! Highly recommend it! This book brings the stories in the previous books together.

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  • Surbiton, United Kingdom
  • 29-12-13

Falls at final furlong?

It's the finale of the sequence and everyone is making an appearance! The band of 'riders' adds some dimension to the characters, but they are quickly disbanded and the impetus seems to be lost again with Will and Bran continually guided with their great powers through the quest element. It's a shame really as there have been some excellent parts of this sequence, but this is not one of them.

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  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 27-02-13

The last battle.

This is a worthy conclusion to the series. It begins with the Stanton family, all of wom are home for the summer holidays. When Will's elder brother Steven intervenes in the matter of an Indian boy being teased by a group of local villagers, the family finds themselves pitted against the hateful father of one of the bullies, an encounter that reminds Will of the absolute power the forces of the Dark will wield if the Circle of Light is unable to push them back. The next stage of the quest begins that night when Meriman Lyon appears to Will and tells him that the time has come for the six signs of light, gathered during the events of The Dark is Rising, to be recovered from the place where they were hidden following their joining. The time for the final battle between the Light and the Dark is drawing near, and the forces of Light must be ready for that critical moment. Recovering the signs is the easyy part. But Will and his friends must also recover an ancient sword, the one weapon that, combined with the six signs, can bring a final end to the threat of the Dark. This sword, however, lies in the Lost Land, in the keeping of its despairing maker. Only Will and Bran Davies, the latter being the lately revealed son of the legendary King Arthur, have any hope of reaching the Lost Land, and even then they must still reach the tower where the king of that realm has hidden himself in his despair. And once there they must find some way to rouse the king from his despair and persuade him to part with the sword. Will their efforts be enough to turn back the forces of the Dark in their greatest rising?
All in all this is a worthy conclusion to the series. Alex Jennings returns for this final installment and as usual he does an excellent job of narrating it.

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  • Sunshine Reader
  • 30-11-08

Excellent

A wonderful story with a wonderful performance. I don't get tired of listening to this series.

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  • LOVE AMAZON
  • 15-07-19

fascinating

this series of books opened up fascinating and interesting concepts of the world in general that's good and bad and of magic and memory and always be the best person you can

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  • The Kids are Alright
  • 05-03-19

Wonderful!

She is a wonderful writer! I read this series as a child and loved them then. I have such admiration for the series now after listening to it on Audible as an adult with fresh understanding of lore, legends, and the truth of light and dark forces at work in the world. The richness of language and descriptive details is so beautiful! The deep abstract ongoing battle of light and dark is well told in a way that begs the listener to expand their mind. Thank you Susan for a such a beautiful tale!

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  • keum
  • 15-04-18

after lisning

The audio quality is a bit bad. The ubabridged recording company has to renew the audio. but apart from that, everything is fine.

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  • TotoroAngel
  • 10-11-17

Awesome!

Just as good as 40 years ago, Thank you Susan Cooper! You are a gifted writer.

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  • tray
  • 08-02-17

perfect tie

What made the experience of listening to Silver on the Tree the most enjoyable?

the actors and the story. everything was done verry well

What did you like best about this story?

how big it felt.

What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

his reading brings a certain gravitas into the tone of the book

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

dark times

Any additional comments?

not to spoil but the ending's a tear jerker

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  • Gramme
  • 31-01-17

The dark is rising

No idea how often I have listened. Always enjoy it. It seems like a good winter story. Highly recommend.

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  • Patricia
  • 15-10-15

Great story. We'll done.

We want to get the books from the library to read. It will be interesting to check spellings of the Welsh words and see the names of the characters. Susan Cooper has a wonderful imagination, but also she has got a grasp on Welsh language and culture, and even more, a good point of view about what is important to mankind.

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  • Anne
  • 17-06-15

Excellent book.

From start to finish, this was an excellent series. My students and I read the first book, and I couldn't stop!