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Summary

Pod, Homily and Arrietty are a family of tiny people who live beneath the floor, behind the grandfather clock in the old rectory. They own nothing - everything they have is borrowed from the 'human beans' who don't even know they exist. Arrietty's father, Pod, is an expert borrower. He can scale curtains using a hatpin and bring back a doll's teacup without breaking it.

Girl's aren't supposed to go borrowing, but as Arrietty is an only child, Pod breaks the rules. But when she is in the house borrowing, something happens which changes their lives. Arrietty makes friends with 'the boy upstairs'.

©2016 Mary Norton (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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Brilliant childhood memories

Loved this book as a children read to us aged 7-8 by a teacher called Mrs porter
Every afternoon we put our heads on our arms as she read to us brilliant memories x

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Have been waiting for this for ages!!

Wonderful story - please hurry up with the other Borrower books!!

The sound quality is very poor - lots of distracting crackles and breaks - can it be sorted out or re-recorded?

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Absolute classic.

Enjoyed every word. I already want to start it again. Everybody should read this book at least once.

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  • 16-05-21

I’ve always loved the borrowers since a child

I remember borrowing a talking books copy of the borrowers and the following books from the library, and have always enjoyed them.

I was really pleased when I saw the borrowers was available on audible, as I was able to buy it for my own children.

It is a very enjoyable story and my boys loved it. We just wish the rest of the series was available on audible.

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love it only 38 chapters though and the narrator o

the narrator is just wow x x lovely story and yes I just love it

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Great reading of a favourite classic

Really got sucked into the story and all the different characters came to life instantly. Very good reading and a lovely sensitive rendition of a favourite childhood classic.

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Loved it. Will listen again!

Narrator great. Easy to follow. Very enjoyable! The book came to life and shared many adventures!

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  • 27-11-16

Nice performance but story is a bit simple.

An interesting book overall. To me, the story in the book ends a bit abruptly. I have watched the animation from Studio Ghibli before. The book and the movie tell very different stories based on the same characters. Personally I like the story of the movie more, which spends more time describing how the friendship between the sick boy and Arrietty develops and helps them become braver and kinder.

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