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The Moon of Gomrath

Narrated by: Philip Madoc
Series: Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Book 2
Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

Alan Garner's exciting and atmospheric tale of magic and evil, which began with The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, continues with The Moon of Gomrath.

Colin and Susan are not safe from the evil Morrigan and once more find themselves back in Fundindelve with the wizard Cadellin.

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One of my favourite books

Alan Garner is an author who, if you have not yet discovered his books, you should immediately take up. At first glance, they seem to be Young Adult fantasies, and I suppose that they are, strictly speaking. In addition, the earlier books (The Wierdstone of Brisingamen, The Moon of Gomrath, The Owl Service) were fist published in the 1960s, so there is a less-than-modern tone to them. Don't let that put you off.
He is closely tied to the geography and mythos of his home, and he brings that area to life as do few other authors. The landscape and the people come alive at his touch, and the otherworldly characters become an integral part of the lives in the book.
As with the best fantasy, the hidden world is interwoven with the world around us, and he gives you the sense that, if you just been there a moment earlier or later, you would have been drawn in yourself.
The reading by Philip Madoc gives you the accents (but not so thick you can't comprehend) and differentiates the characters clearly. I have to say that his voices are not far off the ones I imagined when reading. He is an accomplished actor, and the readings are as magical as the books.

Highly recommended.

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About this book

This is the second amazing book in the Weirdstone series, it follows on from the first with another amazing storyline.
I personally find it much scarier than the other one, so prepare yourself, but it?s part of what makes it such a griping listen, I strongly recommend it, especially if you liked the first one.

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Stick with just the first book!

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and wish I hadn’t carried on...this one had none of the charm of the first and was a funny mixture of too full of action and at the same time boring...I’ve already been told that the third book is best avoided, just wish I’d missed this one out too...

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Confused nonsense with some beautiful language

I love and I mean love the Weirdstone but this was struggling to recapture the magic and I found it rushed, almost as if it were planed to be a longer book which was rushed into print prematurely. Having said that there are one or two passages of description which I liked, but not enough to redeem the book I am afraid.

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excellent book

A great book. I loved every minute. 10 out of 10. very highly recommend. another classic from Alan Garner.

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moon of gomrath

good story. well read apart from some voices which I felt didn't really suit the characters tho that's just a personal opinion.

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Narrator's voice unlistenable

This is an amazing book. I listened to the first in the series and really enjoyed it with the same narrator. However in this story there are lots of additional characters the narrator has to 'voice' with varying pitches/tones. He usually has a deep timbre but the whole story becomes completely unlistenable to... really unpleasant... as there are a couple of character voices that are waaaaay too high pitched and excited. I honestly couldn't stand it. I'm really disappointed as I would like to know how the story ends.

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