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The Wind Singer

The Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Samuel West
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)
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Summary

In Aramanth, exams are everything. When Kestrel rebels, her family are sentenced to the harshest punishment. To save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer and she sets out to discover the true source of the evil that grips Aramanth.
©2001 William Nicholson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Imaginative, unpredictable and absorbing

I must admit I purchased this trilogy simply because Samuel West is a superb reader and his choice of novels hasn't let me down yet. And here's another great story, this time written with young teens in mind but absorbing for adults too. The Audible description doesn't make it sound that interesting but it's a highly imaginative tale of a city/civilisation under attack and of the girl & boy twins (Kestrel and Bowman) who set out to save their city and people. It's an adventure story with a strong mystical undercurrent. What I liked most was that each twist in the tale was unpredictable, particularly when the twins got themselves into Perils-of-Pauline situations.

Each of these books can be read as a stand-alone, but it's definitely worthwhile listening to them all in sequence (The Wind Singer; Slaves of The Mastery; Firesong) to find out what happens to all the different characters. Samuel West, as usual, does a brilliant job with his narration.

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  • Mrs
  • Potterton, United Kingdom
  • 30-07-15

Loved the trilogy

I hadnt read these books and came across a recommendation.
I simply adored them - buying Books 2 & 3 before I was half way through book 1 - and listened to them all one after the other.
Samuel West is brilliant - he has a wonderful voice and gave the story a perfect delivery.
Highly, highly recommended!

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superb

If you could sum up The Wind Singer in three words, what would they be?

brilliant for all ages

What about Samuel West’s performance did you like?

superb narrator

Any additional comments?

i first read this book in school and came across it the other day and decided to give it ago, it is truly brilliant and still facinates me today

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amazing

this is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. I was weeping with emotion several times during the book... suitable from aged 9 up I would say

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Good

Just as good as I remember with great delivery. not a good story for younger listeners.

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Beautifully read

Samuel West's performance made the book immersive and difficult to put down - just brilliant.

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Thought-provoking. A great reading as well.

Relevant, well written and imaginative. One of those books that will engage 'old' and young readers alike.

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A trip to an unbelievable society

I first read this book when it first came out as a teen, I fell in love with Bo and Kess even back then. All the characters are just so full of life and believable. It was a great read full of danger, chases, fights for freedom and a massive mystery as to who the Mora is and why Aramanth is the way it is. It is a series that I have read a few times. I found it again recently and instantly was transported back to the wonder of back then. It was a wonderful read that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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Weird concept - school society

There are some cool ideas in here like the mud people and the singers and the old youths, but i found the central characters unrelatable - one angel and two dummies, supposedly

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amazing

i absolutely love this book ive always struggled with reading book but this way i can listen and it makes it alot easyer for me i love everything about it

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  • Erica
  • 18-06-12

An Overlooked Masterpiece

The Wind Singer is an amazing children's book that doesn't have to be just for children. It is emotional and unique, not a rehashed story that's already been told. It is a fantasy story, though I think it falls more in the realm of dystopic fiction, without the harsh, futuristicness that is so often encountered in that genre. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever enjoyed YA lit at any point in their lives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-18

awesome

Well I guess this is why they give out the free trial because I will be using this app every day :)

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  • Jennifer R.
  • 28-02-17

most of the book is excellent

Unfortunately there were significant portions of the story that were too Alice in Wonderland for me. About a quarter of the book. The rest of the book really was excellent, which is why I made it to the end of the story.
The narration was excellent. I would definitely listen to Samuel West again .

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  • Sky Darley
  • 06-05-16

Still A Wonderful Book

It is a meaningful story with an adventure of variety. I read it in my youth and enjoyed it again as an audiobook.

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  • Mary-Liz
  • 28-02-13

Wonderful narration

A well-written fantasy/dystopia story for middle-grade readers. Samuel West is an excellent narrator. He interprets the story with wit and verve. All the characters, and there are many, are distinct and easy to recognize through his many subtle voice variations. Beautifully done.