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Friday, May 2, 2014

Audio Book Review: Sabriel by Garth Nix

Sabriel (Abhorsen #1)
by Garth Nix
Narrated by Tim Curry
Audio CD by Listening Library
Book published by HarperCollins

Description: Ever since she was a child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead that won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

Though her journey begins alone, she soon finds companions: Mogget, whose seemingly harmless feline form hides a powerful spirit; and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage long imprisoned by magic, now free in body but still trapped by painful memories. With only each other to trust, the three must travel deep into the Old Kingdom, toward a battle that will pit them against true forces of life and death -- and bring Sabriel face-to-face with her own hidden destiny

Random Thoughts 
  • Just plain adored Mogget - such an intriguing little feline (and also gets some of the best dialogue)
  • Excellent world building
  • Chapters Jen told me about this one - she had me hooked at Tim Curry narrates.  Didn't even look at what the book was about, just wanted Tim to read to me.  Don't worry Garth,  I ended up truly enjoying the characters, the world and the dialogue.
  • Sorry cannot lie, the cover is blah and I probably would have walked by it with not a second glance. 
  • Tim Curry narrates - that is enough reason to listen to (On that note, best not listen to this at 11:15pm on a foggy night - trust me!)
  • A delightful, magical tale that I wish I had known about earlier
  • Sabriel is a delightfully flawed, rich character
  • Doesn't pander to the young reader. This is dark and nasty absolutely wonderful
  • Appreciated the fact that how their magical world exists is just matter of fact and never explained.  And also doesn't go into much detail (which is why I usually don't read fantasy)
  • Cannot wait to listen to the next installment 
  • Mogget voiced by Tim Curry - divine!
Memorable Quotes (sorry not many, a total pain in the ass to do quotes on audio books)

 "I love you," he whispered. "I hope you don't mind.”

“Fear and realisation of ignorance, strong medicines against stupid pride.”  

4 Dewey's

I borrowed this from the Calgary Public Library, but it is also available from Audible

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