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Old Kingdom Trilogy, Book 1

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006 | Unabridged
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A tale of dark secrets, deep love, and dangerous magic!Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Charter-Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life—and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library (Audio), 2006
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780739329771
Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: Curry, Tim
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Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. Action packed fantasy!

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PimaLib_JenM Jan 14, 2021

I am a repeat listener to the entire Abhorsen series, and I keep wondering, "When are they going to make these into movies?" I'm pretty sure Tim Curry's excellence as a narrator helps me think this, since he makes the characters and story come alive through his voice. In any case, if you haven't read the series, I highly recommend it, and if you've read it but not listened to it, try the audiobook version. You will not be disappointed.

Sep 11, 2019

I tried reading this book as an elementary/middle schooler and couldn't get into it, so my expectations were low. However, Tim Curry as the narrator is too good to pass up (I devoured the entire series of unfortunate events audiobooks in the space of less than 6 weeks last fall thanks to his voice work) so I gave it another shot. I'm glad I did! I have read very little fantasy where necromancers are the primary magical focus, let alone the "good guy". The tension between Sabriel's book knowledge and then her abrupt exposure to the "real world" resonated with me as a (relatively) new teacher. This book provides the same side-by-side elements of both science and magic that His Dark Materials has, but I think it provides just enough support for the reader (as opposed to HDM which didn't provide quite enough explanation in book one for my liking).

Having already started book two in this series, I'm glad to know that subsequent books will expand more upon this universe - I want to know more about the world Nix has created here. There are classic "zombie" elements, as well as magic/technology tension, magic, eldrich-y creatures, and even a bit of romance. I will be interested to see how that foundation is built upon in the rest of the series.

Aug 14, 2019

Sabriel is absolutely fascinating and engrossing, from start to finish.

The mix of fantasy and modernity was an extremely interesting touch, and made the story all the more interesting. Sabriel's quest to help her father will suck the reader in, and I also enjoyed the backstory, of what happened with Touchstone and the royal family.

Tim Curry's narration was very well done, bringing the different characters to life. His descriptions of Death and the Dead were what really got to me, though. Reading the words would be creepy, but hearing them spoken out loud made them all the more chilling and fun.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in teen fantasy, mixed with a bit of horror. It'd be particularly great if you're on a road trip of some kind, a wonderful way to pass the time.

IndyPL_SteveB Apr 25, 2019

Fantasy teen novel with elements of horror. First of a series. Pretty exciting, although a bit overwritten.

Sabriel is the teenage daughter of Abhorsen, although she soon learns that is his title, not his name. He is a sort of anti-necromancer. It is his job to return the re-awakened dead to Death. Since she was five, Sabriel has been sent to a girls’ school in a “safe” area. But this limited exposure to her father’s life means that she lacks important knowledge of his world and abilities when he sends a message that he needs her to rescue him. Nix has developed an unusual fantasy world. There is a giant wall which divides and protects Ancelstierre, a country of the current world, from “The Old Kingdom.” On one side of the wall technology works – guns, telephones, automobiles, radio, etc. On the other side of the wall only medieval technologies and a certain form of magic will work, and the dead can sometimes rise to take over the living.

The audio book is narrated by Tim Curry, who loves to dwell on every description of evil and violence. It held my attention but may have made the book seem more gruesome than it really was.

DCLadults Mar 13, 2018

Dark and creepy, it gave me the chills. Well written and a vividly told story. The main characters grew on me over time and I enjoyed their bravery and the subtle touch of romance.

ArapahoeDonna Dec 30, 2016

Garth Nix does a beautiful job of introducing the world of Sabriel; a young lady who travels from her school where she is a prefect, into the darker world of magic where she becomes a necromancer and earns the title of Abhorsen. Listening to Tim Curry narrate the story brings the characters to life and keeps the audience entranced with his interpretations of what the characters would sound like. Definitely a series to get involved in.

Nov 22, 2013

An interesting conceptualization of the necromancer, but an otherwise uninteresting "read." I thought Tim Curry might make it more exciting, but in fact, it took away from the book. Also, boys should not write romance.

Jun 23, 2012

this book set in motion my full respect and love for books... thank you garth nix


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