The Dark is Rising (Unabridged Audio Book)

Artist Group: 
Read by Alex Jennings
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Length in minutes: 
520

Format:

ISBN: 
080728274X
Large image: 
ASIN: 
080728274X
List Price: 
30.00
Rating: 
5
Awards: 
alanotablechildren'srecording
Publication Date: 
2000
Series: 
Dark is Rising Sequence
Miscellaneous: 
put the book as an ORT??

Categories:

Short Review: 
Alex Jennings gives an engrossing, dramatic reading, filled with the suspense and magic of this epic fantasy in which Will Stanton awakens on his 11th birthday to discover he is the last of the Old Ones, the ancient immortal race that keeps the evil forces of the Dark from ruling the land.
Long Review: 

“This night will be bad, and tomorrow will be beyond imagining.” Will Stanton has no idea how true the farmer’s pronouncement will be, when in the early morning hours of his 11th birthday, Will awakens to a world seemingly frozen in time and discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, the ancient immortal race that keeps the evil forces of the Dark from ruling the land. Alex Jennings gives an engrossing, dramatic reading, filled with the suspense and magic of this epic fantasy. His deep, clear voice is engrossing – so much so that you’ll hardly notice the nearly 9 hours it takes for him to read every word in this novel. A downside of some audio books is that they are read with such a deliberate pacing, the readers’ slow and perfect enunciation almost distractingly apparent to the listener. That is not the case here. Jennings, a veteran of BBC Radio, reads with a natural, yet dramatic pacing in his clear, crisp British accent. The combination of Jennings’ clear reading, appropriate pacing and dramatic sense imbues each character and this compelling tale with life. Though technically the second in the Dark is Rising Sequence (Over Sea, Under Stone is the first), this is a good one to start with. All the other titles in the Dark Is Rising Sequence are available as unabridged audio books read by Alex Jennings.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer