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Abhorsen

By: Garth Nix
Narrated by: Tim Curry
Series: Abhorsen, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
5 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger. But she had kept her library whistle, tucking it into the small pouch at her belt. Though she was many, many leagues from any help the whistle might summon, she felt the need to cling to some small part of her past and her identity.

She had become an Abhorsen, Lirael thought, at least on the outside.

Don't miss books one and two of this trilogy! Sabriel and Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr.
©2003 Garth Nix (P)2003 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Abhorsen is an excellent denouement for a fantasy that is both literary and popularly accessible. Out loud, the powers of this future classic are intensified, especially through Curry's inspired dramatization." (School Library Journal)
"At once an allegory regarding war and peace and a testament to friendship, this thought-provoking fantasy also resolves the true identities of the popular Dog and Mogget characters and suggests that Nix may still have more tricks up his sleeve." (Publishers Weekly)

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just amazing

narrator was great as usual, amazing story, wonderful characters, I can't recommend this book higher, it is just amazing simply amazing

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love it!

love this series. I do find that Tim Curry pronounces a few things a bit oddly, but you get used to it. honestly listened to this series 3 or 4 times now ^_^

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exceptional <br />

loved all 3 books recommended them to fantasy readers as incredible stories and a fantastic reader.

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great great great

for me a book is great when it conjures up emotions, this book did this on spades, brilliantly written and narrated!! *****

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Wonderous

Picking up where Lirael left off, Abhorsen is a wonderfully drawn conclusion to the trilogy. Tim Curry is at his best, bringing the characters to life, and Garth Nix's tale draws us right in. With heaps of magic, necromancy and ghoulish dead, the protagonists must strive hard to survive this epic tale. I personally had trouble getting through Sabriel. It wasn't a book I could read, but Tim brought it to life, and this book is well worth the hours of listening.

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spectacular

tim curry did such an amazing job at these three books that I worry about how the next narrator will compare.

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almost perfect

A few audio glitches but an otherwise excellent performance by Curry in the thrilling and emotional conclusion.

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loved the story. loved time Currys performance. the audio occasionally could only be heard through one speaker though

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  • chris
  • 23-06-2007

Great fun

This is a worthy sequel to Lireal (sp?) which I also enjoyed. This book has a bit more depth. The talking dog and cat still made me roll my eyes a little (is it Disney or Jar-Jar?) but it didn't spoil the story. Plus they are more than they seem, like every other character in this book. The ending was satisfying and worth the two-book wait, although the last couple of pages were a little predictable. I had a hard time putting this one down.

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  • Addy
  • 15-10-2019

I love the Abhorsen story but...

This book starts very, very slow. Also Nix’s struggle to completely realize a character shows clearly. However, the last quarter of the book takes a sudden (very) dramatic turn. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Abhorsen story and will be going back for more. I just wish Nix would add another 50 pages to his stories so that we can get a clear picture and an ebb/flow of drama.

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  • Daniel P.
  • 14-08-2019

An OK book in an OK trilogy

After reading the third book I guess this series is just not my cup of tea. I know I’m in the minority but this series was just OK to me and almost even on the unlikable side. If you liked the first two though I will say this is more of the same so you’ll probably like this as well. I did really like the concept of the world Nix has created in these books but I just don’t think we see enough of it. Whereas some books I really get a picture in my mind of cities, homes, characters and the world as a whole I’m just not seeing it with these books. I also never really felt connected to any of the characters or care what happened to them.

Like the last book, I did enjoy the Disreputable Dog and Mogget way more than any of the human characters. Their dialogue was enjoyable and humorous especially when they were interacting with each other. They were the one bright spot of the book, and maybe if there was a story with those two traveling around having some sort of adventure I’d be interested in this series more but I don’t think I’m going to continue with the prequel novel and the follow up book.

I also didn’t really find the antagonists that scary or feel a sense of dread that something might happen in the story. Chlorr of the Mask was kind of interesting as a third tier villain but that was about it. Hedge and Orranis were just OK but and Nix tried to make them threatening but it just didn’t come across for me. I don’t want to spoil anything but one bright spot was the final battle with Orranis, the eighth and why the eighth did what they did.

Overall just an ok series that I may have enjoyed much more if I had read this when I was younger. I liked the world but I don’t see myself going past the original trilogy.

Once again Tim Curry was as a narrator was just like this book, OK. It was clear, but it wasn’t anything special that got me into the story more.

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  • Sasa Seles
  • 12-11-2018

A bit disappointing ending

Overall a good book with great storytelling but I feel that ending was being made to be the grand fight from the second book. !! Spoiler !! But in the end, I feel disappointed because the first time they sealed the Destroyer it basically killed all of the casters (forces) and only their "shadows" remain and their power. Now, on the other hand, we have their ancestors doing the same thing without a single loss. Made the last battle underwhelming. When I was reading these three books, I always felt that anybody could die at any moment. It made me feel for the characters because I knew they could be gone in a moment. Now I know that the writer will not kill anybody ever and there are no consequences for anything. It makes me pass on reading more of his book.

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  • Dianne
  • 18-01-2016

Tim Curry Rocks!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend the whole series. It was a little dark so I would not recommend it for very young listeners, but for adults who enjoy fantasy, it's a definite yes. Tim Curry is one of the finest narrators I've ever listened to and I've listened to a lot of audio books. The only downside to the series, and the reason I did not give it five stars, is that the author seems to be a bit of a sexist. Every second scene has the female leading characters either wiping away a tear, having tears roll down their cheeks, or their eyes filling with tears. Really? It's 2016, can we finally allow women be strong characters without constantly demeaning them by having them burst into tears in every second scene?

What did you like best about this story?

Strong female characters (except for all the tears that the male characters never seem to be afflicted with). Mind you, from the other perspective, the male characters seem to have weaknesses that require them to be rescued by the female lead characters time after time.

Any additional comments?

Leave out the tears and it's a pretty darn good tale.

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  • Doug D. Eigsti
  • 12-12-2013

Third Time Not a Charm

I made it to this third volume due chiefly to the soothing voice of Tim Curry. The first two held my interest better. I found the plotting and characterization in SABRIEL and LIRAEL to be more engaging. The coming of age drama of the first two books and the conflict over evil seemed more accessible and interesting. Here in ABHORSEN, the culmination of the series, the drama falls flat and the story nearly incomprehensible. Tim Curry is always entertaining. He is hampered here with a weak and thin story.

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  • DangerMouse
  • 05-07-2008

splendid

Firstly, the narration was extremely well-done. The only thing that I didn't like very much was Mogget's voice, though this is only a matter of preference, and I cannot fault the narrator for that.
The book itself is very engaging and a good read/listen, though I have to agree with one of the other reviewers about the heroine: she is too whiney and distraught over something she really should have been used to by this point. Being a Remembrancer should be enough for her, especially since she's the only one in the world, but she can't seem to get over not being able to see into the future. This is tiring after a while. Other than that, it's a good story.

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  • Tanya
  • 21-12-2006

Don't Miss This Thrilling Conclusion!

My only complaint is that it has to end!!!

This series is remarkable on so many levels. Garth Nix is a genius at creating rich, fantastic worlds fraught with gritty emotion and thrilling excitement and this final installment in the "Old Kingdom" series does not disappoint!

The characters are engaging, the story is tight, and Tim Curry is perfect.

Don't miss this one!

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  • Matthew von der Ahe
  • 08-10-2007

Good voice, good story

Tim Curry has a great reading voice. He loses his character's voices a couple times, but overall very good. The story is deep fantasy, with lots of complex, arcane magic; deep, inferred history; and evil necromancers. Story sags just a little near the end, but overall, Highly Recommended.

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  • Michael
  • 29-07-2007

Amazing!!!

This is an excellent conclusion to the Old Kingdom series as well as a perfect conclusion to the story begun in Lirael. I would suggest reading the two previous books in the series first because this book picks up right where the last one left off. This means that the action begins in the first chapter, keeping your interest until the end. The main characters continue their journey to stop an ancient being from destroying the world. This book is filled with magical fights that would rival those in Harry Potter. You will NOT want to stop listening.

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  • Mr
  • 23-12-2012

An Incredible Listen

This book is beautifully written, as is always the case with Garth Nix. I did not expect to find an audio version which even began to portray the beauty and depth of his world, but Tim Curry was definitely the right person to chose to do so. If you've read the series, or are simply looking to find out if it's any good, I would definitely suggest listening to this.

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  • David Connor
  • 01-10-2018

That ending...

I have a meeting with HR tomorrow to explain why I am crying at my desk. Nice work Nix!
As good as this story is, in both conception and realisation, it is undoubtedly Tim Curry's spellbinding performance that makes this a must listen.

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  • Ms. H. Morris
  • 09-02-2011

Love it!

Having loved the books I got these audio versions and haven't been disappointed! The narrator does a fantastic job and I have had many happy hours listening! Already listened to them all twice! Fantastic!

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  • Ian
  • 16-02-2009

Awesome

Brilliant climax to a superb trilogy. Moves from the Sameth/Lirael 'discovering their identities' phase to riveting action. Brilliantly read, and wonderful characters. The Disreputable Dog and Mogget are witty and intelligent additions to the blossoming pair of Sameth and Lirael, for whom you find yourself rooting for more and more as the tension mounts. A great pity it had to end.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 08-03-2007

Great

I couldnt wait to get into the third book of the trilogy. The narration was great and the story lived up to expectations. Excellent overall

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  • Blackmixen
  • 28-11-2019

Another great listen

I love hearing this series brought to life by Tim Curry and only wish he had read them all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2019

Fantastic finale for a fantastic series

I love all the books in the Old Kingdom series. This one moves at a faster pace than the others, but that is only fitting considering the greater tension in the story.

The main characters don't develope much more than they did in 'Lirael', but that is ok. The focus here in on the plot, which reaches a satisfying conclusion. A few threads are left open however, just enough to leave space for any future installments.

One point I love about this trilogy is that it doesn't speak down to the reader, despite being for children. The themes are weighty, but are carried by beautiful language and drama. I highly recommend The Old Kingdom series.

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  • Daniel oloughlin
  • 25-08-2019

best book of the series

Tim curry was an excellent choice for this series. his voice and telling of this book is one of the best performances I have heard for an audio book

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  • whiterose
  • 10-07-2019

My favourite series!

This has been my favourite book series since I was a teenager. I'm 28 now so it's been a while.

I can listen or read or both the main three books over and over and over.

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  • M. Tomos Green
  • 16-06-2019

Brilliant no other way to say it

Garth Nix did it again absolutely brilliant great follow on from Sabriel no wonder he has won so many awards