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Mister Monday

The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1
By: Garth Nix
Narrated by: Allan Corduner
Series: Keys To The Kingdom, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then he is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. Arthur is safe – but his world is not.

Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with blood-stained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back – even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him. Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house – a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key – and discover his true fate.

©2003 Garth Nix (P)2004 Bolinda

Critic Reviews

"In a fantastic realm discovered by an otherwise unadventurous boy, the clock and calendar take on new identities. The young hero encounters an astonishing definition of reality - including ethereal moving staircases, disposable wings, and words that literally come to life - as he struggles to return to the mortal world. Reader Allan Corduner does justice to the impressively wide range of implausible characters yet somehow leaves room for the listener's imagination. His characterizations are subtly crafted, and he doesn't prematurely reveal which strange creatures are friend or foe. The boy's simultaneous terror and bravery are plausible. Corduner's vocal flexibility is the key to this enjoyable audiobook." ( AudioFile)

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A classic just as enchanting as in my boyhood

This is a childhood favourite of mine, and I am pleased beyond words to discover it holds up equally well know that I am grown up. Garth Nix writes a cracking, original narrative with enough in the way of mythic/religious allusion and more serious themes (particularly toward the end of the series) to give it a truly epic feel. The writing style is both profoundly simple, and very good--perfect for a book aimed at children. The narrator is excellent, with a masterly control of different voices/accents (his choice of a Welshman for a coalminer, for instance, is amusing and just right.)

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Awesome Series

Would recommend this series of books to anyone who is a fan of the fantasy genre.

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  • 26-05-2019

fantastic

I loved this, I heard this book once from the school library and finally tracked it down because it was on here, I'm glad a gave this app a chance the story is Hella brilliant!