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Silver on the Tree

Book 5 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence
Narrated by: Alex Jennings
Series: The Dark is Rising, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Publisher's Summary

The Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid to control the world. And Will Stanton, last-born of the immortal Old Ones, dedicated to keeping the world free, must join forces with his ageless master Merriman and Bran, the Welsh boy whose destiny ties him to the Light. Drawn in with them are the three Drew children, who are mortal, but have their own vital part in the story. These six fight fear and death in the darkly brooding Welsh hills, in a quest through time and space that touches the most ancient myths of the British Isles and that brings Susan Cooper's masterful sequence of novels, The Dark Is Rising, to a satisfying close.
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©1977 Susan Cooper (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"[Alex Jennings] is a master of dialogue, slipping effortlessly into the cadences of children's voices and characterizing accents from around the British Isles and beyond. This is a satisfying conclusion to the series." (AudioFile)

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  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 27-02-2013

The last battle.

This is a worthy conclusion to the series. It begins with the Stanton family, all of wom are home for the summer holidays. When Will's elder brother Steven intervenes in the matter of an Indian boy being teased by a group of local villagers, the family finds themselves pitted against the hateful father of one of the bullies, an encounter that reminds Will of the absolute power the forces of the Dark will wield if the Circle of Light is unable to push them back. The next stage of the quest begins that night when Meriman Lyon appears to Will and tells him that the time has come for the six signs of light, gathered during the events of The Dark is Rising, to be recovered from the place where they were hidden following their joining. The time for the final battle between the Light and the Dark is drawing near, and the forces of Light must be ready for that critical moment. Recovering the signs is the easyy part. But Will and his friends must also recover an ancient sword, the one weapon that, combined with the six signs, can bring a final end to the threat of the Dark. This sword, however, lies in the Lost Land, in the keeping of its despairing maker. Only Will and Bran Davies, the latter being the lately revealed son of the legendary King Arthur, have any hope of reaching the Lost Land, and even then they must still reach the tower where the king of that realm has hidden himself in his despair. And once there they must find some way to rouse the king from his despair and persuade him to part with the sword. Will their efforts be enough to turn back the forces of the Dark in their greatest rising?
All in all this is a worthy conclusion to the series. Alex Jennings returns for this final installment and as usual he does an excellent job of narrating it.

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  • Nathan
  • 18-03-2014

Typical of the other book in the series

All the main characters from the series come together to finish them off and very much reads like the other books.
It took me three tries to get into it enough to finish reading. I wasn't expecting much from this book and didn't get much out of it. Characters continue to lack depth and follow stereotypes. Problems are solved either by coincidence or mysterious magic.This books shows just how rich a world the series takes place in but each section is only briefly touched on.
If you read the others books it worth reading to finish the story.

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  • Sunshine Reader
  • 30-11-2008

Excellent

A wonderful story with a wonderful performance. I don't get tired of listening to this series.

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  • Leslie Nelson
  • 13-09-2020

Delicious

Narrator was stupendous! Really made the listening experience. This series is a keeper. Good story. Excellent enactment.

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  • Stephanie V.
  • 24-06-2020

Nothing short of Epic

The dictionary defines “epic” as “heroic; majestic; impressively great.” Those are all words I use to describe this book. It was beautifully written. I don’t yet have kids, but I highly recommend it to anyone who does. And, of course, it’s wonderful for adults as well. The whole series was fantastic, and I was never disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-2020

Unique Arthurian twist within a great story

Have loved this series since I read it as a child but don't let that keep you from it. It is an incredible story, believable characters and lots of twists. And oh, so very glad to listen to it this time and glean wonderful tidbits. So so good
( oh, and the movie is nothing like the books)

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  • LOVE AMAZON
  • 15-07-2019

fascinating

this series of books opened up fascinating and interesting concepts of the world in general that's good and bad and of magic and memory and always be the best person you can

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  • The Kids are Alright
  • 05-03-2019

Wonderful!

She is a wonderful writer! I read this series as a child and loved them then. I have such admiration for the series now after listening to it on Audible as an adult with fresh understanding of lore, legends, and the truth of light and dark forces at work in the world. The richness of language and descriptive details is so beautiful! The deep abstract ongoing battle of light and dark is well told in a way that begs the listener to expand their mind. Thank you Susan for a such a beautiful tale!

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  • keum
  • 15-04-2018

after lisning

The audio quality is a bit bad. The ubabridged recording company has to renew the audio. but apart from that, everything is fine.

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  • TotoroAngel
  • 10-11-2017

Awesome!

Just as good as 40 years ago, Thank you Susan Cooper! You are a gifted writer.