Get Your Free Audiobook

Sweep

The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

Non-member price: $27.79

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

"This atmospheric work of historical fiction and magical realism takes place in nineteenth-century London. Narrator Sarah Coomes creates a variety of voices for the chimney sweeps - Cockney climbing kids who are the featured characters. Listeners meet Nan Sparrow, the legendary climber; a malevolent master; a soft-spoken Jewish immigrant; a gentle chimney sweep; and Charlie - Nan's 'monster'.... Coomes's monster's squeaky voice is jarring at first, but listeners will quickly discover that it fits his kind and childlike personality. Coomes's voice and Auxier's prose combine to create an immersive experience. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award." (AudioFile magazine)

For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on “climbing boys” - orphans owned by chimney sweeps - to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless, and brutally dangerous. 

Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived - and a girl. With her wits and will, she’s managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again. But when Nan gets stuck in a deadly chimney fire, she fears her time has come. 

Instead, she wakes to find herself in an abandoned attic. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature - a golem - made from ash and coal. This is the creature that saved her from the fire.   

Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a life - saving one another in the process. By one of today’s most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heartrending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and hope.

©2018 Jonathan Auxier (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for J. Jimenez
  • J. Jimenez
  • 04-12-2018

Love Jonathan Auxier

He has a way of making the story real to us and then inserting some magic and taking us to a world of fantasy. Love it for all ages...

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-2019

Thank you.

Thank you. I am emotional about how easily grownups can try to diminish children and those who look a bit different or speak without being understood. The story was written in a way that held me with emotion and thought. Thank you for selecting an excellent narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lauren Smith
  • Lauren Smith
  • 15-11-2018

I love Charlie

A wonderful unique fantasy that feels like Dickens. Great narrator and well paced plot. Recommended.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for luke
  • luke
  • 12-02-2019

Beautiful

Simply beautiful. From start to finish, full of touching imagery. A story of hope and love.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for I want to know
  • I want to know
  • 30-11-2018

👍

I really enjoyed this book ,Very good book! definitely recommend for all ages ! Ye

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Lisa M Bautista
  • Lisa M Bautista
  • 24-03-2019

A wonderful story to rival Le Miserables.

A wonderful story full of deep hidden meaning. A story that pulls you into the life and heart of a young sweep and her companions in heart of London.
Is the kind of story that touches you deep in your heart. The kind of story you'll want to listen to again and again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Brian P. Kinder
  • Brian P. Kinder
  • 15-11-2019

great book would recommend

loved it I had 3 days to finish a book and this one was not only short but a great story

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Diane Z.
  • Diane Z.
  • 10-10-2019

Needs to be a Newberry!

My 5th and 6th graders were riveted by this amazing story. It should be nominated for a Newberry! The reader had all these wonderful, very distinctive voices for each character. 5 stars!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Triple 7
  • Triple 7
  • 08-10-2019

LOVED IT

Listened with my 12 yo son and we both loved it. It felt like a modern Dickensian tale. The narration was excellent! A deep and beautiful story. Learned a lot about that time and place too!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for autumn
  • autumn
  • 29-09-2019

My new favorite book

Simply beautiful with (mostly) endearing and lovable characters. ❤ Our world definitely needs more heroic, brave and compassionate Nan Sparrows and more innocent, kind and caring Charlie's. ❤❤❤