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The 1,000-Year-Old Boy

Narrated by: Chris Coxon, Luke Johnson
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
4.8 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The astonishing, beautiful new story from the best-selling and Costa short-listed author of Time Travelling with a Hamster

There are stories about people who want to live forever. 

This is not one of those stories. 

This is a story about someone who wants to stop.... 

Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy - except he's 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England. 

Obviously no-one believes him. 

So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance and a different way to live...which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die. 

©2018 Ross Welford (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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I really enjoyed!!

I have seen this book everywhere and I have always thought it looks to young but finally my mother convinced me to listen to it and I’m so great full she did this book is one of my favourites!! I don’t really know what age group I would recommend for this book but I’m 13 and I really enjoyed it.😍 I think the thing that made this book stand out from all the other books I’ve read is that it’s about an 1,000 year old boy!! I love this book❤️❤️ hope other people enjoy it as much as I did!

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Don't hesitate, get this book, read it to the kids

I bought this book on a wet, wintery Friday afternoon for my 11 year old daughter to start to read over the weekend. She was miserable with a head cold so on Friday night i started to read the book to her at her bedtime - an hour later I did not want to put it down - and she was loving it too! Over the course of the weekend we kept on going back to the book and we finished it together on Sunday night. It is a very clever story, well told and on the last page, we both cried happy tears. It is a book suitable for both boys and girls and spans 1000 years, is about friendship, loss, belonging, hope and resilience. There is not one bit of the book I would change, and I thoroughly recommend it to any adult looking for a story that will draw any reader in and keep them hooked until the end. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Best book I've read

I've read this book at least 4 times and I still love it. It kept the children engaged and they want to read more books from Ross Welford.

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Original a real delight

Our whole family loved this book, it was fascinating, fun and easy to listen to.

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We didn’t want it to end!!

We’ve loved listening to this story over the past couple of weeks. The characters are brought to life so well by these readers. Very entertaining and engaging story.

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The kids say: AMAZING STORY!!!!!

The kids review (youngest age 6, eldest 11): We listened to the whole thing driving from Darwin to Kakadu, to Nitmuluk, to Litchfield and back to Darwin. Definitely recommend to anybody ages 6 and up. I loved it too (age 38 and 3/4)

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-04-2018

so good ....

I loved it so much . interesting and amazing I loved the story.. so good 💕💕👍

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  • Northern Light
  • 24-01-2018

Great Book

Loved this book,especially as I live in the North East of England and was familiar with the different places mentioned. I also liked the historical aspects of it and felt it would bring history alive for a child. I thought both narrators were excellent and they made youu feel that you were there with them. I loved the humour, poignancy and emotion and would recommend it to children and adults alike.

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  • OkayAlison
  • 15-04-2019

the 1,000 year old boy

I love this book because it was very clear to hear and the story was touching. I even found myself crying along with it at times. I am 9 and I would recommend it to people around 8 to 12. I knew what was going on at every moment and overall it was just AMAZING!!! By Millie age 9

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  • Rachel
  • 01-06-2018

An imaginative idea

I loved listening to this book. It’s a great game idea to intertwine history and fiction. It is aimed at pre teens but i think it’s accessible to a wider age range through to adults who want an easy read/ listen. Thanks

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  • KG
  • 04-04-2019

Loved it

Great story telling and a believable performance, one of those stories you don't want to end...

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  • rosamee
  • 20-08-2020

Incredible!!

This book is amazing and it is an incredible read for both adults and children.

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  • Paul B.
  • 13-06-2020

Good

I did enjoy this book but I felt the ending was not great, it was quite abrupt.

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  • Chris Schulte
  • 17-05-2020

It Was Okay 👌👍👍👍😇😇😇😃😅

It is really long but great 👍 Not Really for children ☹️ well done ROSS WELFORD good

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  • Michael Hawkins
  • 10-04-2020

Niceee

I have not read the whole book but i think its nice from what ive read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-2020

Incredible!!!!👌👌👍👍

Incredible book!! Nice performance, an incredible story and overall amazing performance!!! 👍 great book-must read.

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  • Lana
  • 26-01-2020

Very intriguing

I am 11 and I was gripped by this plot as it is about a boy who is my age, but no one believes he is 1000 years old. It was an interesting concept.