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Abarat: Absolute Midnight Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clive Barker Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Abarat Series Release Date:
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“I know that many of you here have waited years for this Hour,” Mater Motley said, using that voice that, though it was barely conversational in volume, was somehow heard everywhere. “The waiting is over. Tomorrow there will be no dawn. Only midnight, absolute and eternal.”

And so begins a new chapter in the epic story of sixteen-year-old Candy Quackenbush and her journeys through the world of the Abarat, where every hour is an island in one eternal day, and nothing is as it seems.

Candy travels through the Abarat from island to island and across the sea with an unlikely band of friends: the escaped prisoner Malingo the Geshrat, the quarrelsome John Brothers, who all share the same body but never the same opinion, and the many other colorful characters they meet along the way.

The problem is that trouble finds Candy wherever she goes. And soon she discovers a secret plot, masterminded by the diabolical Mater Motley, who is obsessed with becoming Empress of the Islands. Her method is simple: she will darken the skies, putting out the suns, moons, and stars. She will bring absolute midnight.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Richard Ferrone] gives each character a distinctive voice and wrings every bit of humor and pathos out of the text in an astonishing performance.”

    School Library Journal

  • “While the first books focused on introducing the abundant characters and settings, this plot moves ahead at full speed…Add in thematic plot strands about the cost of freedom, a budding romance, and hints of the next adventure to come, and readers will agree with Candy: “So much still to do: to explore, to solve, to feel.” 

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  • “Fans will revel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Reviews

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Kathy Logan | 2/19/2014

    " Utter garbage. HUGE disappointment in ending the series. I would rather have not had an ending at all for the series, for how poorly this one was written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Mika | 2/18/2014

    " Dissapointed. I waited for near on 8 years for this book and I couldnt get through it! Princess Boa is evil? A sudden new love interest? (I rather liked the Abarat series for its LACK of romance) And then during the part where Candy is on Motley's destructo-ship I lost interest. The imagery was confusing, details were melting together, and the book hadn't tied any loose ends together. And what was the point of bringing Carrion back? I'm really hoping the fourth book is the final one and that it answers all of my questions, otherwise I'll have wasted have my life on this series.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by lesleymac | 2/17/2014

    " That was a weak-ass ending. Like"Cashern" with its nonsensical beam of light. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Margaret | 2/7/2014

    " I have no understanding of what happened in this book, except that the Hag's plan failed, but everyone is still alive. "

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About the Author
Author Clive Barker

Clive Barker is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestsellers Abarat; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War; and The Thief of Always. He is also an acclaimed painter, film producer, and director. For twelve years, he has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books of Abarat. He lives in California and shares his house with seven dogs, three cockatiels, several undomesticated geckoes, an African gray parrot called Smokey, and a yellow-headed Amazon parrot called Malingo.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone, an Audie Award winner, has consistently received high praise from critics and fans alike for his audiobook performances for over twenty years. He has performed on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. His television appearances include Law & Order, Against the Law, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.