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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: January 2012 ISBN: 9780062192721
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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 Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anica | 2/5/2014

    " I read these books while waiting for the next installment in the Harry Potter series. Not nearly as satisfying. Entirely dreamlike -- bizarre and imaginative, but seemingly random and possibly meaningless. I will keep reading, to see if Barker ends up tying it all together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 vhey's | 2/3/2014

    " have no idea why i bought the 2nd.. i don't really like the first one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/1/2014

    " I love Clive Barker's "Abarat" series. A young girl named Candy Quackenbush (a name you have to love) from Chickentown, Minnesota is the heroine and the books detail her adventures in another world. The book is a fun read and has extraordinary art work done by Mr. Barker himself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 1/31/2014

    " I had to stop reading it because of language issues in the first 5 chapters or so. Sad business. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 1/21/2014

    " I loved the first book of this series, liked the second, but the third "absolute midnight" was just gross. I didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/20/2014

    " More of the same: wonderful world, but a plot that isn't moving nor is terribly interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah N | 1/18/2014

    " Oh my Lordy Lou, this installment in the Abarat Quintet held me captive from the beginning. Even though it started on a somewhat slow and repetitive note, it soon swept me away into yet another amazing adventure. The characters became more realistic with each sentence, and the Abarat itself was revealed in such a way as to be terrifying yet beautiful all at once. I had a really hard time setting this aside for mundane necessities such as eating and sleeping and working, and the moment I turned the last page I felt that aching regret that comes with finishing a journey too too soon. I am BEYOND stoked for what comes next in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C-shaw | 1/17/2014

    " How I love this series! It's about a fantasy world with a young girl as the heroine. There are many fantastical characters and settings, lots of adventure. I can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 1/17/2014

    " A heart-wrenching tale set in a wonderful world of fantasy! I loved every second of this, the second book of The Abarat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/9/2014

    " This sequel lost me a bit here and there, but I'm still very excited about the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori Elder | 1/2/2014

    " The third in the Abarat series, this book starts out with Candy Quackenbush being interrogated. More information is given concerning Princess Boa, her relationship with Candy, Christopher Carrion, and Finnegan Hob. I loved the first two books and was eagerly awaiting the publication of this third book. Honestly, it left me a little disappointed. Malingo's character seems lacking somehow, not given the same personality as he has in the previous books. Story lines were started and then just left hanging with no resolution, as though they were just forgotten. The book was still good, just not up to the standard the previous two have led me to expect. I was also a little disappointed in the art work as much of it was just repeated from the previous books and in at least one place, there was no explanation that would lead one to easily identify the character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 12/27/2013

    " This is the continuing saga of Candy Quackenbush. The Narration is quite good. Christopher Carrion, Lord of Midnight, is determined to bring darkness to all of Abarat. Will he succeed? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 12/25/2013

    " Wow, this was just as amazing as the first two. I didn't know when I started if this was going to be the last of the series, but now that I know Barker plans on writing two more I am much happier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/19/2013

    " reread 2011. Not as good as #1. Love the drawings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anisia Villamejor | 12/16/2013

    " Excellent sequel. Did not disappoint! Leaves me GASPING for more. Can't wait for the third to be out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah Harrison | 12/7/2013

    " Better than the first book, can't wait to read the third. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meritt | 11/24/2013

    " This series is very original and strange. I like it quite well, but its influencing my dreams. I also fear I will have to wait quite a long time for the 4th book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M.E. Purfield | 11/19/2013

    " Oh my effin god! The craziest ending ever. Hope I dont have to wait another 7 years to read the last part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merythapy | 11/11/2013

    " I really love this world, and I'm really loving the way it's developed. This books was worth the wait, but I hope we don't have to wait so long for the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannie | 11/4/2013

    " Got a little bored with this third installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Kerwin | 9/10/2013

    " Unlike a lot of Clive's books, that I find start really strong and end really strong but have a tendency to bog down in the middle, this novel was a quick read all the way through. Strongly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katastrofekat | 9/9/2013

    " This fantasy book takes place in a fascinating world where every hour has its own island. The main character is from our world, but has ended up in Abarat, a world where magic is very real. The book is exciting and keeps you listening to the very end. I can't wait to read the ending of this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phyllis | 6/10/2013

    " Clive Barker is one of my favorite author. Oh and I love the Abarat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/7/2013

    " I love these books. This last was really good though it did become a bit crazy and disconnected towards the end. Perhaps the next book will bring it back together again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Hilton | 2/18/2013

    " Action packed sequel! Lots of carnage and magic! I am looking forward to reading the third and final book of this epic tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Midnight Blue | 2/3/2013

    " It pains me to not give this book the full five stars. It was as mind-blowing and visionary as all books by Clive Barker, but it wasn't as good as the previous two Abarat books. I can't even explain why, I just know that I wasn't as sorrowful that it was over as I was after reading the other two.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Clair | 11/23/2012

    " I thought that the book was good because it was suspenseful, it had a lot of action and i am interested in the fantasy genre which this book would fall under. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ehren | 10/26/2012

    " I think it slows down in the middle a bit, but not enough to lose a star. I love this series, especially with the fantastic illustrations, and the end of this volume really makes me want the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hacen | 8/16/2012

    " The instant love connection and the sudden change with Boa kept me from giving this five stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Tuttle | 6/5/2012

    " I was surprised by how slowly this book read, but it was, as usual, an amazing and interesting story! I can't for the fourth and fifth books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violetta | 5/18/2012

    " The best writing was towards the end, but altogether predictable if you're paying attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perrin | 3/10/2012

    " While book 1 was enjoyable, this improved on the concept and writing in many ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deedra | 2/13/2012

    " I have read all 3 of the Abarat books.It's a great fantastical story,sometimes hard to follow,but a lot of fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bewarethefish | 1/16/2012

    " Frustratingly loose-threaded. Here's hoping the next volume won't take seven years to appear. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MacKenzie | 11/4/2011

    " I like the whole theme in the Abarat series, but the book is a lot longer than it needs to be and really drags! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Cattelya | 10/16/2011

    " too cool to miss it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolina | 8/9/2011

    " The second book just didn't meet my expectations. Sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 6/11/2011

    " Not as engaging for me as the first one, but a few answers were given and there is enough going on of interest to make me want to read the third one when it comes out later this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anisia | 6/9/2011

    " Excellent sequel. Did not disappoint! Leaves me GASPING for more. Can't wait for the third to be out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 6/3/2011

    " <3 his Abarat series. Harry Potter equivalent but has more imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 4/9/2011

    " As good as the first one, just cant wait for the 3rd one to come out! Illustrations are amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisalit | 3/5/2011

    " This is one of the better young adult fantasy series I've read. Dark, dark, dark. But good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gage | 12/26/2010

    " A fantastic sequel in a fantastic series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander | 12/14/2010

    " Darker, longer, not so standalone. Makes you wish it hadn't taken two extra years to get the next one. Loses a bit of wonder in favor of more plot, but should still have enough to go around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/10/2010

    " Not as brilliant as the first book, although it was a joy to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremiah | 11/29/2010

    " this book was great i liked the first book more but this was also a great book. it is about a girl named candy whop is in abarat and is in real danger it is a vary exciting book i recomend reading first book first so that the book is clearer to you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 11/27/2010

    " I LOVE these Books can't wait for the third. "

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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 has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.