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Extended Audio Sample Arabel’s Raven Audiobook, by Joan Aiken Click for printable size audiobook cover
4.00286532951289 out of 54.00286532951289 out of 54.00286532951289 out of 54.00286532951289 out of 54.00286532951289 out of 5 4.00 (349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan Aiken Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781593164102
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Young Arabel’s life is changed forever when her father, a taxi driver, brings home an injured bird he finds in the street. This wacky raven eats everything in sight, answers the telephone by squawking “Nevermore!” and causes chaos wherever he goes—but Arabel loves her new feathered friend, whom she names Mortimer. Chaos follows Mortimer, the zany and impulsive raven, wherever he goes and the Jones family is not the same after young Arabel Jones discovers Mortimer in the family’s fridge early one morning. The Jones family’s affection for this odd pet is silly and outrageous, making for ridiculous adventures and wacky situations between a quirky but loving family and their outrageous black pet raven. Set in a small quaint village outside London more than half a century ago, readers will enjoy the old-fashioned British dialogue and wonderful descriptions of the place Mortimer quickly calls home in Rumbury Borough. A typical English supper at the Jones’ house is mince pies, cheese patties, tomatoes, and chips. Arabel’s weight is measured in stones. Mrs. Jones considers her nieces and nephews to be “a spoiled lot.” Babies are pushed about in prams, and soot from the family’s heating system falls into the hearth whenever Mortimer flies up into the chimney. Children (and their adult reading partners) will find great pleasure in these high-spirited engaging stories because the text is rich with wonderfully descriptive phrases as well as uniquely hilarious and witty situations. Fans of this classic story will picture a hairy-beaked raven squawking “nevermore” every time they hear a phone ring, and the thought of this crazy bird will be a delightful reminder of this fabulous story.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one but the author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase could create such a mélange of inventions, sustain such a pace, and give such vigor to the telling.”

    Horn Book

  • “Children (and their adult reading partners) will find great pleasure in these high-spirited engaging stories because the text is rich with wonderfully descriptive phrases as well as uniquely hilarious and witty situations. Readers of this classic story will picture a hairy-beaked raven squawking “nevermore” every time they hear a phone ring, and the thought of this crazy bird will be a delightful reminder of this fabulous story.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “This audio collection contains the first three of Joan Aiken’s tales about Arabel and her raven, Mortimer. Their silly antics and predicaments will entertain young and old alike. Sneha Mathan’s performance is a real treat.”

    AudioFile

  • A 2010 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elissa | 1/19/2014

    " Another Aiken book that I loved when I was 8 or 9. I remember this as being very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 11/29/2013

    " Take an unusual family, add an unusually intelligent and all too usually mischievous raven, and chaos ensues! Fun, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy Blackburn | 10/26/2013

    " I have discovered I love Joan Aiken's whimsical style, reminds me of Roald Dahl. Mortimer, the raven, is a great mischeivous yet lovable character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T | 4/27/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenna | 2/14/2013

    " This is one of my favorite children's books ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 11/27/2012

    " I apparently missed this book when I was a kid, but I'm looking forward to making sure my kids don't have the same misfortune. Extremely silly and funny! The reader for the audiobook also did an excellent job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tai | 10/25/2012

    " Would make a GREAT read-aloud to any kid! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 meg | 8/10/2012

    " a delight, a remant. 'To think I'll never see him digging for diamonds in the coal-scuttle any more!' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 7/26/2012

    " A wonderful read-aloud and the illustrations will bring out the laughs. "

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

    " We enjoyed listening to this as an audiobook, which was lovely with the British accent. Looking forward to getting the next Raven book to read--quite funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/12/2012

    " Man, I totally wanted a raven to name Mortimer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lalah | 11/5/2011

    " Loved this for Kylin, enjoyed it for me, too! Am off to see what else I can find by this author... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Hale | 11/3/2011

    " This was a cute book about a little girl and her pet Raven who keeps eating or pecking at everything. Very British. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/16/2011

    " The kids liked this one as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona | 9/9/2011

    " I read this a long time ago when I was a kid... but I'd really like to read it again and remind myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleenish | 2/7/2011

    " This book was total nonsense. At times the story was slow, but mostly a delightful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/2/2011

    " Meh. More mediocre children's lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/31/2010

    " Cute stories. I can see how a younger child would find them hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/6/2010

    " The kids liked this one as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/6/2010

    " Man, I totally wanted a raven to name Mortimer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmaj | 4/10/2010

    " One of my all time favorites!
    I just love Joan Aiken "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 10/31/2009

    " Meh. More mediocre children's lit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 4/23/2009

    " I have discovered I love Joan Aiken's whimsical style, reminds me of Roald Dahl. Mortimer, the raven, is a great mischeivous yet lovable character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenna | 12/3/2008

    " This is one of my favorite children's books ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elissa | 4/19/2008

    " Another Aiken book that I loved when I was 8 or 9. I remember this as being very funny. "

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About the Author
Author Joan AikenJoan Aiken (1924-2004) daughter of Pulitzer prize winning poet Conrad Aiken started writing herself from the age of five. During her lifetime she published over one hundred books for children and adults, including the acclaimed Wolves of Willoughby Chase series. In the UK she received an MBE from the Queen for her services to Children's Literature.
About the Narrator

Sneha Mathan spent a peripatetic childhood in India, punctuated by a short spell in the Seychelles. Now fixedly based in Seattle, she works as a voice actor and audiobook narrator. Her audiobook work has received four Earphones Awards, and she is a two-time finalist for the Audie Award.