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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (939 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Garner Narrator: Jonathan Keeble Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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Towers - like flame. A candle in darkness. A black wind.

Roland Watson wasn't expecting to see things like that when he kicked a football into a condemned church. But once inside, he is taken from the slums of Manchester to the ruins of a magical kingdom. And only he can bring back the light to Elidor.

With his brothers and sister, Roland has to solve ancient riddles and brave dark forces to save the mythical land. But he has to prevent those same forces destroying their own world, too.

Brilliantly mixing myths and fantasy with spare and acute reality, Alan Garner's third novel secured his place at the forefront of children's writing, with his work also appealing greatly to adult readers. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cooper Renner | 2/17/2014

    " A bit clumsy in the early chapters, absolutely superb for the final 2/3. "Fantasy" set in the suburbs! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 2/2/2014

    " Dark and haunting and strange. And not necessarily in a good way. This is a children's book in character and reading level, but give this to a kid and you may turn them off fantasy forever. Which is too bad, because I loved Weirdstone of Brisingamen (apart from the cheesy Star Wars knock-off cover on my edition) and The Owl Service. But this one...well, "disappointed" doesn't half cover it. Add in "thin" and "odd" and "very depressing indeed" and you might approach it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 1/29/2014

    " I find Alan Garner's style of writing sometimes impenetrable, because nothing is explained for ease of reading. However, this is a rewarding young adult urban fantasy classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Mortimer | 1/12/2014

    " it is a tale for all those imaginative children who look for real adventure and long to find their way into an alternative world where they might find it with all that entails - being alone and far from home. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Middleton | 1/11/2014

    " As my review says, it was ok. Although, or perhaps especially because it was written for children I felt there would have been more fantasy involved rather than 3/4 chapters at the beginning and the last 2 chapters. So was a little disappointing in that sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/8/2014

    " The unicorn Findhorn belongs in Elidor but it is here in this world. Roland and siblings must deal with the Elidoreans seeking their own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TrumanCoyote | 11/27/2013

    " Reads more like a schematic than an actual story. Having all the action take place offstage made it seem flat. Again a "Monkey's Paw" effect--and the prose was less energized than his other stuff as well. One big long anticlimax. Also the kids' voices/personalities were not greatly differentiated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/1/2012

    " Charmingly old-fashioned mid-60's version of urban fantasy. Sort of a bridge from C. S. Lewis to de Lint. Lyrical prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 10/31/2012

    " Not quite as good as the kids tv program they made about it but one of my faves "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 9/7/2012

    " This was a book we all read in class at Primary School. I remember it being a great adventure and a little bit scary. A recent re-read has confirmed what a great author Alan Garner is. Well worth a read at any age, but if you are between 7-11 you may enjoy this very much! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edel | 7/10/2012

    " Roland, Helen,Nicholas , and David are lured into an old church where things are not exactly as they seem. This is the beginning of an adventure for these children....They will find things they never knew were possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cupcake Girl | 1/12/2012

    " Good but a little weird, i mean they spend the whole book going on about saving Elidor but they spend like the last 2 pages actually saving it. but it was good "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lillerina | 9/19/2011

    " This book was fine. I enjoyed the way it incorporated fantasy elements into real-world setting, but overall it didn't leave much impression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/23/2011

    " I was mesmerised by this book when I read it in school as a 12 year old. It made a big impression on me and loved the escapism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah von Allmen | 4/16/2011

    " We read this in class at primary school, and I loved it - magic in Manchester! It was my introduction to Alan Garner, and I headed straight for the library to find more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/16/2011

    " If you think this is formula fantasy with four children charged with four magical treasures who overcome foes, and adult disbelief, to eventually triumph as heroes and save the fantasy land - you would be very, very, very wrong......really can’t say more without spoiling it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 9/16/2009

    " As my review says, it was ok. Although, or perhaps especially because it was written for children I felt there would have been more fantasy involved rather than 3/4 chapters at the beginning and the last 2 chapters. So was a little disappointing in that sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 1/12/2009

    " I find Alan Garner's style of writing sometimes impenetrable, because nothing is explained for ease of reading. However, this is a rewarding young adult urban fantasy classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 8/31/2008

    " I have a much earlier version of this book, written in 1965. It's really quite good, charming and humorous without being silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 7/29/2008

    " The unicorn Findhorn belongs in Elidor but it is here in this world. Roland and siblings must deal with the Elidoreans seeking their own. "

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