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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,972 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Skelton Narrator: Richard Easton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9780739336458
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In the dead of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snow-covered streets. The chest, covered in images of mythical beasts, can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent's-head clasp taste blood.

Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something pierce his finger. The volume is blank, wordless, but its paper has fine veins running through it and seems to quiver, as if it's alive. Words begin to appear on the page--words no one but the boy can see. 

And so unfolds a timeless secret.

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  • [Endymion Spring] may give Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code a run for its money. . . .
    It is unputdownable.
    The Irish Independent

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 2/17/2014

    " This book is a great read! I recommend it to people who love fantasy books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 2/13/2014

    " This was the author's first book- I listened to his commentary at the end about how this novel came into existence (written one full half at a time, and then interweaving a second from the beginning- I couldn't tell the author didn't plan it that way from the beginning!), and was fascinated how his life flowed around it. Even though it's cataloged as a YA book, Blake and Endymion Spring are younger than that, but it's writing with a descriptive language that even adults will appreciate (me!). I highly recommend it~ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carri | 2/9/2014

    " I didn't care much for this book. It wasn't as exciting as it could have been, and by the end, it was just a chore to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jekka Jones | 1/28/2014

    " A good book that really compliments how marvelous books are and the legends that they contain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 1/27/2014

    " I liked it. A lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaylie Ann | 1/3/2014

    " This book was a little slow to start with. It took some time for me to get into it. but once I finally got into it it was really amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 12/23/2013

    " Full of adventure amongst the ancient book stacks of Oxford College. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 12/5/2013

    " i was excited to read a book that had a beginning and an end. No sequels. No to be continued later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/29/2013

    " Not a bad story line. The plot is something like Help, I'm a Prisoner in the Library crossed with Septimus Heap. Fine for light reading... "

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

    " This book took a little while to get going for me, but not bad. I didn't like it as much as Inkheart or The Shakespeare Stealer, but it's still neat. What is especially good is the subtle literary references that kids will get. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent Chen | 11/19/2013

    " Matthew Skelton's "Endymion Spring" presents a story with a double-plot that take place in different periods of time. Skelton's writing is very elaborate and depicts the various scenes and images in a vivid manner. The storyline is intriguing and engaging, and is a good read to pick up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Zeitlin | 11/5/2013

    " It was an awesome book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yami | 10/22/2013

    " the way the author used the historical characters and bound them together,was perfect, loved the journey of Endymion spring,a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Quindora | 8/18/2013

    " Has some good ideas, but it isn't all that good. It COULD have been, if it had more action. It needs more obstacles for the character to overcome! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rodney Ross | 8/17/2013

    " great concept for a book that the author destroys in a mire of needless detail and tedious action that leads no where "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen R | 5/16/2013

    " While I did enjoy this, the actual story didn't live up to the potential of the premise. I feel like too much was left unexplained and therefore didn't draw me in to the magic of the dragon skin book as much as it could have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia Perversius | 10/21/2012

    " Man,I've never read any other book that creeped me out and yet fascinated me that much.This whole "deadly-stalker" thing was really scary.And imagine being Blake's age and have to endure that.Or the incidents that happened in Endymion's life.I admire the kiddos,I really do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Goldie Marie | 9/20/2012

    " I thought it would be typical magic and boys save the day, but it was awsome I absolutely love the dog "Annie". It was quite boring in the beggining, but after a while it piqued my curiosity and I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Pehnec | 5/25/2012

    " Great writing - very atmospheric. Contains history, mystery and fantasy/adventure. It's perhaps a little heavy handed about the wonder of books, which might be a turn off for some young readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babette | 4/23/2012

    " I loved it because it takes you on a big adventure, with a new book reader! something for vacation I'd say "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CLM | 4/17/2012

    " I like the back and forth between Renaissance Germany and present day Oxford. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 9/19/2011

    " good very good book. my favourite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " Although lengthy for a teen book, I thoroughly enjoyed it when I was younger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lydia | 1/11/2011

    " Man,I've never read any other book that creeped me out and yet fascinated me that much.This whole "deadly-stalker" thing was really scary.And imagine being Blake's age and have to endure that.Or the incidents that happened in Endymion's life.I admire the kiddos,I really do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent | 12/4/2010

    " Matthew Skelton's "Endymion Spring" presents a story with a double-plot that take place in different periods of time. Skelton's writing is very elaborate and depicts the various scenes and images in a vivid manner. The storyline is intriguing and engaging, and is a good read to pick up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thibaut | 11/17/2010

    " Un livre que j'ai lu il y a maintenant plus de 5ans mais dont je garde un bon souvenir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lowed | 11/11/2010

    " Should I give this a three?.. No I think it should be a four. A three? Nah, I'll settle with the four. This is for Blake, not Endymion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 9/19/2010

    " This was a random grab from the library and I ended up really liking it! Fun read about a mysterious book a boy finds, and the story of how it came to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carri | 9/14/2010

    " I didn't care much for this book. It wasn't as exciting as it could have been, and by the end, it was just a chore to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MMDee | 8/30/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book! I thad such suspence and mystery in it then had me guessing the whole time. I read it from beginning to end. It was such a, delicious read! THere were twists and turns, peopel who I never suspected. THis book was magical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 8/9/2010

    " This book is a great read! I recommend it to people who love fantasy books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clueless Morgan | 7/22/2010

    " Spectacular job of reading this audiobook to me by Richard Easton. The book had promise but in the end I thought ended up being simply just too BORING. I finished strictly due to Richard Easton's talent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/18/2010

    " Not a bad story line. The plot is something like Help, I'm a Prisoner in the Library crossed with Septimus Heap. Fine for light reading... "

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About the Author
Matthew Skelton was born in England and grew up in Canada. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Oxford University. Endymion Spring is his debut novel. The author lives in UK and Canada.
About the Narrator

Richard Easton received the 2001 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performance in Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love. His other Broadway and London theater credits include Henry IV, Noises Off, Exit the King, The Misanthrope, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado, Cock-a-Doodle Dandy, Hamlet, Back to Methuselah, The Country Wife, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and The School for Scandal. His films include Finding Forester, Henry V, and Dead Again.