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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,133 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Stroud Narrator: David Thorn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780739382219
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Halli Sveinsson has grown up in the House of Svein, hearing the legends of the heroes as all his forefathers did. Theirs is a peaceful society, where the violence of the past has been outlawed and disputes are settled by the Council.

But young Halli has never quite seemed to fit in with the others. For starters, he is neither handsome nor tall, like his siblings. He’s stumpy and swarthy, with a quick mind and an aptitude for getting into trouble. Bored with everyday chores and sheepherding, he can’t help playing practical jokes on everyone, from Eyjolf, the old servant, to his brother and sister. But when he plays a trick on Ragnar of the House of Hakon, he goes too far, setting in motion a chain of events that will forever alter his destiny. Because of it, Halli will have to leave home and go on a hero’s quest. Along the way, he will encounter highway robbers, terrifying monsters, and a girl who may be as fearless as he is. In the end he will discover the truth about the legends, his family, and himself.

Jonathan Stroud’s stunning new novel is a funny and epic saga, as well as a surprising look at the real meaning of heroism. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denver | 2/6/2014

    " This book was a good satifing book. It is a single book so you don't half to wait for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 2/3/2014

    " Very haunting, a bit creepier than I usually do. The hero of this story has all the traits of the struggling teenager, but in a non-heroic way. Described as short, bow legged and ugly, Halli has much to overcome. Very interesting plot with some surprising twist. Jonathon Stroud is very good with his ambiguous endings that leave you thinking (you know what I am talking about if you have read the Bartimaeous Trilogy). Not everything is tied up neatly in a package for you, much truer to real life. "

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

    " Expected something more from the author of the Bartimeaues Trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toby | 1/28/2014

    " Here's hoping for another stellar fantasy by Jonathan Stroud - or I may just have to read The Bartimaeus Trilogy for a third time... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin(and Hannah) | 1/27/2014

    " It wasn't very exciting and it had a bummer ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adinata | 1/21/2014

    " Sebenarnya bukunya bagus. Sangat bagus. Saya akan memberinya bintang 5, tapi buku ini tidak dibuat berseri, walau sebenarnya bisa. Akhir ceritanya hanya dibiarkan begitu saja, dan tidak menceritakan bagaimana kehidupan kedua tokoh itu selanjutnya. Tidak terlihat akan ada sekuelnya, sehingga saya hanya akan memberi 3 bintang. Kalau saja ada sekuelnya, seburuk apapun itu, bintang 5 yang akan saya berikan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 1/18/2014

    " Started really slow, then really grabbed my attention and then had a strange ending. Still not sure if I liked it or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/3/2014

    " Very slow start; it took me 100 pages or so to really get hooked. When I did though, WHOAH. I got hooked, and stayed hooked for the remainder of the novel. A thrilling rush to the last pages. Thanks for writing this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tulsi | 1/1/2014

    " The whole book is well-written but the climax is disappointing.In the end, it leaves you high and dry. "

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

    " Took some time to get into it but the middle and end were exciting. Audi reader is very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 8/22/2013

    " Epic adventure tale. Kids who like to get lost in the story should really like this one, boys and girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalyang | 3/20/2013

    " The ending is so unexpected, Stroud has done it again. thumbs up! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rainheart | 1/21/2013

    " I read about 45 pages of this book, and i got bored of it. there was really nothing to catch my attention- maybe i just didnt want it to be caught? but it seems a lot like a book ive read before, and i just hate reacurring themes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 12/1/2012

    " At least I think I did - it was very strange. Well written, of course, but odd. My favorite idea was that the heroic stories we know are told from "our" perspective - that the same stories would be different if told by the descendants of the other characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dhaivyd Hilgendorf | 9/25/2012

    " Entertaining and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 8/13/2012

    " I very much enjoyed this book. It had very interesting wording andI really liked the names. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 5/1/2012

    " I enjoyed this book alot... there was a chapter near the end that had me shaking with fear a little bit, and I liked that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 3/26/2012

    " Fun tale! Quite gripping at times and very creative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 1/20/2012

    " Not as good as the bartimeous trilogy, but still has more depth than most young adult novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Wannablog | 5/20/2011

    " Great book. Loved everything about it. I loved how we see the small, stumpy little boy turn into a great warrior. Highly reccomend to fantasy lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/17/2011

    " really loved this book. But I love Jonathan Stroud!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kertu | 5/15/2011

    " Not as good as Bartimaeus Trilogy, but it was readable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gcpumph | 5/8/2011

    " So far not sure if I am going to make it through the book. I am only 12 pages in, so I am going to try to give it some time, and hope it gets better. I can't remember what I read!...then I stopped when I got to page 15! The book is not well writen, and I had a hard time following!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stevie | 4/9/2011

    " Typlical Jonathan Stroud. Putting together and unforgetable tale filled with unforgetable characters. There's nothing stereotypical about Heroes of the Valley. Halli is wonderfully humorous. Aud is refreshingly strong willed and outspoken. You never fail to satisfy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kembot | 4/5/2011

    " rating: 3.5 stars. i really like how stroud tells his stories. i have no deep thoughts or feelings about this fantasy book except that i enjoyed reading it. however, the bartimeus trilogy still is his best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anndee | 3/31/2011

    " This was not as good as the Bartemaeous Triology. It was ok and definitely had some chucklers in there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin(and Hannah) | 3/27/2011

    " It wasn't very exciting and it had a bummer ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 3/10/2011

    " Disappointing for Stroud... too long, and not enough character development.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 3/7/2011

    " Epic adventure tale. Kids who like to get lost in the story should really like this one, boys and girls. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud is the author of the New York Times bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as The Leap, The Last Siege, Buried Fire, and Heroes of the Valley. He lives in England with his family.

About the Narrator

David Thorn spent his childhood in the Channel Islands off the coast of France, was schooled in England, and then immigrated to the United States at the age of twenty-three. He is retired from international commerce and currently resides in California.