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Download Plain Kate Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,304 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erin Bow Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver's daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her witch-blade - a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate's father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he'll give Kate the means to escape the town that seems set to burn her, and what's more, he'll grant her heart's wish. It's a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes that she can't live shadowless forever - and that Linay's designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Llamalover | 2/8/2014

    " This was a very good book with witches/warlocks "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/26/2013

    " If you love cats you will cry a lot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 12/16/2013

    " Well written, I don't think I would give it to a YA reader. I had trouble finishing parts because of the grief that went into writing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ai | 11/28/2013

    " preetty goood "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SJH (A Dream of Books) | 6/14/2013

    " I absolutely adored Taggle the talking cat!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Ercanbrack | 10/28/2012

    " I really liked it =D! It had a good plot and it was really sweet. But it was a tad too grim, and there wasn't much humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Twinkle Twinkle | 10/5/2012

    " Taggle :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 10/3/2012

    " If I could give Plain Kate more than 5 stars I would. Simply a beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Atkinson | 7/14/2012

    " Great story! Wonderful characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natmeister | 6/12/2012

    " Amazing, but bloody. Good YA pick "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna Slade | 4/17/2012

    " Story of an orphaned girl who is thought to be a witch. My favorite part is the cat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celia | 5/20/2011

    " I thought this was absolutely wonderful, even in the sad parts. Taggle, the cat, may have been the most perfectly written cat I have ever encountered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 5/19/2011

    " I started this book today. The story is interesting. I am learning about the characters. I have a feeling that Plain Kate will become more important as the story develops. I will have to wait and be patient. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 5/18/2011

    " I enjoyed this quite a bit. I don't know if I would have been unable to put it down in the normal course of things, but I think I would have liked it even if I weren't working off stress by reading nonstop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leiah | 5/12/2011

    " Probably more like 3.5 stars, but I'm giving it 4 due to the very original storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 5/7/2011

    " Plain Kate was awesome! You can tell why the author Erin Bow took 6 years to write this story. The descriptions were so detailed and full of imagery. I really really enjoyed this book. Taggle was definately one of my favourite characters. Would recommend it too anyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 rebecca j | 4/24/2011

    " Well written story of a girl who gives away her shadow, only to find she needs it more than she thought. She must stop the possessor of her shadow from using it to do evil, and find her place in the world. She must discover who she is, and her own sense of self-worth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sudeshna | 4/22/2011

    " Why did Linay have to die? I get that he was evil, but he was still my favorite character...maybe it was the white hair... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 4/21/2011

    " I liked the character in this, but wasn't crazy about a lot of it...intersting that the "bad" guy wasn't all bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marisa | 4/19/2011

    " This book was okay. I'd have to say the ending was my favorite part because it really tied the story together nicely, even though it was a little sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lias | 4/14/2011

    " I loved this book! It made me laugh and cry on nearly every page. Beautiful writing, and poetic sentences spring from every page. Love this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susie | 4/12/2011

    " early middle dragged, but by the end I was racing against dawn - may need a nap later. The cat . . . well it's clear why we all love our familiars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/11/2011

    " Great blend of fantasy, magical realism, and historical fiction. Very strong female protagonist. Really enjoyed this and will recommend it to a lot of different students. Looking forward to more from this first-time author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mecque | 4/11/2011

    " So good. Sad and evocative. I envy the lyrical prose. "

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About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.