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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,561 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus Sedgwick Narrator: Peter Berkrot Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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In an isolated cabin in an Arctic wilderness, 14 - year - old Sig is alone with a corpse: his father, who has fallen through the ice on the lake outside and frozen to death only hours earlier. Then, out of the Arctic darkness, comes a stranger: a terrifying giant of a man claiming that Sig's father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold - and threatening awful violence if Sig doesn't reveal the gold's whereabouts. Sig knows nothing about the gold, but he does know that there's a loaded Colt revolver hidden in the cabin's storeroom - a gun that his father had said would protect him, but which his mother had abhorred.

Revolver alternates between the lonely cabin and events during the Alaska Gold Rush ten years earlier, gradually unspooling the mystery of the stolen gold and the terrifying stranger, and building to a climax that turns on whether and why Sig will use the hidden gun.

Revolver is a compelling frontier survival story, crafted with the intensity and precision of a one-act play.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/1/2014

    " Excellent, suspenseful YA novel set in the icy wasteland of 1910 Sweden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 1/30/2014

    " Very intersting, suspenseful, and scary. Life in the artic and a deadly situation. Even dead men tell stories. I couldn't put it down. Young adult - Grade 7 and up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 1/30/2014

    " Dark and creepy. A really bad villain. An ethical choice for Sig. Some adult themes are insuated. Good suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 1/30/2014

    " I was wondering whether I should give this book three stars or four stars. I decided on four. Though the beginning was a bit slow, it started getting very interesting from around the middle. I liked how Sig (the main character) developed, slowly but surely. The author did his research very well, and I liked how there were little quotes relating to the story in parts of the book. Overall, this book was an enjoyable read, and I quite liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/27/2014

    " A quick read that uses the gold rush, childhood ingenuity, the Colt 44-40 revolver, and life lessons (essentially that there is always a "third choice" even when we only see two) as central components of this fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Henry | 1/20/2014

    " This isn't a spoiler, because you know it on the first page, but the dead father lying on the kitchen table is such a palpable presence. Good twists. I liked the use of historical quotes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose Bowen | 1/9/2014

    " Starts out creepy but this arctic circle thriller quickly grabbed hold of me and ruthlessly held on until it gently touched down into a satisfying ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 12/21/2013

    " This book was good and I see why it won awards, unfortunately the appeal to young readers isn't very high. I found myself glad it was over just so I could pick up another book that would suck me in like this one was not able to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/28/2013

    " Just LOVED this one, much to my surprise. It's a powerful, great read for all ages -- amazing characters, unforgettable setting, suspense and action. Can't wait to read his next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 11/19/2013

    " Unique and exceptionally well written Young Adult novel about a boy & his family in Nome, Alaska and Giron, Sweden. The landscape and the lone revolver are the main characters. I am amazed that such a simple story could be so good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 7/29/2013

    " Really enjoyed this YA book - was all keen to give it to my 10 year old son, right up to the point of a veiled rape scene at the end. Which makes me wonder exactly who the target audience is. Perhaps older reluctant readers (the language is straightforward and the chapters short). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Johnston | 7/13/2013

    " A concentrated, chilling, tense story - unusually adult in some of the key concerns - totally ruined by a clunkingly moralistic ending. Read it, but put it down after the gun goes off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sky Fitzgerald | 4/28/2013

    " Okay but boring, not a massive Sedgwick fan "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Hooker | 11/9/2012

    " Great winter thriller. Plan for a couple hours and something warm to drink. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 9/1/2012

    " Nominated for Carnegie. And unlike most of the recent nominees, this is a shortish book which is easy to zip through. The last third is particularly good - fast paced and exciting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 8/30/2012

    " Kind of interesting how the past and present were intermingled, but rather slow and uncomfortable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauri | 8/14/2012

    " This is a 4.5. It would be a great one for middle schoolers. It takes a bit to get into, but once you're in, the story is intriguing and the mystery compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 6/22/2012

    " I liked this -- I loved how the mystery was revealed at the end, and leaves the character, and the reader, wondering if we really know the people we love. And how we can learn from our parents, and use what advice they give us but make it our own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny Johnson | 2/20/2012

    " A fast read, but surprisingly riveting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Lillis | 12/1/2011

    " This book could have been a play. It was so taut with dialogue; each chapter could have been an Act in the play. The action drove the story. Some might say it's about guns, some might say it's about dead men telling secrets. I think it was about that and more. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathyred | 7/20/2011

    " High and increasing tension, but it isn't non-stop action. Did their father go into partnership w/ the man now holding them hostage? Did he steal the gold? Is a revolver good or evil? Extreme Arctic cold and a Colt revolver are central characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/30/2011

    " Excellent book with a lot for teens to discuss, but a little too dark for my tastes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 4/20/2011

    " Easy read. I was able to start and finish in a few short hours. Interesting book but not my favorite. "

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

    " A teen finds his father dead and is soon hounded by a grizzled, crazed miner intent on vengeance. The arctic setting makes for a dramatic and starkly realistic story. The ending will provoke thoughtful questions about guns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 4/18/2011

    " super quick book to read. I'd give it a 3.75 "

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

    " Really interesting book - keeps you guessing! Great read for young men - Gold rush in Alaska, discussion on force vs. peace. Great read-aloud as well!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 4/5/2011

    " an amazingly swift moving book. 200 pages flies by in no time at all even though there are moments of complexity and density to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kezia *Angel of Peace* | 4/3/2011

    " Yet again, Marcus Sedwick awes his reader with a fast-paced tale of the Artic. Very emotional and deep, exciting and mysterious. Just wonderfully written. "

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About the Author
Author Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick, born and raised in East Kent, England, is a widely admired, prizewinning author of fiction for young adults. He won the Branford Boase Award for his debut novel, Floodland, the Booktrust Teenage Prize for My Swordhand Is Singing, and the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for Midwinterblood. His books have been short-listed for over thirty awards, including five times for the Carnegie Medal, twice for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and four times for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He teaches creative writing at the Arvon Foundation in England and at Ty Newydd in Wales. He divides his time between a village near Cambridge, England, and a house in the French Alps.

About the Narrator

Peter Berkrot, a forty-year veteran of stage and screen, was the director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth about Cancer. He has voiced over three hundred audiobook titles, winning six Earphones Awards, a 2012 Audie Award nomination, and a 2016 Audie Award. He has appeared in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Loosies and played Angie D’Annunzio in Caddyshack.