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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanne Harris Narrator: Sile Bermingham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739362853
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Seven o’clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again. . . . Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith’s world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, fairies, goblins, magic, glamours–all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The “ruinmark” she was born with on her palm proves it–and makes the other villagers fearful that she is a witch (though helpful in dealing with the goblins-in-the-cellar problem). But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy’s mark not as a defect, but as a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap of forbidden magic One-Eye can teach her if she is to survive that destiny. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.com/audio/listeninglibrary/catalog/display.php?isbn=9780739362853&view=details#sthash.0dyKsLkR.dpuf

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 2/18/2014

    " Somewhere between three and four stars, really. I do enjoy Joanne Harris's writing style. It's evocative and flowy. This was one of those standard "Fate of the World Rests in the Hands of a Little Girl Who is More Than She Seems" stories. But those can be good. I liked the Norse mythology elements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/16/2014

    " I was immediately interested in the post-Ragnarok world, but there was too much to keep track of in terms of the new Order, the various levels of Worlds and all the old gods and Vanir. I liked the way the author played with the archetypes of the old gods, and especially the complexity and desperation of Loki. I enjoyed being surprised by the identity of the Nameless One. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Calhoun | 1/31/2014

    " Started out well, but quickly got muddied with too many characters and story lines. The central plot was lost, and the end seemed like Harris was trying for too much. If there is a sequel I definitely won't waste my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/25/2014

    " I thought Runemarks was good but not great. It was a little overwhelming at times trying to keep up with all the different characters and their current situations. I did enjoy the final conflict in the end, and the solution. I will definitely read any sequels that may come in the future, I just hope they aren't as busy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 1/17/2014

    " We're all familiar with the author who lives in denial of their genre writing ("It doesn't have spaceships in, so it can't be science fiction!"). Joanne Harris is somewhat the opposite; for years she's been slyly slipping fantastic elements into her otherwise resolutely mainstream fiction and getting away with it. Here she goes for all-out fantasy, and it's a sad reflection on the publishing world today that in order to do so she's had to have it marketed as YA. This is a lovely book: a joyous, irreverent romp through Norse legend, full of verve, humour, action, adventure, and the most dangerously charming Loki you're ever likely to meet. At almost 500 pages it initially looks daunting, but Ms Harris's timing is impeccable: the action is divided into bite-sized chunks, and every section ends with a punch that makes you want to keep on reading.[return][return]My one criticism is that the young female protagonist, Maddy, who is initially the novel's main POV character, finds herself more and more squeezed out as more and more characters are introduced � in particular Loki, against whom nobody stands a chance � and appears rather colourless compared to the Norse pantheon. But then, I suppose & anyone would.[return][return]Highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maggie | 1/17/2014

    " I deserve a medal for finishing this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ticklish Owl | 1/17/2014

    " If you liked this book, you might also enjoy Ragnarok or the Iron Druid Chronicles "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicktorya | 1/9/2014

    " It was actually a very interesting book. It wasn't what I've expected.. I thought that it was just about a girl with a rune mark, big deal, right? But I have never thought that it would have something to do with Odin, Loki, Thor and the rest of the gods.. Sometimes it was a little bit hard to understand, because of all of the info and I actually didn't know much about the gods and their world but I can't wait to read the next book! "

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

    " This book started off well, but by the time I had only 80 pages left to finish, I realized I couldn't read anymore of it. I was tired of the story and I wanted to read something else. I tried to finish it, but I just couldn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celeste | 12/25/2013

    " Honestly I would have rated this book higher, if it had had more closure. This amount of Norse mythology in this story is amazing, but your story is not finished at the end of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xinyi Fu | 12/8/2013

    " Interesting (mainly because I like mythology), but it can become quite draggy. I liked it a lot, but I don't think everyone wil. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Selene | 10/18/2013

    " I know this is Joanne Harris but I was very bored! Read over 100 pages and then gave up - it didn't have the oomph that her adult books have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 9/15/2013

    " Fun romp through Nordic folklore. I'm not sure how closely it follows the legends but it was fun to read and I liked the main character's spunkiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/4/2012

    " Cool concept and a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne - The Book Squirrel | 3/15/2012

    " Not as good as I thought it might be! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurynne | 12/29/2011

    " Lovely world-building. Great take on Norse mythology. I hope there will be a sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenzie | 8/20/2011

    " An excellent fantasy esp. if you enjoy mythology. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 8/2/2011

    " Please remind never to read this book again. It was something I found hard to get into. I stopped reading it at page 300 because it was full of background information and not enough actually happening in the story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Derringer | 7/1/2011

    " I love this book. I love the whole Norse mythology premise and the characters. It would be awesome if there was a sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal Riley | 6/6/2011

    " This book was OK, but it definitely needed to be about 180 pages long instead of the verbose 503 pages that it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/13/2011

    " 535 pages of adventure. It is clean for all ages. I liked it ok it seemed a little long and I got a little bored in spots. I wouldn't read it again but I will keep it for my kids. It had a few twists I didn't expect. I liked the characters. There is no romance at all. "

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

    " Definitely a book I'd like owning someday! I enjoyed the Norse take on a post-apocalyptic world, and even though the second half of the book became a bit unfocused, it fit the environment they were traveling at the time. Very engaging! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doris | 3/26/2011

    " Gasp *-* I love it <3 Joanne Harris first for teens book *-* Please Joanne write more!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fedor | 2/18/2011

    " SO far, this book is awesome, pretty happy that i found it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 2/10/2011

    " Loved it!! The story, the reader, all wonderful. The whole world seemed so real, with its myths, legends, and gods. I'm sad it's over. I want to spend more time with Loki and Half-born Hell. This might be the best book I've listened to in awhile. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/26/2011

    " Shelving this for a while. I'm not particularly enjoying the writing - her sentences are imprecise, fairly boring (in what might otherwise be an interesting story), and the style changes far too often. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ania | 1/12/2011

    " so, so enjoyable. i didn't find the book particularly extraordinary in the genre, but it was incredibly solid YA fantasy. joanne harris is a great storyteller whose pacing and prose impressed me on every page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cloud | 1/12/2011

    " i love this book, that's all i gotta say....it might not be for everyone, but i think it's very consistent with the story. very easy flowing, if i can say that. i can't wait for the next book in the series ^^ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bradley | 12/29/2010

    " Found this book at Half Price books and thought "eh, what the hell." Turned out to be really good. Sad to see it was only 5 bucks new. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/22/2010

    " I liked the characters and the story but it was maybe a little difficult to read. But in the end it came together lovely and I was very glad I read it! Maddy is very cool but I can't say I trust ANY of the other characters.

    I heard there's a sequel coming out, this true?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/2/2010

    " Four stars due to the slowish start but the rest was Joanne Harris at her best. Highly imaginative and well written as always. I read it one sitting and my eyes are still sore!
    "

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About the Author
Author Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is the author of seven previous novels—Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Sleep, Pale Sister, and Gentlemen & Players; a short story collection, Jigs & Reels; and two cookbook/memoirs, My French Kitchen and The French Market. Half French and half British, she lives in England.

About the Narrator

Sile Bermingham began her acting career in theater in her native Dublin before moving to New York to attend HB Studios. Theater credits include Loot, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, Remembrance, A Touch of the Poet, A Woman of No Importance, and Crimes and Crimes, among many others. An avid reader and lover of stories, Sile has read the works of Maeve Binchy, Cecilia Ahern, and Joanne Harris.