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1.67 out of 51.67 out of 51.67 out of 51.67 out of 51.67 out of 5 1.67 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Ness Narrator: Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chaos Walking Series Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781441888983
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Part two of the literary sci-fi thriller follows a boy and a girl who are caught in a warring town where thoughts can be heard—and secrets are never safe.

Reaching the end of their flight in The Knife of Never Letting Go, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown. There they are forced into separate lives: Todd to prison, and Viola to a house of healing where her wounds are treated. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the Answer, while Todd faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayor’s oppressive new regime. In alternating narratives the two struggle to reconcile their own dubious actions with their deepest beliefs. Torn by confusion and compromise, suspicion and betrayal, can their trust in each other possibly survive?

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/18/2011

    " The second step in the evolution of a man. For the more mature teen reader, well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 5/16/2011

    " This is the most AMAZING book ever!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/15/2011

    " Didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first in the series (The Knife of Never Letting Go), but it was still a great read, very engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/13/2011

    " Thought-provoking and gritty. A great YA novel for high school students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 5/13/2011

    " I love these books! The Noise is such an interesting concept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Newman | 5/8/2011

    " Not as brilliant as the first, but a deeper understanding of the characters evolves.

    That Mayor Prentiss is evil and power hungry. "

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

    " So far, I think this is the best of the series, but let's see if my tune changes when I finish Monsters of Men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisha | 5/2/2011

    " I really liked reading from Viola's point of view but overall not as good as the first. I'm too far in the series to give up on it now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 4/30/2011

    " This one was fantastic! The first one was rough going, but it really comes together in this one. I'm so looking forward to the finale! Which I have sitting right beside me! Going to dive in right now! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 4/26/2011

    " It was soooo gross! But I still couldn't put the book down. Funny how the previous book, despite being of the same story, made me react quite differently. It was amazing. I felt every emotion and feeling and totally lived the experience. So well written, the book spoke to me. WOW.
    "

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About the Author
Author Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is best known for his books for young adults, including the Chaos Walking trilogy and More Than This. Twice in a row—for Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls—he won the Carnegie Medal, the oldest and most prestigious book award for children’s writing in the UK. A Monster Calls was also the first book ever to simultaneously win the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. Ness has taught creative writing at Oxford University and is a literary critic for the Guardian. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.

About the Narrators

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.

Angela Dawe is an actor and improviser working with the Annoyance Theater and Second City in Chicago. Her career has encompassed stage, television, and film work, in addition to award-winning audiobook narrations, which include young adult, suspense, romance, and historical fiction titles.