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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,771 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Carman Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Atherton Series Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781594839672
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From the creator of the Land of Elyon series comes a riveting adventure set in an extraordinary satellite world created as a refuge from a dying Earth that begins to collapse, forever changing the lives of its inhabitants.

Edgar, a gifted climber, is a lonely boy scaling the perilous cliffs that separate the three realms of Atherton: a humble fig grove that is his home, a mysterious highland world of untold beauty and sinister secrets, and a vast wasteland where he must confront an unspeakable danger that could destroy the people of Atherton.

While searching the forbidden cliffs for a treasure lost in his faded memory, Edgar discovers the first of many startling revelations to come: the three realms are beginning to collapse, turning his entire world inside out. Atherton is not what it seems but something far more dangerous, with a history locked inside the mind of a madman and a future beyond Edgar’s wildest imagining.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With soft, well-articulated vocalizations, Davis portrays a wide range of characters here, and his intimate delivery proves perfect for pulling the listener into the heart of this complex fantasy. The augmentation of his performance with strategically placed music and sound effects only serves to enhance his storytelling.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Carman’s complex plot frequently surprises…The child characters—orphaned hero Edgar and his two friends Samuel and Isabel—are well-developed…A humdinger of a cliff-hanger will leave even reluctant readers demanding more, and soon.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Carman’s novel is engaging, and Jonathan Davis’ narration is masterful. His cadence is a delight, and he moves gracefully from the stentorian tones of the rulers of the Highlands to the boyishness of Edgar to the resonant voice of the omniscient narrator. Dramatic points in the story are further enhanced by a sweeping musical score.”

    AudioFile

  • “Expect increased circulation of this classic as readers become engrossed in Carman’s new saga.”

    VOYA

  • “A fast-paced novel with a unique setting, fascinating plot, and cliff-hanger ending. It shines because of the author’s imagination and skill. The characterizations of even the secondary figures are skillfully done, which makes the world all the more vivid and believable.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chloe Brew | 2/13/2014

    " Not my favorite. Took forever to explain how the world works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robynne | 2/7/2014

    " The first thing you need to know about this book is that you need to read it with the intent to ignore the "humans are so terrible they ruined the planet" mentality that it was written with. Just read it as fiction/sci-fi and then you'll enjoy it! I really enjoyed the unique premise, the drawings, notes, etc. that made it much more interesting than it would have been "plain". My 14 year old son really enjoyed it as well! I'm interested to see what happens next, the ending is wide open! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 2/6/2014

    " I thought this book was astounding one of the best i've ever read. Interesting story of the boy edgar and how he travels through new worlds and discovering secrets of his making. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 2/2/2014

    " Edgar, a boy who has developed great climbing skills scales the great cliff above his village on Atherton to find that his world is even more strangely divided than he could have ever dreamed. With help from a boy he meets at the top and a brave girl from his own village Edgar sets out to try and discover the secrets that have been hidden from his people by an unknown creator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/21/2014

    " I'm enjoying the book so far; mostly because I really can't tell what might be coming next. It's not bad for a kid's science fiction book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winnie | 12/31/2013

    " OHHHHH MY!!!!! IT IS THE BEST BOOK IN THIS ENTIRE WORLD!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brinlie Clark | 12/18/2013

    " Cliff Hanger! Now I will completely forget what happens and will have to read ti again- thank you Patrick Carman, uh... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vignesh Soundararajan | 12/17/2013

    " This book was great. I recommend this book to others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/11/2013

    " This was a really interesting premise, and the writing had a better flow to it than the Land of Elyon books, so I got more involved in the story. My biggest complaint is that it had a "to be continued" ending and I really hate those. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Honor | 11/28/2013

    " A science fiction teen book. It reminded me of The Giver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 11/13/2013

    " Fantastic book. Lots of biblical references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noah | 5/2/2013

    " Very cool idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 11/20/2012

    " An interesting, but slow read. Reminiscent of the Myst book series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Analisa | 8/30/2012

    " Reminds me of The Hunger Games series some. Quick, easy read. I will read the next one in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Pehnec | 6/15/2012

    " This is good for kids who need plot-driven action-packed books. It has a unique premise, but the fast pace happens at the expense of any real character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 11/5/2011

    " Awesome! The author leaves you at a big cliff hanger at the end so you just want to read the sequel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miss Clark | 10/5/2011

    " To be honest, I did like this one, little realizing just how nutty it was going to get in the sequel. Like his 'Land of Elyon" series, I enjoyed this first book, the start of the "Atherton" series, but definitely not so fond of the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 7/24/2011

    " An interesting concept - Atherton is a world consisting of three levels that has been created in the future, at a time when Earth's resources have been exhausted. Worth looking into the rest of the series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Analisa | 4/28/2011

    " Reminds me of The Hunger Games series some. Quick, easy read. I will read the next one in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chloe | 4/27/2011

    " Not my favorite. Took forever to explain how the world works.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 4/25/2011

    " Interesting, fun YA book. I liked it better than the sequel "Rivers of Fire." (But you pretty much have to read both.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dj | 4/1/2011

    " Edgar finds a book his dad left him and when Samuel reads it to him, he realizes that the highlands are sinking into tabletop, thus starts the ultimate war. But Edgar is tricked into a fake quest searching for another book in the flatlands where he finds his father. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ziyan | 3/22/2011

    " this was a great book annd i really liked it. It had lots of adventure and i couldn't stop reading. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catalina | 3/20/2011

    " Just finished this one today and ordered the next in the series. Wonderful sci-fi for upper elementary, middle school students. Makes one ponder what the future will bring to a planet full of possible loss of life. What happens when all the plants die- read this book and discover one scenario. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 patxi | 3/6/2011

    " La creación de mundos alternativos, aunque el público objetivo sea juvenil, requiere algo más de imaginación... Y si se quiere alcanzar una eficacia que supere la mediocridad, no basta con aplicar las lecciones del manual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 2/24/2011

    " I thought this book was astounding one of the best i've ever read. Interesting story of the boy edgar and how he travels through new worlds and discovering secrets of his making. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 2/12/2011

    " BEST BOOK EVER ... i loved it the plot and characters were awesome you really get attached ... cant wait for The Dark Planet "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/11/2011

    " Read on the recommendation of two students and I'm very glad I did! An exciting story in a fascinating world. I definitely will be reading the whole series at some point.

    This was the first book I read on my Kindle! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liontinx | 1/11/2011

    " Un libro bastante original, pero escrito de una manera un poco infantil, repitiendo mucho las cosas... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 lucy | 12/26/2010

    " had to read for REACH in 5th grade. came to love the book "

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About the Author
Author Patrick Carman
Patrick Carman is the bestselling author of numerous series for young readers, including The Land of Elyon, Elliot’s Park, Skeleton Creek, Atherton, Trackers, Dark Eden, and 3:15. He got his start as a storyteller weaving bedtime tales for his two daughters. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his family.
About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.