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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (462 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sonya Hartnett Narrator: Richard Aspel Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Two gypsy boys are fleeing through a war-ravaged countryside during the night, carrying a secret bundle. The boys stumble across a town that has been reduced to smoking rubble, and a zoo that is still intact. When the boys take shelter in the zoo, they discover a menagerie of talking animals. Both the boys and the animals tell their tales and speak of their desire for freedom.

Like The Silver Donkey and The Ghost's Child, this is another beautiful fable-like tale that will move you to tears. It's a story that will appeal to all ages, that merges history with fantasy; adults will enjoy this as much as children.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/19/2014

    " A haunting and beautiful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ange | 2/14/2014

    " Let me say up front that I'm a big fan of Sonya Hartnett and so am rating this against her other works which I have absolutely loved. Sonya has a way of seeing into the dark and quiet places of the human soul, especially those of children. In "The Midnight Zoo" she explores the effect of man's all consuming greed and desire to control and own everything it can. She does this through the eyes of 2 children, alone, abandoned and trying to survive during WWII. Although I enjoyed the book, I thought that the ending was too vague and ambiguous, even for Sonya, who usually gives the reader and ending that can be more than the words written on the page. Definitely not my favourite one of her novels but yet again she makes you explore your own morals and beliefs and look at the world in a slightly different way. Beautiful prose and imagery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tina Cavanough | 2/14/2014

    " Very lovely story, but just feel like I missed something. Might have to sit down and try to re-read in a single sitting.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hannah | 1/22/2014

    " Awfully sad, sweet and poignant. Set during WW2, and told from a child's perspective. Nothing much really happens, per say, but its still a beautiful, tragic book detailing the discovery of an abandoned zoo during war time. "

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