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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Garner Narrator: Wayne Forester Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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After hearing scratches in the attic, Alison discovers a dinner service covered in an intriguing floral owl pattern, and a series of events are set in motion that will change her life forever. Alison, her step-brother Roger, and Welsh boy Gwyn are forced into a cyclical replay of the tragic Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd, in which a woman is turned into an owl as a punishment for betraying her husband.

The Owl Service is a fabulous, multi-layered book of mystery and suspense, but also a contemporary musing on love, class structure and power. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 2/19/2014

    " I loved this book and read it over and over again as a kid. Super creepy. "

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

    " This is a good one to read again and again. I'm reading it now for the second time. "

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

    " A really creepy and wonderful book. Don't read it at night by yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chas Bayfield | 2/2/2014

    " One of the favourite books of my childhood "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 2/2/2014

    " This is supposedly viewed as a 'classic' among children's fantasy books, but it has to be one of the most confusing books I've ever read. I don't understand what happened, and the dialogue seemed so random and as if there were sentences not being spoken. No descriptions or character development. It's supposed to be based on the tale of Blodeuwedd from the Mabinogion, but I didn't get the connection. The whole thing just left me perplexed, which is unfortunate because the description made it sound like something I'd really enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Wilde | 2/2/2014

    " Don't dip into this expecting The Dark is Rising - it's altogether weirder, darker, and more adult. There's something else going on here, too, so as well as a great creepy story drawing on the old legends you get a picture-perfect anthropological snapshot of time and place. I loved the old fashioned Britishness of the language which some other reviewers found so hard to handle. A casual reference to the housekeeper being "on her dignity" has stuck with me. Garner not only captures centuries of simmering discontent between the Welsh and the English, but lays bare the rage and frustration on both sides of the class divide that was soon to erupt into all-out war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KK | 1/26/2014

    " This is such a wonderful book. Imaginative, unexpected - just beautiful. Have re-read this many times since childhood. I turn to it when I'm feeling drained or cynical or plain fed up. This always manages to restore my sense of wonder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 1/20/2014

    " Really different. Great read, though. A "chilren's" book that isn't just for children. When I read it, I wished that my children (teens) or some of my friends would read it, too - so I could talk to them about the story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roddy Williams | 1/19/2014

    " I have read this book several times. It is always a joy and a wonder, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicki M | 12/24/2013

    " This is a very strange book with lots of dialogue and not much description in it. I didn't really like any of the charcaters and think it would work much better on the screen instead of on the page. It certainly doesn't make me want to read anything else by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 9/20/2013

    " Interesting take on the Blodeuwedd story from the Mabinogion; confusing storytelling, but its look at the interactions of Alison, Roger, and Gwyn has a lot of psychological realism. I think I might appreciate this more upon a reread. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cooper Renner | 4/28/2013

    " Absolutely classic. Virtually flawless. An even more remarkable achievement when one considers it's nominally a young adult novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 4/13/2013

    " One of my favourite books from childhood, and my first introduction to the Mabinogion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/25/2013

    " Four stars for the "I couldn't put it down factor." It loses a star for the "confusing as heck" factor that it has at certain points, as well as for the fact that I wanted more from the ending. Not a different ending, just a little bit more to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Powell | 12/31/2012

    " read this at school and enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 8/11/2012

    " Was this a kids programme on tv - rang a bell when I read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Catarina | 5/20/2012

    " Horror books are not my favourites at all. I liked the main idea but the rest not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Grossman | 10/16/2011

    " I found this book genuinely scary in the same way that The Shining was scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 9/14/2011

    " This is an amazing book. Even as an adult I was caught up in the looming menace. I think I understand the ending as a resolution, but it's all very weird. There was a TV adaptation which Alan Garner was very involved with which I'm sure would be well-worth watching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette Hart | 7/21/2011

    " Very different to the Weirdstone and at 12 I found it very unnerving! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/3/2011

    " This is a good one to read again and again. I'm reading it now for the second time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/14/2011

    " I found this book genuinely scary in the same way that The Shining was scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bliss | 3/13/2011

    " A really creepy and wonderful book. Don't read it at night by yourself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noor | 1/6/2011

    " Surely a classic by now. Its fantasy adventure in rural England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/11/2010

    " I read this when I was about ten. It confused me tremendously, but, then again, I was ten. I've been meaning to read it again for some time. I suspect, just from what I remember, that I will like it a lot more now that I'm older and have a longer attention span. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 9/4/2010

    " An excellent story but the BBC Radio version I listened too had the unintentional drawback of being a bit too bucolic and soporific, I'd repeatedly find myself having to rewind because I had been carried off into a pagan dreamstate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 8/12/2010

    " This was the first book I read in first-year at secondary, and the memory of it has lingered; I loved it. "

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