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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27,136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maggie Stiefvater Narrator: Steve West, Fiona Hardingham Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545448550
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger comes a brand new, heartstopping novel.

NARRATOR: Steve West & Fiona Hardingham
FORMAT: 9 CDs, Unabridged

With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff--with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.
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Quotes & Awards

  • * u201cA book appealing to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure alike, this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster.u201d – Booklist, starred review
  • * “An utterly compelling read. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “An utterly compelling read.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • * u201cMasterful. Like nothing else out there now.u201d – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

  • * u201cStiefvateru2019s novel begins rivetingly and gets better and better…all the way, in fact, to best.u201d – The Horn Book, starred review
  • “A book appealing to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure alike, this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster.” 

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Told from the points of view of nineteen-year-old Sean and the younger Puck, the narration is a seamless blend of Sean’s rough edge and Puck’s courage. Listeners will find themselves with a deep and lasting sense of the island and of Sean and Puck’s complicated relationship.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Stiefvater masterfully combines an intimate voice with a fully evoked island setting with sensory-rich language with a wealth of horse detail with a plot full of danger, intrigue, and romance…Stiefvater sets not one foot wrong as she takes readers on an intoxicating ride of their own…Stiefvater’s novel begins rivetingly and gets better and betterall the way, in fact, to best.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • “[A] taut, chilling, romantic adventure…Masterful. Like nothing else out there now.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2012 ALA Odyssey Award Honor Audiobook
  • A 2012 ALA Top Book Nominee for Teens
  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Literature
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Teen Fiction 2011
  • A 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Literature
  • A 2012 Michael L. Printz Award Finalist
  • A 2012 Mythopoeic Award Nominee for Children's Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Agent Dream | 2/19/2014

    " Not The best Book, Predicted it! But still REALLY liked it :) Wow, Mixed feelings HAHHAHA "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndy | 2/6/2014

    " Vivid writing, well-paced action and the kind of heartwrenching grittiness that characterizes modern YA (think Shipbreaker). I especially enjoyed the myth of the sea horses and the bewitching descriptions of their movement and personality. Not a book that will stay with me over time, I think, but a good and engrossing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirstie Pelot | 2/4/2014

    " The Scorpio Races is made up of the stories of two teenagers, Puck and Sean. Puck Connolly is an orphan who lives with her two brothers, but when her older brother announces that he's leaving the island, Puck devises a plan to try and make him stay. She enters the Scorpio Races. The Scorpio Races are a yearly tradition on the island of Thisby. Once a year, water horses came up from the ocean and people on the island try and catch them in order to race in the Scorpio Races. Each year, many people are injured and people also die. Puck enters the race not only to try and make her brother stay, but also because she knows her family could use the money. Also entered into the race is Sean Kendrick. He has won the race four times and is everyone's bet to win again. Sean's relationship with the water horses, and especially with a bright red water horse named Corr, make him a well respected member of Thisby. As the story continues, and Puck and Sean's paths cross, the question of the outcome of the races hangs in the air. This book was good. Not my favorite, but still a great read. The problem for me was simply getting into the story. I felt like the beginning moved almost painfully slow. The majority of the story and the action was packed near the very end. I did like the story line, that there were carnivorous horses rising out of the sea, and Stiefvater did a great job at allowing the reader to imagine the setting. And the characters were very well developed. Perhaps the biggest positive of this book for me was Sean Kendrick. I absolutely loved his character. And though I fall in love with fictional characters more often than I'd care to admit, Sean was really exceptional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alaina Sloo | 1/14/2014

    " The Scholastic 2011 audio book version of the book is nicely narrated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katharine Longo | 1/14/2014

    " Very interesting story. Love her characters, she totally gets you involved in the fantasy story like it really could be true. Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayle | 12/13/2013

    " 4.5 stars (but rounding up!) I loved this story -- the beautiful writing just drew me right in. The whole concept of the man-eating water horses was fascinating. Loved the characters and couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randi | 12/10/2013

    " Ever heard of the myth of the capaill uisce (water horses?) Very creative, extremely entertaining audio verison of the book--complete with male and female vocals plus Celtic music (composed by the author herself.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/1/2013

    " Much better than Shiver I thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Purplesnowdrop | 12/1/2013

    " In my opinion this is magpies best book... It is different from anything I'd read before and I think that's what made it so special... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arissa | 11/12/2013

    " After starting this book, I wish I had read it sooner. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ambiguous_A | 1/4/2013

    " Would have been a five, but the pace was too slow. I like a little more excitement in my books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Herisson08 | 12/12/2012

    " Magnifique roman d'aventure, d'amour, de vie... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/3/2012

    " Loved this book. The story line was smooth and consistent. Loved how everything was resolved in the end. And the twist and turns withing the story line were truly amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Ford | 3/27/2012

    " Started out kind of slow but then sucked me in. I really enjoyed this novel, drank in the story and the language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittney | 2/26/2012

    " it was good, it just didn't capture me as well as the raven boys did! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristie | 11/8/2011

    " Not as good as her other books, as I found it a little slow. Still pretty good though, and I do enjoy stories about horses and stories about taming untamable animals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ct | 11/6/2011

    " This was such I great book. I kind of wish we would of gotten an epilogue but nonetheless this book was marvelous!
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindy | 11/6/2011

    " I enjoyed this more than the Shiver trilogy. Better characters, more original supernatural creature/element, and a better plot, IMO. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 11/6/2011

    " As usual, Maggie Stiefvater delivered characters with depth and a compelling storyline that was beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/6/2011

    " I really didn't think I would like this one, but I found myself devouring it. I guess I am a sucker for a great story about finding yourself, following your dreams and learning to trust other people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 11/5/2011

    " It started slow but then i got sucked in. Very different from her other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joeline | 11/4/2011

    " Alternate reality
    Frothing sea horse race
    Lost home, lost horse, lost love; won
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sadie | 11/4/2011

    " Normally I can't read alternating first POV books, but I got this one as an Audio book. I really enjoyed it. Moved a little slow in places, but the ending was totally worth it. Puck and Sean were both amazing characters with a lot of depth. "

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About the Author
Author Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Scorpio Races and the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. She is also the author of Lament and Ballad.

About the Narrators

Steve West, the winner of nine Audiofile Earphones Awards for narration, is an actor of international standing. He is known for his appearances on London’s West End Stage in Mamma Mia!, contemporary plays, and Shakespearean classics. He has appeared in Hollywood movies and on television screens in the United States and the United Kingdom and performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. His work has also been screened at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.