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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:
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A spellbinding novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater

Some race to win. Others race to survive.

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Some riders live.

Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition—the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An utterly compelling read.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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.” 


  • “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 Michael L. Printz Award Finalist
  • A 2012 Mythopoeic Award Nominee for Children's Literature
  • 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

Listener Opinions

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

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

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