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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (59 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jenny Nimmo Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Magician Trilogy Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545047180
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On Gwyn's 9th birthday, his grandmother tells him he may be a magician, like his Welsh ancestors. She gives him five gifts to help him-a brooch, a piece of dried seaweed, a tin whistle, a scarf, and a broken toy horse. One blustery day, unsure what to do with his newfound magic, Gwyn throws the brooch to the wind and receives a silvery snow spider in return. Will he be able to use this special spider to bring his missing sister, Bethan, home? THE SNOW SPIDER spins an icy, sparkly web of mystical intrigue that sets the stage for the next two books in this outstanding trilogy!
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  • HB

    This atmospheric fantasy starts with a boy, Gwyn, receiving five unusual gifts from his grandmother, Nain, on his ninth birthday. Thus begins a quest to find out whether he has inherited the gift of magic that returns once in every seven generations to his family and to discover what happened to his sister, who vanished mysteriously four years earlier. This new production is a worthy successor to a previous 1988 recording, as Keating's deep, rich voice, rolling musically over the Welsh words and phrases, effortlessly unravels the intricately descriptive sentences. Fans of Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising sequence and Nimmo's own Charlie Bone will find themselves swept up instantly in this first volume (winner of the Smarties Prize) of the series. KRISTI ELLE JEMTEGAARD





    HORN BOOK - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2006



    (NOTE - This is a review of the AUDIO, not the BOOK)

    Read by John Keating.

    (Intermediate)This atmospheric fantasy starts with a boy, Gwyn, receiving five unusual gifts from his grandmother, Nain, on his ninth birthday. Thus begins a quest to find out whether he has inherited the gift of magic that returns once in every seven generations to his family and to discover what happened to his sister, who vanished mysteriously four years earlier. This new production is a worthy successor to a previous 1988 recording, as Keating's deep, rich voice, rolling musically over the Welsh words and phrases, effortlessly unravels the intricately descriptive sentences. Fans of Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising sequence and Nimmo's own Charlie Bone will find themselves swept up instantly in this first volume (winner of the Smarties Prize) of the series. KRISTI ELLE JEMTEGAARD





  • “Keating’s reading of the tale is flawless. He easily ranges from the boy’s excitement and anticipation to the wavery voice of his eccentric grandmother…[Keating’s] mastery may well convince readers that this fictional world is real.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “[An] enchanting tale…Swiftly paced and cleverly plotted, Nimmo’s novel fluidily fuses fantasy, suspense, and drama.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “From the opening music to the first note of narrator John Keating’s beautifully accented voice, the listener is transported to the Welsh countryside…With narration like this, it is as if John Keating were himself the snow spider, spinning richness into Jenny Nimmo’s tale.”

    AudioFile

  • “Nimmo weaves elements of Welsh folklore into a story that combines magical elements with a realistic modern setting…[An] adventure story with likable characters that are deftly, succinctly portrayed.”

    Booklist

  • “Harry Potter fans have reason to rejoice. A new young magician has arrived from the UK with exciting adventures…Beautifully written.”

    Children’s Literature

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Redmond | 2/18/2014

    " I finished this on audio so I think I will try the next. A childrens fantasy/magic takes place in Wales. Gwyn a 9 year old learns on his birthday he may be a magician. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/17/2014

    " This book was great!!!! I liked it because it was so adventurous!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cat McNeece | 2/15/2014

    " This is just the only best spider ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thebruce1314 | 2/15/2014

    " I originally picked up this book because I enjoyed the Charlie Bone books. The Snow Spider is pretty similar in style and storyline to Nimmo's more popular series. It follows the story of a boy in Wales who discovers that he has magical powers which manifest themselves through five items that his grandmother gives him for his birthday. It was a quick, easy read, but fairly predictable. Nothing earth-shattering happens, but it was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/14/2014

    " I'm hooked. Need to read the next two books in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/13/2014

    " Written nearly a decade before Harry Potter appeared on the scene, the Magician Trilogy remains fresh and interesting, rich with Welsh history and complex, appealing characters. Nimmo fits tremendous stories into small books. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys flat-out great stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shar | 2/12/2014

    " I didn't like this series half as much as the Charlie Bone books but they were okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raymond | 1/31/2014

    " To my this book was kind of confusing. I really didnt get the point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 08kassadyw | 1/28/2014

    " i liked this book, But it was kinda confusing at first. When i got in the middle of the book it got really good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 1/18/2014

    " young adult, my son and I read this...great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 12/28/2013

    " I listened to the audio book version and was totally captivated by the reader's Welsh accent. It completely lended itself to this story and was one of the main reasons I so enjoyed this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kandyce Barber | 12/8/2013

    " Good, magical adventure. First in the series. Audio version - great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frankie | 12/4/2013

    " This is perhaps the best YA novel I've ever read... the writing is precise and poetic, the story is simple and moving, and Nimmo manages to both entertain and move readers young and old alike with a story of magic and loss. The audio was excellent and I would recommend this to anyone. A great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 10/27/2013

    " Wow! What a good story. I was caught up in early on and did not want to leave Gwyn's world. Gwyn is a good character. He has to learn to make choices. Sometimes his choices are not the best but he does try to fix what he has done wrong. I have to get the rest of the trilogy now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beccie | 10/13/2013

    " An alright read but not one that really grabbed my attention "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Matthews | 8/4/2013

    " I must seem to have a very low reading age but these are the books that I come across through work and they are lovely children's books...after all, we're all happy to read Harry Potter!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 7/20/2013

    " MUST FIND THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 5/30/2013

    " An interesting book. It was a quick read. It was a little strange, and simple, but some things just didn't feel smooth to me. I'm not sure I'll read the whole triligy. (lame review, but there you have it). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 4/11/2013

    " I first read this back in 1991 or so. Now I'm re-reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessie | 4/5/2013

    " I read this book for the battle of the books. I like it. It was good. You should read this book if you like exciting books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 2/7/2013

    " The beginning is a bit to ambiguous. Hard for kids to figure out what is happening, but it gets better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcus L | 11/24/2012

    " I think this book is a good book because I am more interested in these types of genre, I usually like magic, adventure, mystery so I really enjoy reading this book and I think most of the boys and girls will like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/15/2012

    " It was such a great book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/13/2012

    " Listened to it on CD on our trip. It's a fine story, but I always felt like I was two steps ahead of the plot. That's probably because the target audience is 10 year olds, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 9/23/2012

    " Kids would probably give this a higher rating, I will update when my 4th grader finishes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/3/2012

    " Not nearly as good as the Charlie bone series. I'm only going to finish the trilogy because i started it. this may be more enjoyable for younger readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 10/12/2011

    " really good,the names are hard to read because it takes place in whales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KC | 8/20/2011

    " Loved this as a kid but not as good as I remembered reading as an adult. Still lovely ideas and well written, just wish there was more below the surface. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/7/2011

    " Cute book. Similar to Harry Potter in that the boy is "chosen" for magic in his family which is encouraged by his odd grandma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 2/24/2011

    " An interesting book. It was a quick read. It was a little strange, and simple, but some things just didn't feel smooth to me. I'm not sure I'll read the whole triligy. (lame review, but there you have it). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcus | 2/8/2011

    " I think this book is a good book because I am more interested in these types of genre, I usually like magic, adventure, mystery so I really enjoy reading this book and I think most of the boys and girls will like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cat | 1/31/2011

    " This is just the only best spider ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/2/2010

    " I'm hooked. Need to read the next two books in the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 11/12/2010

    " This was a very neat story. I can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 10/25/2010

    " Anthon love, loved this book. We loved the Charlie Bone series, so decided to check this one out as well. It has a nice lyrical type prose and a unique spin on the classic good vs evil. Anthon can't wait to read the next one, which I just got from the library for him today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 10/11/2010

    " great book. loved it. rating last. harry potter fans ( my family ) will love this series. "Dont diss the sword" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse | 10/11/2010

    " My favorite scene was when magic hit the bully. My favorite character is Arianwen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 10/7/2010

    " The beginning is a bit to ambiguous. Hard for kids to figure out what is happening, but it gets better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 10/3/2010

    " Ok a little different not sure I like the explanations "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 9/28/2010

    " It was such a good book. I read three times. That's how good it is "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandi | 9/21/2010

    " Really kind of dull in my opinion. Based on my kids' reviews, though, something tells me that I will be reading the rest of the series whether I like it or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 7/30/2010

    " Not to bad, kept my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 7/11/2010

    " Audio version in the car. It was a pleasant surprise since I picked it up at the scholastic book fair and had no idea what it was about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/12/2010

    " The Snow Spider was a really good book! If it was a movie I would rate it either PG or PG-13. I reccomend this to people who like a little mystery and weird creatures, like the ones from spore. "

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About the Author
Author Jenny Nimmo

Jenny Nimmo is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Charlie Bone series as well as Griffin’s Castle, The Dragon’s Child, and the award-winning Magician Trilogy. Several of her books have been awarded and short-listed for the Smarties Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award, and the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books Award. She lives with her husband in an old mill in Wales.

About the Narrator

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and the winner of eight Earphones Awards for audio narration. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.