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3.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 5 3.55 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iain Lawrence Narrator: Ron Keith Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN:
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There was once a village off the coast of Cornwall, England, where people were so poor that they prayed for shipwrecks. They made their living by salvaging food and clothing from the wreckage. Some of them were evil and lit fires during a storm to lure ships onto the rocks. Then these wreckers made sure that no one survived the wrecks, so there would be no witnesses to their crimes.

One stormy night in 1799, 14-year-old John Spencer was unfortunate enough to be on his father's ship when the wreckers did their worst. As John hid on the shore, he saw his shipmates murdered by these ruthless scavengers. Trapped in a strange land with no idea of whom to trust, he faced the most terrifying challenge of his life.

The spell-binding excitement of a swashbuckling adventure, and the wrenching moral conflict of a Dickens novel delightfully converge in this critically-acclaimed debut novel.

Ron Keith's exceptional narration ensures readers nonstop entertainment in the classic tradition. The Wreckers was chosen by Booklist as a Young Editors' Choice and by the New York Public Library as a title for reading and sharing. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/18/2014

    " John Spencer barely makes it to shore after his father's ship, the Isle of Skye, is shipwrecked. It was lured onto the rocks by a false beacon, and the villagers of Pendennis are responsible. John's father makes it also, but he is held captive. John is taken in by the local Laird, but doesn't know if he can be trusted. With only the help of the laird's neice, Mary, John must solve to plot of the wreckers before his father dies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Lopez | 2/5/2014

    " Thrilling and nautical. Great relationship development. Interesting premise and well-told story. Another gem from the fantastic young adult section. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 2/1/2014

    " It was one of the better books on my summer book list "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 1/30/2014

    " Great adventure story set in the age of sail. If you have read and enjoyed Avi's True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle or Pirates by Celia Rees give this book a try. If you like it you're in luck because there are two more in the series The Smugglers and The Buccaneers. Lawrence also has several others in a similar style. Often regarded as a teen author, don't overlook this stuff as an adult, especially if you enjoy historical fiction or adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/28/2014

    " Wow! What a book! It's so exciting when a book blows me away - it may not be the best book I've ever read, or something that I would adore if I'd known about it going into it, but this was entirely unexpected and I loved it. It's definitely one of the darkest books I've read (in the first couple of chapters, a ship is wrecked on a coast by villagers who lured it there by false harbor lights, a teenaged boy is chased by villagers who want to kill him to eliminate any survivors, and he encounters a man that seems to glide along the ground in the darkness until he realizes the man has no legs and uses his arms to push himself on a little wheeled platform - OH MY GOSH SO TERRIFYING!). It's incredibly graphic for a historical YA novel, but the atmosphere is some of the best I've ever read. It's not a pleasant read by any means, but it's so well done! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donte | 1/27/2014

    " ithought that it was i burt of excitment during the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/26/2014

    " I think this book is very good. It has lots of twists and turns and I wanted to keep reading. Many things happen to keep you interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geokowgurl | 1/17/2014

    " This book started out a little slow and I didn't think I was going to finish it, but by the middle of the book I was actually wondering how it would end and so I finished it. This would be a great story for 4th through 6th graders I think. It is a story of a boy, John Spencer, that survived a shipwreck. What he had to find out was if the wreck was accidental or murder. The adventure that he gets himself into is filled with twists and turns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 1/16/2014

    " Its Really goooood and stuuffff "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 12/28/2013

    " It was alright. I liked how it was fast moving and everything was resolved in the end, but it was kinda dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 k-swiss | 12/21/2013

    " a little confusing on some parts "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 12/10/2013

    " A bit too predictable for my tastes. Interesting story but it reminded me too much of a Scooby Doo episode. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/28/2013

    " I'm reading this for book-group for Crew's class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 11/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this so much, I have listened to it at least 2x, mayby 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremiah | 11/5/2013

    " Love the series! Can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Schell | 10/16/2013

    " It was a little confusing, but other than that it was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 8/24/2013

    " This book is pretty interesting at the moment. The only thing wrong is that their is a lot of different problems going on at one time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 7/9/2013

    " This was such a fun book. The characters were fun and realistic. I really enjoyed the story line, I liked the whole idea wreackers and ghosts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alli | 5/31/2013

    " Emma read this book and said it was REALLY good. I thought I'd give it a try. While I was reading it I kept thinking "I can't believe that Emma read this". It was intense and suspenseful. It had gore and murder and mystery and I didn't want to put it down. I'd definitely recommend the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/1/2012

    " Fast-paced action adventure. Chapter 1: here we are on a storm-tossed ocean, aboard a ship destined to crash on the rocks. I read it with a student at Oxford, my last act of rebellion before moving ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha | 10/27/2012

    " We read this when we were younger, we both theought it was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 10/16/2012

    " It is a very good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 9/16/2012

    " Lawrence's first novel. Less horrifying than The Convicts, but equally atmospheric. Start with this one if you want some death and dismemberment, but not lots. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelseylethco | 9/7/2012

    " Interesting, but I thought it was predictable until the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/3/2012

    " Kind of weird...what kind of people would purposely wreck ships and then kill any survivors so that no one survived? I know that the people of the village depend on the wrecked ships for supples, but the rule that a ship can not be salvaged unless all of the crew are dead is completely insane!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/30/2011

    " it was ok there is a lot of murder in it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 11/17/2011

    " Not as good as I thought it would be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 10/3/2011

    " A ripping yarn indeed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 5/18/2011

    " It was one of the better books on my summer book list "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/26/2011

    " Such a creepy book! So weird.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ireland | 2/12/2011

    " I thought this book was okay, but it was very gruesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 7/10/2010

    " Thrilling and nautical. Great relationship development. Interesting premise and well-told story. Another gem from the fantastic young adult section. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 7/10/2010

    " It is a very good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelseylethco | 1/25/2010

    " Interesting, but I thought it was predictable until the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glorious.Clio | 1/20/2010

    " This was a good read- it was about a boy who survived a shipwreck, but then had to learn to survive something more sinister... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 9/26/2009

    " Not as good as I thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 6/17/2009

    " Boys who are good readers would especially enjoy this story of villagers who lure ships to crash on the shore, loot the ships, and leave no survivors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 3/20/2009

    " This book is pretty interesting at the moment. The only thing wrong is that their is a lot of different problems going on at one time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 3/17/2009

    " This was such a fun book. The characters were fun and realistic. I really enjoyed the story line, I liked the whole idea wreackers and ghosts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 2/5/2009

    " It was a little confusing, but other than that it was good. "

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About the Author

Iain Lawrence is a bestselling children’s author. Before becoming a fiction writer, he studied journalism at Vancouver Community College and spent ten years working for small newspapers in northern British Columbia. He is the author of The Wreckers, The Giant Slayer, The Smugglers, The Winter Pony, and others. Lawrence won the prize for Children’s Literature from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2007. He lives in the Gulf Islands with his partner, Kristen.

About the Narrator

Ron Keith, a native of England, graduated from the University of Manchester. He has appeared in the Broadway touring production of Amadeus, in off-Broadway productions such as Hedda Gabler, My Fair Lady, and Candida, and in many regional stage productions. His television appearances include roles in One Life to Live and As the World Turns.