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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colin Meloy Narrator: Amanda Plummer Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Prue McKeel's life is ordinary. At least until her brother is abducted by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one's ever gone in - or at least returned to tell of it.

So begins an adventure that will take Prue and her friend, Curtis, deep into the Impassable Wilderness. There they uncover a secret world in the midst of violent upheaval - a world full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics, and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. And what begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater, as the two friends find themselves entwined in a struggle for the very freedom of this wilderness. A wilderness the locals call Wildwood.

Wildwood is a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger, and magic that juxtaposes the thrill of a secret world and modern city life. Original and fresh yet steeped in classic fantasy, this is a novel could have only come from the imagination of Colin Meloy, celebrated for his inventive and fantastic storytelling as the lead singer of the Decemberists. Wildwood is truly a new classic for the 21st century.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glyn | 2/19/2014

    " A good start to an intriguing new fantasy series. A little predictable in places but entertaining "

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

    " Good book, although not as good as it could be--there were points where I felt it could have gone somewhere much more interesting, and it didn't. Nice illustrations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 2/5/2014

    " I really wanted to love this book, because I love the Decemberists and Colin's beautiful lyrics. And while I completely appreciate the overall message of the book (stewardship of the Earth, not being able to escape the consequences of your own actions, how those actions can have ripple effects on the world around you, the heartbreak in imposing our own moral order on an indifferent universe), I just couldn't quite attach to the characters and the story fell flat for me. I also had a hard time suspending my disbelief throughout most of the tale, which is not usually a problem at all for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janeanne | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed the story and the characters, but the language actually kept me from immersing fully into the book. Maloy relishes language and vocabulary--and his voice is so distinctive that I was constantly distracted from the story by thoughts of "there's another Colin Meloy sentence that I can imagine being in a song." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 1/25/2014

    " I really loved it - I'll probably be listening to the Decemberists for a few days ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 1/19/2014

    " A fun, whimsical, easy read, with some lovely illustrations to boot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs.Houck | 1/18/2014

    " A fantasy book from the mind of Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists. In the opening, Prue's little bother is stolen by crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness (near Portland, Oregon). An expedition to unknown territories begins to rescue him. Prue enters a world populated by coyote soldiers, talking animals and a wide variety of mystics, misfits and one very evil Queen. She discovers that her brother had been taken to be a human sacrifice and a great battle ensues. Exciting, creative and fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Covey | 1/17/2014

    " What a fun book to read! Filled with battles, and magic and wonderment. I love the authors writing style and found it to be mesmerizing. Whenever I had to put the book down, it would call to me from across the room! Very fun and a great book to end the year with! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly Glathar | 12/25/2013

    " I enjoyed most of this book. I listened to it on my ipod. I did not love the reader's voice it was distracting and I found the book to be a bit long....but.....it was good full of adventure and mystery. I will read the rest in the series when they come out no doubt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 12/16/2013

    " Children's Portlandia at it's finest..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin H. | 12/11/2013

    " Amazing. Colin Meloy's prose bring this fantastical story to life. I can't wait for volume 2! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina Slapinsky | 12/8/2013

    " Definitly not your everyday fictional tale! I LOVED THIS! I could not put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Buerkle | 12/3/2013

    " A fun story, and probably would have been more enjoyable had I not read it over a 6 month period. (I've had little time to read, but perhaps the extended read time was because the book was not engaging enough? I don't know, but I thought it was worth the read.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Foley | 10/15/2013

    " Interesting idea for a fantasy world set so near the regular city of Portland, Oregon. The author is also a semi-famous musician and his wife did the illustrations. I listened to it on CD, so I didn't get to see what the illustrations would have added to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heffalump | 2/6/2013

    " I really got a kick out of reading Wildwood, especially since the story takes place in the areas of Portland where both sets of my Grandparents lived. Landmarks and places were familiar to me from childhood and I loved the fantastical reinterpretation of Portland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 1/7/2013

    " Cari and I read this together and enjoyed it equally. Great imagination and wonderful story! Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LigaRyan | 9/17/2012

    " I'm confused if I love this story or just the fact that it's written by Colin Meloy. I think I just enjoyed being lost in the Impassible Wilderness with Prue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Duncan | 8/21/2012

    " I am actually looking forward to giving this a second reading. It was a good read the first time through, but there is something to the world that Meloy has created that has stayed with me months later. I am actively looking forward to the next installment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hailey | 1/27/2012

    " Fun fantasy/adventure story with a spunky heroine, who's full of moxy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashod | 1/25/2012

    " A beautiful love song to Portland, Ore. disguised as a young adult action adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clover White | 12/4/2011

    " This was a slow start. Persevered, and it turned out to be a fairly complex, interesting plot. It suffered from first novel problems-- writing a little uneven, dialogue wooden, but overall it was an interesting book, and I would read another book from this author. "

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

    " Very well written - engaging story. I have a few qualms with one of the plot points, but it's an enjoyable read. Reminiscent of classic children's books full of adventure and talking animals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 11/4/2011

    " Colin should stick to songwriting and composing. Carson is a genius illustrator. I highly recommend skimming the book for her art. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 10/28/2011

    " Love Colin Meloy but didn't love this. I thought I would like it with all the Portland sub-culture stuff but alas, it was way too much like Chronicles of Narnia for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 10/27/2011

    " So, Mr. Colin Meloy, how are we related?
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/27/2011

    " I had a tough time getting into this book - which is sad considering all the hype it got. It did pick up steam as it went, but it was hard to get into. The story was good - albeit a bit Narnia-ish. Good, but I probably won't pick up book 2 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alev | 10/25/2011

    " Kitap agirlik bakimindan elde tutup okumak için agir. Ayrica imgelem ve hayal kitaplarina bir türlü isinamiyorum. "

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About the Author
Author Colin Meloy

Colin Meloy once wrote Ray Bradbury a letter, informing him that he “considered himself an author too,” when he was ten. Since then, he has gone on to be the singer and songwriter for the band the Decemberists, where he channels all of his weird ideas into weird songs. With the Wildwood Chronicles, he now channels those ideas into novels. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family.