Review: Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) Audiobook

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Book: Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix
Publisher: 2002, Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of The Random House Audio Publishing Group
Narrator: Tim Freakin’ Curry
Time: 10 hrs, 28 mins
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Recommend: fantasy fans, magic fans
Book Con’s: This category can’t even exist for this
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.
More Information: GoodReads

Review: The good, bad & ugly…

First of all, y’all should read our previous review of the Sabriel book. This review focuses on the audiobook that I recently purchased from Audible (you can probably hear Nikki hissing at me in the background, she’s very anti-Amazon and seeing that Audible is an Amazon company, my using this platform for my audio-lovin’ isn’t going down well).

Tim Curry Love Forever: First of all, this audiobook is the shiz-nit. It’s absolutely brilliant, hilarious, engrossing, engaging and it sucks you in for hours on end. Why? Because Tim Curry is the best damn thing to happen to audiobooks (even more so that Stephen Fry, I WENT THERE- YES). I knew I was going to love this audiobook when I was shopping on Oxford Circus (a most busy street filled with shops I like to avoid like the plague)- so I was already not too happy. All of a sudden, we get to a bit in the first chapter when Sabriel helps a rabbit out, and just hearing Tim Curry scream BUNNY! in an attempt to imitate a 10 year old girl, I pealed out into a string of laughter and had to run down a side street holding my side. Then I texted Nikki with the gloriousness of it all.

Tim Curry is a great, gifted narrator. He doesn’t try too hard to mock or imitate, he changes his inflection, his tones and his pronunciations for some but stays true to the content and the characters. Listening to audiobooks is a risk in my opinion, because you have to love two things, the story but also the narrator and that adds an extra layer of risk and apprehension. He was the perfect choice for this series and if you don’t go listen to it now, I’ll be mad.

Mogget Is Fire: Ok, so fine, I guess it’s pronounced Mog-Get now (even though I want it to be Mo-Jay like how I first read it in my head a year ago). What made this audiobook truly delightful was Curry’s interpretation of our feline-demon-scary-free-magic thing. He yowls, is full of sass and wonder and never fails to please. His portions in the reading book were interesting but not my favourite bits, I liked Sabriel’s bits more. However, for this audiobook I fond myself craving Mogget, I wanted his sass. I needed his fire!

The Dead are Terrifying: Don’t listen to this at night like I did, I truly got creeped out. This book touches on some scary themes which never bothered me when I was speed reading my way through it! However, I’ve gotten myself into a habit of unwinding with an hour or two of audiobook listening before bed and when it’s midnight and Tim Curry is hissing like the dead and you can hear their jaws gnashing outside your window with every bump in the night, you get super into it and you get suppppper terrified. And I actually really liked that? It’s one thing to read about terror, but it’s another to imagine it and almost hear it coming for you!

It’s not too Expensive: Some audiobooks are ridiculously expensive (Have you seen the prices for HP series?!) but I found to purchase Sabriel outright wasn’t too bad. Almost the price of a paperback actually, so why not give it a shot?

So some recommendations before you approach this book?

  1. It’s only about 10 hrs so it’s not a slow audiobook. Take some time (maybe when it’s light outside) or snuggle in for a few nights!
  2. Prepare to laugh
  3. Prepare to fall in love



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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3 Responses to Review: Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) Audiobook

  1. Pingback: Claire x Nikki Review August 2016 | Bitches With Books

  2. Grace says:

    OMG! So, I normally am not very into audiobooks, but I love Tim Curry and I love the Abhorsen books. I think I need this audiobook in my life.

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