"[Alex Jennings] is a master of dialogue, slipping effortlessly into the cadences of children's voices and characterizing accents from around the British Isles and beyond. This is a satisfying conclusion to the series." (AudioFile)
This is a worthy conclusion to the series. It begins with the Stanton family, all of wom are home for the summer holidays. When Will's elder brother Steven intervenes in the matter of an Indian boy being teased by a group of local villagers, the family finds themselves pitted against the hateful father of one of the bullies, an encounter that reminds Will of the absolute power the forces of the Dark will wield if the Circle of Light is unable to push them back. The next stage of the quest begins that night when Meriman Lyon appears to Will and tells him that the time has come for the six signs of light, gathered during the events of The Dark is Rising, to be recovered from the place where they were hidden following their joining. The time for the final battle between the Light and the Dark is drawing near, and the forces of Light must be ready for that critical moment. Recovering the signs is the easyy part. But Will and his friends must also recover an ancient sword, the one weapon that, combined with the six signs, can bring a final end to the threat of the Dark. This sword, however, lies in the Lost Land, in the keeping of its despairing maker. Only Will and Bran Davies, the latter being the lately revealed son of the legendary King Arthur, have any hope of reaching the Lost Land, and even then they must still reach the tower where the king of that realm has hidden himself in his despair. And once there they must find some way to rouse the king from his despair and persuade him to part with the sword. Will their efforts be enough to turn back the forces of the Dark in their greatest rising?
All in all this is a worthy conclusion to the series. Alex Jennings returns for this final installment and as usual he does an excellent job of narrating it.
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A wonderful story with a wonderful performance. I don't get tired of listening to this series.
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The audio quality is a bit bad. The ubabridged recording company has to renew the audio. but apart from that, everything is fine.
Just as good as 40 years ago, Thank you Susan Cooper! You are a gifted writer.
What made the experience of listening to Silver on the Tree the most enjoyable?
the actors and the story. everything was done verry well
What did you like best about this story?
how big it felt.
What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
his reading brings a certain gravitas into the tone of the book
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
not to spoil but the ending's a tear jerker
No idea how often I have listened. Always enjoy it. It seems like a good winter story. Highly recommend.
We want to get the books from the library to read. It will be interesting to check spellings of the Welsh words and see the names of the characters. Susan Cooper has a wonderful imagination, but also she has got a grasp on Welsh language and culture, and even more, a good point of view about what is important to mankind.
From start to finish, this was an excellent series. My students and I read the first book, and I couldn't stop!
Elegant, charming, and I've read them all. The narrator is top drawer. The story is magical and mythical drawing on deep and hidden archetypes and lore.
Extremely well done.
All the main characters from the series come together to finish them off and very much reads like the other books.
It took me three tries to get into it enough to finish reading. I wasn't expecting much from this book and didn't get much out of it. Characters continue to lack depth and follow stereotypes. Problems are solved either by coincidence or mysterious magic.This books shows just how rich a world the series takes place in but each section is only briefly touched on.
If you read the others books it worth reading to finish the story.
Meine Freude war riesengroß, als ich hier bei Audible die englische Fassung vom 'Wintersonnenwenden-Zyklus' ergattern konnte.
Die an die Gralslegende angelehnte Geschichte um die Geschwister Barney, Simon und Jane Drew, den geheimnisvollen Merriman Lyon und natürlich den 'Uralten' Will Stanton hat mich schon als Kind fasziniert.
Auch heute noch kann ich mich dem Sog der Geschichte, der Spannung und der Sprache kaum entziehen.
Im vorliegenden fünften (und letzten) Band geht es (natürlich) um den finalen Kampf des Lichts gegen die Dunkelheit. Mit von der Partie sind ein weiteres Mal Merriman, Will Stanton und die Drew-Kinder, aber auch Bran Davies ist wieder dabei.
Will muss mit Hilfe seiner Freunde versuchen, das Kristallschwert rechtzeitig zum 'Baum des Lebens' zu bringen und die silberne Mistel zu schneiden. Nur so erhält das Licht die Macht über die 'Hohe Magie'.
Aber natürlich versucht auch die Dunkelheit, diese Macht zu erlangen.
Ist einer der Freunde etwa ein Verräter?!
Ein furioser Abschluss der Geschichte!
Dieses Hörbuch wird wieder von Alex Jennings gelesen, über dem ich nur Lobeshymnen ausschütten kann.
Die einzelnen Bände dieser Reihe heißen übrigens
01) Over Sea, Under Stone ('Bevor die Flut kommt')
02) The Dark Is Rising ('Wintersonnenwende')
03) Greenwitch ('Greenwitch')
04) The Grey King ('Der Graue König')
05) Silver On The Tree ('Die Mächte des Lichts')
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