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    On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift: he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.

    This book is a rare act of creative imagination in which the listener will be equally moved by the warm happy village life Will shares with his large family and the nearly overwhelming danger he encounters, often in other centuries and places, while he seeks the Signs and learns their power. Interweaving ancient Celtic and English traditions with the legends of the Buckinghamshire hills and valleys where she grew up, Susan Cooper has written a superlative dramatic fantasy of the eternal conflict between good and evil out of which all myth is made.

    ©1973 Susan Cooper (P)2000 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    "As narrator, Alex Jennings superbly conveys Will's mixed emotions." (AudioFile)
    "So perfect is the match between Alex Jennings' voice and this mysterious magical tale that it is difficult to imagine any other voice reading these words." (The Horn Book Magazine)

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    • W. S.
    • 26/04/2004

    5 for the series, 4 for the reader

    Well, I have to say I never thought I'd hear Susan Cooper criticized for not creating a believable world, though everyone's tastes are different. I read these books frequently as a child and absolutely adored them. The whole series weaves together a large number of old British folk traditions and legends to form a tight plot fabric. I have no trouble deciphering British accents, so the reader isn't a problem for me either.

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    • Rhett
    • 18/05/2004

    Dark Fanstasy for Exceptionally Gifted Children!

    Will Stanton was the Harry Potter of MY childhood - a hermetic, pagan, and somewhat fatalistic Harry Potter - but a kid wizard nonetheless.

    That being said, this is an extraordinary children's book. If it is unrealistic and predictable, then it is so only to the degree that all children's novels don't pay the same attention to place and plot-twist as some adult novels.

    The appeal of this piece to a non-child "Audible" listener should be akin to that of well-done animation and fairy tales. Cooper interweaves somber Celtic myth with modern middle-class life. The effect is enchanting and - at times - unsettling. The accomplished narrator, too, I insist performs a conscientious and careful re-telling of what is, essentially, a dark and pre-adolescent Arthurian legend. Unlike the tales of the other kid sorcerer, Will's story wraps around archetypal imagery and highly abstract themes from the vantage of a sympathizable "everyboy" protagonist. Thus - it does not FEEL like a children's novel - nor at any point will a listener feel condescended to by the novel. It treats its child-audienced readers like adults and with dignity. It does not make itself easily accessible for them as some childrens' books do.

    Freud could have a hey-day, carrying on about child-Narcissism and the damaging effects of fantasy writing on childhood development, so I won't recommend it for children anymore than I would Harry Potter. But if you must choose of the two - pick this piece for its 'humanist-responsibility' theme, impressive lexicon, and broad spectrum of emotional imagery. And for adults ... we all like cartoons and crayons - try out this title, which I highly recommend for that exceptionally gifted pre-adolescent in everyone.

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    • Euryleia
    • 26/10/2007

    Younger audiences

    I read "The Dark is Rising" for the first time at eleven and absolutely loved it- it pulled me into its world so completely that finishing the story was actually disorienting. I read it again at fourteen and couldn't understand it at all. When I purchased the audio version as an adult I fully expected to be royally confused again, but I just couldn't resist the chance to- maybe- recapture some of the magic I remembered from my first read. It was, in fact, confusing- the timeshifts and the 'logic' of the world were surreal and difficult to wrap my head around... but when I was able to stop *trying* to wrap my head around the story and just let it carry me along, it was almost like I was eleven again. I could feel the wonder and excitement. At least until some more grown up sensibility popped in to my head and spoiled the effect, rather like having the most amazing dream and then realizing that it's just a dream and can't be real. Would I recommend this story to others? Yes. Especially if they happen to be around eleven years old and in that age where they can just let stories happen. For grown-ups I'll just say that the narrator is excellent, the production is crisp and clear, and that if you didn't read this in your youth and love it, you probably won't "get" it.

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    • Debbie
    • 31/10/2005

    Excellent Audio Version of an Excellent Book

    This series has always been one of my favorites and I've read this book innumerable times. I was hesitant about the audio version, because it can change the way you perceive the book. My only complaint would be that the recitation of the poems/chants wasn't, to my opinion, done very well, but that is a minor complaint. I really enjoyed the addition of the correct accent to the way I've always "heard" the story narrated in my mind.

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    • Michael
    • 11/11/2017

    The best kids fantasy epic

    This series of books is really a great introduction to kids of 'Epic Fantasy' style stories, but approachable in that it mostly takes place in the modern world.

    Each story *can* stand alone (except for the last one) but really they are best read first to last. (So pick up Over Sea Under Stone if you haven't yet) But the core plot of this story is really revealed in this book.

    I find overall this series is very empowering to kids and a great thoughtful story. One of my favorite series ever.

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    • J.M.C.
    • 15/01/2016

    Long before J.K.Rowling...

    This was the first sci-fantasy series I recall reading when I was about 8. That was nearly 40 years ago and I still recall the prophesy poem and story highlights quite vividly.

    This series touches all the great tropes: The grail, Arthur & Merlin, great Old Ones, magic, effigies, animal companions and magical trees... and kids saving the day.

    Strongly recommended.

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    • vh
    • 26/02/2021

    Fits with the memory of first reading decades ago

    Well read and we’ll paced. Conjures up the feeling and images that I had when I first read the book as a young teenager in the 70s.

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    • Lars1470
    • 25/02/2021

    Well written!

    This whole series captures my imagination, and the narrator brings it to life! A great series!

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    • Jim Smith
    • 27/12/2020

    The Real Deal

    “Harry Potter” series was fun, but “Dark is Rising”series is the real deal, full of accurate and beautiful Welsh and British mythology. Read “Over Sea, Under Stone” next, then the rest of the 5 book series. Susan Cooper is one of the finest writers of our time. Look up her poem about the Winter Solstice on internet, you won’t be disappointed.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 24/12/2020

    Every Christmas

    I reread this book. It may have been intended for children but I’m over 50 and the writing is so exquisite it makes me want to cry every time.
    This is the first year I’ve listened to the audio version and the performance is excellent as well.

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    • J. Spars
    • 30/04/2011

    Wer ist Harry Potter???

    Ich habe Susan Cooper's Bücher als Jugendliche verschlungen und jetzt als Hörbücher entdecke ich sie wieder.
    Oft werden ihre Bücher mit Harry Potter verglichen...welche Anmaßung!

    Diese Buchserie ist so tiefgründig und glaubwürdig, die Autorin hat so geschickt Mythen, Sagen und Historisches verwoben mit dem alltäglichen Leben junger Menschen, da kann Harry Potter einpacken! Hier gibts kein Schwarz und Weiß, keine einfache Antwort auf die Frage, ob das Ziel die Mittel rechtfertigt. Hier wird nicht mit billigen Tricks auf Effekte und Lacher gesetzt.

    Der Vorleser macht einen wunderbaren Job, die Charaktere sind hervorragend interpretiert und die Stimmenvielfalt beeindruckent.

    Ach so: Nicht zu verwechseln mit der unendlich enttäuschend schlechten Verfilmung.

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