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In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous.
There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their use inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land....
©1987 Isobelle Carmody. By arrangement with Penguin Group (Australia). (P)2016 Bolinda
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jacqueline Colla on 23-04-2016

At Last! The Obernewtyn Chronicles in Audio

[{ "answer" : "I have already read the series and enjoyed it immensely, but to hear the story from the author's own lips is an amazing opportunity. If you are already a fan of the books, you will love this. For those who have yet to experience Obernewtyn, if you like post-apocalyptic science fiction/fantasy, this will be a great listen!! (And it will leave you wanting to hear the rest right away!)", "type" : "Overall", "question" : "What made the experience of listening to Obernewtyn the most enjoyable?", "id" : 34, "typeString" : "overall" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Story", "question" : "Who was your favorite character and why?", "id" : 6, "typeString" : "story" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Performance", "question" : "Which character – as performed by Isobelle Carmody – was your favourite?", "id" : 26, "typeString" : "performance" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Genre", "question" : "If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?", "id" : 61, "typeString" : "genre" }, { "answer" : "I can't wait for the rest of the series to become available! I read on Obernewtyn.net that the schedule has the first book set to be released in audio in May, but here it is on Audible in April! Let's hope the rest come out sooner than the scheduled dates as well. :)
Obernewtyn – May 2016
The Farseekers – July 2016
Ashling – September 2016
The Keeping Place – November 2016
The Stone Key – January 2017
The Sending – March 2017
The Red Queen – May 2017", "type" : "Misc", "question" : "Any additional comments?", "id" : -1, "typeString" : "misc" } ]

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica Mengel on 24-05-2016

Brilliant!

I really enjoyed this audio book. Normally I'm a bit hesitant to listen to author read books as they aren't usually as good as the professionals. However this is not the case for Isobelle Carmody. Her smooth voice captivates you and she embodies each character's tone wonderfully. I especially love her highlander accents! Can't wait to snap up the rest of the series!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Claret on 19-06-2016

Awesome YA distopian fantasy

This book was my favorite teenage reads, I'm so glad it is now an audiobook. The world it builds is imaginative and original and this book is only the first of a long series. The author performs this book and she does a good job. If you like mind powers and young woman's quest against persecution in a distopian future then you'll like this book.

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By Simon on 05-04-2018

Brilliantly read version of the book

I first read this book back in the mid 90's whilst at school and fell in love with it and Elspeth so was really looking forward to listening to it on audio, especially when I found out that it was narrated by Isobelle herself.

The story follows Elspeth Gordie a misfit who gets sent to Obernewtyn up in the mountains. The book is set in the future after a nuclear holocaust, which they call the Great White and follows Elspeth on her journey for orphan home to Obernewtyn and her story whilst there. It then leads on perfectly to the second in the series - The Farseekers, which I will be listening to next

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