The City of Ember

  • by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Narrated by Wendy Dillon
  • 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.


What the Critics Say

"DuPrau's first foray into fiction creates a realistic post-apocalyptic world where everyone has lived underground for so long that they assume it has always been that way....DuPrau's book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of the undiscovered country and readers wanting more." (USA Today)


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Customer Reviews

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There is nothing really wrong with this book. It's an interesting idea. Humans are placed in an underground city to live for a couple of centuries to avoid some un-named disaster. A culture emerges in that city, where the people lose the instructions their "builders" have left on how and when to leave the city. A couple of precocious kids figure out how to leave the city and eventually lead the people to the surface. The reader is adequate and the production quality is good.

Except there is no soul to the story. We don't care about any of the people, their lives or their troubles. It all comes to a predictable conclusion with a resounding thud.

Sorry... wish I had something better to say...
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- Lisa

Good story; annoying narrator and background sound

The story is the only thing that has kept me listening to this audio book. The narrator tries too hard to come up with different voices for characters, and so felt she had to include lip-smacking and other irritating mannerisms to differentiate character voices. Some listeners might consider this a great performance, but I was ready on several occasions to shut off my mp3player and just go get a paper edition from the library. There is also background noises and music occasionally, which was sometimes distracting.
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- Jolie Brewer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2004
  • Publisher: Listening Library