The Land of the Silver Apples

  • by Nancy Farmer
  • Narrated by Gerard Doyle
  • 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jack has caused an earthquake. He was trying to save his sister, Lucy, from being thrown down a well, but he is, after all, only a 13-year-old bard in training. Sometimes the magic doesn't quite work out. Not only does Jack demolish a monastery, but Lucy is carried off by the Lady of the Lake. Jack has to follow her through the Hollow Road that lies underground. It leads to all sorts of unexpected places: caves full of dragon poop, knucker holes (you do not want to know what knuckers are), and Elfland. He is aided by Pega, a slave girl, and the berserker Thorgil, whom Jack rescues from being devoured by moss. On the way they meet hobgoblins, kelpies, yarthkins and elves - not the enchanted sprites one would expect but fallen angels who steal human children for pets. It is the year 790 and the world is caught between belief in the old gods and Christianity. What Jack and his companions do will decide the fate of both religions.


What the Critics Say

"Tolkienesque adventures, filled with magic, danger, and humor, will appeal to all fantasy fans." (KLIATT)


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Customer Reviews

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Ms. Farmer's storytelling and viivid characters, demonstrates her skill. It leaves you wanting to know what happens to Jack, Thorgil, The Bard, and the rst of the gang in the future. Well done!
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- Joseph Jacobs

Part of Chapter 5 seems to be missing.

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Any additional comments?

In chapter 5 at about an hour and eight minutes in the narrator says "shil" about to say shield maiden when it skips ahead an unknown amount of time. The characters are acting differently because of whatever happened in the time it skipped. I deleted the book and redownloaded it and it still skips at the same time.

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- cford50

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2007
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio