The Thickety : The Thickety

  • by J. A. White
  • Narrated by Susan Duerden
  • Series: The Thickety
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hand in hand, the witch's children walked down the empty road.
When Kara Westfall was six years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: Witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic…except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.
The black-leaved trees swayed toward Kara and then away, as though beckoning her.
The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.
And that is just the beginning of the story.
The Thickety: A Path Begins is the start of a thrilling and spellbinding tale about a girl, the Thickety, and the power of magic.


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Anti-witch cult

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This is a pretty good start to a series. Thickety is the story of a witch who grows up in an anti-witch cult. It is an engaging piece, and I will listen to the next book in the series. The only problem is the narration. The narrator reads the entire book as if it is a movie trailer and every sentence is the cliffhanger. It is unbelievably annoying. In addition, her small adult's voice (a.k.a. kid's voice) is uninspired, flat, and uninteresting.

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- Leanna "I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!"

Inventive story but a little cliched and long

What did you love best about The Thickety?

The thickety itself being the most interesting element - I wish there had been more about it in the story. I also liked the idea of the grimoire being like a living thing

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More editing, faster pace, less tortuous events for the main character to endure.

Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

I wasn't aware that she did all the voices - if she did - she does a great male voice. I liked the voice of Sordyr

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Spoiler alert - when her brother was healed

Any additional comments?

The themes of being the daughter of a witch and being an outcast are well worn - I feel like I've heard this story many times before. Certain elements were fresh and new - like the mechanical bird that watches Kara, the spells appearing in the Grimoire - after you have perfected them, etc. But overall, a great listen and would make a great movie - if paced better.

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- Kelly "Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio