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Publisher's Summary

It's been five years since the lights went out, cars stopped in the streets, and magical creatures began roaming Earth. Pete Garey survived the Change, trusting no one but himself until the day he met Ariel - a unicorn who brought new meaning and adventure to his life.
Note: This updated version corrects a rendering error that did not allow sufficient silence between narrative sections.
©2009 Penguin Audio (P)2009 Steven R. Boyett
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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 02-10-13


If you could sum up Ariel in three words, what would they be?

magical vulgar(humor) adventure

What does Ramon de Ocampo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

tone and timing of jokes

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

a couple but to each his own. Though the end is slightly tragic, even though without it, the sequel could never have been.

Any additional comments?

I read Elegy Beach a while ago, the sequel, knowing nothing of Ariel. I loved it. It didn't really hint that it was a sequel but maybe if I'd already read Ariel I may have caught something of the sort. When I hit the about the author bit afterword or paid attention to the "from the author of Ariel" on the cover I decided to put it on my list of books to get to. I should have put it right to the top. It's a great story, though sometimes predictable. But usually surprising and almost always hilarious. Get this book and you want to listen to it again. If you're the type, you might even want a paper copy too.

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3 out of 5 stars
By David on 06-11-15

A Unique Love Story in a Fantasy Novel

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book. My wife read this book when she was 18 and fell in love with it. I made the mistake of giving the paperback to a friend to read and never got it back bringing upon myself the wrath of wife. So it was great to find it on audible.

What I found after listening to the story is that is really a young adult read for the high school crowd. I would also say that I think women will generally like the book more then men, but men will still enjoy it. The story is at its heart a unique love story.

The story fits in well with the current stream of young adult dystopian fiction.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was a good ending. I am looking forward to the new, second book in this universe.

Have you listened to any of Ramon De Ocampo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I have listened to his work, and he did a fine job.

Do you think Ariel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

While the book is self-contained with a good beginning and end, I found I wanted to know what happened to the main character as he matured in age. The environment was very unique as well, and I would love to explore the world more.

Any additional comments?

I used to read a great deal of fantasy, but I haven't read any in over a decade. This was a fun read in the fantasy realm that was interesting to both me and my wife. It is worth the credit in my opinion.

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