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“'I know that many of you here have waited years for this Hour,'” Mater Motley said, using that voice that, though it was barely conversational in volume, was somehow heard everywhere. 'The waiting is over. Tomorrow there will be no dawn. Only midnight, absolute and eternal.'”
And so begins a new chapter in the epic story of 16-year-old Candy Quackenbush and her journeys through the world of the Abarat, where every hour is an island in one eternal day, and nothing is as it seems.
Candy travels through the Abarat from island to island and across the sea with an unlikely band of friends: the escaped prisoner Malingo the Geshrat; the quarrelsome John Brothers, who all share the same body but never the same opinion; and the many other colorful characters they meet along the way.
The problem is that trouble finds Candy wherever she goes. And soon she discovers a secret plot, masterminded by the diabolical Mater Motley, who is obsessed with becoming Empress of the Islands. Her method is simple. She will darken the skies, putting out the suns, moons, and stars. She will bring absolute midnight.
©2011 Clive Barker (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Old Man Parker on 10-03-12


What did you love best about Abarat: Absolute Midnight?

The unique characters & the vastly strange and mind bending cosmic evil - all put into motion by one of the most evil witches in all fantasy/horror. Clive once again creates a totally alien fantasy world with so rich with so many things you've never seen or heard of before - yet again. He seems to be a door way to alternate realities. His visions are starting to rival H. P. Lovecraft for sheer "otherness". Something 99.9 % of all horror writers can not do. How does he come up with this endless dark fantasy? Makes one wonder... and more than wonder.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Abarat: Absolute Midnight?

The great evil witch battles the great evil sea creature form the darkest depths of the ocean. Sheer insanity in it's power and unique strange visions. This takes a fantasy novel way beyond a children's book. Harry Potter seems like a dull uninspired old re-do of such tired old over-told stories compared to Clive's brain warping alien worlds. The scene actually makes you doubt your sanity it's so bizarre.

Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The guy's a chorus of voices.

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

with out goiving a spoiIer - I enjoyed some characters surprise turn around in values.

Any additional comments?

Is this a children's story? Is this a replacement of Harry Potter? Perhaps it is the next step into deeper magical worlds not nearly so tame as Harry Potter. It may start in a more safe fantasy world, but by the time we reach this book, Clive has taken us far far down the dark rabbit hole... into H. P. Lovecraft like cosmic darkness. I would not let small children read this book. But it brings out the best in childhood nightmare worlds in adults.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chance on 12-30-15


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Abarat is a journey of imagination everybody should enjoy :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Mischief and his brothers. He makes me laugh.

What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great pace and suspense building, and Barker has an extensive vocabulary that Ferrone perfectly articulates.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wanted to go to the Abarat because of this book, that's probably extreme.

Any additional comments?

Yea, make this into a motion picture. That would be the BEST.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-20-18

next one

need the next book can't wait come along Clive rush rush such imagination and intrigue love this series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-29-17

Amazing, both story and narration

Narrator and story are a match made in heaven. where is the next book, 5 years is a long time to wait

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5 out of 5 stars
By Vron on 10-28-17

Another Great Story to continue the Abarat

Another beautiful addition to the Abarat saga. Sad I'll have to wait for Book 4 - but I'm more than willing ; )

The narrator did a wonderful job. His passion shone through his reading.

The only reason I cut a star from the story - is because Clive Barker seems to sometimes skip some of the most important realisations his characters (namely Candy) make about themselves. Or he breezes over it like it's not important. Left me wanting more in parts.

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