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Publisher's Summary

Imagine a Depression-era town where it hasn't rained for years. A pale rainmaker with other-worldly eyes brings rain to the countryside and mesmerizes the townspeople, but the children begin to disappear one by one. Only young Robert Steelgate is able to resist the rainmaker's spell and begin the struggle to discover what has happened to his missing brother and the other children.
©2001 Arthur Slade (P)2015 Arthur Slade
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By Mariana Reuter on 07-29-17

Ver y good story

Somehow short, but very interesting. Narrated from the point of view of a dreamy 11 year old boy, this is the story of how evil entered a small 1930's Canadian town without anybody realising so, except this boy. Evil dresses itself as good, the reason why it's so difficult to spot it.

Almost a horror story, very spooky, but very well narrated. Don't let yourself be discouraged by its apparent slowness, its part of its beauty, like it were a poem instead of a novel.,

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By APUser on 07-17-17

Totaly DIfferent

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

I have never read/listened to a book with this premise. I really enjoyed the whole idea of the book. The narration was perfect for the story. I will definitely look for more books buy this author/narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

It was different from any other story I have read.

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

The emotion that was heard in the narration. I believe, only the author really knows how they meant the character to feel/speak

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

Knowing all the other kids involved.

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By Norma Miles on 05-11-17

"...like dust on the wings of butterflies."

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Simply stunning. A coming of age story like no other.<br/>Richard's little brother goes missing when on his way into town to buy liquorice and gum. He is not the only child to disappear in the area. But strangely, the folks in the drought wasted farmlands of Canada seem to forget their lost children when a rainman arrives and gets the townsfolk involved in building a Rain Mill.<br/>But Richard is different. He lives in his head, a world of adventures on Mars, via Edgar Rice Burroughs and other books loaned to him by his uncle. And he remembers Matthew, his little lost brother.<br/><br/>This is a magical, but frightening, vision of life seen through the eyes of an imaginative child caught "on the cusp between boy and man. Beautifully, almost poetically written, it is also well read by the author, Arthur Slade. With exquisite pacing, Mr.Slade narrates with clarity and just the right intonation to give meaning and emotion to his text.<br/><br/>I loved this book. It was fresh, original, intriguing and beautiful. I very much hope we hear more from this author.

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