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Publisher's Summary

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not - stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
©2008 Patrick Ness (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Furiously paced, terrifying, exhilarating, and heartbreaking, The Knife of Never Letting Go is a book that haunts your imagination." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A series opener as promising as it is provocative." (The Horn Book)
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By Leila on 08-27-12

Really, really good!

What did you love best about The Knife of Never Letting Go?

It's just an absolutely fantastic story, really poignant and moving, with a fast paced story line, that makes you want more. Great depth of character too, very believeable, as they have very real hopes and faults, and I found myself loving them nevertheless.

Any additional comments?

Humphrey Bower was an absolutely fantastic reader, he really brought the characters alive, and I think I wouldn't have liked the story quite so much if i had just read the book.

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By Sarah on 08-05-11

Awesome! A true modern classic.

I read this book a couple of years ago, based on a librarian's recommendation and once I'd got passed the first few confusing pages and got used to the raw writing style I realised it was one of the most amazing books I'd ever read in my life. This comes from a 40 something teacher who has to plough through some drab 'teen' fiction for a living, and who's favourite author is Jane Austen!.
It's hard to describe how I fealt reading this book; the prose is so raw and brutal and funny and tragic and very 'new'. It's so poetic, so energetic. The story of a boy and his dog and a girl, who are running for their lives seems simple, but like the very best literature, the actual way this story is written is revolutionary and transporting.
I've just listened to the audio book and Humphry Bower does his usual amazing job; turning in a powerful, energetic performance, (except I'd always thought of the settlers having an American deep south accent! but what do I know, rural England works too!).
I loved this, hope you do too!

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By Mr. D. V. Carruthers on 07-01-11

Absolutely brilliant

I've just finished this, and as soon as the last word finished I wanted to download the next in the series. It is quite simply fantastic. Large amounts of imaginative ideas, characters that I cared about, touching relationships, dark themes. After a slowish start, turned out to be one of the best books I've heard. My wife occasionally caught me stood stock still in the Kitchen as something particularly suspenseful happened.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-05-17

Loved this reader!!

It's so nice to get a break from American accents-don't get me wrong-and this just really brought the story alive because it meant that I had this new accent in my head for when I read a physical copy of this book. Awesome :)

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By john on 02-12-17

For young adults only

Keep in mind I'm listening to this in my mid 20's and this was written for 13 year olds.

Worst fiction I've exposed myself to in a long time. There was so much potential in this book that went to waste.
The author never bothers to answer interesting questions about why everyone came to new world, the characters don't go through any meaningful innocence to experience stage. The twist was hardly even a twist, the only reason it's a twist is because it's kept from the reader's knowledge. So much could have been done with the concept of mind reading but the author never makes use of this. How do you escape a village when everyone can read your thoughts? The exact same way as everyone else. Wtf??? They provide the main character with a book filled with answers that he doesn't read because he has poor English skills? Come on, that's an utter cop out. Gahhhh I can't even. If your older than 13 don't go near this thing.

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