The Perilous Gard

  • by Elizabeth Marie Pope
  • Narrated by Jill Tanner
  • 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kate Sutton is all arms and legs. She possesses none of her sister Alicia’s honey-eyed beauty, but is intelligent and willful like her grandfather. It is an injustice, then, when Kate is falsely accused of Alicia’s wrongdoing and is banished to remote Elvenwood Hall. But the world Kate encounters in Derbyshire, England, is so strange and otherworldly that she has little time for regret. Elvenwood Hall has another, secret name - the Perilous Gard - and a mysterious history to go with it. It isn’t long before Kate has a hundred questions about her new home. Who are the Fairy Folk? What is Master John’s dark intent? And who is the Lady in the Green? Soon, she is deep in a terrifying adventure and a daring attempt to rescue Christopher Heron from strange and unimaginable forces.


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Customer Reviews

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Note:I'm biased - I knew I loved the book going in

I am an avid reader of YA books - being of the opinion that they are generally better written and edited (being aimed at younger, more malleable minds seems to mean editors are more diligent about searching out typos - which throw me out of written books like a catapult. There are certainly exceptions to this rule, however.), and am always on the lookout for those books that contain female protagonists. Especially ones that don't fall into the typical damsel tropes. Here Elizabeth Marie Pope succeeded incredibly well. I adore Kate, and her pragmatic and logical view. It might not be the most in character for the typical girl her age, but it worked for me.

The book on a whole is very well written, and the atmosphere is very well-crafted. This is a WELL WRITTEN and WELL RESEARCHED book, and the category shouldn't chase off anyone. Truly, it's that good. The plot is slow to start, but the book is well - if deliberately, paced.

The reader is quite fitting and suits the style of writing very well. Kate doesn't sound like a flighty kid, and I was never jarred in my listening of a book I already knew very well.

I can't recommend this enough - although, to be honest, I think the print form is slightly more of a winner here, the audible is wonderful as well.
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- Hurricane

Waited for this audiobook for so long!

This book is a classic that I enjoyed back when it was on cassette, and now I can finally listen on my iPod. Jill Tanner's performance is strong, and her character voices are all distinct without being over the top. If you like historical fiction, romance or mysteries this story will hook you in- although it is considered a children's book it can b enjoyed by all ages. My one concern is that in some places the audio seems to go fuzzy for a few seconds at a time, but I'm not sure if this is a result of conversion from a less clear original recording.
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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books