While I Live : Ellie Chronicles

  • by John Marsden
  • Narrated by Suzi Dougherty
  • Series: Ellie Chronicles
  • 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The town of Wirrawee is emerging from war, slowly, like a flower after a cold snap. Businesses are starting to reopen, the school has re-commenced classes, and local farmers are gradually repossessing their land. But it's not the same Australia as before the war. A new nation exists just a few miles away, a new border that separates Australia from its invaders. Or does it?For Ellie Linton, being back on the farm with her parents is what makes the terrible things that happened during the war, the things she and Homer, Lee, Fi, and the others had to do, all worthwhile. It's where she belongs. But the war won't let her go. A devastating tragedy has shattered any hope she ever had to reclaim her life, or herself. It's a new kind of fight. And the enemy isn't always from the other side of the border.


What the Critics Say

2005 Audie Award Nominee, Children's Titles, Ages 8+
"A brilliant, spirited, wonderfully written, extraordinary book." (Sunday Tasmanian)


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What accent is it spoken in?

I'm surprised to see this is the ONLY John Marsden book available at this site. Without the back story of the 7 book "Tomorrow" series, this first book of the new post-war "Ellie Chronicles" may not make much sense to those not familiar with the story. However I am sure any fans of John Marsden's books will be glad to see at least one offering here.

Disturbing though is the rather confusing accent the story is read in. I have only listened to the 9 minute sample but keeping in mind this is an Australian book with an Australian setting and an Australian heroine - there is a decided North American candence and twang to the reading. As I listen on some hints of Australian pronounciation become a bit more apparent, but so do elements of British pronouciation. The end result (as far as one can tell from the sample) is a mish-mash that detracts (at least for this antipodean reviewer) from the narrative.

Aussie accents are notoriously hard to mimic (just ask Meryl Streep), I suspect the narrator IS Australian - but one who has lived in the US for many years. You can hear the twang in her voice. That "twang" makes the narrator NOT Ellie. To do these fantastic books justice (and audiophile should seek to get ALL the earlier series available on audio) they NEED to be told in a truly Australian voice.

We don't ALL sound like Steve Irwin you know. :)
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- Kim


Another installment of the John Marsden "tomorrow" series. I cannot comprehend why these have not been made into a film... We follow Ellie, our heroine from the war, as she tries to assimilate back into "normal" life after the war. Australia has been split and Ellie lives on the enemy border, where there is still hatred and fighting. After losses that bring her to the brink of her ability to survive, Ellie, once again stands up brushes herself off and gets back to the business of living. Independant and strong, Ellie works hard to do just that.
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- Bev

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2005
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd