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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Customer Reviews

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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

You DO get used to the lisp!

My first concern when listening to this recording was that I would have to cope with a difficult accent, made worse by the unclear diction and lisp. However, it took no time to get used to and I even believe that Ellie speaks like that now!

Classic Marsden - great story and I'm looking forward to hearing the next one.
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- The-Organist

Book Details

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