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GARNER, A.: Owl Service (The) (Unabridged)

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GARNER, A.: Owl Service (The) (Unabridged)

Author(s):Garner, Alan
Artist(s) Forester, Wayne, Reader
Genre Spoken Word
Category Junior Classic Fiction
Catalogue NA593112
Label Naxos AudioBooks
Quality   48kbps

After hearing scratches in the attic, Alison discovers a dinner service covered in an intriguing floral owl pattern, and a series of events are set in motion that will change her life forever. Alison, her stepbrother Roger and Welsh boy Gwyn are forced into a cyclical replay of the tragic Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd, in which a woman is turned into an owl as a punishment for betraying her husband. The Owl Service is a fabulous, multilayered book of mystery and suspense, but also a contemporary musing on love, class structure and power.



Review By Iain Nicholas Mackenzie,Sleeping Hedgehog,September 2012

A work suitable for being an audiobook must have strong characters and a believable story with a fair amount of dialogue. Though this novel is considered a classic English children’s story, it is really is for anyone who likes a good story well-told.

Listening to The Owl Service as told by Wayne Forester, who handles both the narration and voicing of each character amazingly well, one is impressed by his ability to handle both Welsh accents and the Welsh language, given the difficulty of that tongue…


Review By Bradley Winterton,Taipei Times,September 2012

in the important field of classic junior fiction, Alan Garner’s The Owl Service must claim a prominent place. Adults sensitive to the numinous aspects of the rural will be unable to resist its strange power too…the reader, Wayne Forester, is alert to the many mysteries, both wild and human, that Garner so powerfully brings to life. © 2012 Taipei Times Read complete article

Review By Mary Purucker,Sound Commentary,June 2009

Three teens unwittingly and inadvertently live out once more an age old Welsh Mabinogian legend. When Allison, who is ill, hears scrabbling in the attic over her head, she gets Gwyn, the housekeeper’s son, to investigate. Nothing is there but a set of dishes with abstract owls painted on them. From then on, it gets spookier as the noises continue, and when Allison traces the owls on the plates and folds the papers, more strange things happen. The Welsh legend/myth involves Blodeuwedd, the flower goddess, and terrible jealousy as two men love her and one kills the other.  Nothing can stop the unfolding events. Storms, tempests, pleading, reason, and science only reinforce the tale.  Garner’s remarkable writing is simple and straightforward without one



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