Author(s): Barry Wolverton
Original Publish Date: Sep 11, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.18 hours)
Product Number: Z100026325
Released: Sep 11, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780449014820
Narrator/s: Emrhys Cooper
Publisher: Listening Library
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Along the Arctic Circle lies a small island called Neversink, whose jagged cliffs and ice-gouged rocks are home to a colony of odd-looking seabirds called auks, including one Lockley J. Puffin. With their oceanfront views and plentiful supply of fish, the auks have few concerns—few, save for Lockley's two best friends, Egbert and Ruby, a know-it-all walrus and a sharp-tongued hummingbird. But all of this is about to change. Rozbell, the newly crowned king of the Owl Parliament, is dealing with a famine on the mainland of Tytonia—and he has long had his scheming eyes on the small colony to the north. Now Neversink's independence hangs in the balance. An insurgence of owls will inevitably destroy life as the auks know it—unless Lockley can do something about it.

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Author(s): Barry Wolverton
Product Number EB00237932
Released: Mar 20, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
ISBN: #9780062027948

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"The inhabitants of Neversink find themselves in an epic struggle against their oppressors, the owls. Narrator Emrhys Cooper voices Lockley, a courageous puffin who is a modest hero, with a soft, open voice. Lockley's well-meaning, if pompous, best friend and literati, Egbert, speaks in a low tone that is quite appropriate for a walrus. Cooper manages a wide range of pitches, including a high one for a high-strung hummingbird, without stretching the listener's ear too far. His measured pace is a pleasure to listen to, as are the variety of English accents that reflect the social standing of the characters, who range from weasels to the ruling owls. Cooper's narration is at once relaxed and suspenseful as Lockley and the exiled Egbert end up on a journey to rescue the home they love. A.M.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"