The Conch Bearer

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.53 hours)
Product Number: Z100026510
Released: May 06, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739364659
Narrator/s: Alan Cumming
Publisher: Listening Library
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You are about to embark on a remarkable journey. It begins on the teeming streets of Kolkata, India, and will transport you across arid plains and turbulent rivers to a secret valley high in the Himalayas. Along the way you will encounter powerful spirits, both good and unspeakably evil; fantastical creatures; and a trio of intrepid travelers who will linger in your memory long after the end of this audiobook. In a dingy shack in the less than desirable neighborhood that he calls home, twelve-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, the headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abadhyatta. This is a fantasy of the first order; an exotic and compelling adventure story that is almost impossible to stop listening to.

Series: Brotherhood of the Conch Series No: 1
Original Publish Date: May 06, 2008

Professional reviews

"When we first meet 12-year-old Anand, he is carrying an armload of dishes through a crowded tea stall of Kolkata, India. His sister is sick, and his mother depends on the little he brings home. But he's a gentle boy, not hardened by this environment, kind to others, and, most of all, he believes in the magic of dreams. That is why those who keep the conch come to him for help. Somehow whorled into this conch are great powers, and it must be returned. Reader Alan Cumming's voice echoes with this mysterious energy and the noisy streets of India. It has that delicate hint of the Indian English dialect that is at once so precise and so distant, in a story that suggests both the magic of Harry Potter and the grit of Dickens's OLIVER TWIST. Both story and reader are pungent with the spiced tea and the spiked lightning of Anand's fantasy, if it is fantasy. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"

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