Fly by Night

  • by Frances Hardinge
  • Narrated by Lesley Sharp
  • 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a fractured realm, struggling to maintain an uneasy peace after years of civil war and religious tyranny, a 12-year-old orphan and her loyal companion, a large and homicidal goose, are about to become the unlikely heroes of a revolution.Mosca Mye has spent her life in a miserable hamlet, where her father was banished for writing inflammatory books about tolerance and freedom. Now he is dead, and Mosca is on the run, in search of a better life. With Eponymous Clent, a smooth-tongued swindler, she heads for the city of Mandelion, living by her wits among highwaymen and smugglers, dangerously insane rulers, secret agents, and radical plotters.But the city is in uproar, for someone is once again printing seditious material, and no one is quite what they seem. With suspicion and peril at every turn, Mosca uncovers a shocking plot to force a rule of terror on the people of the Realm, and all too soon merry mayhem leads to murder.Funny, surprising and fantastical, with an unforgettable cast of characters, Fly By Night contains at its heart an inspiring truth: that the power of books can change the world.


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Customer Reviews

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missed opportunity

[{ "answer" : "i would, if th book wasn't abridged.", "type" : "Overall", "question" : "Would you try another book written by Frances Hardinge or narrated by Lesley Sharp?", "id" : 239, "typeString" : "overall" }, { "answer" : "The book is a classic of ya or any age literature, that's why the abridgment is so terrible.", "type" : "Story", "question" : "What did you like best about this story?", "id" : 191, "typeString" : "story" }, { "answer" : "I liked the voice for Mosca and most others but the voice of Clent as a previous reviewer stated is very very irritating, I had to give up on this book a third of the way in due to this. This man is meant to have a silver tongue not a teeth grating one.", "type" : "Performance", "question" : "What three words best describe Lesley Sharp’s voice?", "id" : 219, "typeString" : "performance" }, { "answer" : "there already is a brilliant follow up called Twilight Robbery", "type" : "Genre", "question" : "Do you think Fly by Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?", "id" : 242, "typeString" : "genre" }, { "answer" : "I think in a book like this with a serious agenda about politics religious tyranny etc the narrator should try to tone down the panto characters.", "type" : "Misc", "question" : "Any additional comments?", "id" : -1, "typeString" : "misc" } ]
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- hugh


Amazing story. Original hardly covers it. A complete world created between the covers of a book, yet so familiar. Loved every word.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2007
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.