The City of Ember : The Books of Ember

  • by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Narrated by Wendy Dillon
  • Series: The Books of Ember
  • 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she's sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever! This stunning debut novel offers refreshingly clear writing and fascinating, original characters.


What the Critics Say

"DuPrau's first foray into fiction creates a realistic post-apocalyptic world where everyone has lived underground for so long that they assume it has always been that way....DuPrau's book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of the undiscovered country and readers wanting more." ( USA Today)


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I am three quarters of an hour into this audio book, and struggling. Irritating sound effects at the beginning, and the narrator appears to have just graduated from the 'Let's exaggerate every voice' school of acting. An old woman is unbearably quavery - she has given the Mayor an infuriating gasp/shriek in most sentences - children must have high squeaky voices.

Wendy Dillon has a good voice when not putting her slant onto the characters. Perhaps someone could point out to her that we ordinary listeners have our own imaginations too, and we quite like to concentrate on the story, not the reader.
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- N.

Great story

A really good story, characters and keeps you wanting to listen to the end.
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- Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2004
  • Publisher: Listening Library