The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Book One : The Dark is Rising

  • by Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by Alex Jennings
  • Series: The Dark is Rising
  • 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that: it is the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril.

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What the Critics Say

"Jennings' ability is outstanding as he slips in and out of the numerous voices with the rapid dialogue as it approaches the climax....This is an outstanding reading of a classic tale that all young listeners and adults will thoroughly enjoy." (School Library Journal)

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Customer Reviews

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Classic fantasy novels for children and adults.

What made the experience of listening to The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Book One the most enjoyable?

This is the audiobook version of a novel I read and reread as a child. It was lovely to be able to revisit it as an adult and find that it was just as good as I remembered!


Any additional comments?

The narration was clear and unintrusive, the story still a cracking good yarn of Arthurian fantasy brought to modern day Cornwall. My only criticism is that the second book in the series doesn't seem to be available on audible, even though the later ones in the series are!

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- Katheryn

Great in-car listening

If you could sum up The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Book One in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, absorbing, adventurous.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Jane - pretty positive girl character for the age of the book, adventurous, imaginative and brave.


Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favourite?

Mrs Palk


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definitely


Any additional comments?

We listened to this on a couple of long car journeys as a family (mum & dad, 12 year old and 9 year old girls) and found it really good for making the hours pass by - in fact at one point we arrived at our destination (grandparents' house) and none of us wanted to get out of the car and stop listening! We've downloaded books 3,4 and 5 of the series now and are looking forward to continuing book 4 later in the summer - we have a pact that we can't listen unless we're all together! Alex Jennings reads it in a really accessible and absorbing way and his range of voices is such that you can always tell who is speaking. Just a shame book 2 isn't available on Audible - we've read it at home but it would be nice to have the full set of recordings.

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- Northern Mummy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2007
  • Publisher: Listening Library