The Grey King : The Dark is Rising

  • by Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by Richard Mitchley
  • Series: The Dark is Rising
  • 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There is a Welsh legend about a harp of gold, hidden within a certain hill, that will be found by a boy and a white dog with silver eyes - a dog that can see the wind. Will Stanton knew nothing of this when he traveled to Wales to recover from a severe illness. But when he met Bran, the strange boy who owned a white dog, he began to remember. For Will is the last-born of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to saving the world from the forces of evil, the Dark. And it is Will's task to wake with the golden harp the six who must be roused from their long slumber in the Welsh hills to prepare for the last battle between the Dark and the Light.


What the Critics Say

Newbery Honor Book "Susan Cooper is a consummate storyteller, and Richard Mitchley is an extraordinary narrator. His voice resonates with the atmosphere of the British Isles. The power and depth of his voice as the Grey King cause the listener to cower, and his icy tones create chills as the Brenin Llwyd blows by. As Will comes to understand the eerie might of the warestones, Mitchley brings goose bumps to the listener's skin. The interplay of past and present is compelling and believable, given his masterful presentation. This is a fabulous listen!" (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Beautifully read great story

Where does The Grey King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I thought it was very well read and also thought the narrator must be Welsh. The previous narrator of the series Alex Jennings is good but Richard Mitchley'svoice was superb for this tale set in Wales. very evocative.

What other book might you compare The Grey King to, and why?

It is part of a series by Susan Cooper. I read one "the dark is rising" and wanted to read the whole series

Have you listened to any of Richard Mitchley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No but I will now be looking for his other books I think the narration can make a book and will often choose audio books based on the narrator. Mind you Richard Mitchley reads Allan Carr's how to stop smoking so I might draw the line at listening to that purely for his dulcet tones. (I am not a smoker. 😀)

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

No I preferred a bit at a time I found it quite exciting.

Any additional comments?

Would recommend the series and the narrator.

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- Marquise of Caribas

Wales. Its people and its Legends

What made the experience of listening to The Grey King the most enjoyable?

I got this book because I am learning Welsh (for fun). I have been travelling to South Wales from England each week to work for about a year now and want to immerse myself more into the way of the Welsh people.

What did you like best about this story?

This story is my idea of Wales and the Welsh people as it excellently weaves the everyday life of those farming the hills and mountains with the stories and Legends brought about by this mystical countryside.

What does Richard Mitchley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I didn't hear a narrator only lots of Welsh people so I guess he did a good job.
I thoroughly enjoyed his pronunciation of Welsh and equally the voices of the many people in Wales who speak English with an accent.

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Any additional comments?

I also enjoy hill walking alone. One day out of the fog or cloud that often cover the hills, shall I meet, Bran, Caradog Prichard, the Milgwn, or Brenin Llwyd himself !

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- MR

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2007
  • Publisher: Listening Library