The Knife of Never Letting Go : Chaos Walking

  • by Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by Humphrey Bower
  • Series: Chaos Walking
  • 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not - stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

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What the Critics Say

"Furiously paced, terrifying, exhilarating, and heartbreaking, The Knife of Never Letting Go is a book that haunts your imagination." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A series opener as promising as it is provocative." (The Horn Book)

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Customer Reviews

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Awesome! A true modern classic.

I read this book a couple of years ago, based on a librarian's recommendation and once I'd got passed the first few confusing pages and got used to the raw writing style I realised it was one of the most amazing books I'd ever read in my life. This comes from a 40 something teacher who has to plough through some drab 'teen' fiction for a living, and who's favourite author is Jane Austen!.
It's hard to describe how I fealt reading this book; the prose is so raw and brutal and funny and tragic and very 'new'. It's so poetic, so energetic. The story of a boy and his dog and a girl, who are running for their lives seems simple, but like the very best literature, the actual way this story is written is revolutionary and transporting.
I've just listened to the audio book and Humphry Bower does his usual amazing job; turning in a powerful, energetic performance, (except I'd always thought of the settlers having an American deep south accent! but what do I know, rural England works too!).
I loved this, hope you do too!
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- Sarah

Absolutely brilliant

I've just finished this, and as soon as the last word finished I wanted to download the next in the series. It is quite simply fantastic. Large amounts of imaginative ideas, characters that I cared about, touching relationships, dark themes. After a slowish start, turned out to be one of the best books I've heard. My wife occasionally caught me stood stock still in the Kitchen as something particularly suspenseful happened.
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- Mr. D. V. Carruthers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-02-2011
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd