Library Ed. Listening Library 2001
CS ISBN 0807288799 $30.00 Three cassettes
David Almond's extraordinary fantasy requires an exceptional narration: ethereal, rarefied, unearthly. Amanda Plummer brings all those qualities and more to her reading. Haunting music opens the unforgettable tale of Erin Law and her friends, January Carr and Mouse Gullane, who sail away from Whitegates on a raft and meet the web-fingered Heaven Eyes on the Black Middens. They lived for a time with Grampa and Heaven in an abandoned printing works near deserted warehouses on the oily mudflats. Upon Grampa's death, they return to Whitegates, with Heaven in tow, where she will live with them and all the other damaged children at the orphanage. In her superb reading of this tantalizing tale, Plummer captures all that is surreal and fantastic, as well as the all too real pain of loss and the joy of newfound hope. T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC/ JAN 02]
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