Library Ed. Listening Library 2004
CS ISBN 0807223735 $30.00 Three cassettes
CD ISBN 1400086205 $30.00 Three CDs
DD ISBN 0807223743 $12.95
Matty came to Village years ago when it was a safe haven. However, sinister changes are taking place. At Trade Mart, the citizens begin trading away their souls for their hearts' desires, and a wall is planned to keep out immigrants. Matty must journey into hostile, malevolent Forest to fetch his friend, Kira, before Village closes its borders. David Morse's smart narration and whispery voice never become overly dramatic. He doesn't attempt to add personality to the characters nor intensity to their plight. This quiet, understated delivery insists the material speak for itself. Happily, Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry's storytelling is more than up to the task. Matty's story is as strange as the fantastical Forest and as engrossing as its companion pieces, THE GIVER and GATHERING BLUE. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 05]
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