- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 37 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: August 9, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JSHI3PY
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon Audiobook – Unabridged
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Y’all, I LOVE ADORE AM CRAZY for this middle-grade book! The Girl Who Drank the Moon is utterly astonishing and gorgeous in every way. Kelly Barnhill is a word wizard and weaves a spellbinding, lush, lyrical story that will enchant and enrapture readers of all ages.
Barnhill’s words are pure, sparkly magic and her storytelling is simply lovely. With rich, stunning prose that flows effortlessly and beautifully, and a pitch-perfect fantasy voice, I greedily drank in every delicious drop of The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Barnhill does a superb job of mixing together all things fantastical, quirky, whimsical, and adventurous, to create a tale that feels wonderfully classic and timeless, yet excitingly new and innovative. Young readers will be enthralled by the thrilling magical elements, intrigued by the complex setting, and charmed by the irresistible characters.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon is inhabited by some of the most unforgettable middle-grade characters that I’ve met in a long time. Barnhill carefully crafts each of her characters with depth, thoughtfulness, and moonlight I’m sure! From heartfelt Xan to fierce, capable, vulnerable Luna, sweet Fyrian, lovable Glerk, wise Antain, and a few awesomely wicked antagonists, these characters captivate and delight!
My final thoughts: I couldn’t put The Girl Who Drank the Moon down and loved every awe-inspiring, tear inducing, gasp-worthy, and goosebump making moment of it! This is one of those extraordinary and beautiful stories that magic their way deep into your heart.
A hundred stars.
I LOVED this story. I loved everything about it. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, from children to adults. I don't usually reread books, but I know I will return to this story again and again.
This story had everything you could want in a GREAT fairytale.
The characters in this story were multifaceted and endearing. The storyline was well thought out with a satisfying conclusion. I wouldn't change anything in this story. As an avid reader, I have only encountered this in a tiny handful of books. Such a rare treat to read! There were plenty of plot twists and turns. A thread of dark mystery was carefully woven into the story. And yet, there is love, so much love in this book as well. Not the sappy artificial love seen in romance novels, but the love of family and friends.
This book would make a fabulous gift, especially to Harry Potter fans. This book has a similar feel to it. In fact, I think I liked it even better, and that's saying a LOT. So many emotions in this book! Warm and fuzzy with a hint of sadness but uplifting too! Grownups will NOT feel like they are reading a children's story, and yet I would feel comfortable reading this book to a young child. Again, a rare story to be sure. I will seek out more books by this author.
What I can tell you is that my daughter is 8, and I can't see her either benefiting from or wanting to read this book/have it read to her for at least another two years.
The main action of this story happens when a girl is twelve/thirteen, when most girls physically change into adults. This book is for those girls, and absolutely should be read by every one of them.
The book is interwoven with rising tension throughout the story. A sensitive young girl is likely to be too worried about what will happen to actually want to read it. In the end there is no physical violence, but emotional tension runs very high. By the time the confrontations happen you (the adult reader) are begging for them to happen. Begging for all the problems laid out to be resolved, but the young reader? Heck, my daughter freaked out the first time Moana went into the ocean (and only then). Like "The Witch's Boy" (by same author) there are disturbing scenes--here especially early in the book. On an emotional level, fairly devastating. There are also things that she might just not be ready to understand until that age. For example the two main heroines are wrapped up in a pattern of lying to each other--for all the best reasons. As an adult I understand and learned from this. But for an 8 year old? Heck, it is probably too subtle for a normal 10 year old.
You should notice I have pitched this almost absolutely for young girls. Not to say that boys won't like it--exciting story it be--but it is absolutely for that target audience. Get it for your son as well; he'll understand a lot more about women when he's done with it.
Adult readers? You should all read it. Now.
It is a pitch perfect classic.
It has similarities to the author's last book, The Witch's Boy, so if you liked that and are looking for more of the same, you're all but guaranteed to love this one. It's got the magic, the gorgeous writing, the mysterious haunted forest, the quest, the witches, and the children coming into their power.
If, on the other hand, you liked the writing and the world of The Witch's Boy, but hated the ending, then definitely give this book a try. The world is similar, the mood is similar, the writing is every bit as lovely, but this book gets the ending right. Satisfying, beautiful, and filled with magic both literally and figuratively, I would love to see more where this came from!