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Furthermore

Written by: Tahereh Mafi
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of the Shatter Me series takes listeners beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to 12-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappeared from Ferenwood, he took nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him, she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit - and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself - and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

©2016 Tahereh Mafi (P)2016 Listening Library

What the critics say

"A fast-paced, funny, and richly imaginative story that embraces and celebrates individuality." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Rich, luscious, clever prose." ( Kirkus)

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  • T. R. Humperdink
  • 2017-01-09

review by 10 year old

What made the experience of listening to Furthermore the most enjoyable?

It's nice to color or lay back, I hung on every word.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked it best when Alice met Oliver at the pigs place.

Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

I can't choose between the fox or oliver they're both pretty good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I mostly laughed.

Any additional comments?

The narrator is pretty funny. He's my favorite. I think you should listen to this book all the characters are good. It has adventure , excitement, the land of left ,and father daughter love.

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  • The Superghoul
  • 2016-10-12

All the feels!

The whimsical tale was enjoyable, but for those who could use a family appreciation story, this is it... This is what you seek!

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  • Josie
  • 2017-04-23

Just short of great

Imaginitive, lovely. Great imagery; the author must be a visual person. I almost put the book down because the main character was such a brat. Glad I stayed for the transformation.

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  • cynthia saing
  • 2019-05-22

INCREDIBLE

I’ve never in my life read/listened to a book like this. It literally blew my mind. So whimsical and and refreshing! Im 24 and highly recommend this book to anyone of all ages!

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  • scoutbird
  • 2019-02-16

Found the narrator really annoying

I think we would have enjoyed this book so much more with a different reader. His dramatic pauses were just way too much and really affected the mood and personalities of the characters. The story was pretty good and full of beautiful description but had a bit of an abrupt ending. Lots of build up and suspense then it just sort of ends.

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  • The Owl
  • 2018-10-03

Great story but a sudden end

This book was adorable and sweet and odd and fun and thought-provoking. Yes it was all that! I adored Alice - ok I admit there was a point where I was getting annoyed by her because she just wouldn't listen BUT they she turned a corner, and I loved the girl she became. From the start I did feel for her. Here she is - a girl with no color in a world that values color to the point of seeing it as currency. She felt so different from anyone around her, and her one champion, her father, is gone. I wanted to hug her. As story progresses she goes from knowing herself to doubting herself to being able to accept who she is and the gifts she has been given. Wonderful transformation.

I also loved the world of Furthermore. As the story went along I was amazed over and over by Mafi's ability to create such a world! It helped that she described it such reach and unique language that it was almost painted before you. Completely wonderful. But I also liked that you never knew what to trust in the brilliant world of Furthermore. It added this edge to the setting that also kept me, and Alice, on my toes.

My one small issue was the ending. It ended kinda fast! I guess I wanted just a bit more. Not a huge deal but something to note.

Audio Book Thoughts: LOVED the narrator! He did such a wonderful job. His narration truly brought the world and Alice's story together.

A few weeks back I had the chance to meet Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs. I was super excited to hear she is going to write a companion novel to Furthermore! I cannot wait for it to come out!

In short: Check it out. I hope you'll enjoy the world and Alice as much as I did.
Best for: Kids who like books with magical worlds and a bit of topsy-turvy-ness.
Best stick-with-you image: The paper fox and Alice's new dress.

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  • Doha
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 2018-03-24

Excellent Journey

It has been a while since I last enjoyed a book this much .. though I'm not much with middle grade books but this one was such a breath of air to me, it was adventurous, magical and full of emotional moments that at some point I forgot that it is a middle grade novel
I LOVED Ferenwood .. it reminded me alot of the Shire, it is a peaceful place where I imagine I can chill and see beautiful scenery all year round .. Furthurmore is such a magical place, dark and twisted .. but magical nonetheless .. I liked the part where they fall into the sky .. and the Left Land LOL, I loved everything about this book, I wish if the make it into a movie .. it will be a hell of a ride :D
Alice annoyed me in the beginning but later on I got used to her personality and I enjoyed her so much :) .. most recommended

The Narration was one of the best narrations I've heard for a while .. he impersonated everyone flawlessly, it was a perfect book for an escape that I finished it in one day :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-01-12

Whimsical

Such a happy adventure to listen to. The writing was whimsical and the emotional growth that the characters experienced was a realistic treat to be a part of.

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  • Kaldax
  • 2018-01-03

Whimsical work of art

This book was amazing! I had no idea what I was getting, I just knew I loved Mafi's other books, so I wanted to check this one out, too. Boy was I surprised! I didn't even realize it was Middle grade until I listened to it.

In this story, Alice, who is extremely different from anyone else in her world, get sucked into an adventure with the person she likes least: Oliver. Alice's father has been missing for three years and Oliver was supposed to have found him and bright him home. When he realizes Alice has specific talents that would help him in this task, he asks her to help him and they embark on a crazy adventure in Furthermore.

In time, they learn to trust one another, and eventually become great friends as they depend on each other to stay safe in this treacherous land.

This book was sort of reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, with a great adventure taking place in a whimsical, nonsensical land. I've been so excited about it, I've recommended it to anyone who'll listen. Excellent, excellent book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-12-23

Magical story read by an even more magical narrator

The book was made even better by Bronson Pinchot’s performance. He brought out the magic, wonder and whimsy in this wonderful story.