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  • The Old Kingdom, Book 5
  • Written by: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)
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Written by: Garth Nix
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited fifth installment in Garth Nix's New York Times best-selling Old Kingdom series, for listeners who enjoy series by Rae Carson, Kristin Cashore, Scott Westerfeld, and Cassandra Clare.

Goldenhand takes place six months after the events of Abhorsen and follows the novella Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case, which is featured in Across the Wall.

Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Lirael must use her new powers to save the Old Kingdom from this great danger - and it must be forestalled not only in the living world but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.

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Ties up all the loose ends

I miss Tim Curry but Heather is ok. Not the same animation in her voices.
Ad for story I loved that it wrapped things up. Die hards won't be disappointed. Newbies probably won't like it even if it explains enough as you go to understand. You have to be invested in the characters to like this book. Love it or hate it is the likely result.

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Stick with the main Abhorsen Trilogy

The main Abhorsen Trilogy is worth reading but the two additional books, Clariel and Goldenhand don't add much to the story. This book in particular is incredibly slow and the narrator is not the greatest. I wanted to like it but just couldn't.

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  • M G
  • 2016-11-12

I'm not sure what happened here

I'm a die-hard fan of the series and listen and read the books probably 15 times a year, but I will NOT be listening to this one again. I've used Audible for almost 8 years now, and this will be my first returned book.

First off, as other reviewers have mentioned, the narrator was abysmal at best. Lack of emotions and enthusiasm, weird and random pauses, and little to no vocal distinctions between characters.

Second, there is no way Garth Nix wrote this. The first three books were amazing and had so much depth that I continue to enjoy them as an adult. Clariel was definitely a bit lagging, but as a pre-qual, it wasn't bad. This? This is an abomination. Either Nix has lost his mind, is stuck in a rut of writing for pre-teens, or he had a ghost-writer. The story was choppy, with no character or plot development, rushed romance, gratuitous appearances from prior characters, random additions of new places and people, and an ending that made me hope there's no more books, because the series has been butchered enough.

I'd love more books with the main characters, but only if we get the mid-90's Nix back!

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  • J. L. Wilkerson
  • 2016-11-30

Disappointing

I liked this series but this book is all over the place and is a very disappointing ending to a five book series. The first three books are narrated by Tim curry and they are so good. This narrator is horrible, like Siri or my car GPS was reading it out loud.

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  • tosbanzai
  • 2016-10-15

Surprisingly mediocre

This one caught me off guard. I've been a huge fan of the Old Kingdom series. This book reads like mediocre tween fan-fiction.

I'm not saying it's a piece of crap. It's just so much worse in contrast to the other ones that it almost feels like.... something between a mix of disappointment and betrayal. I'm being ridiculous though.

Me. Nix is a fine writer. Goldenhand probably needed a heavier editing hand.

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  • Michael E.
  • 2016-10-20

Good story! Poor narrator choice.

I enjoyed the story, but not the narrator. She did not bring much to the story in terms of performance. She did not bring characters to life with voice acting.

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  • Mia
  • 2016-10-20

I miss Tim Curry

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The story line is very good. I'm happy this is a continuation right after Abhorsen. I miss Tim Curry reading the book. He really brings the story to life when he tells it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lirael is definitely my all time favorite character. I love books with heroines. There are so few female heroines in stories. I especially love how Garth built her attitude.

How could the performance have been better?

If Tim Curry was able to perform. The performance was good, but just not Tim's level...

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

1000 times yes

Any additional comments?

Thank you for bringing abhorsen series to life. I really enjoy theses books, and I hope they continue.

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  • Amber Nefzger
  • 2016-10-12

Finally!

I have waited so long for this book. It has a little more romance than the other books... which I suppose is okay, but I feel like the battle scenes weren't as epic. It may be because I listened to it rather than read it myself, as I did the first books many years ago. The narration took several hours to get used to. I thought I was going to have to return the book because I just couldn't stand the way she read. I loath the way she portrays the Disreputable Dog's voice. I dearly miss Tim Curry. I wish he could read to me forever!

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  • Rebeca
  • 2017-03-01

Poor choice of narrator

The narrator sounds like she's reading, not narrating. Furthermore, if Tim Curry had already done such a good job in creating the voice personalities we fans came to love, why change narrator? At least it should have been a man to continue the same tone. Miss Wilds sounds weak, sleepy and makes the characters bland and "princess- like". Only reason I am not returning this book is because it IS a good book and I love the author's work

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  • Isabel
  • 2018-02-16

An Unpleasant Listen

The way it is read is very strange. I have never heard anyone read a book in this way before, and it is unpleasant. Almost as if the reader is trying to deliver a news report on TV rather than read a book. The inflections ate just... off. It's kind of to listen to, and I might return it without bothering to finish.

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  • Marian
  • 2017-09-13

Tim Curry! I MISS YOU!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Holy cow, People! If you have listened to book 1-3 in this series where the magnificent Tim Curry did the performance, then save your credit and read the hard copy. I listen to books 1-3 at least once a year and I consider Tim Curry to be in the top 3 narrators of all time. So this poor woman had an almost impossible act to follow. Her monotone is absolutely grating but I blame the director. Someone told her how to read this , right? I'm returning this one.

Would you be willing to try another one of Heather Wilds’s performances?

Nope

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  • Rudy M.
  • 2017-03-03

great story read unenthusiastically.

The story was beautifully written how ever the bland an mono time of the reader made it difficult to fallow the story at times. deffinently not the same talent as Tim Curry, the reader of the first three books in this series.

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