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Publisher's Summary

The Ickabog is coming....

A mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure that will test two children’s bravery to the limit. Discover a brilliantly original fairy tale about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds, from one of the world’s best storytellers. 

The kingdom of Cornucopia was once the happiest in the world. It had plenty of gold, a king with the finest moustache you could possibly imagine, and butchers, bakers, and cheesemongers whose exquisite foods made a person dance with delight when they ate them. 

Everything was perfect - except for the misty Marshlands to the north, which, according to legend, were home to the monstrous Ickabog. Anyone sensible knew that the Ickabog was just a myth to scare children into behaving. But the funny thing about myths is that sometimes they take on a life of their own. 

Could a myth unseat a beloved king? Could a myth bring a once happy country to its knees? Could a myth thrust two children into an adventure they didn’t ask for and never expected?  

If you’re feeling brave, immerse yourself in this audiobook to find out....

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, a PDF including full-color illustrations from the winning artists of The Ickabog Illustration Competitions run by Hachette Children’s and Scholastic will appear in your library along with the audio.

©2020 J.K. Rowling (P)2020 J.K. Rowling

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Sub par for this author is still pretty good

I wouldn’t recommend The Ickabog to all Harry Potter or Cormoran Strike fans, but it’s excellent for kids of a younger age as a bedtime story, which is what it was created for. The story doesn’t feel as tight or exciting as anything else JK Rowling has written, but it’s got a great message and helps younger children understand how greed and fear can transform a community from idyllic to apocalyptic. And Stephen Fry is fantastic. Why we can’t get his version of the Potter books on Audible Canada is the service’s single greatest failing.

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Awesome

This story kept me hooked from the first sentence. Great children’s story, and amazing performance by Stephen Fry!

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Disappointed

I'm absolutely speechless... is this really the JK ROWLING that I remember? What happened to her writing style. This is like a kids play or fairy tale for age 10 and under

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Delightful

Remember when Ron Weasley said ," you're gonna suffer but you're gonna be happy about it..." That sums up a lot of what happens for the characters in this book. If you enjoyed the pacing and narration style of the HP audio books you will probably enjoy this. It feels strangely nostalgic like the fairy tale stories and books on tape I would listen to as a kid. There is a balance of light hearted story telling with grim undertones. Seems like its written for a younger audience... but totally enjoyable as adult.

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Not able to listen to the whole book not worth the money. Not worth it

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A good story for kids and adults

A great story for kids and adults with a bigger lesson to be learned by the latter.

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The Ickabog

Worth listening to. Very well written. Great for children and adults. A little scary for very young children.

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Team Ickabog

The Ickabog was an interesting tale that reflects a lot of the world's current state. it was slow reading to start, but picked up halfway through. The narrator was a good choice for this book, managing to speak clearly despite vocal changes between characters. Don't expect the page turning quality from Harry Potter, but do expect a story that reminds us to be honest and humble.

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Anything read by Stephen Fry is a joy!

great little story, with Stephen Fry bringing it to life! Fun for any age group.

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Great narration!

Very entertaining story. Funny! and fantastic narration. Highly recommended. Great for adults as well as kids.

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  • ili pika
  • 2020-11-11

Oh, dear...

I loved Harry Potter and have revisited the books and movies many times over. And I adore Stephen Fry. But I didn't like this book.

It starts as a rather heavy-handed treatise on class differences in society, showcasing how people with power can talk themselves into ignoring their feelings and thus justify being unfair, or worse, for their own comfort. It may change course further on, but right now I just can't take any more of the issues I hear about in the news every day. So many of my favorite fiction authors have turned their novels into pulpits, addressing some societal issue they feel strongly about. I find I usually agree with their position, but really wish they would continue to create fictional worlds where we all can take a break from the bleakness and cruelty of the world as it exists right now.

The worst thing here is that the story is told rather than shown, and the humor, charm, and deep characterizations that I fell in love with in the world of Potter are definitely MIA. I expect I will be in the minority with this review, but another seven hours is more than I can manage. Did not finish and returned.

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  • Red Hughes
  • 2020-11-14

fairytale that thinly covers political messages/Br

my kids who are big Harry Potter fans lost interest in under 7 chapters.

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  • Sunnydispositions
  • 2020-12-10

No fun

Ickabog starts out promising with JK’s charming writing. THEN the body count builds and builds with never ending details of a government official’s corruption and malfeasance. It just goes on and on and on and on and on! Around chapter 40ish things FINALLY start getting hopeful and the book ends quickly after that. Maybe if the narration focused much more on the lives of the characters I ACTUALLY cared about rather than the villain, I may have enjoyed it more. Maybe if the villain was interesting at all, I would have enjoyed it more.

Most of the book focused on the villain’s acts of villainy rather than the hero’s character development. The characters who are good in the beginning of the book are still good in the end with very little growth. The characters who started out bad were still bad in the end with no depth or intrigue. I didn’t have any investment in ANY of them because they were all shallow ghosts- barely a whisper of someone I could root for or someone I could relate to. It’s a classic example of “telling rather than showing” -SUPER DUPER disappointing.

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  • Shaobee
  • 2020-11-13

JK Rowling + Stephen Fry = 100x a listen

First off, JKR seems to understand that adults want to listen to kids story lines. And I absolutely adore her for that, as well as philanthropically and as a brilliant creative mind.
Secondly, Stephen Fry did actually read some of the Harry Potter books but audible does not have his recordings. He is the number one reader for JK Rowling, imo. There is no one better. Pay him a million dollars.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-12

Fantastic story and story telling

I absolutely loved this audio. We listened to it as a family and it kept not only myself, but my children engrossed. The story teller voice is also very pleasing. 10/10 would buy again.

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  • Beta Flying Frog
  • 2020-11-12

Well worth a listen.

I enjoyed the story. The characters were well done. And Stephen Fry gave a marvelous performance.
There is some violence, but no sex or language issues that I caught.

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  • J. Gilbert
  • 2020-11-12

Guliver’s Travel?

JK Rowling is a great story teller. But it seemed to be a political satire. The phrase “ I know how to destroy him. I’ll ruin his reputation” was very much the 2020 cancel culture. I’m sure the symbolism in this story will be analyzed by everyone.

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  • Kdenver
  • 2020-11-18

40 chapters of despair

I love JK Rowling. This would have been a beautiful short story. It was 40 chapters of despair, murder, children dying, and people accepting the status quo until the protagonists had any response. Cut out 20 chapters of descriptive evil and the ending would have felt balanced. Not a favorite and I will not let my kids listen to it.

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  • Rhonda
  • 2020-11-14

Delightful Fantasy

To my surprise this delightfully witty fantasy was weaved with classic morals & lessons. Throughout the darkest chapters of this captivating tale, the reader is able to hope in truth and honor. It is a tale that should be told throughout the generations and read to children around the world. It belongs with other classic tales such as Peter Pan, Hansel & Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood. Fun. Adventurous. Heroic.

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  • Angela Stormont
  • 2020-11-12

Enjoyable

Reminds me of Roald Dahl books. I’m looking forward to more short stories like this!

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  • Balzac Roi
  • 2020-12-21

Une tres bonne surprise !

Je m’attendais à un simple conte enfantin et j’ai trouvé bien plus ! Une véritable métaphore de l’autoritarisme et une belle leçon philosophique sur la morale, le devoir et la vérité.
Je recommande !

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  • Julien
  • 2020-11-26

Charmant conte pour enfant

La performance et l'histoire s'accordent parfaitement pour tisser un moment délicieux. Le format sous forme de conte le rend accessible aux plus jeunes tout en donnant une expérience jouissante et nostalgique aux plus grands. J. K. Rowling sait vraiment construire des histoires même si le départ ne laisse pas présager une histoire aussi riche. L'enfant en moi en demande plus.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2020-11-18

I loved it

Stephen Fry is the perfect reader for this great children book !!! I loved the story and its originality. Love the talent of J.K Rowling as always ❤️

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  • Lachenal Mélanie
  • 2022-03-11

Un joli conte

Une belle histoire avec une belle morale, plus vraie que jamais en ce moment. Stephen Fry est toujours aussi plaisant à écouter. L'ensemble est émouvant.

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  • anonyme
  • 2022-02-03

Fantastique

j'ai juste adoré ! l'histoire est touchante et devrait nous faire réfléchir.
la lecture par Stephen Fry juste superbe.
a great moment

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  • Z. Anneline
  • 2022-01-31

très long au démarrage et sombre

Je pensais que c'était un livre adapté aux enfants?... mais c'est vraiment sombre et violent sur une très grande partie du livre.
J'ai vraiment eu du mal à rentrer dans l'histoire jusqu'aux 3/4 du livre environ. Là les choses se sont accélérées et j'ai réussi à m'accrocher au fil. Il était temps!

Par contre la lecture par Stephen Fry est, comme toujours, un bonheur.

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  • Maria Gorbunova
  • 2022-01-23

Brilliant

I loved this book so much, I can’t wait my baby is big enough I can read it to her. Really beautiful story, with some unexpected twists and turns, and you’ll be amused no matter how old you are are.

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  • olga
  • 2021-02-20

The Ickabog

Love this book! Thanks everyone! 🤩
(To other listeners, read it as well, it’s great!) 😉
-“ UP WITH THE ICKABOG! “

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  • Louckx Audrey
  • 2020-12-26

Lovely Tale

As always, Stephen Fry gave just the perfect performance reading J.K. Rowling. This book is a beautiful and witty tale that will please parents and children alike.

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  • Nathalie BAUER
  • 2020-12-20

I love everything about this book

The story, characters and the reading performance are very pleasant and I enjoy this book very much. It is supposed to be for kids but subtile aspect of the story makes it enjoyable for adults also!