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  • The People of Sparks

  • The Second Book of Ember
  • Written by: Jeanne DuPrau
  • Narrated by: Wendy Dillon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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The People of Sparks

Written by: Jeanne DuPrau
Narrated by: Wendy Dillon
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Publisher's Summary

The People of Sparks picks up where The City of Ember leaves off. Lina and Doon have emerged from the underground city to the exciting new world above, and it isn't long before they are followed by the other inhabitants of Ember. The Emberites soon come across a town where they are welcomed, fed, and given places to sleep. But the town's resources are limited and it isn't long before resentment begins to grow between the two groups. When anonymous acts of vandalism push them toward violence, it's up to Lina and Doon to discover who's behind the vandalism and why, before it's too late.

©2004 Jeanne DuPrau (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the critics say

"Bound to appeal to young readers." (The New York Times Book Review)

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I rated the overall story 5 stars because I think that the words were pronounced right and Wendy Dillon didn’t make any mistakes.

I liked the story because it was very adventurous and that in the end it was like a new beginning.

I was really annoyed with the people of sparks a couple times because they thought that the people of ember did bad things.

I would highly recommend this audiobook to people who like a lot of action and adventure.

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  • Robert
  • 2006-06-17

Wonderful story

Story picks up where City of Ember ends. DePrau portrays a very realistic future world. In this novel, she shows how well she understands human nature -- the good and the bad -- the fears and prejudices, as well as the the hopes and aspirations. A good, clean and wholesome tale for all ages. Loaded with adventure and suspense. The conclusion of the story is especially wonderful.

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  • Jackie
  • 2007-06-25

Are You Over 12?

A very well-written piece but, I found myself saying,"Duh," often. I dont't reccomend this piece if your over 12 because of it's childish air. But if your looking for something fun and easy to follow go ahead, buy.

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  • Jen P
  • 2018-11-26

Why don't the chapters in the audiobook match...

...with the chapters in the book? This was the only complaint I have about this book. My son follows along when we are in the car. Sometimes he loses his place in the book and we want to go back to the start of the chapter. You can't do this with this audiobook, because the chapters in the audiobook don't match up to the chapters in the book. Most other books we read do.

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  • Heather
  • 2010-10-05

Morality Play

The first book in this series was very imaginative and a unique idea. This book isn't. It is simply a way to get an idea of ethics and morality dealing with immigrants and those being invaded by immigrants. To what extent should you help your fellow man? To what extent should you tolerate the bigotry of those who have taken you in? If you know the answer, you don't need to read this book. However, if you really want to try to enjoy it, just remember it's written for kids.

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  • Bev
  • 2007-09-26

Learn to Tolerate Difference

I liked this follow up story to the "The City of Ember". Now you follow the "refugee's" of Ember into a world they've never dreamed of. Light comes from the sun, not a bulb. The temperature get's hot, food is not provided, and most importantly, there are inhabitants in this new world... Inhabitants that have barely survived in a barren world, that aren't so happy to see newcomer's. Especially those that are hungry and have no knowledge of how to care for themselves during the fast approaching winter. Civilization on a small scale. The narrator is a bit harsh, but the story is really good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-11

yes. omg. so beautifully descriptive.

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes read this book so descriptive book 2 of series

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  • G 3
  • 2014-07-31

A good sequel

What did you love best about The People of Sparks?

I enjoyed the City of Ember very much, and was looking forward to part 2.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The People of Sparks?

I enjoyed the retelling (by one of the characters) of their escape from Ember, but had wanted that part of the story better fleshed out by the author.

What does Wendy Dillon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm surprised at her range of characters, and unlike other reviewers I saw for City of Ember, I really liked her character renditions. I found the small sound effects that were occasionally added nice, not distracting.

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  • Karen K
  • 2013-07-18

Still really enjoying the story and setting

Was The People of Sparks worth the listening time?

I was reluctant to start The People of Sparks because I felt it was so unlikely that the series could continue to be so pleasing to me without the setting of Ember. However, that really wasn't an issue. I really did like the book and the refugees temporarily settle in to a place that also captured my imagination, though I don't think that the author makes enough use of this interesting location. The rest of this new world has the benefit of being a post-apocalyptic setting, another thing that interests me. There is perhaps not a ton of action is this book. The reader is still annoying. At one point I was afraid things were going to get annoyingly preachy, but it wasn't so bad. I noticed some reviewers were very bothered by this and I don't love pacifist characters as a general rule. However, if you are going to put characters in who are really anti-war, I can think of no better place to put such people than in a world that was almost destroyed by war. I don't know about this as a stand alone because my fondness for the characters carrying over from book one played a strong role for me in how much I enjoyed this.

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  • Michele
  • 2013-01-08

People of Sparks

Where does The People of Sparks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The person who read this book is probably our least liked of any audiobook we have listened to. The story was great, but the reader made it lack a bit.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The People of Sparks?

Doon not going along with Tick and the others who wanted war.

Would you be willing to try another one of Wendy Dillon’s performances?

We would prefer not, but are going to be listening to The Diamonds of Darkhold and we haven't looked to see who is reading. Hoping it's not her!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not as much as others we have listened to.

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  • Kaui
  • 2012-11-13

Interesting sequel; stands alone well

This is book 2 of 4 in the "Ember" series which describes a post-apocalyptic earth in hopeful terms. I like that part of the series' approach, though the overall style can be a little pedantic (in my adult opinion) for moral lessons. However, the target audience is juvenile readers so I think the clarity and overt description of moral connections is likely appropriate. All middle and elementary schoolers I have spoken to about this book have really enjoyed it.

SPOILER ALERT: This book starts out roughly where The City of Ember (book 1) leaves off, giving a satisfying story of how the people of Ember struggle to learn about a new world. New words for new concepts are a nice touch, and describing the difficulties that two groups of people with different frames of reference have in relating to each other is educational.

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