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The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier | Audiobook Review

I received this Book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Narrator: Beverley A Crick
Length: 8 Hours 49 Minutes
Published by Abrams on May 20th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Fantasy & Magic, Family, Siblings
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781613126608
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A New York Times bestseller, The Night Gardener is a Victorian ghost story with shades of Washington Irving and Henry James. More than just a spooky tale, it’s also a moral fable about human greed and the power of storytelling.The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.

Praise for The Night GardenerSTARRED REVIEWS "Lots of creepiness, memorable characters, a worthy message, Auxier’s atmospheric drawings and touches of humor amid the horror make this cautionary tale one readers will not soon forget." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Storytelling and the secret desires of the heart wind together in this atmospheric novel that doubles as a ghost tale." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Auxier achieves an ideal mix of adventure and horror, offering all of it in elegant, atmospheric language that forces the reader to slow down a bit and revel in both the high-quality plot and the storytelling itself." --Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"All proper scary stories require a spooky, menacing atmosphere, and Auxier (Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes) delivers the goods with his precise descriptions of the gothic setting and teasing hints of mystery and suspense." --The Horn Book Magazine

Summer 2014 Kids' Indie Next List

 

Why Did I Listen To The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier?

I was so eager to read The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier because I enjoyed his debut Peter Nimble And His Fantastic Eyes so much. Granted, I read Peter Nimble back in 2011 and here we are in 2018 and I am JUST GETTING TO THE NIGHT GARDENER. Life comes at you pretty fast, yes? Anyways, I haven’t been much into middle grade lately, but Auxier’s work makes me reconsider that. The timing for this audiobook was perfect. I wanted something I could borrow from Overdrive, that was going to be an easy, low time commitment listen. This book hit all of those checkboxes.

What’s The Story Here?

Auxier’s story follows two plucky abandoned Irish siblings – Molly and Kip. The two go to work at this large English country house, that at first they can’t find until getting directions from some woman. Molly helps with cleaning the house. Kip helps out with the gardening. As it turns out, there’s a secret about the house. In fact, it is kind of dangerous and may just end up killing them, or at least the tree by the house. We also are in suspense with regards to what has happened to Molly and Kip’s parents. There’s a lot going on with this story but it is worth the time it takes to get to all the reveals and the creepiness and such.

What Did I Think Of The Night Gardener?

Honestly, I wish that I had physically read The Night Gardener instead of listened to it. I did not retain as much of it as I had hoped — which I could also chalk up to listening to this while in traffic with bad drivers. That kind of thing took me out of the story. I think I will end up re-reading this book so as to better retain it. I really loved the characters of Molly and Kip. I didn’t like the older boy at the house they worked at – Alistair, he was kind of a jerk if you ask me. Penny, the little girl, was super cute though. Also, this book was well written, which is why I want to go back through and read it again.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook is narrated by Beverley A Crick. I am mostly indifferent to the audiobook. Like, it is an okay listen. However, the narration is not captivating enough to take your mind out of awful traffic. However, I guess we can’t win them all, I suppose.

Other reviews of The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier:

  • The Book Monsters – “a fantastic read“
  • Reading Rumpus Book Reviews – “rich with layered meanings“
  • Bookish Notions – “an instantly gripping ghost story“

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