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The City of Ember: The First Book of Ember

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Wendy Dillon

6 Hours 51 Minutes

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May 2004

Audio Book Summary

Ember is the only light in a dark world. But when its lamps begin to flicker, two friends must race to escape the dark. This highly acclaimed adventure series is a modern-day classic—with over 4 MILLION copies sold! 
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to dim. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. Now, she and her friend Doon must race to figure out the clues to keep the lights on. If they succeed, they will have to convince everyone to follow them into danger. But if they fail? The lights will burn out and the darkness will close in forever.
Nominated to 28 State Award Lists!
An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book
A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection
A Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice
A Child Magazine Best Children’s Book
A Mark Twain Award Winner
A William Allen White Children’s Book Award Winner
“A realistic post-apocalyptic world. DuPrau’s book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of undiscovered country and readers wanting more.” —USA Today
“An electric debut.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred 
“While Ember is colorless and dark, the book itself is rich with description.” —VOYA, Starred
“A harrowing journey into the unknown, and cryptic messages for readers to decipher.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

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    I love this book so much that I'm going to read the hole series

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  • Alexander Milliken

    A great audiobook for travelling, which our 7-year old daughter very much enjoyed. The book contains good content for discussions of emotions, and how to deal with them. The pace is relatively slow, so you don't have to be paying full attention the whole time. However, you might need to listen through twice to really get the full story (the little snippet at the start is very important for understanding the situational context). The narrator has a heavy American accent, which for non-US listeners takes a bit of getting used to, but her range of voices is very good, and she really does the intended inflections and emotions quite well, so one becomes accustomed rather well.

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  • Anonymous

    I do not like the narrator

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  • Michael C

    at the beginning, it was slow but when the box was found the started to speed up. the book had you in suspense the whole time. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Chris C.

    The narrator was okay I loved the book so entertaining so good

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  • Anonymous

    Great narrator!

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  • Uteh

    I loved the book, also the movie. Some parts got a little long and the ending was a bit abrupt but a great book overall, will probably relisten in a few years! Also cant wait to check out the other books in this series.

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  • Sharlene T.

    My granddaughter read it for school and found that she did not care for the narrator and she felt that she didn’t get much from the book. It was a battle to get her to read each chapter and answer the questions.

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