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Friday, October 26, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Dead of Night by John Marsden

Posted by Irish in Review3 Comments

Publisher: Brilliance Audio/Bolinda (Audio); Scholastic (Print)
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 26 Mar 2012 (Audio); 01 June 2006 (Print)
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 174311088X  (Audio), 0439829119 (Print)
Format: Audio
Audio Length: ~7 hrs
Narrator: Suzi Dougherty
The Author on the Web:
John Marsden – Twitter
Place(s) Traveled to: Wirrawee, Australia // Holloway Valley, Australia

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Tomorrow Series Order

Book 1: Tomorrow, When the War Began

Book 2: The Dead of Night
Book 3: A Killing Frost
Book 4: Darkness, My Friend
Book 5: Burning for Revenge
Book 6: The Night is for Hunting
Book 7: The Other Side of Dawn
First Line: Damn this writing.

The Dead of Night by John Marsden picks up shortly after the events in Tomorrow, When the War Began end. Ellie has since let her friends read the account she wrote of the events and is now a bit of an outcast as they didn’t appreciate her honesty. Or, more accurately  her version of events since we only get to see her POV on things. I think that this story would have been a good one to have with multiple POVs as no two people see things the same way. But we are stuck with Ellie’s view on things and have to make the best of it. Despite the cool reaction from her friends on her writing Ellie continues to write an account of the war and what they’ve been up to. 

Unlike the first book I felt that not much really happened in this book. Yes, Ellie and the gang go off in search of others and they run into a group of adults living similar to them. At first, they think they’ve found salvation and maybe some comrades. But its not long before they find that being back with adults isn’t all that its cracked up to be as they are treated like the teenagers they are. There was just so much sitting around in this book and not enough of the action or tension that I felt in the first book. That is, until the end.

While the bulk of the book was a bit slow and plodding and I was kind of regretting listening to the audio since I could have read it faster. But then the end was filled with all of the things that I wished the rest of the book had contained. There was so much action and crazy happenings that it was hard to catch my breath. Although it just seemed so out of sync with the rest of the book. I still enjoyed the story and think that the teens in the book were super remarkable people. I’m not sure I’d be able to survive as they have if I was put into a similar situation. But I just wanted something more and I didn’t quite get what I was looking for in this one.


About the narrator: In Tomorrow, When the War Began, I had mentioned that while Suzi Dougherty was a good narrator that she had this tendency to smack her lips that I found grating. I am pleased to report that either she has learned to not do that or the editors were better at editing that noise out for this one. Because while I could still hear it on occasion for the most part this audio was lip smack free. Dougherty had a very consistent narration for this story and she did a decent job with all the voices. Dougherty was able to use the same voices that she did in the first book and so it was very easy to determine who was who during the dialog scenes. 

3 Responses to “Audiobook Review: The Dead of Night by John Marsden”

  1. Vivien

    I spend all day at work listening to audiobooks. They can be really good, but I’ve definitely listened to some terrible ones. Glad to hear this was bearable 🙂

  2. Beth F

    I’m so bummed that you are not loving these as much as I do. And I adored the audios. 🙁 But each to her own, I guess.

  3. Caspette

    I could never really relate fully to Elly she always bugged me. Even when I was a teen reading these books as they came out. My memory of the series is vague-ish now but I do recall it being as you said quite slow to start with.