Reviews for City of Ember : Library Edition

AudioFile Reviews 2004 October/November
A post-apocalyptic chain of events has left the city of Ember facing food shortages, citizen riots, and rolling blackouts. Their light source is beginning to fail, and the domed city protecting the remaining humans on Earth seems doomed. Twelve-year-olds Lina and Doon believe salvation will come only from an ancient scrap of paper they found with "Instructions for Egress." The two set off on a dangerous journey into the dark, unknown world beyond their city. Wendy Dillon's rich, throaty tones describing Ember's domescape are gloomily impeccable. She slips in and out of preadolescent voices with ease and manages to create an atmosphere of hope in the midst of desolation. THE CITY OF EMBER is Jeanne DuPrau's first novel for a middle-school audience. THE PEOPLE OF SPARKS continues the tale. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2004 October
Gr 4-7-This truly superb audio recording of the novel by Jeane DuPrau (Random, 2003) takes place in the dark city of Ember, a decaying place with no natural light surrounded by the vast Unknown. Although ancestors had arranged for information on leaving Ember to be made available after the inhabitants have spent 200 years there, a corrupt mayor lost the information many years before the novel begins. Two hundred and forty-one years later, Ember's electrical lighting frequently fails, supplies are dwindling, and the populace is growing increasingly frightened. Twelve-year-old Doon and his acquaintance Lina are intent on finding a way to save Ember. After Lina finds a mysterious and fragmented paper titled "Instructions for Egress," they think they have a way out. Can they escape from the villainous mayor and his soldiers? Can they figure out the missing letters and words in the message? Do they find their way out of Ember and up to a post-apocalyptic Earth? Wendy Dillon, one of the most talented readers of audiobooks, does an amazing job of creating different voices for each character, has absolutely perfect diction, and skillfully conveys the building suspense. Exceptional care has been taken to faithfully convey the author's excellent tale through a combination of a superior narrator and evocative sound effects. This engaging novel is an exceptional audiobook.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.