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The Ask and the Answer

Written by: Patrick Ness
Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: Teen & Young Adult
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Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode....

The Ask and the Answer is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure.

©2009 Patrick Ness. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Mr. D. V. Carruthers
  • 18-08-11

Brilliant

Absolutely fabulous book - not one to put a big smile on your face, but does ask some big questions. I found it quite difficult to read at times due to the trials and tribulations that some of the characters go through.

The narrator is absolutely fabulous, I really can't say enough good things about him, every voice is differentiated, and at times it's difficult to believe they're all coming from one person. I'd personally have him do all books from now on!

Hugely recommended.

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  • Sophie
  • 27-03-13

Brilliant!

If you've read the knife of never letting go, get this book! It's an amazing sequel. If you haven't read the knife of never letting go, get over there and get it, then come back for this. I'm hooked! Off to read monsters of men.

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  • Graeme from Preston
  • 18-03-15

Keeps the story going

With the characters from the first book and a few new ones the story develops into a battle between fanatics. The theme being you can't trust warmongers - on any side.

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  • Paula
  • 25-03-13

Fantastic

Equally as great as the first book! I was not able to stop listening to this book, LOVED IT!

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  • Zathras
  • 23-12-12

Excellent second part!

Great follow up, and as said before it has been read superbly. So good that you'll have to buy the next one!

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  • Mike Bowen
  • 23-01-20

wonderful story, difficult to stop playing

Loved book 2, especially the introduction of Viola. Hearing two sides to a story was excellent.

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  • Nathan
  • 26-06-19

Fantastic

Honestly Probably one of the best ways to continue an already fantastic story absolute masterpiece, it was read so well and Humphreys voice just made the story become even more alive with the right vocal inflictions and slight accent changes in all the right places.

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  • N. S. Scott
  • 19-05-18

Brilliant

Great second instalment. Becomes slightly Harry Potter ish towards the end but exciting build up to next instalment.

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  • Muktida
  • 04-04-18

Struggled to finish it

The plot was only moving forward because of the naivety of Todd and Viola. They basically spend the entire book getting manipulated. Could not tolerate Todd by the end of the book.

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  • B. Meecham
  • 27-03-18

As thrilling as the first in the trilogy...

... and if you've read the first book you'll need to read this. Stop reading reviews, and just dive in.

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  • Valerie Barska
  • 17-02-20

Entertaining!

Beautifully written YA fiction. The concept of gendered noise is really clever and provides a nice commentary on our society. The price of innocence and the power of love are well exploited. The characters are well developed. The narration is beautiful, with each character distinct and memorable. I also really enjoyed the rendition of noise as a sound effect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-19

Heartstopping

I have read all of these books as they were released many years ago. But listening to them like this is so much better as I can see how much I skipped over in my excitement to find out what happens. What an incredible story. Part two in this brilliant trilogy is definitely full of action, drama and mystery. The narrator is amazing, really putting his heart into each of the characters. Can't wait to listen to the last one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-19

BEST EVER!!!

Humphrey Bower is a LEGEND!! honestly the best performance !!

patrick ness is the most talented author!! way too many plot twists for me to stay sane i was so emotional!!!