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The Midnight Folk (Lions) [Paperback]

John Masefield , Patricia Crampton
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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25 Oct 1984 Lions
A famous classic tale, and the first book of adventures featuring Kay Harker. Described by The Times as one of the greatest children's books ever written, The Midnight Folk is an acclaimed fantasy written by the poet John Masefield (Poet Laureate from 1930 to 1967). Life is very dull for orphan Kay Harker under the discipline of his governess, Miss Sylvia Daisy. But one night, woken by Nibbins the cat, he begins a magical quest to recover the long-lost Harker family treasure. But this treasure is also sought by the villainous Abner Brown using magic to pursue his evil ends. If Kay is to reach it first, he will need all the help that he can get from the midnight folk. Complete and unabridged audio book - 6 CDs - 6 hours 45 minutes.
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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lions; New edition edition (25 Oct 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006724167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006724162
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Mitchley relishes the glorious rhythms of Masefield's prose, essential to a convincing reading of fantasy. --The Times

These new recordings are, I think, phenomenal. It is all achieved in a virtuoso display and the one actor doing everything enables tight and effective dramatic timing. These recordings will appeal to all and I heartily recommend them. Indeed, listening to The Box of Delights on the train just before Christmas and travelling into work I found myself delighted at delays to my journey. --Masefield Society Journal

These new recordings are, I think, phenomenal. It is all achieved in a virtuoso display and the one actor doing everything enables tight and effective dramatic timing. these recordings will appeal to all and I heartily recommend them. --J M Society Journel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Edward Masefield, OM, (1 June 1878 12 May 1967) was an English poet and writer, and Poet Laureate from 1930 until his death in 1967. He is remembered as the author of the classic children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights, 19 other novels (including Captain Margaret, Multitude and Solitude and Sard Harker), and many memorable poems, including The Everlasting Mercy and Sea-Fever, from his anthology Saltwater Ballads. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best children's fantasy I have read 25 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The once Poet Laureate John Masefield wrote two wonderful children's books - The Box of Delights and this one, The Midnight Folk. It's the story of the English countryside in summer that abounds with an anarchic mix of talking cats, seven league boots, pirates, evil Americans. What more could you want? It casts a spell even after all these years.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First the technical side- this 6 CD set is not a normally pressed audio CD set, rather it is made up of CD-R's, which have a lesser lifespan and are more subject to thermal damage. This is not advised to you here on Amazon nor on the outer cover. Inside the box we find that the publisher guarantees the disks for just six months. If they are unreadable after 6 months... and you will probably expect a normal CD to last much longer. The disk data track identifies them as Japanese A+ grade, which means that immediately after manufacture there were almost no flaws on them. A few CD players do not appreciate CD-Rs - some top opening radio/CD players can become very hot and hostile to CD-Rs.

Then the reading- competent and clear, not too hurried. If you have already read the book, chances are you visualised the characters differently and this may affect your enjoyment, but so it goes with all audio books.

The story- this is the prequel to the story "The Box of Delights", also available from this publisher on audio CD-R. The Box of Delights has been dramatised on radio many times and the 1995 version is available from the BBC. The 1984 tv show version (somewhat abridged from the book) is on DVD and a new film version may appear any time soon. The prose style and the situation of both books are now a little dated and maybe some scenes even cliched, it was written some time ago. This is a classic tale with magic, perhaps along the lines of Nesbitt, possibly for a slightly older audience, the tension and danger run a little higher. Good reading for anyone not put off by paragraphs running over several lines and fairly lengthy monologues.

One version of this book at least should be read before moving on to any version of The Box of Delights, as some useful background is given to the repeated characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time favourite 15 Oct 2003
By Penny
Format:Paperback
I first read this book at the Christmas after the BBC had dramatised it on Children's Hour. I managed to read it through over a few days, and it was really exciting and gripping for me - I don't remember how old I was at the time. I have read it to classes at school on occasion, and they have enjoyed it. It induced me to read some of Masefield's adult books, and was a good preparation for Sard Harker, which is a very odd book. It is rambling and discursive, but I didn't notice as a child. It draws on a lot of folklore and history I didn't know, but that didn't matter, either. It introduced a strange and enticing world of characters whose allegiances were not always obvious, where the reader had to work to make sense of them, and was a book I reread several times with great pleasure.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic to read again and again 19 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a timeless classic.
My father loved it as a child (1930s), so did I (1960s) and my own son took to it, too (1990s). People who know and love this book (and also The Box Of Delights) are a fortunate lot. Join us!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I was first introduced to this book when our Class teacher read a bit of it to us every Friday afternoon until she finished it at the end of term.
Since then I have gone on to own 3 copies of this delightful book because I have read and re-read them so often, they have fallen to pieces.

This is a novel worthy of the Poet Laureate with every single page simply oozing with enjoyment and anticipation for the reader...........A Governess who is a Witch, talking cats, talking foxes, owls, bats, lost treasure? What more could a child want except for it to be real of course. I feel now as I did then that this book will never date and will always be my favourite childrens book of all time.

I so want to be Kay Harker!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The decades long spellcaster 29 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book was the grand companion of my childhood and I have lost count of the times I have read it, child or adult.
It still casts its spell over 30 years later.
Even yet Kay Harker, his friends and enemies can make me forget my troubles and lose myself in wonder.
Do yourself a favour, give yourself a treat read it!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!! 6 Feb 2001
Format:Paperback
I read it first when I was 11 years old, it was a little hard to understand it then but when I read it later at the age of 13 I liked it so much better that I saved the book and didn't read it until my favourite time of the day - bedtime so that it took me quite some time to finish it. Now that I've seen this page about the book I'm getting the urge to read it again. It's a wonderfull story that runs quite fast and I would recommend to read it slowly to understand the plot better, ther is lots of magic about it and a happy ending that leaves you hungry for more, so if you liked that you may also try another book by him called - the box of delights, if I'm not mistaken Kay stars there as well.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is rambling and slightly disorganised and the final confrontation with evil is fairly damp and ineffective. However there is something still engaging and magical in Masefield's storytelling which still works. There is something about the hidden rooms and secret passages in old houses which reminds the reader of all the exciting possibilities of being a child with an active imagination. Indeed the 'baddies' berate the hero Kay for his imagination. Suspend you disbelief and ignore the datedness and lack of shape and revel in a good bedtime read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars the midnight folk
well it was quite a confusing book and i think is better for older people and should be simpler though its a very good book.
Published 9 months ago by kitkat
3.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious
Think this could be described almost like a pre Harry potter. Written in 1927 so obviously not as easy for children to read, do need to be slightly older to appreciate it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Angela Dubnyckyj
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as the sequel
I can only echo my comments on the sequel to this novel, "The Box of Delights", so please take a look at my review for that audiobook.
Published 15 months ago by W. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasured forever
I bought this as a gift for my teenage daughter who is really "in" to books like this as well as Twilight etc etc. She loves it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by mufuliraman
4.0 out of 5 stars masefield
I received the book in good time. It was described as used but in good condition. I found nothing wrong with either the book or the description.
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by Mr. G. M. Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic
"The Midnight Folk" was one of my favourite books as a child, and it was wonderful to revisit it. This is an excellent production; the narrator brings the wide range of characters... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by The Green Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Folk
Midnight Folk is about magic and a world where magic is the driving force. I first read this book when I was seven , sixty years ago,and I have reread it many times since. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2006 by P. C. Bidwell
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