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The Midnight Folk (Lions) Paperback – 25 Oct 1984


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  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 857,583 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By somewhere in England on 18 Jun. 2011
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 1999
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Penny on 15 Oct. 2003
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 By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2000
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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 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2008
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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 By A Customer on 29 Feb. 2000
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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 By leoreg@conceptictech.com on 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 on 10 Dec. 2002
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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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