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Summary

Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools… Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity by Noughts, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum – a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger…

©2001 Malorie Blackman (P)2004 Random House Audio Go

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whitewashed in it's audiobook!

the most powerful thing about the story and it references to diversity is lost in casting Sephy in what sounds like a poncy white Jane Austen era voice and the lack of diversity in the character voices. it's strange to have the 'crosses' aspire to and take on the accents of thier former slaves rather than develop their unique voices and have it the other way round.

it feels like someone's tried to make it palatable by erasing real 'cross' voices. the story is lost and the subtle returning of the narrative to the status quo is such a disappointment.

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Very engaging

This worked fantastically well as in-car listening to, from and during our holiday in Cornwall last year. It is accessible both to adults and to teenagers, and we often sat in the car at the end of a journey to finish a chapter. The story is based on an interesting twist on our traditional notions of racism, but this is in no way labored, but rather provides the backdrop for the human stories we encounter.

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Fantastic Story Dull and Annoying Voice Actors

What did you like most about Noughts and Crosses?

Fantastic Book, well written very interesting with many twists.

What didn’t you like about Syan Blake and Paul Chequer ’s performance?

Tone, and boring speaking voices. Really not a fan.

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A very thought provoking book

Loved it and couldn't wait to be able to find time to listen to more

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Loved it !

One of my favourite books of all time , it was read beautifully throughout .

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Loved it

It was great fantastic
I loved it a great story, great narration ( It was perfect I like it when the different characters have different voices which is the case for this book.)
For me it was a perfect book.
It is great for teenager or older children, because I loved it, adored it and I'm 14 and my sister too she is 12
Hope my review helps you with your choice.
I had 100% satisfaction with my purchase and hope you do too
Jodie 14years old

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Essential YA

The scenario is compelling, the drama powerful, and the echoes of Romeo and Juliet beautifully ironic, but the language marks this title out definitively as a YA novel: not one to pick if you're on the trail of lyricism, or an arresting turn of phrase. The reading is generally effective, but Paul Chequer brings to Callum's narration a sneering tone that I hadn't expected and didn't enjoy.

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Great book awful voice actors

Read this book as a kid and revisited recently, the voice acting made the book close to unbareable, it's a real shame as the book is great!

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Not what I was expecting.

I thought it was going to be predictable but it wasn't. Suitable for older teenagers and adults only. No swearing but adult themes.

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Brill Author

Fantastic book. Completed in two days. I'm still crying. Brill story,line interesting characters. A good read.

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  • 29-06-22

Young adult thinker

Mostly a good plot, very good for young romantics. One of the two protagonist voices was good, one was lacking a bit. Though for middle/high school students I’ll recommend this podcast, but more so the paper book. Hits harder when you read it yourself, in my experience.

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  • 23-06-21

Racial Romeo and Juliette

Good read; easy listening. Reveals bumps and mountains faced by individuals because of societies differences.

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  • MISS S J PARFITT
  • 21-07-20

Brilliant and relevant

Fantastic book, both voice actors were excellent and emotes well, the subject matter is important. White people should read this book, and learn something from it.

Malorie Blackman knocked it out of the park again.

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  • 11-05-19

So arresting!

Such an arresting story! It left me breathless, and eager for the next installment. Tragic, yet hopeful characters.

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  • Patrick
  • 27-04-19

A good book but it felt a bit off sometimes.

It was a good book, but in a few parts it felt like whip lash. Some of the twists could be spotted a mile away but all in all a good story and well written characters. Just not my cup of tea.

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  • Erasmus B. Darwin
  • 12-11-18

Amazing

A work of art! brilliantly told and eminently readable.. I can't wait for the sequels to be audio-booked.

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  • 28-12-16

Kept me listening

The story was overall good, I'm a fan of dystopian/alternative history ya books, so this seemed like a great fit. I listened to it in one day not wanting to stop. I loved Callum and his narration . I also enjoyed the character of Sephy but I found myself annoyed by how fast her narrative was, I thought at one point that I had the speed turned up. My only real confusion with the story regards Sephy's reaction at one intense point of the story, any logical person would expect her to be angry and need a lot of convincing to forgive, but instead she is easily overcome by lust. This would have fit fine earlier in the novel or with more build up, but seemed super awkward timing to me.

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  • Wieke
  • 26-06-12

Confronting story

Would you listen to Noughts and Crosses again? Why?

No, once was nice, but also enough.

What did you like best about this story?

It confronts you with your views and makes you think about the stereotypes you have.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It was nice that there were 2 narrators for the 2 main characters. However, the girl was a bit overdramatic every now and then (Syan Blake) and the boy was a bit difficult to understand here and there (Paul Chequer).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending: unexpected!

Any additional comments?

Listen to the sample first before you buy. If you like the narrators, this is definitely a story worth listening to.

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  • Meikie
  • 08-02-18

Powerful, tragic and true to life

I read this book many years ago, so listening to it was a real shock, as if I'd never read it before. It took off and never let up right through to the tragic ending.

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  • 24-12-17

Romeo and Juliet continued

It starts with a kiss and ends with a birth of a child. What happens in between must be read, not told or retold.
Great plot, wonderful language and beautiful story.