Buried in Books
Yes if they read MG fantasy. The novel takes place in India and the author really brought the story to life with details from his time spent there. I listened to it as I was cleaning and the time flew by. I hate cleaning more than anything but I spent seven hours without even thinking about it. I half expected a leopard to jump out at me from around the corner I was so immersed in the story. The narrator was great for the story. It is told from the perspective of Zoe, an 11 yr old girl and the narrator sounds just like a young girl. But she also does the voice of Zak, from Zoe's memories, very well, as well as the Indian accents of the other characters in the book. The author really got the voice of an 11 yr old girl just right. She was annoyed by Zak, exactly how 11 yr old girls are at that age. She's uptight and follows all the rules and stays true to her character until she finally has to accept the magic before her eyes. And Zak is just like an 11 yr old boy is without a parent around to keep him in check. Life is an adventure!
I recommend the book for the story and the audio.
When Zoe and Zak are hiding in the tall grass and the men realize someone has tampered with the trunk. They give chase and when they are almost on Zoe and Zak, something jumps over them and chases the men sending them fleeing.
I liked that Bailey's voice sounded like a child's voice and not an adult's voice. I was never confused about who was speaking, but mostly I liked that it sounded like the right age person was reading the novel. I hate when an older person is reading as a teenager.
Indiana Jones meets Charlie Bone? I'm not very good at this. It's high adventure meets high magic!
I can't wait to listen to the next book! I have some more cleaning to do!
I love the voices that the narrator uses. Each character is distinct. The young boys sound like young boys, the British teacher sounds like a British teacher. The old Indian yogi sound like an old Indian yogi. She does each voice so well, it sounds like their is a whole cast of characters instead of one narrator doing the reading.
When the flying carpet gets eaten by the giant snake to save Zoe and Zak. It was sad because it had been on so many adventures with them, but it sacrificed itself so they could escape.
I listened to the Zoe and Zak and Yogi's Curse, the book before this one and I would say they are the same. Again she did the same job with the voices. She really does a great job.
I wanted to, but I don't have seven hours to listen to an audio book. If I did, I would have. It was that interesting. Both the story and the narration.
I used to hate audio books. I couldn't remember anything I listened to, but since I've learned how to listen to them, I love them. I would try other books by this narrator and will definitely continue this series.
I didn't read the print version, but I don't think I would. I prefer the audio version. The characters and story come alive with the audio version. Sonja Fields does all the voices in the book and she sounds like a 12 yr old girl and a 500 year old yogi and a talking elephant. I never get confused about who is who, her voices are very distinctive and the inflection and tone are done well. When Zoe is a whiny 12 yr old, she sounds like one!
In the very beginning of the novel, Zoe and Zak have traveled by railway car to the Himalayas. They are kind of floundering around because no one is there to meet them from the school and it's misty and they can't see. All of a sudden something large and dark and red and gold appears and it's elephants from the school sent to pick them up. They kneel down and the kids get on their backs and ride on them to the school. I think that would have been spectacular to see.
I love Mr. Muck (not sure how to spell it) the most. They way he calls the kids "Mud Devils"
Ulta would be my second favorite.
Realistic Fantasy with Percy Jackson like powers and adventures.
I can't wait for the next adventure with Zoe and Zak.
Excellent concept with some of the best character development I have seen since the early Potter books! The story is imaginative, riveting and fun from page one.
Each character was unique and intriguing. Oona and her Raven, Deacon, are an excellent duo!
Not since Jim Dale have we been so entertained! Shawn Thomas Odyssey is a family favorite. The kids listened to this story, then completed the second book, and then went back to book one! Great for family story time and road trips.
The tragedy in Oona's early life was very grim to be sure, but my family is convinced their is still hope (this book is about a magical place after all) and they are impatient for the third book... Mr. Odyssey, PLEASE HAVE A THIRD!