Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
I had the honor to read this book with my 10 yo twins, this book is what piqued their interest in reading, that is a hard task to accomplish!! Now it's on audio and I KNEW I had to get it. My kids have already made me read them the book twice (1 ch each night) so I'm thrilled they can now read along with the audio vsn.
This book is just magical. It is soulful, emotional, witty, humorous, adventurous, and heartfelt. I would have to say this book is akin to the Harry Potter series without seeming like a copycat of the book. It is very original and I love it.
Ok so the story, no spoilers here, just some info. We start off getting to know Will Cleary, 12 yo boy whose twin sister went missing when they were age 2. Will has two amazing pets who have been with him for ten years and that's all I'll say on that. Will's parents have been trying to find Emmy for the past ten years with no luck and by doing so Will feels neglected so he jumps in and helps with the search, not knowing all the magical stuff that will be revealed to him.
Will lives in the Sound realm which would be "our" realm and Emmy was taken to the Echoe realm where everything is different, magical and beautiful. We get to go on the adventures with Will and see what the Echoe realm holds. This is the fourth time reading this book and I love it more each time.
Narrator - David Radtke is a very new reader, this is his first book from what I can tell. I would have to say its hard after reading the book to hear someone else's interpretation of the characters voices. If you have not read the book and are just listening for the first time, I think you will really enjoy his narration. He has a kid friendly voice and my twins told me they preferred him over me (heart breaking!)
Oh and one thing NO ONE should miss out on are the illustrations. They are magical themselves. I was lucky to win a hard cover book in a contest and before each chapter is an illustration. I recomend that whoever buys this audiobook goes to the authors FB page or website and look at how beautiful the art is.
HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
I cannot believe this was written in the 80's. This book is captivating, entertaining, humorous, heart warming and emotional. I found myself wanting more, watching Ender grow up and the trials he goes through at such a young age tugged at my heart strings. I really liked the story of Peter and Valentine as well. Honestly, I'm glad they made a movie because I probably would not have picked this book up otherwise. I always read the books before a movie and I can't be sure the movie can do the book justice but I will definitely be seeing the movie.
The narration was perfect. I am a very picky listener and don't like trying new narrators because they can absolutely ruin a book. These readers did an amazing job. I never got confused on the characters and it flowed seamlessly.
Onto the next. I am a Orson Scott Card fan for life now!!!
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
This book reminded me of the Hunger Games Series. Because it predates that series it may be the original. Both have the same theme of oppressive adults making children do their bidding and fight their wars. I found it entertaining, both of my children had read it before me and recommended it. The narration was good, but I have a bias towards a single narrator versus multiple narrators.
Usually I think most books are better than any movie adaptation, but this may be a better movie than book. We will know in the fall.
The author has some great commentary at the end. Make sure you listen to it.