A fun book read by a great narrator. It was surprisingly easy to see Carlson as 11-year-old Zoey. She also does a nice job with doing different voices for the other characters as well. That makes it easier to know who is speaking. And I absolutely loved the setting and how it was presented in the story. India is a fascinating place, but there aren't a lot of children's books set there and the one's that are are mostly historical fiction. So it was fun to listen to a fantasy, adventure story set in India that while a lot of things were made up the culture shines through so well.
Zoey is very appealing heroine with mostly good sense, who has to put up with Zak's curiosity and impulsiveness. Yet she has her own reasons for getting involved with 'rhino butt' and his map and a leopard who had never been photographed. When the kid's parents have to leave and the kids are left in the care of a rent-a-nanny, things really start to happen, especially when the kids end up stuck in a trunk being flown, who knows where. And what's this about a ghost leopard, and how on earth are two kids supposed to save a mythical creature in a foreign land? Read/listen to the book and find out! Highly recommended.
I purchased this book to take on a trip. My 3 year old daughter hates travelling in cars (because we do not have one), and we had to rent a car for a trip this summer so I needed to find things to distract her. This audiobook was perfect! Not only in Jim Dale one of my favourite narrators, but the story and music are absolutely amazing! My daughter asked for the first song to be repeated over a dozen times. We did not finish the book until weeks later after our trip at home because she keep asking for the same parts. In the same vein as 'Peter and the Wolf" the story is told through song. Jim Dale, as usual, does an excellent job of all the different voices. I cannot recommend this audiobook enough! We have listened to the book repeatedly since I bought it in May (2012). And I imagine it is one that we will play for years! I love it!!