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 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.
I'm a little shocked by how good this story is. Yes, I do listen to novels in the fantasy genre but I usually swing towards dark, gritty, violent, urban fantasy not the mellow kind of fantasy and definitely nothing with romance but this story was so well written, so engrossing, I didn't care about a little romance. And to all you people out there that don't like romance novels(like myself) let me make something clear, this is NOT a romance novel, this is a story about sorcerers and magic with a little romance tossed in for color so don't worry. At no time while listening to this story did I get that disgusting "sqooshy" feeling. This is one of those stories that once you start listening it's very hard to stop! The narrator(Emily Durante) did a great job throughout the book.
Thanks to all your reviews(and the reviews of Goodreads and Amazon) I rarely purchase a bad audiobook which is the reason I give a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. My point is I believe my rating for this book(as well as my others) is definitely justified! I'll be waitin' for book 2.