Avid reader, audible always me to listen as I do other things. Fan of satirical comedy, historical fiction, and children's fantasy.
This series is wonderful, I absolutely recommend it to children and adults. The narrator has a very pleasant voice, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I have long been a fan of this series, I already read the books but they are still nice to listen to. I will warn you, the end of the series overall is frustrating. Regardless, I recommend it.
I really like this series. It's a little reminiscent of Harry Potter, in that its about kids with extraordinary abilities go to a 'special' academy, deal with sinister teachers or students and have mysterious adventures. But there's something different about it.
The city is unnamed. So it doesn't take place in London or NYC or any known city (or even country) that I recall.
The mythos is different from most fantasy magical books as well. It may be set against a Welsh mythology or blended with elements of african or Celtic legends, I don't know. But Harry Potter, it's not.
What it is, is fun. Nimmo has developed a backstory all her own where all of the 'endowed' children...the ones with special abilities... are descended from one legendary king. Some are good, some are not, all are in a struggle for power even if they don't realize it.
Like most fantasy novels there are magical creatures and artifacts to be encountered. But these are different. Intelligent cats, a kid that can talk to animals, and sinister relatives who dress and act like ... well, like witches! Though I don't recall any of the cauldron stirring, broom riding variety...nor even modern day Wiccans.
And there are consequences in some cases to using their powers. Unlike some novels where kids cast spells willy nilly, often the abilities some have here are portrayed almost as a disability. Imagine having to live in the dark all the time because your 'endowment' causes light bulbs to explode...whether you want them to or not! You probably wouldn't be invited to many parties.
One thing I'd caution about though is, for me, the characters sometimes lacked depth and warmth that you might find in some novels. While certainly not cardboard cutouts (these characters are unlike any I've read about), I came away not really identifying with Charlie or any of the others. Charlie doesnt seem to have any hobbies or interests. What is his favorite meal? Does he like sports? There are animals in the story but does Charlie like them? Dislike them? Merely use them as a tool or just ignore them?
But...its still a good story and the narration was excellent! I really enjoyed the work Beale put into this and look forward to hearing more from him.
Give this book a listen though. Its fun.
Charlie Bone is an amazing book and the contents are totally original.
Although it is often compared to Harry Potter, it is only slightly like it. It does have a boarding school that has some magical students but HP does not have ancient kings and a school for the arts. Also in HP the head master is kind and s not looking to control every one.
This is a great series for kids. Even as an adult it is one of my favorite series when I want something light to listen to. The narrator is easy to listen to and uses different voices, switching easy from one character to the next.
Listened to this story because my son loved it and wanted to share it with his sister and me. It was awful!!! Disjointed, predictable and boring. Only finished it to respect his listening pick for our family. I do not recommend.
Narrator did a great job. This is a children's fantasy--very enjoyable for fans of Harry Potter or similar stories.
Avid reader who hates it when editors or writers butcher the English language. Honest reviewer.
The narrator does a great job with the characters and the story is interesting. I love "the flames", they are so mysterious and magical that you can't help being fascinated by them.
Music is still forever in your Soul and art is forever in your Spirit!
Yes. It's good for a 4th grader and up.
He was really really really awesome.
This is great to help move you along and complete a book.
Wonderful for young children.