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.
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.
I loved the whole "ordinary person learns that he is extraordinary" concept of the story. It lends itself to a world of discovery and enchantment, not just for the protagonist, but the reader as well!
There are obvious similarities to the concepts in the Harry Potter books, especially "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." HOWEVER, I was pleasantly surprised at the uniqueness of this story--how Jenny Nimmo used innovative plot ideas and characters that were not a rip-off of J.K. Rowling. Bloor's Academy, for example, was not identical to Hogwarts, nor were the teachers and students in it. Also, the endowments were treated differently than all the kids in Harry Potter being witches or wizards. Overall, the story stood apart from Harry Potter in numerous ways, but readers of J.K. Rowling's masterpieces would love this material as well.
Simon Russell Beale was a fantastic narrator, performing all the voices and adding dramatic pauses and proper intensity where needed. It didn't sound like someone simply reading off of a page--flat, dry and mechanical. His performance was captivating enough that it made me look up the other Charlie Bone books to ensure he was also the narrator (so I could get those as well)!
Though I loved the moments where Charlie began to embrace his endowment and stand up for the injustices he saw around him, I particularly loved how Uncle Paton began to come out of his shell and be the hero in the background.
I can thank this audiobook for getting me excited to read the initial four-pack of Charlie Bone novels I've had sitting--relatively untouched--on my shelf for a few years.
I listen during a riding in a car, so the time was well spent.
I thought that there were some rather long winded sections where brevity would have been appreciated. The story is unique, though.