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.
Loving this audiobook. The story is unique and fun, the performance is quite good. I'm excited to listen to the other books! Just downloaded the next 2. Can't wait for my kids to listen to this on our road trip!
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.
The narration, but mostly the interesting story and the characters.
Harry Potter, it has a school for gifted children, magic "even if the children aren't wizards" and plenty of the sort of evil characters you'd get from a Potter book.
His brilliant voices for each character. His Grandma Bone voice makes me cringe every time.
This introduction to Charlie and his friends will have you looking for the next adventure, even before you are thru with this one. Great!
Me and my husband listen to all the Charlie Bone series and all the books are a fantastic listen. I advise this book to young and old alike.