The story wobbles between being too predictable ("Boy 412's" true identity was immediately obvious) and too random (the Deus-ex-machina of a buried ship from another era, that just happens to be alive? Oh, come on.)
However, the characters are reasonably engaging, and so are some of the story details. In addition, the reader is good - which always helps.
Not my favorite, but passable.
This is a great book for all ages. It kept me hooked throughout the whole book. I just didn't want to stop listening.
I will usually finish a book. I'll suck it up and get to the end, but I couldn't do it with this one. When the author puts in so much effort to make town walk seem like an epic journey (so much so that the protagonist is wondering how her mother is doing...as compared to 20 minutes ago) I have to bow out.
I think this book is much more limited in its audience than some other popular young adult/kids series. The characters are fun and multifaceted enough to be generally interesting. The story develops nicely but the plot is fairly predictable.
excellent story, great for young kids. Some parts are a bit anoying, like the repeticious mention of boy 412, but all in all a light and playfull story that was a joy to listen too.
I am a huge potter fan, and I enjoyed this story. It is great for kids and wonderful for adults who want to listen to a simple good-hearted story. If you are looking for something that is unpredictable, however, this story is not for you. Many of the plot lines were obvious but it was fun to listen and see how your assumptions will roll out. I would recommend this book.