I only listened to this book for about 4 minutes. The Narrator : Lynn Redgrave's voice is so irritating to me I had to stop. I really wanted to listen... I guess I will have to wait for the movie to come out on DVD.
As a middle school teacher I am exposed to a lot of YA literature, some of which I really enjoy. This book, however, was not one of them. There was a lot of superficial violence which I suppose was to try and build suspense but, really, the book just kept dragging on. Eventually, I just gave up and stopped listening.
This audiobook is definitely geared to younger readers. It starts out with a fascinating premise and then turns it into a dry story focusing more on wandering around in the hills than any real occurance with the power to bring caracters from books to life. The villain in the book is billed as a horrible, horrible person that does terrible things, but in actual practice feels like he has been muzzled (probably since this is geared towards younger readers). He just doesn't act like a horrible, horrible villain that would inspire the terror that the other characters seem to have of him. Overall, I would say that this book was dry, boring, and generic.