I got this book based upon the many rave reviews it has here at audible (knowing nothing of the author). While I consider the overall plot to be interesting, its pace was so slow in places as to be excruciating. If you love 'words' merely for their own sake, you should love this book. If you are someone like me that wishes to be taken away from your own mundane cares for a few hours, you would be better served by looking elsewhere. As an aside, I have noticed that a great many people base their reviews of a book upon the reader's voice; while I don't particularly agree with this, I do think that Lynn Redgrave is probably one of the very best readers to which I have listened (and I would have given the book 5 stars based merely upon her talent).
I found the first half very entertaining. The second half began to drag and I could not keep my suspension of disbelief. The plot holes did me in. The author was aware of them and tried to explain them away. Unfortunately, the attempt wasn't successful.
This is a children's book and that might explain it. Children might be able to ignore the flaws or not even notice them. For me, that was impossible.
The reader was excellent.
I loved the premise of the story but was very glad when I finished it. I hate abridgements of books, but this one needed some editing very badly. It goes on and on. There were so many good things about this story that I really did like ... you won't completely regret listening to it. The narrator was really good, the words and visual pictures (no pun intended) were good. But there were a lot of minuses. The author definately muzzled the villain. This would have made a really good Stephen King or Koonz book/story. I've downloaded the next book to hear what else happens, but its out of curiousity more than anything else. I downloaded it for the kids and listened to it first, I don't think my kids would finish the book... it's too long.
I was never a fan of Vanessa Redgrave as an actress, as a reader though, she was amazing. Every character voice was clear and you knew who was talking. The delivery was excellent. I wish the producer would have used her for the rest of the series. Great story, great reader. I would recommend this book to everyone.
I know many people rave about this book and it's sequel, but I just could not get into the story. I don't know why exactly, but I did not enjoy this one at all.
I got this book because of the movie trailer I saw of the same name coming out in January 09. It showed Tornadoes from Wizard of Oz and a bunch of magical things happening. NOTHING HAPPENS IN THIS BOOK. They talk about a lot of magical things and some small things happen but it's pretty lame and disappointing.
The narrator was great and the writing itself was ok... I had high hopes for this one.
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.