Twins' Mom in Georgetown
This is more of a performed book than a narration - different actors play each character, and there are sound effects. My 8 year-old-twin sons and I loved it and were on the edge of our seats for almost the entire story. The author does not pander to his audience with simplistic language; rather, advanced vocabulary and idioms are used but then explained in asides - I think it is an excellent way to expand vocabulary.
Having been abused growing up, I had a really hard time listening to this.I had to ask a friend if it got better or worse which has made my decision not to finish the series because its just too much. I dont understand why kids like reading about abused kids but anyways performance wise the narrator is okay but there was a lot of back ground noise bells, people chatting, water running sometimes all at the same time while the narrator was well narrating and it was hard to grasp the words and separate them from the noise.
Either lighten the subject matter for it's target audience or write the material to match to a older demographic that matches the disturbing subject matter.
Disturbance. The second act's subject matter seemed a little too dark and adult to be in a seemingly children's book.
I am baffled by this series' popularity given the dark subject matter, I would refrain from exposing this book to my children, if I had them.
Narration and dramatization is good. The story is relentlessly sad. Guess you have to read the next book to get some relief.
Unlike books such as Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, or even Where the Red Fern Grows this audio program contains nothing happy. There is no happy tower, no happy reptile room, no happy schools, no happy apartments, no happy village, nor is there any happiness at all. You will most certainly cry, unlike the first of the two previously mentioned books, and unlike the third book mentioned you will most certainly be tracked down by a villainous actor who will try to steal not only the absurd amount of money that everyone apparently has by using arson, but he will also poke you with a stick until you give him your almond cookie. Your day will become Reptilian, wide, miserable, austere, ersatz, vile, hostile, carnivorous, slippery, grim, penultimate, and to end, inevitably- a word which here means "a fancy word for all adjectives that I just listed and more terrible things, but ending on an obvious adjective"- bad. So in conclusion instead of listening to an audio book reported by a man who is tied up in a coffin at a funeral that is for a woman named Beatrice, don't expect a happy ending. Besides, that's not how the story goes.
It was great hearing a full production, and I love Tim Curry's voice in this wonderful installment of a classic story.
These are uncommonly well voiced by Tim Curry et. al., which was why I bought it in the first place. It has sound effects as well as voicing, but the sound effects enhance and don't get in the way of the story, and Tim Curry is a magnificent orator. I love the way that the more difficult vocabulary words were described for a reader/listener who were not familiar with them, and I enjoyed the pacing of the action. Just when they seem to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, the train arrives to run them over again. The action is convoluted in just the right way for adolescent readers, so that they are able to see that creative teens can overcome great hardship, and that solutions often come inside books, not video games or TV sitcoms. I think that because I didn't have any adolescents with me to talk over the action as it was occurring, it became a bit depressing. But that's just me. If you like stories of unfortunate things happening to bright children with good attitudes and strong teeth, you will love these books.