Years ago, I took up audiobooks to make a long commute more tolerable. Now, I love how a good performance can enhance an already great book.
I'm more than glad I stuck through the background bits. A few chapters in, I was quickly looking for excuses to sneak away, go to the store or take a walk so I could spend time listening to this book.
My girls and I loved the series but I think it was especially benificial for our short, slight-build, preteen boys! Awesome character building series. Looking forward to listening to more books by this author!
I've read the entire RA series about twice a year every year since grade seven (starting college this summer) but recently my copies of most of the series were ruined (which left me crushed) and I couldn't afford to rebuy the whole thing
Finding audible (thanks to Joe Santagato on YouTube) I took a chance and searched RA because I wasn't sure if there were audiobook versions BUT HERE THEY ARE WITH JOHN KEATING AS NARRATOR and it's so so much more immersive to hear the story in a voice that isn't my own. 10/10 would recommend
Good performance, likable characters but forced story where reactions are overblown to the extreme.
The author fails making the characters behavior believable with them behaving excessively dumb to create conflict and excessively smart to resolve it.
Battles are either boring or happen off camera. The story itself has terrible pacing, resembling closer a collection of vignettes.
So why still 4 stars? Emotions. While a bit formulaic the author made me root for the characters despite the above flaws.
I read this book when I was younger and decided to purchase the audio version on a whim. I was quickly pulled back into the story and became attached to the voices and the characters that came to life. Highly recommended!
Although I thoroughly enjoyed as well, my elementary kids look forward to every car ride to listen. I have read all 12 books and feel it is appropriate for their age level (meaning only a kiss or two throughout the whole series). But I do recommend reading/listening with them to address other issues that may be concerning to them (war, slavery, etc.).
NOTE: according to the author in beginning book 7, book 7 takes place between 4 and 5; I recommend reading 7 after 4.
So correct order of sequence is
1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 5, 6, 8.....