Take historical/literary characters you might have head of, add fictitious imaginary lands from bed time stories your Grandmother might have told you when you were a wee one, mix them all up and you get this phenomenal story. Nothing stereotypical about this blending. The reader James Langton is beyond marvelous! James A. Owen's imaginative story and James Langton's brilliant narration make a five star listen.
Owen deftly sails between imagination, biography, artistic inspiration, theology, and philosophy -- without sinking his literary vessel on the shallows of forced didacticism. Bearing in mind that this composition navigates toward younger minds, his furtive allusions to characters' identities play a critical part in the story's overall mystery, and prod his readers to seek out boldly the heritage of literary masters. Owen maps out a story that pleases older or younger readers; all enjoy a sense of time-travel (either nostaligic or new) in the story's events and characters. James Langton's consistency and variety of character performance accelerates the narrative with full sails. Overall, Owen has indeed the power to summon dragons and stir a wonder about what lives beyond the veil.
Something original, or some humor that worked.
It was simply an amalgam of other people's stories, tossed in a blender. It might be okay for a young reader, and there is some literary skill shown, but the story was just like watching a randomly spliced chunks of old movies, randomly chosen by another person.
I honestly can't think of anyone who could make this story work. I suppose with what he had to work with, he did as well as anyone.
No swearing. As previously mentioned, it might be okay for a young reader, especially if they were fans of 1800's fantasy.
Worst listening experience of the last year or more. Not my cup of tea.
This book was a beautiful reintroduction to the high fantasy world and a fresh new look at many stories we know and love. I truly enjoyed listening to it and can't wait to continue the series.
Not really, once the characters left London (very early on) I thought it was rather dull.
Making allusions to well known fantasy stories felt very stale to me. I don't know if it was an attempt to be clever, but it just did not hold my interest.
I really enjoyed Tummeler, the badger. Though, all of the narration was done well.
It is a series, but I won't be continuing it.
The story felt very derivative, which I believe was intentional. It had a lot of potential that I think was never realized.
These books are wonderful, and the performance is engaging. The story can be followed by younger children, and there are literary and historical references for the adult listener. Highly recommended, we liked them so much we named our cat after the badger in the book!