exciting, original, well-written
Jason, Rachel and Ferrin ...really!
his voices are wide-ranging and excellent!
travel to a world you would never imagine.
I can't wait for the third book (on tape)!!!!
I love that the twist and turn in the plots
The tempo of this book was awesome everytime i thought ok its safe to take a short break it sucked me in even further.
The authors loyalty to his characters was FANTASTIC
I got this book thinking it might be a great book to listen to with my children (10-13) and i am sure it will be when we take our next trip. I was more then pleasntly shocked when i realized it was 4am and i was still sucked into the story. Though the story cover some more advanced social topics, the story never suffers in the least. i hope you enjoy the twists and turns as much as I did.
BEWARE the HIPPO
I bought both the hard copy and the audiobook, and the audiobook kept putting me to sleep. The reading is just sluggish. The reader zaps the energy and momentum out of the book. I abandoned the audiobook, and simply read the last half on my own - I enjoyed it much more. I plan to read the next installment of the series, but I hope it will be an improvement on the first.
This is an amazing tale of two "normal" teenagers who get transported to a magical land, and who embark on a perilous quest to save this land from an evil emperor. The general plot might sound cliche - but the book isn't at all! There are so many amazing, imaginative characters in a well developed, unique world!
I'd compare it to Harry Potter - which was my all time favorite series - until I finished this Beyonders series.
In both series, the protagonist enters a new world, and through that protagonist's experiences we learn about this new world - which is a great way to introduce a new world!
Both series also feature a memorable and amazing cast of characters, a fantastic storyline, and a beautifully detailed new world.
I have listened to Jeremy Bobb's performances in the second book of this series as well - and I find both of these performances to be exemplary.
He does such a good job portraying all the different characters with unique voices, and his inflections and performance is just phenomenal.
The protagonist engages in a battle of wits with a nobleman who has been undefeated for decades - yet the protagonist wins, not due to an unthinkable riddle or complex question - but by a simple question that he had discussed with his friends before being transported to this new world. In general, the protagonist is not extraordinary - but by simple, out of the box thinking, performs some remarkable feats.
The beginning of the book was so interesting that I found the next few chapters rather slow but by the time I reached the Blind King I couldn't get enough of the story!
probably the worst audio I have listened to so far
The Story was creative and intriguing. I am curious to see how the fall of the wizard actually happens.
I did not Like Jeremy Bobbs performance here. I like him in Money:Master the Game by Toni Robins but not this. Too many characters for him and he doesn't connect emotionally to the writing. When an emphatic NO!! should be used, he casually says no. Its that way through the whole book and there is no distinction really between characters personalities. Hard to know whos talking because every character except Theron is exactly the same.
Sometimes the simplest heroes are the ones who don't think they are.
At first, I was comparing this to something akin to lord of the rings, or Wizard of Oz, but by the end I must say that Brandon mall has concocted original characters and the plot worthy of having his own recognition.