Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This one book broken into three parts... so if you purchase the first you will need to purchase the next two to complete the story. I listened to the beginning a few times without getting hooked (a little too YA)... but when I finally got into it... found it an enjoyable world he had created, with interesting rules and peoples. It is written for YA and because of the extensive violence during wars and battles it would not be a good read for younger children. The last book is darker than the end of Harry Potter series. Many of the main characters die in some pretty icky ways in the overcoming of evil. Although the plot had a predictable ending, getting there had some interesting turns and twists along the way. I agree the narrator improves with each book, but wasn't bad with the first.
The book was targeted towards younger teens. I am not in that age range so I did not find this book to appealing.
After six chapters I just could not take it any more. I even think the narrator was bored. Try Butcher or Hearne for well writen books.
I love listening to books while I walk and drive.
The story teller is good, the way it is written and read brings the world to life. Can't wait to get the next one.
The Story is almost as good to me as Potter.
My favorite scene was when he was at the feast and realized that you never get anywhere by staying where you are comfortable.
I wish they would make these a movie, It would probably read Classic in the making, Exciting, adventure.
Highly recommended. Anyone who likes YA fiction should try these.
Do you like the dialogue level of writing in Scooby Doo cartoons? Then you'll slide right through this book without a cringe. This is written at a sixth grade level, and that is being generous. The authors concept is interesting, and full of potential, but it remains unfullfilled. There is zero character development through events, and zero plot tension, at least in the first half of the book. I couldn't go any further. It was boring. All you learn about the characters is through the dialogue, and did I mention it is inane. Example: he said, "insert four words here", she said "insert five words here", he said "insert one word here". That's how all the dialogue is written. I guess it wouldn't have been so obviously bad except the reader drones in a monotone, put you to sleep voice. Fortunately every sentence of dialogue is preceded by he said, she said so you know which character is speaking, but there are no unique voices or characterization for anyone except a few transient characters. It's poorly written and poorly read, but probably still good for 5th and 6th graders who have an interest in magic and Scooby Doo.
A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!
I really enjoyed the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull and likewise this first book in the Beyonders saga does not disappoint. It is narrated really well and the story grips you from start to finish. The characters are well thought out and very well written.
The story starts out with Jason getting accidently drawn into another world through a hippo. When he gets there all he wants to do is find a way home. Along the way he discovers a secret that he needs to see to fruition if he wants to survive and get home. During his quest he meets an interesting plethora of characters that add both a touch of humor and intrigue to the story.
If YA fiction is your kind of thing, and you have enjoyed the Fablehaven series, then definitely give this a go. I am starting the second book and looking quite forward to it.
Wasn't sure I was going to like it at the beginning but it grew on me as the story unfolded. Just ordered the second book and will be anxious form a third.
This was a well written, well narrated story with some innovative characters and nice plot twists. Kind of a light hearted fun story, not a real serious fantasy. Check it out.
The story was captivating with very unique characters. If you like Fablehaven you will love this series. The narrator has a great voice and does a good job with the many characters.
Brandon Mull won over many readers with his Fablehaven series and this new series is just as wonderful! With colorful, realistic characters and his fast paced, yet descriptive syle Brandon Mull has once again created a series that draws you in. One of the things I love about his books are the strong, capable young teen characters that always save the day. This series, like Fablehaven before it, is a wonderful read for boys or girls - and adults too!
My favorite character is Jason, the main character. He is a very normal teen boy that works hard to do the right thing, no matter how hard it is.
The performace was okay. It certianly wasn't bad but maybe a little less enthusiastic than the text deserves.
Stay away from the hippo tank!