I like this book. It did it feel like it was not a spin-off of any other recent magical books. I'm eager to read the next one.
This is a book about a trio of kids that go on a magical adventure. The reason I chose the book is because it is narrated by Jim Dale, the guy who narrated the Harry Potter books in the USA. He's my favorite and can bring the characters to life!
The book was fun and is suitable for families.
This is the first book I have read by Stephens. He is an excellent story teller and I shall continue to read his books in this series. Jim Dale is one of the finest narrators, and I have listened to hundreds of audio books. I highly recommend this audio book.
YES!!! Great story, wonderful narration. Did not want it to end!
The entire series 'Books of the Beginning"
No have not listened to any of Jim Dale's other performances. But he does a GREAT JOB of narrating.
Cried at times, Laughed a lot!
GREAT! Entertaining! Loved these books.
Jim Dale brought this book to life in a way that makes every Harry Potter fan proud...
If your a diehard Potter fan like myself than I HIGHLY recommend this series. I was looking so long for a story that made me feel the way Potter made me feel. I thought to myself, Jim Dale was perfect with Potter, why not see what else he has done. which led me here.
Great to listen to, easy to follow and entertaining. I could pick up the story line every time I came back to this book all in all an enjoyable performance. Thrilling but not scary.
He's excellent. The different character's voices were a bit grating at times. Gotta be in the mood, I guess.
I've already seen Harry Potter and this seems to be a Harry Potter wannabe book.
If this is primarily a children's book, I'd be a bit concerned about evil characters telling children, things to the effect: I'm going to make you watch me torture and kill your siblings/parents/friends. I didn't care enough about the characters to feel emotionally connected or concerned. Maybe I am weird, but no, I didn't like it.
My favorite part of this trilogy is the narration and the cleverness of the writing. There are lots of "jibs" and "jabs" back and forth between characters and I really appreciate the underlying sense of humor. This is a great Trilogy for kids and adults. It's roughly "Harry Potter" level material without quite as much dark evil. I really enjoyed this series and the first book was particularly cute.