Jim Dale is a national treasure. What great fun and very similar to all of the adventure in the magical world of Harry Potter. Highly recommended for anyone who loved the JK Rowling books.
I re-listen to this over and over, falling in love with the characters Dale brings to life, every time.
This book reads like the author studied JK Rowling very, very carefully and with an "I could do that" attitude lifted her ideas... Now if it turns out that this was written first, I'd have to say they were ideas whose time had come. I had a bit of guilty pleasure with it because the first 3/4 of the book feels like a new JK book and I do love Jim Dale. He uses many of the same voices that he used for Harry too! If the character development had been better and the story clear, I might have even forgiven the author with the idea that it was a JK tribute. This was not to be. The story got way too murky and complicated and the characters lack the souls that were there from the beginning in the characters of Harry's story. Maybe the author is a young guy finding his way... Perhaps he will find his own voice and a really excellent story later on. As for me, I'm moving on to more original good stories.
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.