A good story is something that makes life feel... enriched by having experienced it.
This book, the first of a trilogy, introduces readers to a trio of siblings who have nothing but a bond and whispers of hope holding them together. Embedded among a cast of the 'usual types' of adults, the trio show bravery and loyalty that is beyond their years.
The setting for Atlas is part of the allure. Hidden among the regular people are magical areas; while I was worried the setting would be quite Potter-esque, it thankfully exceeded my expectations as a unique work.
Jim Dale is, in my opinion, one of - if not THE - most entertaining narrators I've ever heard. He brings life to the characters and adds a richness to any story that he tells. I often find myself wishing my grandfather would have had his knack when I was a child (but, then again, maybe then I wouldn't have read so much on my own?).
I foresee a movie cross-over in this trilogy's future; it is a far better read than the popular book-to-movie trends of late (Divergent, Hunger Games, etc).
the wizard. because I love wizards.
oh I wish I had listened to him perform the Harry Potter series, but I read them on my own. I can't imagine anyone doing this book better.
No, but it did keep me listening and wanting more.
I hope there's more.
I read a lot. But I listen to books I either would never normally buy or would have a hard time getting through.
The narrator Jim Dale is excellent. Has been my favorite since he did the Harry Potter series. Would listen to this book twenty times.
He is the best narrator ever in my opinion.
This is a good book, read by the wrong narrator. Stephens wrote a good story with strong emotional appeal. The connections the characters have with each other are well thought out and accessible. However, I so strongly disliked his female voices, I had to stop the audiobook and buy the paper copy to scrub my mind of his annoying, airy, oh-so-bored intonation - ESPECIALLY his Kate-voice. And what's with the Brit accent throughout? And the Scottish dwarves? In Baltimore and Massachusetts? Using this narrator made the Potter/Tolkien derivations that much more pronounced.
So, overall, I liked the story (paper copy, not audiobook). Yes, it derived a lot of its themes from the overworked children's fantasy genre, but I enjoyed meeting a character who finds elves annoying and silly (yeah, Michael!)
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
Another fantastic story of hero kids overcoming great odds and discovering that they are extraordinary, after a life of being an outcast. Love stories like this. Another creative and innovative story that kept me listening.
And the narrator is Jim Dale, what more needs to be said. Brilliant beyond what words can describe. he makes each and every character unique and alive. I can't wait to listen to the next book.
Intrigued, definitely want to know what happens next.
I think Jim Dale has a way of weaving magic into mystery or adventure that I might not add myself.
I already have. It was exciting and edge of the seat anticipation.
Dr.Pym, he is the hero actually, yes the kids are too. But where would they be without him.
He defines each character, you always visualize what you think the character will Look like while you are reading, but he gives them a 3D effect. He is one of my favorite narrators. I first loved him in the Harry Potter series.
If you loved C.S. Lewis / Chronicles of Narna and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter/ you will love the Suspense filled thrill ride of The Emerald Atlas.
I recommended it to several people. My son who is a father of 3 could not put it down.
I loved that I thought the book was ending a couple times and then Stephens "twisted" the plot and kept it going!
Very hard! LOVED so many characters. I guess Emma if I can just choose one! :-)
I loved that he made the characters so unique and personable. Jim Dale always brings the characters to life! Some listeners didn't like that Mr. Dale's voices were British when the kids were born in Baltimore. But I thought it worked well with the fairy tale elements and the over-the-top personalites of the characters.
Why has no one ever heard of Cambridge Falls or the orphanage there?