Overall loved the story and the character development. I'm a 52 yrs old fart and was still able to enjoy the story. Just goes to show you, with the right attitude we all can all stay young at heart!!! I will listen to the next two books too!!!
Sure! It was a great story! I don't mind the obvious influences... at all, actually.
I thought it was a gripping and engaging and (sometimes even a little bit of a) scary story and in it's own right too, in spite of being obviously inspired by works of Tolkien, Lewis and Rowling among (I am sure) many others. Honestly It's rather difficult to find fantasy-lit that does not exhibit common traits with, if not the above-mentioned authors then, other authors in the category.
I am looking very much forward to reading/listening to the next two books in the trilogy! :)
I am sure that opinion on Mr. Jim Dale as narrator will be much diverse, but for me he just didn’t fit quite right... For one thing the story is set in America and I was therefore a little distracted by the various British dialects (some almost caricature-ish)... And although he was good at doing the adult voices such as the dwarfs and Dr. Pym, I didn’t feel he got the teenage/kid-dialog... I sensed how a kid might say it and – for me – it was just off...
I am sure Mr Dale would be fantastic at reading Tolkien though!
If I could I probably would have.. alas, life had to be dealt with as well ;)
I really loved this story, which was rightly billed as a new Narnia. The most original and compelling fantasy book I've read in years!
I felt like it was let down by the narration though. The narrator was great at doing different accents, but the differentiation between the three main characters was almost non-existent, and he had a tendency to make them sound extremely whiny. At one point when Michael made a mistake, about 5 people said it and each time the narrator pronounced it "mis-tae-ah-eek" with four syllables. Really irritating. Loved the story though, so I'd recommend buying the book!
A good story is something that makes life feel... enriched by having experienced it.
Jim Dale is a brilliant narrator! !
Very well written story with nonstop action.
Would highly recommend to anyone for a quick read or listen! !
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.