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.
Jim Dale is my favorite narrator. I listened to all the Harry Potter books and fell in love with Mr. Dale's masterful rendition of the books. The Emerald Atlas seemed like a rip-off of J. K. Rowling's fantastic books. Very disappointing.
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!!!