I enjoyed the audio version better only because of Jim Dale. He has a way of pulling you into the story so you are no longer a listener, but right there with Kate, Michael and Emma.
There were many memorable moments to the story. One of my favorites was the scene where the children escaped from the Countesses dungeon and slipped through the forest, only to be tracked by the Countesses wolves. You'll have to listen to find out if they escaped!
He switches voices for each character, remains true to that character's voice throughout and adds the proper infliction to the voice when called for. If the story reads, Emma shouted, Dale shouts the words Emma speaks. If the story reads, Michael whispered, barely audible, Dale delivers. He is the master of performers.
Grab your photographs and prepare to embark on a magical journey through the Emerald Atlas.
Well worth the listen. You won't be disappointed!
The narrator/JIm Dale.
Who cares about the donuts etc./ to much extraneous filler. I thought maybe Jim didn't get to choose whether he read this one or not. Maybe he did it as a favor to the author. Definitely not in the Harry Potter, Twilight genre.
Probably not! Just another book with kids saving the day.
His reputation! All of the different character voices. He's so good!
I guess that it has to have one now since the parents are alive but not rescued yet.
I loved Emerald Atlas. Jim Dale ALWAYS does such a wonderful job bringing each character to life. I was instantly drawn to this well written fantasy.
It's a fun listen and the narration is quite good, but it's not as exciting as the Harry Potter books or as complex and interesting as Tolkien.
But, overall it's a safe bet for an enjoyable, if not all that memorable, listen.
Enjoyable listen, not the best ever written but well done and worth the credit. I am a big Jim Dale fan since the Harry Potter books and the only thing I found unusual was that some of the character voices were very similar to the Potter voices:
Dr Pym = Dumbledor, Cavendish = Peeves, Gabriel = Madeye Moody, The Countess = Belatrix and a few more.
I look forward to the next books in the series.
This is definitely for older children, if for kids at all. Why would anyone want stories of death and mayhem and terror to be read to children at all? We had to stop because y 8 year old son was so scared of the content.
The narrator spoke way too fast and the accent made it very difficult for even the adults to follow.
The concept of the books was cool, but the ideas and the murder and word choices was not appropriate for children.
Terrible recommendation and total waste of my money.
I can't wait for book 2! And I always love to hear anything Jim Dale reads. He performs the different characters so well!! Each with a distinctive voice!!!
John Stephens -No
Jim Dale - Yes
I did like Jim Dale's performance
Extremely confusing and difficult to follow