This isn't the kind of book I normally read, but somehow it caught my eye, and I'm glad it did. I enjoyed the humor of the childrens' relationships with each other, knowing that they loved each other deeply. I thought th narrator was perfect for this book.
It's the kind of book you listen to over and over again, just because it's so well done.
Great story for anyone (8 years old and up) who like an adventure. Bought it for my 8 year old grandson and we listened to it every day on the way to and home from school. He loved it. The story comes alive with Jim Dale as narrator.
I loved this book. I'd say the best in it's genre since Harry Potter. The story moved quickly and was never dull. Some parts were very intense so I wouldn't recommend it for younger children. Very good book.
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.