I was pleasantly surprised at how good this series is. People who like the Harry Potter type books with magical happenings and a clear division of dark and light should enjoy these books. They are very well writen with a glorious use of vocabulary and are narrated by the splendid and most talneted Jim Dale (who also reads the US version of Harry Potter).
The premis of the books is around a London most of us cannot see and how two human children can. They are hurled together in this otehr dimension of London where all the statues are animated and divided into very clear sides. The main Villan is quite comparable in the evil stakes to Voldemort and the the evoluation of the main protagonist is most enjoyable. The back up the children receive from the Gunner, a war veteran still speaking and acting from is time frame is the biggest lightening rod conducting the reader to anchor to these set of books.
It does seem to have an super long, never ending, chase going on. But it is peppered with so many characters and different twists and turns it keeps you interested and invested.
I will never feel the same when I walk around London or any big City with statues again.
Even the great Jim Dale can't save this story . Plot holes , wandering dialogue , and just plain trying to be a Harry Potter style junior novel . None of it works . I'm surprised there are other books in this series .
"Taints"? Really? That slang term is decades old, so it's not like he didn't know what it means.
Also, unless you want to explain what sexual molestation\incest is to your kid, don't let them read this. The only female characters in this book are also sexually harassed, groped and murdered. The addition of these things is unnecessary and literally feels as though they were callously added, just to try to boost a poor story line. The plot was something I could have come up with when I was 10 and the imagery was predictable and bland. An hour into the book, I was finishing the sentences before I heard them. Not even close to the rich imagery you get from Harry Potter, which this book is trying so hard to be like; and fails so miserably at.
Try any anything by J.K. Rowling, Hans Christian Anderson, Charles Dickens, Suzanne Collins (the Hunger Games Series), or J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan). Those are all MUCH better options.
The only saving grace was Jim Dale's narration.
I was looking for some light fare, something I wouldn't have to think too hard about. And that's just what i got. Kid's stuff,I know but Jim Dale is a great narrator, and if you like the Harry Potter books, this one is worth a listen. Make no mistake, Harry Potter is tough to beat. And while this was a good book, it was not Harry Potter.
I love listening to Jim Dale read and his preformance of this book was fabulous!
I loved meeting the time keeper!
I loved the dynamic drama of the closing scene.
Yes, i carried it with me and listened as often as I could!
I highly recommend Stoneheart!
A truly enjoyable listening experience. Charlie Fletcher has crafted a highly original fantasy adventure and Jim Dale brings it to life in another of his astonishing audio performances. Highly recommended.
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I absolutely love Jim Dale, which is why I decided to listen to Stoneheart. Now that it's done, I'm very glad I made that decesion and cannot wait to move into book 2. The story is fast paced and easy to keep up with, the characters are all very memorable and the voices Mr. Dale gives to them are great fun to listen to.
I thought the beginning was great! But the story itself wasn't a good plot. Of course I knew through out the book what George needed to do to make his amends with the Taints so that bugged a lot. Good detail. Not the greatest book. Didn't like it as much as I thought I would.
Fun children's story.
The buttery-smooth voice of Jim Dale.
Edie Laemmel - I'm usually concerned when a male tries to do the voice of female characters but Jim is pro.
It was a book I enjoyed at a casual pace. It was a great story to look forward to during my morning commute.
I have about a 30 minute commute to work and some days I would sit in the parking lot finishing up a chapter because I wanted to know how it ended.
This is a modern fantasy that tumbles a boy into a whole new world of trouble when he accidentally breaks a small stone carving in London. Juvenile fiction that adults will enjoy, this series is full of memorable characters and adventures with a very original premise.