I bought all 3 books in the series on sale because I am a fan of Jim Dale. The Harry Potter books and Jim Dale are what got me into audiobooks. I read a few reviews and the synopsis for all of the books and went for it. So far so good. The story is pre-teen friendly, but I enjoyed it- and I'm way not a kid anymore. The idea of statues coming to life is very Harry Potter and Dr. Who rolled together. The story is great. The narration is great. Looking forward to the next one.
Be honest, anybody who has read this book, did anything actually happen. Did we learn anything about the characters. Did the characters grow in strength, power or ability? Did the plot ever become evident??? No! All we got was a timeline but no true story!
A kid gets bullied. After which he breaks a stone carving. He then gets chased all over London by every sort of statue and carved figure (Without ever getting a straight answer as to why they're trying to find and kill him). He eventually finds out that he has some form of power, we're not sure what his powers are exactly, but he has...something. He then gets out of trouble or something and the book is over. We have a very very limited background story on the main. Our other characters include a girl who can see into the past. A good guy statue, and a villain who seems eveil enough but is really just a whiny ass who apparently did something to get in trouble with the statues.
All in all this was a very poor book
I'm so surprised that Jim Dale signed up for this book. He was my main reason for purchasing this book, but he really didn't even do anything to save this book for me either. The entire time I was wondering why Harry Potter was running around London with a bronze statue.
Don't waste your time or money (credit)
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 .
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 well educated IT Professional. Manager at a Fortune 50 company. Grew up in a small town. Loves sci fi/ fantasy.
I would think it would be good for children but was slow to start and the plot was sorry of thin Courtney to other like books.
Fantasy All Day Every Day!
I solely purchased all the books in the Stoneheart series because I just finished listening to all the Harry Potter books and was just blown away by Jim Dale. Of course J.K Rowling is an amazing writer but I think Jim Dale is more important in those books than I thought now that I listened to the 1st one of these. Just amazing again! I can't get enough of Jim Dale. He's just amazing narrator. This book though on it's own I think is great too. I am really attached to the characters and although it's shorter than I would like I still think it's worth it. It' feels a little sped up but then again it's supposed to be a children' book. The two minute chapters are funny at times but I am already on to Ironhand and can't wait to finish this series.
Anyone who enjoyed listening to the Harry Potter series will enjoy this book too. Jim Dale has such a beautiful, flexible voice and the language used by the author is so descriptive and interesting that you won't want to turn this off.
The story line is very different and intriguing, unlike anything I have read before. I think this book will appeal not only to younger readers but also to those of us who also enjoy a good fantasy.
I'm looking forward to listening to the next two.
I thought I was listening to it for my son, but then....I was hooked! Loved it. Loved the clever idea of all these famous statues in London (and gargoyles!) coming to life. Very clever tale. Interesting twists and turns. VERY enjoyable.
Harry Potter. But really, this is set in modern day London, and it's an alternate reality that the rest of us don't see. Just really fun.
OH EM GEE!! If you don't know this guy's stuff, where have you been? His narration of HP is so good, people who have already read the books buy it just to listen to him! He's FANTASTIC. What a coup for this author to get him to read this. He makes it sing/come alive/mesmerizing.
Yes. And I gobbled up the other two in the series as well.
I dare you to listen to the first one and then stop. Ha! You cannot.