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!
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.
This comes a close second behind the Emerald Atlas/Fire Chronicles books for the young adult genre of audio books.
I really like the character of the taint, Edie.
Any scene with the Gunner.
No extreme reactions, but just a general enjoyment of the emersion of the London street scene as described by Fletcher through Jim Dale.
The story starts off great and I love the Gunner in the story. But it sort of breaks down in the middle part and has a so-so ending. All in all it just isn't anything to write home about.
It is worth noting that, for a book that is supposedly for kids and features a 12-year-old hero, there is some language that you might find inappropriate for children. You'll find instances of 'bast***' and 'what the h***' for example. It's certainly not a book I find appropriate for my wife's second-grade classroom (which is one reason I was listening to it).
The reader, Jim Dale, is pretty good as always.
I'm sorry I already bought the sequels in the kids book sale. Now I have to listen to them. Maybe the next one is better...
Yes! As soon as I finished the series I started at the beginning again. Like many others, I took a chance on this book because Jim Dale narrated it. The beginning was a little slow but I stuck it out and am so glad I did. Many details that seem innocuous at first slowly creates a delicate web throughout the series that, in the end, captures you unaware. I really felt for George as a preteen who has very little self esteem and is bullied by his peers. Throughout the series, his maturity is slowly cultivated as he learns some of the most important lessons in life about what is truly important and what is not.
This may not be a series for younger children without an adult to share it with as some of George's rollercoaster ride will take him to some not so nice places and not so nice villains at times. I think adults will be thoroughly captured by layers and nuances that kids won't understand, but does not detract from their own enjoyment and understanding, making this series a rich tale for the entire family.
Stoneheart begins George's journey with a cast of characters you will root for and feel for as the story unfolds. George is desperately unhappy. His father is dead, he feels friendless and is unfairly treated by even the adults in his life. He is unprepared for becoming a friend as well as having friends, but is eventually taught the value of and cost of both.
After breaking off a small piece of stone from the outside wall of the museum his class is visiting for the day, (while being unfairly punished by his teacher for something he didn't do) George is suddenly thrust into another reality that parallels his London world. His action has consequences, one of which is his ability to see, and therefor be hurt by, things such as a stone pterodactyl that comes to life from the side of the museum, and then is saved by a statue that comes to his temporary rescue.
His journey to try to fix what he has broken and get back to his 'normal' world is a wonderful ride of ups and downs that kept me riveted non-stop after a very slow start to the story. I am so glad I stuck with it.The second pass for me was just as enjoyable as the first even though I knew how the story ended, because I noticed many threads of details I had missed making quite a few 'ah-ha' moments.
Although everyone in my family is a prolific reader and I have read many books with my children as they grew up, I can't think of any single book that is like Stoneheart. It is thoroughly unique. Definitely something to share with the kids and is just as (or maybe even more) enjoyable for adults. I think it's lessons are a little more gritty and realistic but no less enjoyable than Harry Potter, Percy Jackson or Lord of the Rings. It has earned a place of permanence in my library of keepers.
Wow. That's a hard one. Although the first half of the book was hard for me to get into, I have to admit that one of the most memorable scenes was when Gunnar saves George in the beginning.
I had to laugh at Dictionary and felt sad at the scene in which George sees his father for the last time.
I adore Jim Dale and can not imagine reading the print version after listening to his narration without hearing his voice in my head! He truly brought these characters to life and kept my finger off the stop button in the beginning. He has an amazing and rare talent for the characterization of voices. I didn't really get sucked into this story until the second half but once I did, it felt like it was one heck of a ride I did not want to get off of! Give the entire book (and series) a try. It was more than worth the credits I paid!
Similar to Harry Potter in its approach to a series.
JIm Dale is awesome and I picked this trilogy because of his performance on the Harry Potter books. He just does an amazing job and I will search him out again.
I really liked his sound effects and accents!
I liked how all the statues come to life and the how Fletcher ties London, an actual city, into his story! I like that Fletcher makes Edie a tough girl, or so she likes to think, but she is actually fragile. George is described as someone fragile but is truly brave. It ends a cliff hanger though!
I have love Jim Dale (I was hooked after hearing HP)! He is truly amazing! The narration was excellent. I will hear anything this man narrates!
My favorite character was The Gunner and how he stays calm cool and collected (like a statue) even after he saves the George.
Just simply a good listen!
well told story
the concept of statues coming to life
all of it
I'm 53 and my helper is in his mid 20s. This series kept us both glued.
I wish I could get my money back
Get to the point
Jim Dale is the only good thing about this audible.
My whole family listened to this audible on a rather long roadtrip, and after a few hours of listening, I started to wonder if I had read the wrong reviews or perhaps purchased the wrong audible. With the exception of Jim Dale, who is brilliant as usual, I have never been so mislead by reviews as with this one. My Kids (11 and 12 years old) as well as my wife and I, all agreed to call it quits after about 3 hours of a nothingness.