The storyline is so predictable that is insulting for anyone over 12 years of age. Not to mention that is utterly unoriginal and way too long for absolutely no reason.
The book had a promising start and a generally good idea, it just didn't deliver on its promise.
It is hard to listen to Charlie Parker books in one sitting because of the subject matter. His books are full of genuine evil, and Connolly doesn't spare his readers. He describes every gritty detail and makes you feel every discomfort and pain the characters feel. But! Connolly is a master writer you don't find that often today. His Charlie Parker novels do exactly what Orson Scott Card said the true purpose of literature is: “We don't read novels to have an experience like life. Heck, we're living lives, complete with all the incompleteness. We turn to fiction to have an author assure us that it means something.” It is Connolly's ability to explain what all the bad and all the good things that happen to you and people everywhere signify (at least in his opinion) that makes you want to push through his novels, and his insistence that even though the evil is never fully defeated, it is the pleasure of peace, the power of good, the good of love, that is worth fighting all the time.
My kids and I read Geronimo Stilton for a couple of years now and found them funny, witty, well-designed and educational, but nothing prepared us for amazing reading by Bill Lobley! I can never do voices and acting he does, and, naturally, my kids prefer his reading to mine:)
I prefer Geronimo Stilton books to other books for kids of that age, because the sentences are not simplistic and repetitive. These particular books are done to read like a cartoon so even the scary scenes are actually funny.
Bill Lobley is a master! He does so many characters in this book, and they all sound like they've been read by a different person. He is also a great actor, so each character and situation is truly brought to life in his interpretation.
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