Haven't yet had a chance to read the print version, but the audio book was so compelling, we're buying a copy soon.
The story was well told and not at all "dumbed down" for the kids.
He performs each character differently which makes it much easier for the kids (and grown ups) to keep track of who is speaking. He is a fabulous storyteller.
We listened to much of this audio book in the car on a long trip. It kept my highly energetic kids (7 and 11) quiet and riveted for nearly 10 hours!
Her voice as a reader is so engaged in the material, it makes the material all that much more interesting and compelling.
She rephrases and paraphrases the words of the book in a way that make it even better and more interesting. Her semi-sniggering way of reading brings extra depth to the voice of her writing and makes the subject matter a little more accessible even than the print version (which I read along with her for several chapters while listening to the audio book).
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