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  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves: The Starcatchers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1285)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1002)

    Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island - along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell - for the cold, damp, dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff.

    Snoodely says: "Better than J. M. Barrie's original!"
    "Jim Dale is the only reason I’ll finish this book"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and/or Jim Dale?

    Yes, bc Jim Dale is amazing as a narrator and Dave Barry’s humor is funny


    What could Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get rid of the terribly dull character Molly. I mean a girl who talks to dolphins is dreadfully boring to read about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    any Scenes involving the mention of food... yes, the book is that boring, and so the mere mention of food is the only highlight to this book


    Did Peter and the Shadow Thieves inspire you to do anything?

    Hit my head against the wall to forget the past on-and-off minutes that have spanned now a couple of years that i’ve Tried to listen to this book to the very end. That and fall asleep faster.


    Any additional comments?

    Very, very, VERY slow plot. Simple dim witted characters on both sides (good & bad). I think I may skip this book and start on the next one and hope it gets better later on in the series

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  • Lord Sunday: The Keys to the Kingdom #7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    The house is falling apart, and when it is destroyed, all existence will be destroyed with it. Arthur Penhaligon and his friends Leaf and Suzy are caught in the chaos, separated by events but drawn together in their fight to survive. They must use every power at their disposal magical or practical to defeat the enemies attacking them from all sides.

    Summer says: "Interesting..."
    "Fantastic satisfying end "
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    What did you love best about Lord Sunday?

    Every single sentence of it!!!! Like honestly I just loved the dialogue, character development, and every aspect of this multidimensional universe Garth Nix has created throughout the entire series. He’s a true master storyteller!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is so hard bc honestly I loved every part of it... but definite the ending and the way Garth Nix wrapped everything up so neatly was fantastic. The book’s ending is definitely more memorable bc of its unexpected imperfect way of ending(s) for all the characters involved which made it both bittersweet but all the more special


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    He was SUPERB for this book series, I was surprised how great of a reader he is seeing as he narrated Inkdeath and I couldn’t stand him narrating that one. (Which is unfair I suppose bc his predesessors for Inkheart, and Inkspell were Lynn Redgrave and Brendan Fraser so it was unfair of me to compare). So imagine my surprise when I recognized Cordrunner’s gravelly voice narrating this first series and I had more than a little reservations about enjoying it if he was reading the entire series... Boy was I SURPRISED about the level of my enjoyment from his narration. Now i’m Hooked and couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect than Allan Cordruner narrating this series, and he is so perfect as Arthur, the Will, and Suzy (to name just his main voices)! He’s absolutely fantastic for this book series!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have throughout all the books,, they;re slyly funny and sarcastic but equally thought provoking and well developed thoughts on greater questions about the universe, Free will, and good vs. evil. I would say Garth Nix is a child-friendly version of Kurt Vonnegut. His themes in the book are more simplistic but they still share the same type of “what is the purpose of our lives and destiny” type of questions injected so subtly into this series that Vonnegut confronted so forcefully in his books.


    Any additional comments?

    Originally I had listened to these from overdrive library but when I realized I was checking them out at least 6x a year I realized I just HAD to buy them and own them instead. The Keys To the Kingdom stories are everything you’d wish in a fantasy fiction book: very much loved and memorable characters, clever escapes, witty come backs, perilous adventures, page turning all the way. Not to mention the philosophical questions and prompts it poses to the reader. It’s a series that I try to read/listen through all the way at least 2x a year.

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