The story: The narration was good, but the story is only so-so. I was surprised to hear musical cues in the beginning, but after getting over the corniness of it all, it was OK. Knowing this is a “teen” novel, I was surprised how simplistic the language was and how broken down, incomplete, or lacking the descriptions were. Although this book was to expand on the movie, it felt as if it fell short. It was as if I was giving you a very detailed description of the movie I just saw and acted out the parts I recalled or really liked. All-in-all, what was listened to was enjoyed, but I would only listen to this story once.
All that said, I’m VERY disappointed in Audible. I read the two reviews that stated this was not a complete story and that the reader would have to wait until after March 20th to go online and get the ending of the story. I could not find anything from Audible in the description of this story to distinguish if this was the COMPLETE story, or if this was still the partial story missing the ending. I purchased this story on 4/22/11, thinking, “it’s been a month and this movie is no long playing on the main screen in Dayton, OH – I should be safe.” I was wrong. This was not the completed version of the story. I was halfway back from traveling when I reached the end of Chapter 29. Needless to say, I’m a little more than miffed.
It had all the great makings of a "fantasy" but had no wonder, no awe sensations, none of the "magical feeling" you felt when you first read Narnia, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or watched the original Fantasia.
The lead character was too negative and always complaining about something, even if it went his way.
I honestly didnt listen to more than an hour and a half of the book. I dont recall the narration being bad, but I was so disappointed in the book I dont recall it being good either.
Disappointment. To read reviews of this being "Harry Potter goes to college in Narnia" you are automatically set up with distinct expectations. I was OK with some of the ideals from other stories being used; it could have lead to a more realistic/ modern edge (I'm 36 and found myself wishing I could walk through my closet and windup somewhere else on a whim after picking up the CS Lewis series decades after first reading them). What I was not expecting was a negative young adult miserable in his existence, wanting to make everyone around him miserable, and then still be miserable when things are actually going his way!! If my 15 acted like this I would tell her to put on her big-girl panties and get over herself or go sulk in her room away from people who are actually having a good day.
Would I listen to this book again? YES! This book made me laugh from start to finish. The dialog was funny, the characters were easy to visualize, and the story was quirky and solid.
My favorite character by far was Snog (sp? -- the only bad thing about audiobooks, you really have to pay attention to names LOL) -- This character was the multi-ped mutated pet of the Emperor Mollusk and did not speak. What made her my favorite was the description, her mannerisms, the way she always made me smile and laugh, and her awesome abilities.
The 4 main characters were very distinguishable though back and forth dialog, and the way he handled the dialog scenes that needed close to 10 distinguishable voices in succession was better than most I have heard.
I laughed almost all the way through. I'm a HUGE S'more fan, and I knew I would love this book the moment I heard "today's laser is tomorrow's marshmallow roaster." There are more than a couple "one-liners" that should be made into bumper stickers.
There are a couple "flashback" type stories that seem a little out of place and added only as filler. There were also a couple times where I missed the transition from one part of the story to the next and had to go back to re-listen, but this could also have been when I was slamming on my breaks trying to merge on or off the interstate and not the fault of the book or it's narrator. :-)
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