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Richard

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  • Dealing with Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Words Take Wing Repertory Company of Syracuse, NY
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (182)

    Take one bored princess. Make her the seventh daughter in a very proper royal family. Have her run away. Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon. Princess Cimerone has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird or a stone prince either. Princess Cimerone ran away to find some excitement. She's found plenty.

    Richard says: "Great fun for girls or boys"
    "Great fun for girls or boys"
    Overall

    Patricia Wrede has created a wonderful series of fractured fairytales based on the misadventures of thoroughly modern Princess Cimorene as she comes of age in a mixed-up enchanted world. In Cimorene's world wizards are mostly up to michief, dragons are stubborn and knights in shining armor are usually a nusance.

    My nine-year-old son thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook (we've read three other books in the series too), and like the Harry Potter books there's plenty to amuse adults.

    The book is full of dialog and the audiobook uses a talented cast to perform all the parts of this unabridged production.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5348)
    Performance
    (1819)
    Story
    (1847)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Support your right to arm bears!"
    Overall

    This is the first in a wonderful series of books that seem destined to become a classic. This first book in the His Dark Materials series stands on its own. Then the next two titles (The Subtile Knife and The Amber Spyglass) really must be read together with this first book to complete the epic story.

    This book (and the others in the series) are written for young adults, but I would not hesitate to recommend the series to any adult reader who is young at heart.

    The unabridged audio productions of all three books are well done with talented and well cast actors voicing the dialog for all the characters along with the author reading the narative. The entire His Dark Materials audiobook series is first-rate.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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