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.
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.
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