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  • Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous - and unexpected - villain on the High Seas. Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

    Maureen says: "Fun! This is a real adventure"
    "Rollicking Pirate Adventure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Marks the Spot to be better than the print version?

    Both the audio and the print versions of Magic Marks the Spot are excellent. The book is written in a wonderful, story-telling style, and Katherine Kellgren's narration is ideal. At the same time, the print version has fanciful pen and ink illustrations, along with handwritten letters, newspaper clippings and excerpts from books about etiquette and piracy that are well worth seeing.


    What other book might you compare Magic Marks the Spot to and why?

    In its combination of fantasy, magic and an independent, feisty heroine, Magic Marks the Spot reminds me of Diana Wynne Jones' book, Howl's Moving Castle.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Katherine's narration is awesome. Each character has a distinctive voice, from the cultured and erudite governess, Miss Greyson, to the swashbuckling pirates of the High Seas. Hilary, while young, sounds strong and determined, and the gargoyle, who is hundreds of years old, sounds as though he was just sculpted from the granite quarry. Who knew you could make a character sound so "gravelly"?


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

    I laughed all the way through this book. Its tongue in cheek humor will be appreciated by adults and children alike.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend Magic Marks the Spot to anyone, from 7 to 70, who enjoys a fast-paced piratical story. It has a delightful cast of characters, all of whom are cleverly brought to life by Katherine Kellgren's excellent narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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