My boys listened to this recording over and over and over.
My kids just loved it. It kept them occupied for hours.
Yes. My seven year olds listened to it all day, all night!
Exciting, spine-tingling, clever
Harry Potter - They're awesome books for kids
It was fine.
My boys were totally engrossed in these stories and have listened to them several times.
People who have absolutely nothing to do otherwise. I had been looking forward to listening to this book with my boys and I was amazed that it hasn't got any exciting or adventurous parts in it. I think the problem is a combination of: (a) The book is poorly written (seriously) and is really just a list of what happens (totally unbelievable) and it inherently lacks real adventure (b) The narrator is fresh from Poshville, UK, and has muted the emotion and excitement.
Either way, I don't recommend this book for adults or kids.
The huge plum in his mouth. The accent was far too 'poash' to give the much needed oomph to this story.
Try Just William stories - they're awesome!
I have read everything Lord Archer has written. I bought this book assuming a good read and was very much disappointed. I would go so far as to say I do not believe this book would have been published if not for the author's fame.It was so boring I started to listen to it on fast play on my ipod (x2). Even then, the story progressed about as quickly as grass grows. I've read a review comparing it to The Forsyte Saga - I loved the Forsyte Saga - this is in no way in the same class. It is a long, long, long story with characters not totally likable, slightly unbelievable situations and no hook to capture your attention and make you want to keep reading. I would have returned this book, but for some reason my audible account says it accepts returns, but doesn't let me return them. All I can say is that if you like watching plants grow for hours on end, then this is the book for you.
I'd suggest that the telling of the same events several times from different viewpoints is the most frustrating part of this book.
This is a fantastic story with a great moral and a lot of adventure for boys. BUT, the ending is very sad and one of my 8 year old boys was traumatised. He has been having nightmares and tears and can no longer sleep alone. Unfortunately, the story was so vivid and wonderful that he became so involved and consequently was most upset at the ending. Mine are very well read kids, and not sooks, and I don't think it was worth the trauma. I would definately say wait till your kids are at least 10 (unless they are not remotely imaginative).
Definately. Beautiful story, great for the whole family (7 year twin boys and family on road trip totally enjoyed it)
Beautiful story, great for the whole family (7 year twin boys and family on road trip totally enjoyed it)
No. Definately not by the author. The reader was fine it was the story I just could not listen to.
Yes, the reader was fine
Boredom. Disappointment. Slight disgust.
The worst thing about this book was the boring story. I just found it impossible to focus on it. I soldiered through the first two and a half hours, stopping to replay parts to try to force my brain to connect with this story but there was just nothing that grabbed me.
This book was highly recommended. I don't know why. Perhaps it is a genre thing, but to date I thought I loved all genres.
No. I wish I had used the print version for this then I could have skipped all the boring bits (and there are many). It goes on and on and on in the cave scenes. I think it could have been far shorter and punchier.
The guy who tries to kill the main character. I was rooting for him. She is such a sappy, sickly sweet annoying character. She has stolen the body and mind of someone else, and yet is so freaking self-righteous.
It was okay. There were no major annoying parts about the reading.
It was just quite boring in parts. But I like Stephanie Meyer, so I don't feel it was a complete waste of money. But I would have bought the book so I could have skipped the many, many, many parts where it went on and on with boring stuff.
William of course. He is such a hilarious, lovable character.
Beautifully read. His take on Williams voice seems perfect.
Yes and then I ordered all the rest.
It's hard to get the boys to bed on time - none of us can bear to stop at just one story.
Absolutely. The whole family listened to Just William stories on a very lengthy car trip (15 hours drive). The time passed quickly, with my 7 year old boys, my mother-in-law, myself and my husband entranced by the stories. We roared with laughter at Williams antics and at times the car literally shook with laughter.
The stories are so simple and yet extremely clever and the reading is wonderful. My husband still repeats some of the phrases sometimes: "I'm just bein' plite" says my husband in his best William voice when he does something especially annoying...
Every story was just so wonderful it's hard to pick a favourite moment. I'd say my best memory was looking around at the faces of my family, the seven year old boys and their grandmother sitting togethor, eyes bright with joy, at one, roaring with laughter.
Laugh, and laugh and laugh some more. At one point, we were rolling around the floor (in the Shakespeare story) weak with laughter. The boys didn't get all of it, but they did get the 'ham and eggs and bacon' jokes.
You will love, love, love these stories. I have already told my mother off for not giving them to me as a child. But I can still enjoy them now!!
Very clear audio recording, very clear story. Kept me intrigued to the very end.
All of it.
Clear, well spoken. No annoying bits.
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