Brandon Sanderson won instant acclaim with young listeners for the first volume of his humorous and action-packed Alcatraz series, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. In his second adventure, Alcatraz has his hands full with a Scrivener’s Bone - a half-human, half-machine assassin - pursuing him. And if that’s not enough, Alcatraz receives word that his father is in mortal danger. Now it’s up to Alcatraz and a quirky band of his relatives to mount a daring rescue.
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My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
Everything you think you know is a lie. Geography, physics, math, science, history, etc.. are all lies, feed to you by librarians. They control the information, and they are using it to take over the world. You are a HUSH LANDER and you probably don't even know about the FREE LANDS. Did you know that there is an ocean between Europe and Asia?
The characters in this book have names like ALCATRAZ, BASTILLE, AUSTRALIA, AND LEAVENWORTH. These characters often have special talents like, Breaking things, always arriving late, getting lost or waking up ugly. Come to think of it, I have some of these talents.
I AM A LIAR
This book is more about the humor than the story. There are several burst out loud moments. While I thought it was funny, I prefer something with a plot, but Douglas Adam fans and younger listeners may love this. I will not continue the series, but recommend it highly to those who love humorous books.
The narrator does an excellent job. In an audio book, the narrator is very important and even more so in a funny book. Not everyone can get the timing right. To be a good narrator for a funny book, you almost have to be a comedian yourself. What is written is important, but how it is read can be even more important.
I like Sanderson, but I did not think he could be as good in YA as he is in his other works. I was wrong - very wrong. If you are like me and did not think he would be as good, believe me, you, too, might be very wrong. Good job Brandon! Keep 'em coming!
Brandon Sanderson has become one of my favorite authors since he took on the daunting task of completing the wheel of time series started by Robert Jordan. I haven't read another author with so many different original ideas on the use or sources of magical type powers and abilities. He is a master craftsman in the ways of imagination.
Ramon de Ocampo does an outstanding job bringing each of the characters to life. The book jumps from drama to commentary and back to drama at every turn, but he handled it expertly.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
This is the most entertaining "biography" I have ever red!
To those in the hush lands: This fiction is soooo funny and good, Brandon Sanderson is a gifted and a great author, and his fantasy books are big and fat. Alcatraz gets used to his powers and to his abilities, and get introduced to new characters, which most of them are really funny.. Just wait until you get introduced to the "List"!!!
To the 3 Kingdoms:
This biography of Alcatraz was an eye opener, you get to know so much about your hero and who he really is, and how he dealt with all those evil librarians..
P.S. You will laugh a lot... so avoid drinks and food while listening to it... :)
A zanny story thats lots of fun, the Narration was spot on. I totally enjoyed this book.
This time I was more prepared for the craziness, I do not find all of it that funny, but my grandkids just love the humor. Another fun book, I liked it better than the first, both deserve a solid 4 stars. So sit back, put on the headphones, and just enjoy.
Say something about yourself!
The fun continues. The prize in this series is meeting more Smedrys. A Smedry might have a minor talent, but any talent is helpful, including waking up in the morning and having a bad hair day. There is the constant action of creative ways to use a talent and the might of Bastille, grandda’s body guard.
The books are written from the first person perspective of Alcatraz Smedry, written as a biography of how he became the hero of the Free Kingdom with the caveat that he is a liar. I wish there was a method of magic that was not depended on up the glasses.
This is a series purely for entertaining and for the purpose to not make any sense. If you are reading this (review for book 2), I will assume you read book 1. That being the case, this is just as crazy as the first book. If you have not read the first book, STOP and join the fun from the beginning.
Ramon De Ocampo did a wonderful job telling the story. His use of different voices, sound effects and timing kept us listening with interest. Brandon Sanderson's writing is unique and full of creativity. Every lunch hour was spent huddled around the speaker with my kids wondering what would happen next.
We love each of his character voices. He articulates well and seems to "get" the humor of the author without being over the top. Time flies on long car trips while the whole family listens to Ramon. We've heard the first two books 3 times over. It's time to buy book 3 now! We can't wait!
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