Geoffrey McSkimming mixes, history, mythology, geography, and humor in his 16th Cairo Jim story, sending the well-known archaeologist and less-renowned poet from his home in the Valley of the Hairdressers. Jim and friends have to work quickly to derail Captain Neptune F. Bone’s greedy plan to snatch up all the world’s gold. McSkimming’s quirky performance of this high-spirited, humorous adventure celebrates each twist, with Bone himself being on something of a "wild goose chase", as he seeks a young Greek woman who he believes will be his link with the mythological "Midas touch".
©2006 Geoffrey McSkimming; (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Grab your pith helmet and join Cairo Jim on a pair of rollicking adventures sure to tickle the funny bone of young and old alike." (AudioFile Magazine)
"When you tire of stories about the places and people you know, try the witty word play and over-the-top adventure of Cairo Jim for an outrageous tonic." (The Age)
I listened to this with my two children, ages 10 and 7. It held their attention, but was not one of our favorites.
I think the biggest problem was the vocabulary. Our family enjoys words, and my children have a pretty good vocabulary, but the book seemed to go out of its way to choose the most obscure possible word for any given meaning. There were also some British/Aussie slang that made things difficult.
We had not read any of the previous stories, and so it took a while to become familiar with the characters. The story was so-so. There were some interesting mythological references, but not a lot of action, and there were some unecessary crudities (toes bitten off, randy satyrs).
In short, we won't be buying any more in the series.
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