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Charlie Bone and the Beast | [Jenny Nimmo]

Charlie Bone and the Beast

Something strange is happening at Bloor's Academy. Asa, one of the endowed students who changes into a beast at dusk, has suddenly gone missing, and a new endowed student named Dagbert Endless has enrolled. When Dagbert is seen hanging around with Manfred Bloor, Charlie is sure the pair is up to something wicked. With the help of the Flames, can Charlie and his friends rescue Asa before it's too late?
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Something strange is happening at Bloor's Academy. Asa, one of the endowed students who changes into a beast at dusk, has suddenly gone missing, and a new endowed student named Dagbert Endless has enrolled. When Dagbert is seen hanging around with Manfred Bloor, Charlie is sure the pair is up to something wicked. With the help of the Flames, can Charlie and his friends rescue Asa before it's too late?

©2007 Jenny Nimmo; (P)2008 Scholastic Inc

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    Judith Dallas, TX, United States 09-03-11
    Judith Dallas, TX, United States 09-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining, well written."

    I enjoy this series nearly as much as the Harry Potter series and more than the Percy Jackson series. Charlie Bone is a very likeable hero and the story line is entertaining.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Murphree El Paso, TX 04-06-09
    Rachel Murphree El Paso, TX 04-06-09 Listener Since 2008

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    "Different narrator, but still fabulous book!"

    Please don't let the negative comments on the narrator stop you from getting this book to enjoy. There's nothing wrong with this new narrator, in my opinion, except that he's not the first narrator (Simon Russell Beale who was WONDERFUL!) but without the comparison to him, the book is read well, with expression, clear audio, etc. etc.

    Listeners who have enjoyed the first narrator for five books, may have gotten used to his voices for the characters, and his expressiveness, and Simon Jones just approaches it differently. I was initially put off by the negative comments, and almost didn't buy the books. I'm glad I got books 6 and 7 for our family, and we're enjoying them!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nin exton, PA, United States 06-22-08
    Nin exton, PA, United States 06-22-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Hard to listen to"

    I found the narrators voice hard to listen to- simone jones was wonderful in the bartimeus trilogies,but his voices here sounded horrible. The men sounded like they all had colds , the women sounded like men and all of the children except the main character were high pitched and squacky. I have not been able to listen to this book with the same rapture because the narration is soo poor. Disappointing-I have beenting for this book to comeout for sometime.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 10-31-08
    Elizabeth 10-31-08
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    "Poorly narrated"

    After listening to the previous Charlie Bone books narrated wonderfully by Simon Russell Beale, I was very disappointed to discover that this book and the one following have a new narrator. The narrator sounds rather depressing and the whole effect is a rather irritating and boring listening experience.

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    Debbie M. New Hope, PA United States 09-27-08
    Debbie M. New Hope, PA United States 09-27-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Disappointing reader"

    My 11-year old son and I have enjoyed this fast-paced series -- great light listening! Unlike previous books in the series, though, this one is read by Simon Jones. We thought he was spectacular in the Bartimaeus Trilogy and very good in the Lion Boy series but were disappointed with his reading here, particularly of younger children and the women. His falsetto just sounds too fake! We still enjoyed the book, but for a really GREAT listen, try the Bartimaeus Trilogy!

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    Kathleen North Scituate, RI, USA 09-11-08
    Kathleen North Scituate, RI, USA 09-11-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent story, poor narration"

    We love the Charlie Bone series. This story is equally well written but I must agree with the other reviewers on the narration. Simon Russel Beale was a perfect narrator for this series. The narration for this book was very poor. It was difficult to discern who was speaking and all the characters came across with a high-pitched whine. Truly unfortunate that the narrator was changed in the 5th book of the series. I hope that Simon Russel Beale is brought back for the next.

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    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker 09-04-08 Member Since 2005
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    "good story-bad narator"

    I have to agree completely with nin. I really really loved Simon Jones as a narrator of the bartimeus trilogy. But he is terrible here. The woman all sound like men and the children are just ridiculous. Simon Russel Beale was just perfect for this series, so why change?

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    dfmteacher 09-04-10
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    "Not the same narrator"

    Be careful with this one. Audible has pulled a fast one with this book. The usual reader is Simon Russell Beale. His character interpretations I think are a better match for the book. Simon Jones is a fine actor, but I don't think that Charlie's uncle is that agitated and harassed sounding nor should Charlie sound so whiny.
    Note to users: if you are used to a certain reader be sure that Audible books are using the same reader to which you are accustomed.

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    Rosemary Kramme 08-17-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "Another Charlie Great!"

    The story continues with even more magic and mystery! Great Series!

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