©2005 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
Unreservedly yes! The books stands alone (though readers of other books from the Chrestomanci series, particularly The Lives of Christopher Chant, will appreciate the recurring characters), and I would recommend it to anyone with a taste for YA, or for fantasy in general. It's a well-written book, with good language, vivid characters I'd love to befriend, and a plot that comes together perfectly in a final, surprising - and funny - group confrontation.
The end, certainly, where all the different threads and characters finally come together in one place. Conrad's adventures with Christopher, however, were also both fun and memorable.
Conrad himself: he's an endearing character, and a believably 12-year old boy. Doyle's characterizations of some of the secondary characters, such as Mr. Amos and Mr. Prendergast, the butlers, were also excellent.
Recommended unreservedly: an excellent book that has received the audio treatment it merits.
all the books from this author are great. my daughters love this entire series. my youngest told me to download and listen as i drive and she was right about me loving this series. i enjoyed this book very much. i laughed and kept entertained as the miles went by.
Not her best in the series but definitely worth reading. The series consists of 4 books based in the same univers....sort of. It isn't necessary to read them in order to enjoy them although reading "A Charmed Life" will help you understand this book a bit better. I would recommend this book for both young adults and adults.
The main character, Conrad, was rather likable. I really felt for him several times throughout the narrative. Chris was more likable than some of the other Crestomanci books, perhaps because Conrad had a very realistic view of him.
The narrator is good, if not very memorable.
The ending is a little convoluted. I found myself having to listen to it twice while trying to unravel the complicated exposition that is dumped on the listener near the end. This seems to be an ongoing problem with many of Dianne Wynne Jones' works.
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