Add one powerful, fascinating, dangerous dragon.
Princess Cimerone has never met anyone (or anything) like the dragon Kazul. But then, she's never met a witch, a jinn, a death-dealing talking bird or a stone prince either.
Princess Cimerone ran away to find some excitement.
She's found plenty.
©1990 Patricia C. Wrede; (P)1996 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"A decidedly diverting novel with plenty of action and many slightly skewed fairy-tale conventions that add to the laugh-out-loud pleasure." (Booklist)
"A wonderful listen for the entire family." (AudioFile)
Patricia Wrede has created a wonderful series of fractured fairytales based on the misadventures of thoroughly modern Princess Cimorene as she comes of age in a mixed-up enchanted world. In Cimorene's world wizards are mostly up to michief, dragons are stubborn and knights in shining armor are usually a nusance.
My nine-year-old son thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook (we've read three other books in the series too), and like the Harry Potter books there's plenty to amuse adults.
The book is full of dialog and the audiobook uses a talented cast to perform all the parts of this unabridged production.
This seems to be a clever, funny, tongue-in-cheek story that pokes fun at the conventions of fairy tales. But the performance by Words Take Wing was just horrible. All the actors seem to feel that anything worth doing is worth overdoing, squared. Every line is pronounced with exaggerated voice and over-the-top emotion. There is probably a good book hidden behind the performance, but I guess I'm going to have to read this in paperback to find it.
This book (and the second one so far) has been a delight to listen to for both our kids and us. There's humor for all ages and the cast that performs all the various characters is great. It's great to find a series with a strong female lead.
I can't stop. Audiobooks are the diversion and comfort when I am alone, the excitement I don't have the time for, and scratch for that itch
I think this book would be WONDERFUL for young girls. I thought it was a book that could also be enjoyed by adults, which I think it might be.
Really it was the reading for the dragons' voices that made me stop listening. I think reading the book with a younger person might be delightful.
My son and I have listened to this book several times. We find it just as enjoyable as the Harry Potter books. I hope the other three books in this series are added soon.
Most of the voice cast was passable, but the main heroine's voice actress is atrocious. For some reason she recites all of her lines in the same angry indignant tone of voice whether she's supposed to be wistful, sad, happy, etc... It really affected my opinion of what would have otherwise been a fun audio book.
I first found this series when I was in High school, and loved the twist on the fairy tales I heard when I was a child. an excellent story for people of all ages, I highly recommend it. I thought this recording was pretty good for an audio book. the sample covers about 1 1/2 chapters so i would advise listening to it before deciding to buy. good luck and happy listening!
In her own words:
I think readers of all ages, anyone who likes fantasy, would like this book about a princess who refuses to be proper. Princess Cimorene offers to be a dragon's princess! I think it is a great start to the series of four books, and I hope the others come out on audio tape soon!
The story is probably perfect for young children (up to 6). The reading is over-enthusiastic and over-acted, like a elementary school play. The theme is simplistic. I had listen d to the author's Frontier Magic series and was very impressed. I hoped to find more along the same caliber.
The very juvenile plot vies with the poor narration.
Different narrators would help. Someone like Ronconi, who doesn't kill any hope of finding interest in the story with over-the-top over-acting.
All of the above.
If you have a very young child, one who thinks Doctor Seuss is the epitome of literature, then this is a viable choice. Otherwise, I suggest a different selection. And avoid this repertory company for any selection unless you enjoy elementary school plays and ham acting.
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