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Jake & The Gingerbread Wars Audiobook

Jake & The Gingerbread Wars: A Gryphon Chronicles Christmas Novella

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Publisher's Summary

Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men…and Gingerbread Men?!

After his harsh beginnings as a rough-and-tumble orphan on the streets of London, Jake Everton takes his rightful place as the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family with magical powers - his personal quest, to follow in his slain parents' footsteps as a Lightrider in the age-old battle of good versus evil. In the fantastical nooks and crannies of the Victorian Age, Jake and his friends (including his pet Gryphon) find no shortage of adventure - righting magic-related wrongs, solving supernatural mysteries, and exploring wondrous new worlds. Now it's Jake's first Christmas with his eccentric magical relatives, but trouble never takes a holiday.…

Santa's Horrid Little Helper

Humbug hates being a Christmas elf. Instead of making toys, he'd rather make mischief. Angling for a new job in Halloween Town, he sets out to prove he's frightful enough for the task by ruining Christmas for as many people as possible - until Jake and his friends capture him. The kids set out on a rip-roaring adventure to the North Pole to hand the troublemaker over to Santa. But the way is fraught with danger, leaving them to wonder if they'll make it back in time for Christmas…or if they'll even make it back alive!

©2013 E.G. Foley (P)2014 E.G. Foley

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    Drew 07-18-16
    Drew 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful"

    What an awesome Christmas story an instant classic. Definitely going to be a new tradition in my house. A perfect story to read as family to get in the spirit of Christmas.

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    Pamela M Curry 12-07-14
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    "A New Christmas Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am so happy to have reviewed this book as my first Audible book As a big fan of books on CD I was excited. This is a wonderful addition to the series and interesting that it can be read without reading any of the others. The voices are so clever and you can "see" the characters. The humor and storyline are what makes you listen over and over. My favorite thing was that I listened with my 14 year old granddaughter who would Rush home from school and "listen ahead". Then she would call me and tell me to hurry home for the next Installment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Red and Gladwin are my favorites but Santa was a great new character. The voice of Santa makes you look over your shoulder to see if he is I. The room with you.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I actually loved the yeti scene on the way to the north pole when the sleigh "crew" were all arguing and Red got mad at them. Then the yeti entered the scene. ..


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The humor in the whole series always makes me laugh. I love the life lessons the books are teaching.


    Any additional comments?

    We will listen to this over and over just to see what we might have missed. I plan to go back and buy the books I have read on Audible books. I love to listen and read along. My granddaughter has grown to love doing this too. Thanks for the opportunity to review this and a big thank you for the introduction to Audible books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Libby 05-12-15
    Libby 05-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun Christmas Story!"

    This was a nice, light addition to the Chronicles. The performance was great as usual and it had a happy ending.

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    Sherrymd1 12-06-14
    Sherrymd1 12-06-14
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    "I really liked Gingerbread Wars on audio"
    Where does Jake & The Gingerbread Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have only listed to one or two so far but I enjoyed listening to the reader and all the different voices


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jake & The Gingerbread Wars?

    I loved the part when they meet Santa and Mrs Clause, since I already read the book I was looking forward to that part of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Jamie du Pont MacKenzie – was your favorite?

    Santa Claus, he sounded very much like Santa should!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I am not sure but I definitely watch it.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to thank the authors of this book for letting me listen to it for a honest review of the audio book. Thanks for the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    pfrederick 12-06-14
    pfrederick 12-06-14
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    "Jake's In Trouble Again"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a wonderful book reinforcing the reason behind Christmas, not just receiving toys but in the miracles and goodness around us.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jake used his Christmas wish for returning Humbug to Santa on his best friend Petie from the orphanage. Jake was able to stop the Gingerbread Men War and still arrive to the Christmas pageant on time.


    Which character – as performed by Jamie du Pont MacKenzie – was your favorite?

    Jake manages to get into trouble without trying and still manages to save the day.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the end when Jake is in Everton house, he is torn between delivering presents he bought the orphanage or keeping his promise to Aunt Ramona. In the end, Santa's grand-daughter has a change of heart and with the help of Humbug delivers the presents to the orphanage for Jake, the Gingerbread Men are safe and sound in their new home and Red takes Jake to the pageant arriving just in time to see Aunt Ramona's delight. On the following day when Jake goes to the orphanage to visit with his friends, he is overwhelmed when he learns Santa delivered his Christmas wish and Petie was adopted on Christmas Day.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to review the talking book Jake and the Ginger Bread Wars. The audible book was very good and I enjoyed it immensely. I read all the Gryphon Chronicle books and I really enjoy them and look forward to the next book. Richard F.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scarab 12-05-14
    Scarab 12-05-14
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    "A great new Christmas family tradtion!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Jake & The Gingerbread Wars to be better than the print version?

    Well I am always a fan of the print copy and that will never change. I've recently started listening to books on tape and the way this is read makes it a richer experience! Plus this is a great way to get the family all cuddled up together to listen and share Christmas memories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book has it all! It has great character development, a storyline that is action packed, and I especially like that there is a character for anyone who listens to root for and follow. This is not specifically a book for boys or a book for girls, but for anyone. The story line is clever and definitely keeps you intrigued. I frequently had to drive around the block to not have to wait until the next day to listen!


    Which character – as performed by Jamie du Pont MacKenzie – was your favorite?

    Jamie's portrayal of Humbug was spot on. The voice and attitude were perfect!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! But it's also a perfect book for doling out over several days in order to keep the fun from ending too soon. And since it's a holiday story, is perfect for the lead up to the holidays.


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    Diane M. Waldo Grand Ledge, MI United States 12-03-14
    Diane M. Waldo Grand Ledge, MI United States 12-03-14

    Diane

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    "Fun Christmas tale!"
    Where does Jake & The Gingerbread Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio books to which I've listened, and is my second favorite Christmas audio book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jake & The Gingerbread Wars?

    One of the most memorable moments was when Jake discovers why he and the other kids felt so awful after eating the candy and pastries they purchased at Bob's and Marie's establishments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the rescue of the gingerbread people.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me laugh in several places.


    Any additional comments?

    My 13-year-old daughter listened to this with me. After we finished it, she said, "It was fun and adventurous and it let me use my imagination." She enjoyed it immensely even though she has not read any of the previous books in the series.

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    crafter 12-03-14
    crafter 12-03-14
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    "never a moment of Peace for Jake and company"

    This novella (52,000 words = 5.5 hours of audiobook) is a rollicking adventure through Jake's Victorian world in which Fey and Human coexist. My kids had read the other books in the Gryphon Chronicles series but I had not, so I was afraid they would have to explain everything to me. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this story can stand on its own since the authors take a few sentences to fill in the backstory when necessary. There is a little bit for everyone in this book: magic, mystery, star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of a Gingerbread War, an arctic fortress, heroes who must battle monsters. And of course it isn't Christmas without an Elf on a (bakery) shelf, Santa, and a Nativity Pageant. We listened to the first half of the audiobook during a 3 hour car ride; the children complained when we reached our destination because they wanted to hear more (I must admit, so did I.) The narrator has a soothing, pleasant primary voice with some absolutely hilarious character voices for added interest. I would recommend this story for fans of the Harry Potter, Narnia, or Percy Jackson series since there are elements of fantasy and hero quest in the Gryphon Chronicles. It is perfect family or middle school reading for the holiday season but does not need to be confined to Christmas!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bernnae Thomure Pinon Hills, CA United States 12-02-14
    Bernnae Thomure Pinon Hills, CA United States 12-02-14

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    "Great Story"
    If you could sum up Jake & The Gingerbread Wars in three words, what would they be?

    Great Action friends


    What other book might you compare Jake & The Gingerbread Wars to and why?

    Nice take that is different than the Harry Potter series.


    What about Jamie du Pont MacKenzie’s performance did you like?

    The changes of the voice to match the characters in the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Red was hurt during fight ;scence


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda 12-01-14
    Rhonda 12-01-14 Member Since 2012

    I travel a lot! So being able to listen to a good book while waiting in an airport or flying on a plane is a great way to relax!

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    "Must read at Christmas!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is such a fun story and so much action and adventure! I would recommend this to everyone as an annual Christmas story! Not only is there action and adventure, but there is also Christmas spirit throughout the story from Jake's Christmas wish to Humbug's realization of where he really wants to be! Love the story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was so much action and adventure in this short story it keeps you completely engaged and ready to turn the next page to see what happens next!


    Have you listened to any of Jamie du Pont MacKenzie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love how Jake's Christmas wish works out... don't want to spoil it for anyone!


    Any additional comments?

    Great annual Christmas story to be read each year! I look forward to reading it again next year!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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