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Liesl & Po | [Lauren Oliver, Kei Acedera]

Liesl & Po

Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice - until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone. That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable. Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po....
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Publisher's Summary

Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice - until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.

That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable.

Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.

From New York Times best-selling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.

©2011 Lauren Oliver (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-06-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Magical."

    Leisl and Po is the story of an unlikely friendship between a forgotten little girl and a ghost. It takes place in a world where magic can happen. Although the intended audience for the book is younger than Lauren Oliver's typical audience, she delivers her characteristic strong and complex plot - trusting her readers to have the imagination to follow along. Jim Dale's reading of the book is breathtaking. He brings each character to life in a unique and delightful way. I would recommend this book not just for young adults, but for all readers. It will remind you of how magical an experience a good book can be.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 09-16-12
    Marie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story made better by a great narrator"

    Simply said, I loved everything about this book. I must be young at heart since is a YA book. The characters are wonderful, even the bad ones are fun. And the twists and turns take the reader/listener on a frenzied and fascinating journey. I was sorry when the story ended, even though it ended exactly as it should. Jim Dale was superb. He brought each character to life in a way few narrators can.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 10-25-12
    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 10-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this charming story"

    This story was absolutely captivating. I bought it for my son to listen to on our commutes to school, but found I was looking forward to listening to it just as much as he was. It is charmingly written, elegant and simple. It deals with solemnity and darkness with a gentle hand and weaves together the various threads of the tale neatly. It is simplistic for an adult's ears, but still immensely enjoyable, and my 8 year old loved it, asking for it to be put on the moment he got in the car. I would listen to it over and again simply for the amazing voices of the narrator - one never exhausted of hearing his voice and the clever use of different accents and overtones. This story was more performed than told, and it suited the tale well!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Prather, California, United States 10-18-12
    Sandra Prather, California, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect"

    What a wonderful story. Listened to it with my son and it was the perfect thing for the drive to school every morning. As others have said before me, this might be classified as a children's story but it could be enjoyed by all ages. So worth the credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matt United States 09-20-13
    Matt United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Jim Dale is perfect, as usual :)"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Liesl & Po to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Jim Dale brings so much to the story with his narrations. He breathes life into them. I wish he would narrate everything!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the author wrote Liesl, somehow both fragility and strength. And all the secondary characters had such life and humor even though they only spoke a couple times


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jim Dale excels when he reads a book with multiple accents (scottish, irish...) So when a book is set in one location, similar to London, I don't think he gets to use his skill to the fullest.


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

    No i listened over a couple days


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michelle United States 05-03-13
    michelle United States 05-03-13

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    "Story made better by narration"

    I listened to the audiobook and Jim Dale did an EXCELLENT job. His voice was perfect for the novel and all the accents and inflections were spot on. I especially love that he did Po's voice with a Scottish accent. 5/5 stars for the narration.

    The story itself was really lovely and magical and I enjoyed it all the more with Jim Dale's excellent performance. It has a very Harry Potter-ish feel to it, which I really like. But besides Po, the characters were too one-dimensional. 4/5 for the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kelly Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-18-12
    kelly Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An original charmer"
    What did you love best about Liesl & Po?

    Another incredible performance by Jim Dale! This is a charming story and Jim Dale brings it to life with the subtlety and wonder of his narration. Worth a listen just for Mr. Dale's performance!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dclair 10-08-12
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    "Engaging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Liesl & Po to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio version would be better than the print version because of the narrator. I enjoyed the brogue.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the book was enjoyable. It was a young person's suggested book, but I think anyone would enjoy reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Portland, OR, United States 08-13-12
    Heather Portland, OR, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love that Jim Dale!"
    If you could sum up Liesl & Po in three words, what would they be?

    Very strange, indeed.


    What other book might you compare Liesl & Po to and why?

    Harry Potter, it's the only other children's story about magic that I've read.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Jim Dale is my very favorite and this one is just as good as the others


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

    Yeah but I commute to work by bicycle and only listen while I ride.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were more Jim Dale narrations to choose from.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Dover, DE, United States 08-09-13
    Shannon Dover, DE, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2012

    I've recently developed from focusing on fantasy romances towards epic fantasy/scifi. I love time travel, magic, and anything supernatural.

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    "Jim Dale hits a home run again, wonderful listen"
    Any additional comments?

    First of all, I find myself hunting Jim Dale books just so I can listen to his superb narrating. He is absolutely excellent, and if this is your first book read by him, prepare to be sucked in.

    The story is wonderfully lighthearted and cleverly unfolds. You fall in love with Po and Bundle almost instantly, and happily anticipate the adventure that ensues. The last few lines of the book create an ending that will make you smile.

    Its a short read that is worth every penny and minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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