One day he is visited by a gruff lawyer at the tiny house he shares with his widowed mother, and his life is never to be the same: for waiting in England is Dorincourt Castle, where Ceddie is to reside as the sole living heir to the irascible, proud, and selfish Earl of Dorincourt. It will be up to this virtuous boy to capture and warm the Earl's heart and transform him into a doting grandfather and responsible landlord.
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Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.
This is a children's story that is a fun listen. My older children (teens) thought it a little predictable and too 'perfect', but that didn't stop them from listening to it when it was on in the room. We did enjoy it. It was neat to see how his Mother put her son's best interests ahead of her own. She was exemplary. So often we say what we think without restraint instead of choosing to do what is right. It is a bit of a morality tale, but there is enough of a good story to make it fun to listen to.
THis story reminds me a bit of Mark Twain's book, 'The Prince and the Pauper'. Both have boys who have to live real lives to learn how to be a good ruler.
I would listen to this again.
I was expecting something along the lines of "A Little Princess" (one of my favourite books of all time with an excellent psychological characterization of a child protagonist) or "the Secret Garden" but was disappointed. The characters don't feel like real human beings at all, rather idealized types and the writer "tells" the audience about how the little boy is so good and kind and beautiful, rather than showing through actions. It goes on and on about how lovely he looks and parts that are meant to be cute or funny don't really feel that way. Ceddy is also way too sweet and goody goody to be a real child.
Yes, especially those with young children. It's a book that will entertain the entire family.
This book put our grandson to sleep, but we thoroughly enjoyed it on our last trip to Chicago.
This is a story I remember from childhood and it was just as good as I remembered. The narration was excellent and kept me interested. It is definitely worth listening to if you want a simple story to listen to in the evening. The American accent wasn't bad and the characters were suitably brought to life. I will look for other audible books from the authors and from the narrator, Joanna Ward.
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