Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been forced into a life of crime. One fateful afternoon, Peter steals a mysterious box that contains three magical pairs of eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island where he is presented with a special quest: to travel beyond the known world and rescue a lost kingdom from its treacherous ruler. With the help of the Fantastic Eyes and some unlikely friends, Peter embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to save a people in need - and to discover his true destiny.
©2012 Jonathan Auxier (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Jonathan Auxier’s strange and inventive debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, is a beautiful adventure told in a dashing and assured voice. It’s Little Nemo in Slumberland meets Oliver Twist. I enjoyed it tremendously.” (Audrey Niffenegger, author of the best seller The Time Traveler’s Wife)
Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes is a charming, sometimes appropriately frightening and even gruesome children's tale. The author is willing to take the book to some of the dark places adults don't always want to believe great children's fiction should go and in doing so, with both wit and originality, he creates genuine drama. The book certainly owes a debt to similar tales of the fantastic that have come before it yet from it's premise to it's conclusion, it has a personality all it's own. It's as clever and resourceful as Peter Nimble himself.
Michael Page's reading is absolutely superb.
I loved the magical parts of the story, where I didn't really know what magic was taking place until more of the story unfolded..which is the best, because it takes a great writer to do this effectively
The Whatnot or The Peculiar, Both fantastic books that everyone, at every age should own & read over & over
He did an outstanding performance and the range of voices for all characters combined to make a better story. Of course Peter had a courageous voice, and the ravens were stoic, the frog was subtle, and the villain was unlikable.
I did enjoy this bookn and for much of it, I was set to recommend it for the whole family. While it is written for the middle grade reader, but I found the last 1/4 a bit too violent (though who knows what is considered violent these days) and several characters too menacing. Like so many books of its genre, almost all adults are bad and a threat to children. The monsters and bad guys are very creepy.
Peter Nimble is a charming character, though things do come a bit too easily, considering he has no eyes. While enhanced senses can do many things, he does seem to move around in each scene with little regard to the setting.
One of the best readings by Michael Page I have heard. I find some of his books sound too much alike but here he is spot on with the characters.
Truly remarkable. Jonathan Auxier is a wonderful story teller and Michael Page does an amazing job bringing the epic adventure to life. I highly recommend this audiobook especially if you happen to have little ones to enjoy it with.
The book was wonderful! Full of adventure and fun! It was a prefect balance of all the things a good book should have. I loved the person reading it he did great.
While it started a bit slow, this fantasy picked up momentum about half way through to end in a thoroughly satisfying finish. I've heard this narrator in other books and haven't loved the others but his characterization of the apes and sea serpents were perfect and I could listen to another good book narrated by him. This book would be appropriate for kids 8 and above but I don't know if my kids could make it past the sad life the main character finds himself in when the story opens. It was clean though, the world created by the author was rich and delightful, and the ending was great. Overall it was worth a credit.
This book was good but at times it seemed all over the place. For me it was a bit hard to always follow along with the story line. It was a fun book though.
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