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Stoneheart: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book One | [Charlie Fletcher]

Stoneheart: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book One

A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. A 12-year-old boy named George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. On a school trip he's punished for something he didn't do. In a tiny act of rebellion, he lashes out at a small carving on the wall - unexpectedly breaking it off. And then something horrible does happen: a stone pterodactyl unpeels form the wall and starts chasing him. George is already running before his mind starts trying to tell him that this is impossible!
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Publisher's Summary

A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. Not all the layers are underground, and not all the lives belong to the living. A 12-year-old boy named George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. On a school trip he's punished for something he didn't do. In a tiny act of rebellion, he lashes out at a small carving on the wall - unexpectedly breaking it off. And then something horrible does happen: a stone pterodactyl unpeels form the wall and starts chasing him. George is already running before his mind starts trying to tell him that this is impossible!

©2010 Charlie Fletcher (P)2010 Scholastic Audio

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    MJ Dulmage 08-09-11
    MJ Dulmage 08-09-11
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    "Fantastic Story, Great Narrator!"

    I will admit that I bought this mainly because Jim Dale was narrating and I'd enjoyed him so much with the Harry Potter books. This story, though, is beautifully written and well-plotted. The characters are well-developed in the best way: you're shown who they are via their actions rather than told. The mythology of this "other London" is realistic in the manner of the best fantasy books. This is a great tale for all ages. (And Jim Dale, as usual, does a bang up job with the voices -- he had me laughing aloud at The Dictionary.)

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    ShatteredCrest Vernon, CT USA 04-19-12
    ShatteredCrest Vernon, CT USA 04-19-12
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    "Not Harry Potter, but still pretty good"
    Would you listen to Stoneheart again? Why?

    I will definitely be listening to this again because it's a truly unique twist on what we perceive to be reality, and it exists right under our noses.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stoneheart?

    I don't want to give too much of a spoiler, but I liked Edie's glinting - which you'll just have to listen to the book to understand what I mean. I can't really tell you why either without the risk of ruining an important piece of the plot for you.


    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's Jim Dale! If you've heard him read the Harry Potter books, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. Every character gets their own voice and personality that the listener can identify and recognize even before he reads who's speaking. When Jim Dale reads a book, the words become the characters with real depth and life.


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

    If I had had the ability to, I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike the HP series which ages with its characters, the Stoneheart series remains at its original age level and, while I enjoyed it as a full-grown adult, is appropriate for children as young as 10 without the need for parental concern. Of course you'll want to listen to it with them anyway because, let's face it, why should they have all the fun?

    There are a couple of foul words used in the story, but they're minor ones and I don't feel that there is a risk of young children wanting to pick them up.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Karen saluda, SC, United States 10-07-11
    Karen saluda, SC, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "scary for a kid book"

    i was surprised at how scary this was! im in my 20s and i was shaking in my bunny slippers;}its still one of my favorites and i love it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 12-15-12
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2005

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "L.O.V.E. the story + Jim Dale"

    Jim Dale has got to be the best narrator in the history of narrators. He is so magnificent I could literally listen to him read a phone book (do they even make those anymore?) and find it riveting. When you add in the fact that he is, in fact reading a rather exciting and charming story that is unique and engaging, it makes for such a brilliant combination and a book I wanted to keep listening to. The story was well written and I loved the characters. I also quite love stories where somewhat outcast children/teenagers are the heroes/heroines. The fact that the other good guys and bad guys were statues was very creative. I also love stories that creates parallel supernatural dimensions, if you will, to real life. This story was about another London inhabited by spits and taints, Statutes on buildings, gargoyles and other carvings that come to life and can only be seen by a select few. Like Simon R Greens the Nightside or Neil Gaimen's Neverwhere with its London Below, this book tells the story of yet another London. I cannot wait to listen to the next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Wells 04-07-13
    S. Wells 04-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Resist This at your peril!"

    What? Me? Resist Jim Dale reading an adventure about an unpopular British schoolboy who breaks out of the boring everyday London into the "other" city, where fantastics come alive and where a seemingly (not really) dorky girl companion bravely accompanies him?
    Not on your life!
    All I want is the next one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica St Paul, MN, United States 05-14-12
    Jessica St Paul, MN, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Looking forward to the next one!"

    I bought all 3 books in the series on sale because I am a fan of Jim Dale. The Harry Potter books and Jim Dale are what got me into audiobooks. I read a few reviews and the synopsis for all of the books and went for it. So far so good. The story is pre-teen friendly, but I enjoyed it- and I'm way not a kid anymore. The idea of statues coming to life is very Harry Potter and Dr. Who rolled together. The story is great. The narration is great. Looking forward to the next one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ninjachinchin 06-01-12 Member Since 2011

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    "THERE'S MORE MAGIC IN LONDON!!!"
    What did you love best about Stoneheart?

    I loved the Harry Potter series and this story was just as magical. I felt like a child again...I enjoyed listening to this audiobook while working, cleaning, driving, etc. It's well written and the narrator is just as excellent.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Finlay Florida 05-27-12
    B. Finlay Florida 05-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Narration!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stoneheart to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but I imagine the audio is better only because Jim Dale narrates in such a way that brings stories to life.


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

    I have greatly enjoyed Jim Dale's performance of the Peter and the Starcatcher Series. This narration is just as good. He is excellent at differentiating between characters and when the children talk and eat, I have to laugh out loud at his performance. Dictionary is an especially interesting character that Jim Dale portrays.


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

    When George remembered his last interaction with his father, I was brought to tears. It reminds me of my mother and really touched my heart.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful story! The detail and interactions of the characters and their surroundings really amaze me. I enjoyed the author's metaphors and descriptive prose. The phrase "No you don't!", was used quite often and that did bug me a little bit. Otherwise, I am very happy that I purchased this book and plan to get the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon MAKANDA, IL, United States 04-05-12
    Sharon MAKANDA, IL, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2008

    The Hobbits

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    "A Fantasy Lover's Delight!"

    How fun is this! As a tried and true lover of fantasy, I find so many new "fantasy" books poor imitations of their predecessors. But Stoneheart is different, fun, entertaining. I guess its considered a "kids" book but I left my teenager years behind a few decades ago and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to listen to the other two. As an added bonus, it's read by Jim Dale, who read the Harry Potter books-- He's fantastic!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 07-19-14
    Anne 07-19-14
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    "I liked this book"

    So I've started buying books because Jim Dale narrates them. I think that he is genius. He is easy to listen to and once I have heard the story very easy to fall asleep to.

    I am a grown up and this is a book for adolescents. So, fair enough it doesn't totally speak to me. BUT overall, I like it.

    I liked that the characters were nice kids who try to do the right thing but don't always. I like that the situations were fairly realistic within a fantasy realm. I also liked that it was true to it's own world (in other words, don't tell me people can fly and then later the villain can't fly.)

    I liked this so much that I am purchasing book 2. What I do hope to see more of is some more character development. There is some, but there could be more. Don't tell me, let me see it unfold. The book just also seemed to move from one action sequence to another and we're dribbled out back story and not most of it. I understand that there should be some suspense but that should come from the story, not because we don't know the characters.

    I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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