Enlisted to find his uncle's killers and complete Ian's final mission, Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, with no way out.
The original novel that started the worldwide phenomenon is now a major motion picture!
Take another thrill ride with Alex Rider.
©2006 Anthony Horowitz; (P)2009 Listening Library
Mary Fan, Zigzag Timeline
It's hard to care about Alex Rider. As a character, he's simply too perfect. Athletic, intelligent, brave, and rather emotionless except when he's in danger. The plot, as far as I'm concerned, is just another spy adventure. The descriptions in the action scenes were well written, but otherwise, the whole thing fell flat for me. The plot didn't even try to be unpredictable. Even though Alex's young age is supposed to make him an underdog, it never feels that way. Like I said, he's just too much of a clear-cut perfect hero.
Nathaniel Parker's performance did much to bring the story to life. If I'd been reading a paper book, I'm sure I would have skipped over large sections of "blah blah explosion blah blah karate move blah blah cliche monologue" (which would have meant skipping over half the book). Somehow, he manages to infuse even this dry story with excitement, giving Alex a touch of humanity.
I love books that entertain. I love action and adventure. However, because of ADD, my attention span is quite short.
I didn't have that problem with this book. In fact, I had a hard time turning off the car.
This book was well written, not too long, wasn't fluffed up with a bunch of unnecessary vocabulary designed to promote the writer's intellect, and this was an excellent introduction to the Alex Rider series.
It's so hard to find a good adventure author. I can't wait to listen to them all.
My 8 year old and my 12 year old listened to this book. The book is way to advanced for an 8 year old, although when I paused it a few times to explain a word or phrase, usually becuase it was of UK orgin, the story line was easy enough to follow. Both my boys lost interest quickly mainly because it was hard to listen and follow the accent of the narrator. Action scenes were easy to get through but the more important How, What and Where background information was hard to stay focused on sometimes. I enjoyed the book, as I enjoyed reading (actually reading) the Skeleton Key. I would suggest kids 12 and up for this series and interested in spy/mystery type books.
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