Thaddeus F. Whiskers is a pampered palace pet, a kitten enchanted to never become a cat. Princess Clarice loves him, for in the entire kingdom, for there is no other kitten as cute or as clever. He leads a life of cushions and cream until a wizard's "gift" results in his banishment. Determined to make it back to the princess he loves, he escapes into the wilderness where he discovers the lair of a dragon.
Grandious, the dragon, doesn't care about anything besides himself. He wants to be left alone with his treasure. However, there is something about Thaddeus that has him entranced. He finds himself opening his home and his heart to the little cat.
Thaddeus is a small creature in a big world. Between him and his beloved Princess stand conniving wizards, would-be-stepmothers, and rampaging rats. However, when danger threatens both Clarice and Grandious, Thaddeus won't allow his size to get in the way of saving his friends.
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At first I was put off by the narrator. She has an apathetic voice that turns down at the end of every sentence, much like Jen, Roz's annoyingly bored cousin on Frasier. However, given a chance, the narrator's talents come through via the different characters' voices. I believe many a children will enjoy this audio book more than the adults will because of the differing voices, but I highly recommend the adults give it a go.
As usual, Ms. Burke's creativity surprises even this veteran reader, making me chuckle with the ingenuity of her use of language. Thaddeus Whispers and the Dragon is a must listen for any audio book fan.
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