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The Emerald Atlas Audiobook

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Audible Editor Reviews

The Emerald Atlas author John Stephens has a Hollywood background, so it’s not surprising that his debut novel feels like a movie in the making, with elements that recall the Harry Potter series and other kid-friendly fantasy epics. It’s to Stephens’ credit, though, that Atlas never comes off like a cash-in or a cheap imitation: It has its own fully realized world and compelling characters, and the familiar aspects of the story serve mainly to place it in an honorable tradition.

The set-up is easily relatable and recognizable: A trio of siblings (Kate, Michael, and Emma) have been left to the fates after the disappearance of their parents, bounced from one comically horrific orphanage to the next. Their latest home, however, is somewhat different: It’s a mystical town that hides some magical secrets, and soon the kids have discovered a mysterious book that transports them back in time. There they face down an evil witch who is holding the town’s residents hostage. Wizards, dwarves, and ancient prophecies all come into play in a story that takes advantage of plenty of well-worn genre tropes.

Narrator Jim Dale handles it all masterfully, with a warm and inviting tone and some highly entertaining voices for the colorful supporting characters. Some of it might be a little too colorful, though, as Dale’s animated voice acting can become a little distracting. Still, he neatly delineates the various players in Stephens’ grand tapestry, and enhances the suspense of the various moments of peril. The book ends, naturally, with the set-up for the next installment of a planned trilogy, but it’s a satisfying enough story on its own. We can only hope for the same for the inevitable movie version. —Josh Bell

Publisher's Summary

Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last 10 years, passed along like lost baggage.

Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now.

Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And - if an ancient prophesy is correct - what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.

©2011 John Stephens (P)2011 Listening Library

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    Amazon Customer macon, GA, United States 07-06-12
    Amazon Customer macon, GA, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "fantastically fiction"
    If you could sum up The Emerald Atlas in three words, what would they be?

    Like harry potter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The three children were very likable.


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

    We got this book because we missed hearing Jim dale. he is one of the best readers we have ever had the pleasure of listening to.


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

    The book keeps the reader wanting to keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for 10 YEAR OLDS AND UP

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    Hruby MONTGOMERY, IL, United States 06-28-12
    Hruby MONTGOMERY, IL, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining, Great Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Emerald Atlas the most enjoyable?

    Good Story as always Jim Dale is an excellent story teller.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was suspensful - Kept my interest


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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 06-04-12
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 06-04-12

    I am a travel listener to and from work. I go through 100-125 books a year

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    "Jim Dale does another terrific job."
    What did you love best about The Emerald Atlas?

    I thought the story could of been a bit stronger. The book made you want more so I hope they add more details in the next one. Could of done without the first 2 or 3 chapters.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The christmas party was the most interesting part. The very beginning of the book was least


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

    Yes I can listen to anything Jim Dale I believe. But his performance with Harry Potter is the best.


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    MaryJane Grapevine, TX, United States 05-04-12
    MaryJane Grapevine, TX, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice Surprise!"

    I hadn't heard of this book but the sample got me interested enough to buy it. There's an unexpected twist to this story of young people -- subjected to adult decisions without reason or explanation -- that I found endearing. I hope Stephens will continue this series.

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    Ann Ithaca, NY, United States 03-25-12
    Ann Ithaca, NY, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    that it was such a fun kids book for the whole family to listen to


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    not realy because it's a fantasy novel


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    It wasn't bad it's just that since he narrorated Harry Potter I can't imagine him doig anythig else.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    please excuse any spelling/grammer errors im kinda in a rush

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    C. Theimer Ohio 02-25-12
    C. Theimer Ohio 02-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I loved it!"

    This isn't the kind of book I normally read, but somehow it caught my eye, and I'm glad it did. I enjoyed the humor of the childrens' relationships with each other, knowing that they loved each other deeply. I thought th narrator was perfect for this book.

    It's the kind of book you listen to over and over again, just because it's so well done.

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    Marmalade Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-30-11
    Marmalade Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2014
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    "I like Jim Dale..."

    But having a British narrator for a book set in the US is really, really weird. Felt like they were a little too desperate to try and capture some of the magic of the Harry Potter books.

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    Linda Eustis, FL, United States 11-27-11
    Linda Eustis, FL, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story"

    Great story for anyone (8 years old and up) who like an adventure. Bought it for my 8 year old grandson and we listened to it every day on the way to and home from school. He loved it. The story comes alive with Jim Dale as narrator.

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    Amberlyn United States 11-24-11
    Amberlyn United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent!!"

    I loved this book. I'd say the best in it's genre since Harry Potter. The story moved quickly and was never dull. Some parts were very intense so I wouldn't recommend it for younger children. Very good book.

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    Jace PORT ROYAL, PENNSYLVANIA, United States 11-16-11
    Jace PORT ROYAL, PENNSYLVANIA, United States 11-16-11
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    "Travel through a magical book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Emerald Atlas to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version better only because of Jim Dale. He has a way of pulling you into the story so you are no longer a listener, but right there with Kate, Michael and Emma.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Emerald Atlas?

    There were many memorable moments to the story. One of my favorites was the scene where the children escaped from the Countesses dungeon and slipped through the forest, only to be tracked by the Countesses wolves. You'll have to listen to find out if they escaped!


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    He switches voices for each character, remains true to that character's voice throughout and adds the proper infliction to the voice when called for. If the story reads, Emma shouted, Dale shouts the words Emma speaks. If the story reads, Michael whispered, barely audible, Dale delivers. He is the master of performers.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Grab your photographs and prepare to embark on a magical journey through the Emerald Atlas.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen. You won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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