It's been six months since Kate, Michael, and Emma confronted the Dire Magnus, but the trail to their long-missing parents remains cold. Then Michael and Emma find a man who saw them ten years ago - three days after they disappeared. He knows about a map of a distant land, a place shrouded in mystery that may lead them to their parents.
Meanwhile, Kate's connection to the Book of Time is growing stronger and stronger, until a dangerous trick gets her stuck in the past, searching for a friend to help her.
Only a perilous quest and a daring risk will help the children to harness the power of the Books of Beginning. But will it be enough to save them?
©2012 John Stephens; ©2012 Listening Library
"Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy." (Kirkus Reviews)
Jim Dale's reading! Michael's growing maturity!
Michael & Emma
Michael tricking the dragon
Michael reviving his sister
One of the best children's books in many years. Better than Fablehaven, Maximum flight or Percy Jackson. My son is riveted.
In this second installment of the Books of Beginning, Kate, Michael and Emma have been sent to the Edgar Allen Poe Home for Children for their safety while Dr. Pym takes care of some needed tasks.
It isn't long until the whereabouts of the children is discovered, forcing them to flee. Kate ends up going back in time and becoming trapped, while Michael and Emma remain in the present, searching for the Book of Life, known as the Fire Chronicle.
While at times you will be reminded of Harry Potter, this story does set itself apart and is very entertaining in its own right. Narrated by Jim Dale, whose performance is flawless, as I've come to expect. Listening to Dale is like being tucked in to bed with an epic adventure about to begin.
An excellent sequel! Can't wait to read the 3rd volume!
Always wonderful! It is hard to set aside "Harry Potter Voices" when you hear him read.. but there was no problem here...
Hope the 3rd one comes to Audible soon!
A good story is something that makes life feel... enriched by having experienced it.
The Chronicle, the 2nd in the series, doesn't let readers down. I would recommend reading the first book as I don't see this as a stand-alone effort. The story continues to follow the trio of siblings and the quests for the Books of Beginning. The rich detail and deep emotions of the book don't disappoint. The only thing that I disliked was that the next book isn't due out for a few months (March 2015 in hardback) so it will be awhile before I can finish the tale... yet, it's worth the wait!
Ooooh, Rabbit! (I'm sorry, I can't say more or it's spoiler alert time)
Yes. Partly because of Jim Dale who breathes life into characters and words and enriches the story so fully.
Yes! There is a rollercoaster of emotions within this story. I bet if I listen or even read it again, there will be something that cuts onions on me.
Every moment where Michael takes on a challenge. The fear and emotions he faces and the way he deals with it.
Raif describing his past. I felt like I was there hearing the tale in person.
If I had alotted the time I would have.
I should not have gotten started in this series. Too late..now I am emotionally attached to every character in this book, and I have no idea when the 3rd is coming out. Such torture!! Morever, I sometimes I would imagine my children in similar circumstances and i had to take a step back from that emotional cliff.
I feel like John Stephens stepped it up a notch with the maturity level of the story, much like J.K. did with her series, but within one book. The challenges that Michael faces are daunting and take a heavy toll even in his victories. Nothing the children face is ever that simple. The weight of every decision weighs on them. One even finds themselves empathizing with the potential/known villain. All of a sudden bravery, the right choice, and best effort are NOT all you need for a good outcome.
The only issue (if you call it that) I had was with the narration. Ironic, I know! It's Jim Dale! The narrator of narrators of Juvenile fiction. But, much of story takes place in the Northeast United States, and a majority of Jim's characters ( with the exception of Jake and Beatle) sounded British, Irish, and Scottish. They were brilliantly characterized, and Jim's narration was mesmerizing, but it would have made better sense if it took place in England. A small matter though.
The Fire Chronicle is in the top ten rank of books I have read. I enjoyed this book and just couldn't stop reading it. Jim Dale is one of the best readers to listen to because he does all voices himself. Some of my favorite characters are the three children, Gabrielle, .Jake and Beetle but my favorite character is Dr. Pym. Dr. Pym seems like he is always showing up just when things are looking bad and always helping the children out of tight spots. The Diomagnus is a scary character but kind of funny at times. This book has many twists and turns in it. Some for the better, some for the worst but it always keeps you on the edge of your seat or from sleeping at night.(So good you don't want to put in down).
I've had this audiobook for a while and just hadn't got to it because I got distracted by the Night Huntress series and had to listen to all of those. It took me an hour or so to get back into the feel of this series but once I did, I was not going anywhere. I like the way that Stephens builds a story and tells it. He takes the time to develop his characters and let them grow. He shows them dealing with the consequences of their prior actions. He's also inventive with his words and funny . But it's not the kind of funny where he's telling sarcastic jokes and expecting you to laugh. It's just little things thrown in that are funny - like the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. That's a great and funny name.
This audiobook is narrated by the great Jim Dale. Again, he is almost flawless. The only complaint I have about Jim Dale's narration is I hear Hermoine and Dumbledore when I listen to him. That's not his fault. He just does wonderful and memorable voices.
If you like middle grade fantasies, you should definitely pick up these books.
Was an amazing part two would recomend any child or adult to listen to this story because it will keep you interested and entertained the while time
Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter. This is one of the best books ever and Jim Dale really brings it all to life in a way that I would never have dreamed
This is book 2 in the series so I was very much looking forward to it, and now even more so to book 3.
He gives the most expressive emotional cues that you cannot help but be transported into the world of what he reads
If I could have I would have but that's not realistic
I am an adult, and as such not really the target audience for this series. Just an FYI. I chose this because I loved the work that Jim Dale did in the Harry Potter series.
This story is very good. Compelling, and keeps moving forward. The kids actually behave in reasonable ways. The magic is fun. I enjoyed it.
The one difficulty that I had was actually with the Dale narration: He uses a variety of voices and does them well, but it sounds odd when there is an echo of one of the Potter characters in the "voice" of characters in this series. It's just a bit disconcerting.
Still, very well done with plot, ends nicely, and I do love the narrator.
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