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The Fire Chronicle Audiobook

The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning, Book 2

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    fxtrtr 11-07-12
    fxtrtr 11-07-12
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    "Great follow up to the Emerald Atlas"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Milkman 10-20-12
    Milkman 10-20-12

    Erasmus

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    "The second child ascendant"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fire Chronicle the most enjoyable?

    Jim Dale's reading! Michael's growing maturity!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael & Emma


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Michael tricking the dragon


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

    Michael reviving his sister


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best children's books in many years. Better than Fablehaven, Maximum flight or Percy Jackson. My son is riveted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    erobbins33 01-25-16
    erobbins33 01-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great series!"

    I love this series! Jim Dale is a great narrator and does a phenomenal job with this already epic story! This is fantasy at its finest.

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    HeatherDVM Columbus, OH 11-01-15
    HeatherDVM Columbus, OH 11-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "GREAT for a Book 2 of a trilogy"
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    The 2nd book of any Trilogy has a tendency to lack significant action/conclusion on account of needing to set up a lot of plot line for the big finale--- but this book was different. The story really took on a character of its own with the kids going in different directions including in time and space. This story added a lot of depth to the series which was lacking a bit in the first book--- the plot line of the Emerald Atlas being a bit more whimsical. This is a great series for kids of the Harry Potter age group because although there is danger, death, and betrayal the stories maintain an underlying sense of humor/bewilderment and are very enjoyable.

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    roy 11-19-15
    roy 11-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "best book of the series"

    another great story preformed by Jim dale. best book in the trilogy, keeps you wanting more

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    Mattie 09-05-15
    Mattie 09-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best"

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    This book was read great and a great storyline so good it deserves 5 stars and up!

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    Kindle Customer 08-29-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good sequel"

    Another good installment of the Books of Origin series. I particularly enjoy the way the author presents his characters and shows that sometimes there are no good choices. the reasons behind the choice speaks to the character of the individuals. I look forward to the next installment.

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    Just A Book Person 06-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another exciting trilogy!"
    If you could sum up The Fire Chronicle in three words, what would they be?

    An excellent sequel! Can't wait to read the 3rd volume!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The magic!


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    Always wonderful! It is hard to set aside "Harry Potter Voices" when you hear him read.. but there was no problem here...


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

    The escape!


    Any additional comments?

    Hope the 3rd one comes to Audible soon!

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    Stephanne Dennis Southeastern US 09-03-14
    Stephanne Dennis Southeastern US 09-03-14

    A good story is something that makes life feel... enriched by having experienced it.

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    "And the epic escape from our "real life"continues"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ooooh, Rabbit! (I'm sorry, I can't say more or it's spoiler alert time)


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

    Yes. Partly because of Jim Dale who breathes life into characters and words and enriches the story so fully.


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    Jojo 03-15-14
    Jojo 03-15-14
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    "Don't start the series if you are emotional!"
    Would you listen to The Fire Chronicle again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fire Chronicle?

    Every moment where Michael takes on a challenge. The fear and emotions he faces and the way he deals with it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Raif describing his past. I felt like I was there hearing the tale in person.


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

    If I had alotted the time I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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