©2005 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
"Here's a perfect choice for the Harry Potter/Philip Pullman crowd." (AudioFile)
"Gerard Doyle's rich voice and English accent suit the story perfectly. His excellent expression and conviction draw listeners into the tale and help them follow the complex plot, giving each character's voice just enough distinction." (School Library Journal)
I listened to this with my 7 and 10 year-olds, after enjoying the "A Charmed Life". The characters are interesting and distinct, the plot complicated, and the climax had all three of us huddled around the speakers. Highly recommended!
Between the two books, I don't think it matters what order one reads them in. Both are great. There's plenty of witchcraft, magic, and humor to entertain, but there's more than mere entertainment here.
I am a fan of Diana Wynne Jones, and I like most of her books. This is vintage Jones at her peak, a charming child/young adult book that I have liked in the print version for a long time. The voice reading in this strikes me as just right- a nice plummy British voice that pronounces things correctly and does not read too slow or too fast for my taste. I am hooked; I want to get more of her books read by Gerard Doyle. (I only hope that they add others that are not in the Chrestomanci series, such as "Howl's Moving Castle," which is my absolute favorite Jones book.)
this is a wonderful book for any age. it flowed nicely. i bought this book when it first came out for my daughters and never read it myself. i loved it. the reader is great. i also then bought the next book. for me this is a must read if you like books about magic and other worlds.
I love that this book is essentially the prequel to the first book and tells us about some of the characters we had already met in book one.
Christopher Chant - knowing what he becomes from the first book makes him more interesting as his personality is in stark contrast in this book to the first one.
Yes, this is consistent with his other performances. Great, easy to listen to, really entertaining narrator.
Yes I would. I feel like I might have missed things the first time through. I also love the story and would love to hear it again. I've been listening on my way to work and I get so into the story I can't wait to go on my drive to and from work and I don't mind the traffic. Then again when I am getting ready to drift off to sleep I have to put the sleep timer on audible so I can listen and fall asleep. Often times I have to back track because I have NO CLUE what happened because I dreamt I was there in the book.
I guess all of Diana Wynne Jones other books. I feel like I just figured out her "style". She never writes books with main characters that continue to be the main character. She will maybe give them a small passer by roll here and there. I would love to have 3 books about Howl and Sophie, or about Christopher Chant. When I listened to A charmed life I hated Christopher Chant (we only knew him as Christomancy though). Now I love his character. She also seems to have a soft spot for gingers (as do I, ).
oh boy... There were so many. I really enjoyed when Christopher spirit walked into the other worlds and as he learned how to do things in the other worlds. I really liked Tadroy and I was suspicious that what they were doing wasn't good. Why else would they be doing it. I also enjoyed the parts with the Goddest, and Flogmorgan (however you spell the cats name).
No, I suppose one could however I like to enjoy them over a good stretch of time. If it's over 2 hours I don't try to listen to something all in one sitting. If I was on a 6+ hour plane ride, by all means yes.
Maddie and I, are a dad-daughter combo who love audible books. She has recently started to write reviews also. I hope you can differentiate.
I think that the book is a good idea but it was a little confusing at first and a bit after that too but I still think that this book is a good book.
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