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"Fantasy fans will enjoy listening to narrator Gerard Doyle make the characters come to life and present Jones' entertaining descriptions of the magical parallel universe in which this story takes place." (School Library Journal)
"Magicians of Caprona", one of the original "Chrestomacni Quartet" before Jones went and wrote two more, is still one of my favorites. This audiobook version is an excellent substitute for reading it, as the narration is faithful and lively and quite enthralling. They also went to remarkable trouble to re-create the musical bits, which I found quite impressive. For fans of the series, this is a good one, and for newcomers it is an excellent insertion point.
I don't know, but this is absolutely not suitable for children as young as 8-10. In one scene person is said to be beating the brains out of a baby. It is a doll but he's not quite sure.
Well I think the story and characters aren't specially developed in this either. It was hard to stay interested. I love the other Chrestomanci books, but this was weaker. And I think they are all for a little older children. Some of them could be suitable for an ten year old, but not this. I would imagine 12 could be a better age or older.
He performed all characters well. He was a wonderful reader.
I do love all the other Chrestomanci books. I have found them as an adult, but I'm interested in children's literature and they have been very entertaining.
I liked the roll of the cats (especially benvenuto). I liked how the story was kind of different from the previous Chrestomanci books with the love story and the puppets.
Honestly it is a sort of telling of Romeo and Juliet but it's happy at the end.
I love all of Gerard Doyle's performances. He is consistent with his pronunciations and the the voices he choices for each character.
The book made me laugh and it was less predictable than many books
By far one of the best. The story is great and the narrating was extremely well done.
"Oh what a clever fellow"
Gerard Doyle captures the essence of Punch very well.
Brilliant singing, great voice acting, soothing voice
Magically encouraged family feuds of Italia!
If there is ever a book you should have in your library...it's this one.
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