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The Monsters of Morley Manor | [Bruce Coville]

The Monsters of Morley Manor

Monsters, aliens, ghosts, giant frogs, and a tragic angel are just some of the ingredients of this madcap adventure that is quite possibly Bruce Coville's strangest novel yet. Bruce himself appears on this recording as Gaspar Morley, head of a strange family of monsters that draw Anthony (our narrator) and his little sister Sarah into a galaxy - spanning adventure with the very souls of Earth's dead at stake.
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Audible Editor Reviews

The adventure begins at a Nebraska garage sale, where a boy and his younger sister buy a wooden box containing five monster figurines. The action doesn't let up until sixth-grader Anthony and his sister have been transported across the galaxy and back. Bruce Coville's funny sci-fi adventure is read in its entirety by a thirteen-person cast, including Leslie Nobel narrating as Anthony and Coville as the lizard-headed Gaspar Morley. The story - something that can only come out of a mind like Coville's - is irresistibly entertaining and constantly surprising, not only for the preteen crowd but for their parents as well. There are no bells and whistles; this production is a straight reading from the book without staging or sound effects. Leslie Nobel does a good narration but is not quite convincing in a few spots.

Publisher's Summary

When Anthony Walker bought five brass monsters at Morley Manor, he didn't suspect that they were real - or that thawing them out of their frozen sleep would pull him and his sister, Sarah, into a galaxy spanning adventure. But soon those two brave kids have to deal with monsters, aliens, giant frogs, a tragic angel- and an eerie trip to the land of the dead. Yet for all its madcap weirdness - for all its laughs and spooky thrills - at its heart Morley Manor is about the bonds that hold us together as families.

©2001 Bruce Coville; (P)2002 Full Cast Audio

What the Critics Say

"Listeners will laugh aloud at this enjoyable recording." (School Library Journal)
"Irresistibly entertaining and constantly surprising." (AudioFile)

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    This book was just fun to listen to. It was fast moving and I totally enjoyed the different character voices, it made them more realistic that way.

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    I fully enjoyed this story... and I don't have kids!! The production is well done, very entertaining, easy to listen to, well-'acted'. I highly recommend it for people with (and without) children!

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    This is a great story for all ages! The writer has a great deal of imagination and tells a fantastic story. Also, he deals with ethical issues not normally found in children stories.

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    "Nice Family Story"

    This is a nice story to share as a family. It is funny and inventive. Sometimes it verges on the silly but that is just fine.

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