In his last year of primary school, Albert becomes lost while escaping from bullies. He finds himself in an underworld of stormwater drains and sewers, where he befriends an ageing rat, a small bird, and a crazy echidna. His new friends believe his visit is the fulfillment of a prophecy that he will save the animals from the control of the evil King Rat and his mistress, the Witch.
All Albert wants is to get home, but secretly the animals defy his wishes and set him on course with the prophecy.
©2012 Rune Woodman (P)2012 Rune Woodman
The distinct voice used for each character,this made the book easier to understand.There is no confusion and you clearly know who is saying what.Beautifully read.
Not something I can do having never read anything like this before.
Rune's voice is rich and clear, i have read/listened to hundreds of audiobooks and sometimes I have stopped listening due to the narrator,not on this occasion. I believe Rune has grasped each character and brought them to life.It was such an easy book to listen to that I readily encourage other audio fans to have a listen.
I was intrigued and wanted to know more.
Look forward to what comes next , Rune should narrate more books but especially his own.
Yes, of course. Because you listen to it and enjoy it, but I'm sure there's plenty I missed on the first listen.
I like the way all of the characters were portrayed as real people who also have feelings and motivation - especially the way Albert's parents and the bullies acted and reacted. I also like the way it showed the animals plight as something that might be real.
A particularly memorable scene was early in the audiobook, where Albert had become lost and met the first animal. It felt like the beginning of his voyage, an important moment. It was from there that the wonder, the magic and the mystery began.
Can't wait for the next one!
Yes I would recommend this to a friend. I was present with my nephew at a short reading by the author because I had already read the book. My nephew was transfixed and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We eagerly downloaded the book that evening!
When I read the book, Ekkie the cuddly echidna was easily the most likeable and the most enchanting of characters. But I found myself growing more and more fond of Anna, the revolutionary peach faced love bird, with every line uttered by the author. I chuckled everytime she spoke!
The story is made perfect by the excellent narration. The author of this book is the narrator which a rare treat. You get to see how the author sees the characters and how they differ from the way you picture them when you read the book. I definitely recommend reading the book first.
The story line was very captivating. There was always something happening that kept me intrigued to keep on listening. I loved the mix of characters and their individual personalities.
Ekkie, the echidna, was my favourite character. She made me laugh a lot.
My favourite scene was when Albert realised that he had magical powers. He was no longer the ordinary boy who had been bullied at school.
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