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©2005 John Flanagan; (P)2006 Recorded Books
Good performance, likable characters but forced story where reactions are overblown to the extreme.
The author fails making the characters behavior believable with them behaving excessively dumb to create conflict and excessively smart to resolve it.
Battles are either boring or happen off camera. The story itself has terrible pacing, resembling closer a collection of vignettes.
So why still 4 stars? Emotions. While a bit formulaic the author made me root for the characters despite the above flaws.
I read this book when I was younger and decided to purchase the audio version on a whim. I was quickly pulled back into the story and became attached to the voices and the characters that came to life. Highly recommended!
Although I thoroughly enjoyed as well, my elementary kids look forward to every car ride to listen. I have read all 12 books and feel it is appropriate for their age level (meaning only a kiss or two throughout the whole series). But I do recommend reading/listening with them to address other issues that may be concerning to them (war, slavery, etc.).
NOTE: according to the author in beginning book 7, book 7 takes place between 4 and 5; I recommend reading 7 after 4.
So correct order of sequence is
1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 5, 6, 8.....
"Look wise, say nothing and eat only those who annoy you." Dragon Philosophy
I love this series so much that I have lost track of how many times I have read or listened to the books. The narrator, Mr. Keating, is very talented and one of my favorites (I am a narrator snob)
This is at least my second time listening to this book. It moved along at a good pace and is interesting. The narrator is one of my favorites. I put him up there with the guy that narrates the Harry Potter books.
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