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The Sixty-Eight Rooms | [Marianne Malone]

The Sixty-Eight Rooms

Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed in the Children’s Galleries of the Chicago Art Institute, they are a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature rooms made in the 1930s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne. Each of the 68 rooms is designed in the style of a different historic period, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say, the rooms are magic....
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Publisher's Summary

Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed in the Children’s Galleries of the Chicago Art Institute, they are a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature rooms made in the 1930s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne. Each of the 68 rooms is designed in the style of a different historic period, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say, the rooms are magic.

Imagine - what if you discovered a key that allowed you to shrink so that you were small enough to sneak inside and explore the rooms’ secrets? What if you discovered that others had done so before you? And that someone had left something important behind?

Fans of Chasing Vermeer, The Doll People, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler will be swept up in the magic of this exciting art adventure!

©2011 Marianne Malone (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    "Great for family"

    My 8yo son loved this and wanted me to listen with him. Very enjoyable. We now have another reason to visit Chicago so we can explore the Thorne rooms. He has requested the sequel.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    johanna Louisville, KY, United States 01-23-12
    johanna Louisville, KY, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "perfect family road trip book"
    What did you love best about The Sixty-Eight Rooms?

    In anticipation for our trip to Chicago, our family listened to this wonderful book. Kept us (parents and 8 year old) interested and entertained. Best of all was going to the Thorne rooms after having visited them through this wonderful book


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Prsilla 07-03-12
    Prsilla 07-03-12 Member Since 2007

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "GREAT FOR AN 8-YEAR-OLD!"

    I bought this title believing it was for adults. I rather like magic, time travel and romance, but the book is definitely for kids. I have enjoyed other books for kids -- the Harry Potter books and "Little House" series come to mind-- but this one has its limits for an adult. For children living in the tough city of Chicago, these sixth-graders have a lot of freedom, riding public transit and double-crossing their parents. At one point, I believe they took public transit even when neither had money. Maybe they carried student bus passes. I was happy to learn that the little rooms really exist! I was hoping the name of Sophie's diplomat husband would come out. Then the kids could google on their friend's married name and learn how her life went in history. But no.

    Well, it's a wonderful book for half-grown kids. There's a lot to talk about between listening parents and children. A bright much younger child could also listen and enjoy as children did with their parents before TV. I won't bother with the sequel.

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    lhb 11-19-12
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    "Captivating"
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    What a wonderful and original story. A little on the predictable side but terrifically so. Sent me to the internet daily to see the rooms and finally I had to order the catalogue from the museum.

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    Rhonda USA 11-05-12
    Rhonda USA 11-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "I want to go to Chicago!"

    This work of fiction was a fun listen. I didn't know about the exhibit prior to listening. What a visionary Mrs. James Ward Thorne was. I would think it would not be possible to
    recreate due to cost of labor. Marianne Marolne did an excellent writing and Cassandra Campbell's voice was appealing. I think Tweens would really enjoy it. So didI!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Litchfield Park, AZ, United States 09-17-12
    Belinda Litchfield Park, AZ, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Brings out the child in you!!"
    Where does The Sixty-Eight Rooms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top 20.


    What other book might you compare The Sixty-Eight Rooms to and why?

    Starlight just bring out the child in me.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not .


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What fun they must of had!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Omaha, NE, United States 08-21-12
    Cindy Omaha, NE, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2009

    I love the stories of light supernatural tales with some romance, and giggles.

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    "A book for my grandkids"
    Would you listen to The Sixty-Eight Rooms again? Why?

    no been there. I was hoping for an adult book, i guess i wasn't paying enough attention to the preview of the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the girl


    What aspect of Cassandra Campbell’s performance would you have changed?

    she did a great job


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    cute

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Roy, UT, United States 08-11-12
    Rebecca Roy, UT, United States 08-11-12

    love my kids

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    "Great Family Listen"
    Where does The Sixty-Eight Rooms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story kept my entire family enthralled on our road trip this summer. Traveling home from vacation can be a chore but my children begged us to not stop so we could continue to listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mallory United States 07-31-12
    Mallory United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but not great"
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    This audiobook was good. I felt like it took a long time to set the stage up for the actual story to begin, which made it drag on in places. Once it finally began I found myself enjoying it very much.The narration was great- voice actor was strong. It's a very easy-going tale, not scary, but very intriguing. Not a lot of "action" in this book.
    Parents please note that this book DOES have a few swear words, and a few others parts where editing for children is advisable.
    Overall, I recommend this book. :)

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    "A so so story for kids"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Is wasn't a waste of time, it was an interesting story but could have been told better.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marianne Malone again?

    Maybe


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Nothing in particular stood out in the performance good or bad.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If Disney did it, sure :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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