Fleeing the temple, the five young monks go their separate ways. Their task is a difficult one, as each boy is an orphan and knows nothing of his origins. Fu, a master of the tiger arts, doesn't even know where to start! Wounded and hungry, he stumbles through the forest until he hears a tiger roar in pain. Then instinct takes over...
With a fresh, imaginative concept, newcomer Jeff Stone introduces the first volume of an epic adventure tale told through the voice of a boy learning to temper his own strength.
Don't miss the rest of The Five Ancestors series.
©2005 Jeff Stone; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Quite a page-turner." (School Library Journal)
"The slam-bang, pedal-to-the-metal adventure stands a good chance of luring kids away from video games; they will definitely line up for the forthcoming sequel." (Booklist)
I'm an adult who enjoys many well written childrens books. As an adult, I found this way too juvenile. And, I found the narrators voice tiresome.
My sons (9 and 11) loved this book and clamored to hear the rest of the series, which they really loved as well; picking them before other audio books that they could have chosen. However, I found that the stories were not as exciting, nor as well-written as they could have been. I frequently found that my mind would wander as I was listening to them, and that I would lose the thread of the story just because the language wasn't all that interesting, nor were the twists and turns of the story particularly surprising or exciting.
This series has fantastic potential, unfortunately the author was not skilled enough to to tap into that deep pool of talent reserved for the few authors who can make magic from lesser tales.
It was flat, like like a bycicle tire or your favorite soda pop that's lost it's fizz. It should be given to a better author one who can add depth and soul... to make it live.
It is no Treasure Island but it's still good entertainment. It helps that my son is a beginning Kung fu student.
I assume that since the first book is basically the story according to the Tiger Monk that the following books will be basically the same story as seen from the other animal monks point of view. Of course that could be totally wrong too, but I'm fairly sure it will be entertaining.
Who? Actually a very good job, the story was read so well that I didn't notice the narration... it was almost like reading it myself in that there didn't seem to another person involved until I read this question and thought back on it. Almost like listening to Jim Dale.
I didn't start out wanting to listen all the way through, I just did it. I was enjoying it and then I was at the end.
I'm really glad that my Son talked me into getting this. It nearly makes up for what he did to the TV remote.
Have you ever overheard your son or daughter making good guy/bad guy dialogue as they played with toys? A squeeky, evil voice for there bad people and so on... Well if you thought that was good narration, then you'll love this.
For kids 9 and under, its probably good fun. For anyone older who likes martial arts adventure type stuff as a guilty pleasure, skip it.
Couldn't listen to the whole thing, but it does set up for a great, open ended adventure.
By being awful. Take voice lessons please. Also the squeaky bad guy voices were about as advanced as any 7 year old's.
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