©2005 Diana Wynne Jones; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
Excellent young adult book that adults would like as well. For the first time, after seeing reviews that say if you like Harry Potter you will like this book, do I agree. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish more of Diana Wynne Jones' books were available in audio.
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Diana Wynne Jones has been one of my favorite authors for over thirty years. I bought "A Tale Of Time City," when I was young and fell in love with her writing style immediately. She creates such a vivid world that holds it own life. Her characters in this book cover a full spectrum from nice to naughty, from mean to bullied and from popular to vilified.This story is based in England in the boarding school system of England. The characters are in a forced schooling system and Diana creates a dark unhappy image of that alternate world school system. The story builds including more and more characters bringing them together nicely for the conclusion of this wonderful story.There are a few weak spots in Gerard Doyle's reading style but as a whole this is a great book and a good choice. It's worth a listen and his great for young people age 12 and up.
The character development and twisty and turning plot. The integration of variety of sub-plots and characters makes me want to listen/read this story over and over again.
He is a pleasant reader, his pronunciation of certain words in the English, (not American language) make his reading easy and interesting to listen too.
This book is unabridged and may be too long for just one sitting unless you have a significant time to book listening. This is a great title to listen to when you're doing long range road trips though.
This is a great classic Diana Wynne Jones title. I read this book originally perhaps third in my quest to keep up with her work. It is one of the reasons I kept reading her work into adulthood.
This book is fantastic. I love how the reader keeps you wanting to hear more. the writer is wonderful. as i listen i can actually see and live with the characters. a great book for long trips with any age.
If you haven't read any previous Christomanci books the ending will seemingly come out of nowhere. Even if you have read several previous Christomani books, the solution to the main plot will still seem rather contrived. It also has several spirtual and psychological consequences that adults may find disturbing that are completly ignored in the book. These consequences may or may not occur to younger readers.
The production quality was overall quite good. The narrator had a very expressive and clear voice.
Very much like Harry Potter. There is a boarding school full of children discovering their magical powers. However, the main characters were flat and hardly developed. The story was predictable and the end is given away at the begining. I was expecting more from the author of Howl's Moving Castle.
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