Return to the magical land of the Arabian Nights....
The end of "Aladdin of the Lamp" finds the cunning Aladdin ruler of a great kingdom. Now, many years have passed....
Aladdin is older, richer and wiser...and heart broken. After losing his beloved wife and son to foul play, he resigns from being king and sets out to do what he does best.
Now working as an anonymous relic hunter using the name Niddala (Aladdin spelled backwards), he's hired by a desperate - and beautiful - noblewoman named Jewel to rescue her kidnapped son. Prince Zeyn, a powerful wizard from the magical land of Djinnland, has designs on Aladdin's kingdom, and Jewel's son is to be the final piece of a bloody plot to rule two worlds.
To save the boy and his kingdom, Aladdin soon realizes he must seek the aid of a once-powerful ally, the mighty Djinn of the Lamp. Unfortunately, the Djinn is being held prisoner by Zeyn in Djinnland, a magical land full of dragons and ogres, magic carpets and magic castles. With time rapidly running out, Aladdin and Jewel will journey into a world far stranger than anything they had ever imagined, a world full of danger at every turn, a world in which they may never return. It will take all their cunning and wits to stay alive - but will they do so in time to save the Djinn, her son, and a kingdom?
From bestselling authors Piers Anthony (Xanth) and J.R. Rain (Vampire for Hire), Aladdin Relighted is the first in a magical series featuring Aladdin and his Extraordinary Lamp.
©2011 J.R. Rain, Piers Anthony (P)2013 J.R. Rain, Piers Anthony
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A delightful romp and lighthearted adventure also lurk in this audio.
I confess, I don't know J.R. Rain's work, but this is exactly what I have come to expect from Piers Anthony. The plot is easy to follow, the number of characters not overwhelming (thank God). The sex talk? Slightly juvenile, but not off-putting.
The narrator, Paul Licameli, has a beautiful voice and is clearly a trained speaker. I did feel as if his rendering was better suited for a stage performance rather than cozy or intimate story-telling (a la Scheherazade) and it took me several chapters to grow accustomed to what I consider too much enunciation. Either that or Mr. Licameli eased off after those few chapters.
Overall, I enjoyed the audio and would be happy to continue with the series.
This is a fun Fantasy romp that shouldn't be taken to seriously. Some of it is about Fantasy tales in other lands, but a lot of it involves fantasizing about the female body. While I can appreciate this perspective, I think many will not.
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So… this was published in 2011 but I remember my mom being all crazy about me NOT reading Piers Anthony when I was a teen. I can sort of see why as there are glimpses of his sexual writing in this one.
I was pretty interested in the beginning and was into the story but every other word starts is about sex. Not in a crazy porn way but in a casual I’m horny way. Firstly, hello one of the main characters is trying to save her son! Calm down and keep it in your pants! Secondly, he has some issues because he cannot perform since his wife died. Well.. maybe that’s why he can’t get his mind off of sex but come on. There is a time and place!
Now, I have sadly never read anything about Aladdin (save Disney’s movie but I don’t think that counts really) so I did not have any pre ideas about this. It was a fresh story and the characters (minus their obvious fixation on sex) were quite interesting! I could have used a little less of the sex bit but really the plot was intriguing but especially since I know nothing about other Aladdin’s adventures.
I also received this on audible so I got to listen to the gravely voice of Paul Licameli! I just love his voice and could listen to him all day long. Weirdly I have a plus and a minus for the narration but I’m curious if this is just the way he talks; he is very insistent with every word! Every. Word. He speaks in such a compelling way that it is almost difficult to decipher when something more intense is actually going on. I listened to a sample of Don’t Open The Well by Kirk Anderson but the particular excerpt definitely sounds like it needed his intensity. In Aladdin, in some portions it was a bit much, but in others, like the example of Don’t Open the Well, I think it is perfect. The depth to his voice definitely drags the listener into the story, whether they want to listen or not. It’s compelling and fabulous!
Aladdin Relighted though, did not need so much of a compelling, intense voice. It worked but in some places it was strange. Maybe it was that the story was strange as well. The plot and characters are funny and kept me entertained though!
In short: This was my first Piers Anthony. I’m not sure if I’m in love or if I’m holding back because I’m not a huge fan of Fantasy. It was easy to get into but hard to stay with.
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I grew up stalking my local library, snatching up every copy of Xanth that I could get my hands on. I was addicted to Piers Anthony's overuse of puns. This book reminds me of my love of that fantasy world, but with a lot more totally hilarious adult themed humor tossed into the mix.
The narrator! Paul Licameli turns this into a production. He doesnt just read the book, he acts it out.
The whole book is a blast, but meeting one of the first big bad beasties - the hornet queen, had me cringing and laughing at the same time. Actually the entire book had me laughing, enough that I was getting odd looks while walking through the story while listening.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
about the middle
More back story of Aladin's wife and son. They were touched on but greater expansion on them might have brought it into focus for me.
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The story was good, just wasn't outstanding. I LOVE JR Rain's Vampire for Hire series and Piers Anthony's Xanth series was my first love in the fantasy genre. This story fell short of my expectations of these two great authors.
I grew up reading Piers Anthony and for the most part enjoyed his books. They sometimes boarded on corny and immature but still entertaining. Unfortunately this first book in the Aladdin series takes all that to a new level. Not only is it cheesy but it is written with a very immature hand. It feels as though the story was developed as it was written and no real thought was put into the plot at all. When hopelessness abounds a convenient character trait seemed to be made up or an event from left field would occur to save the day. These traits or events appeared to be made up on the spot since no other resolutions could be thought of at the time of writing.
I made the transition from reading to listening over the last couple of years and must say there are quite a few great narrators out there. Paul Licameli is not one of them on this book. Maybe it was because the story is written so poorly and this was his attempt to give it some redeeming qualities. Unfortunately he failed miserably. He has a decent reading voice, but his reading style used here did not help this book in my opinion and probably made it worse. I listened to him narrate "Vika's Avenger" by Lawerence Watt-Evan and don't remember him making that book this bad.
As you can probably tell by now I would recommend giving this book a pass. I am doubtful that I will continue the story even though I hate not finishing what I start. You would think that a book from these two authors couldn't be this bad but unfortunately it was. Another point is the books length. It is a lot of money or credit burn for a book this short (should have been only a 1/4 credit). On the other hand at least my excruciating experience didn't have to last that long.
The story was okay, I expected a fairy story. The narration drove me crazy!! I realise
that I am the lone voice, but I found it hard to listen to. The end of almost every sentence was emphasised to such an extent that I wanted to pull my hair out. At first I thought J R Rain had gone over to children's fiction, but I guess that Piers Anthony must be the larger influence in this book and I haven't yet read or listened to any of his work so I am unfamiliar with his style
Paul Licameli has a wonderful voice, great for story telling, for children just not for me , at least not for adult fantasy. I will not give up on him just yet.
In the end I enjoyed the story. I received the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. The characters were well developed and Paul Licameli's narration added to each character with his distinctive tongue-in-cheek delivery.
I found the constant reminder of the main character's "manliness" tiresome.
I loved Paul Licameli's delivery for each character. His voice for the queen was a great surprise and fit just right into the story. Aladdin was quite intense and self-absorbed as written.
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I had a hard time putting this book down. It was well written with well thought out characters that were very entertaining in their interactions.
I've never read the story of Aladdin or Arabian Nights, so that might have something to do with my feelings toward this book. I found it to be full of adventure and fun, something reminiscent to the plot of an Indiana Jones story. The relationship between Aladdin and Jewel was a bit awkward, but, overall, I think it was a funny and sometimes funny story.
I really enjoyed listening to Paul Licameli. He made me laugh and I enjoyed his inflections. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by him.
A fun adventure.
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