Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself".
He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.
There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English - but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.
Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.
Orson Scott Card, a New York Times best-selling author, has won several Hugo and Nebula Awards for his works of speculative fiction. He lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.
©2011 Orson Scott Card (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[T]his ambitious tale is well crafted, highly detailed, and pleasantly accessible." (Publishers Weekly)
These readers give the characters color. Janice Card is not my favorite - I can't explain what bothers me about her - there is just something - but she wouldn't stop me from listening to the book - I have heard much worse readers.
There are some funny one liners.
I wish the book was a little more wholesome - only because I think my kids would like it - but I don't think it is neccessary for them to hear talk about molestation and stealing and mooning people. The first half is filled with a lot of disrespect for authority and that isn't neccessary for children to hear. Not in this day and age.
The reading and narration is good as is the story however book one and book two seem like they should really be one book as the story kind of ends where if feels like it should begin.
I am addicted to audio books, mostly fantasy. I have alwayz loved to read but could never find the time. This way I keep my mind occupied with wonderful stories and don't get caught up in life's stresses. I'm so glad I found this site.
I enjoyed the magic behind this story but it left me very confused. Audible says there isn`t any more books in this series but the book didn`t really have an ending. There was alot going on, sometimes hard to follow. I enjoyed it to a point, but I won`t read anymore.
Story started out slow but it definitely improved.
I will probably listen to the next one in the series.
I love to jump right into a book at least within 30 minutes and this didn't do it for me. When I used to "read" I always gave a book 50 to 75 pages before I put it down. Too much good stuff to waste my time dragging through a story. Used to horrify my friends when I didn't finish a book but my drummer can't follow a straight line.
The storyline was interesting and enjoyable the whole way through. I liked the characters and way the magic was setup and explained.
Great reading by both Stefan and Emily.
I like the story a lot, its very good and i highly recommend reading it if you like fantasy stories. Don't go into it comparing it to any other series b/c that always taints your experience. Keep an open, clear mind and allow yourself to become immersed in the world of the Mithermages.
That said, the narration is not great. There is no reason to have two narrators in this story and knowing that the female voice is OSC's daughter, i can't help but think that she is only narrating this b/c of that fact, not b/c its appropriate for the story. Not that she does a bad job, to be honest, i would've preferred if she narrated the entire book.
If you want to hear a great example of a male/female narration team (along with a great, great story) listen to The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (or any of the Wheel of Time books). The husband and wife duo of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer masterfully narrate the entire series and it is by far the best example of dual gender narration i've heard to date.
Lastly, Stefan Rudnicki's voice is very stiff and full and doesn't feel like it fits an adolescent protagonist or the supporting characters. However, knowing OSC likes audiobooks, I think he tailored his writing to work with audiobooks b/c there weren't many times when you didn't know who was speaking despite the fact that Rudnicki seems to be incapable of sounding remotely like a female.
So I slammed the narration portion pretty hard (this IS Audible, after all) but if you're willing to pay the money and give it a chance, you will be able to get past any of this book's shortcomings simply b/c the story is great.
I didnt know what to expect from this book. But after the first chapter I was hooked. Now I'm just waiting for the next book to be released.
Yeah I already have. I love the concept and I can't wait for the next one!
The way it intertwines the past and the present.
Brilliant, but they always are. They bring the story to life!
The book sucked me in. The found myself driving around my office just to hear another 30 seconds.
The plot is solid, the mythology is believable and the characters are complex enough to make me pre-order the next book.
Fantasy lovers will enjoy.
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