We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret | [Chad Morris]

Cragbridge Hall, Book 1: The Inventor's Secret

Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible.
Regular Price:$12.59
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar. Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins must follow a mysterious trail of clues left by their grandfather. They must find out where their family is, learn who they can trust, and discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall. Abby and Derick soon realize they are caught in a race with a fierce adversary to discover their grandfather's greatest secret - a dangerous discovery that could alter both history and reality.

©2013 Chad Morris (P)2013 Shadow Mountain

What the Critics Say

"A fantastical futuristic read that should engage kids and families." (Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times best-selling author)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (414 )
5 star
 (127)
4 star
 (163)
3 star
 (90)
2 star
 (24)
1 star
 (10)
Overall
3.8 (377 )
5 star
 (113)
4 star
 (138)
3 star
 (89)
2 star
 (27)
1 star
 (10)
Story
4.1 (375 )
5 star
 (147)
4 star
 (144)
3 star
 (63)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 04-28-13
    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 04-28-13 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    135
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Harry Potter meets DaVanci Code -Young Adult title"
    Any additional comments?


    The year is 2074 and technological advancements have led to the creation of the most advanced secondary school in the world. Imagine viewing history in real-time with revolving viewpoints, where you control every aspect and are able to watch the most important events unfold in front of you. Imagine a virtual system that allows you to become an avatar and experience the world as an animal. All things are possible at Cragbridge Hall…
    Enter the grandchildren of the school’s founder and inventor of these wondrous technologies and this sets an adolescent struggle to prove you belong. But it doesn’t take long before this desire to measure up against one’s peers turns into an adventure in which failure is not an option and failure to measure up could have catastrophic results.
    Very entertaining it’s ability to weave history into the adventure and overall a great fun listen for all those young at heart!!! Highly recommend!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 04-14-14
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Love this book, very enjoyable."
    Where does Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10. I think this would make a good movie.


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

    It grabbed my interest and I couldn't stop listening. Can't wait to get book 2.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sheryl B. 04-09-14
    Sheryl B. 04-09-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very Entertaining. Light Read."
    Where does Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It does not have the extensive content of Game of Thrones or Harry Potter, but it is a good easy listening, light read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The creativity of the characters and the plot and the ties to history.


    What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good characterization.


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

    When Abby and her parents were almost lost.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Roy Mawson Lakes, South Australia 04-08-14
    Roy Mawson Lakes, South Australia 04-08-14 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Sci Fi Harry Potter ?"
    If you could sum up Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Light, historical & entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cragbridge Hall, Book 1?

    When a character is mauled by a bear in what proves to be a very realistic simulator.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The characters experience with 'driving' the avatar, while climbing into the watchtower.


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

    Almost managed it, an afternoon and the following morning while in the workshop. I actually used this book as a successful sorbet to remove the experience of a less well written and performed novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll definitely be following the characters in the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Patrick Grover Beach, California, United States 04-07-14
    Patrick Grover Beach, California, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    177
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A short but entertaining story"

    Well worth the Daily Deal price for admission. I liked it so much that I'm purchasing Book 2 and looking forward to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    R. Stockton Michigan, USA 07-12-14
    R. Stockton Michigan, USA 07-12-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Book is aimed at middle school kids."
    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cragbridge Hall, Book 1?

    A scene early on in which there is a "roommate" conflict. Without spoilers, it was distressing and unfair social bullying...a great way to generate drama and setup a "Harry vs Malfoy" rivalry...but to me, it was an annoying drama, and the sort of things that would not actually be tolerated.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm generally a fan of reading "young adult" books (Harry Potter, Ranger's Apprentice, etc).. But the ones I like are easy to read, and easy to engage in, but not necessarily targeted at kids. This book was targeted at middle school kids. I can see why it's popular, but I didn't personally like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marcos Portland, OR, United States 06-28-14
    Marcos Portland, OR, United States 06-28-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting setting, poor, lazy story"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe female highschoolers, but even they could use a more entertaining "slice-of-life" story.


    What could Chad Morris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe a bit more acting, aside from just emulating the voices. Too many characters sounded like they didn't even care they were in the story, and his tone as a third-person narrator was too monotonous, specially at the first third of the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

    My first thought was Dana Stabenow, though I don't think she ever read anything like this.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cragbridge Hall, Book 1?

    I might trim a bit at the beginning, but the book suffers more from lack of content than excess.


    Any additional comments?

    Took a couple of hours to get hooked on this. All you get for that time is a whiny, stupid protagonist (Abby) that can't stand up for herself and repeatedly acts unreasonably. For two hours, I was listening to a "slice-of-life" in a futuristic high school from the perspective of a character I wound up never caring for. Between that and the uninspired narration, I was about to return this book. After all that time, I still had no reason to care for the story.

    Then the book actually started towards its main plot point, and Abby stopped whining as much. From there to the end, I found just enough to keep me reading. There were some fun moments, but those belonged to Rafael, a brazilian teacher's assistant, and Derek, Abby's twin brother.

    In the end, I felt the book was too straightforward. In spite of all the odds, the immense stakes and the extremely rich, powerful and influential enemy, the only things that really stood between the characters and the conclusion were about a dozen henchmen with half a brain and Cragbridge's challenges. The only student against them only mattered for a bad night's sleep and a couple of blushing moments at the beginning of the book, then she disappeared. It felt like the villain barely even tried to win, or, more practically speaking, the author was trying to keep his own job of concluding the book simple.

    I won't say I regret listening to the book, but I didn't get much out of it. Since I already got through the first book, I might give the sequel a go on account of it supposedly being centered around the avatars, but not anytime soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 06-02-14
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 06-02-14 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    40
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    90
    90
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Well crafted YA fiction"

    Bottom line up front: This is solid young adult fiction that can be enjoyed by older readers. I can recommend it as I did enjoy the story.

    The book does, however, use many of the tools used in the Harry Potter series. Kids separated from the adults, a grandfather figure, magic (in this case very advanced technology), etc. If you can accept this and not let it impede your experience, then you should be able to appreciate the imaginative aspects of this book.

    The narrator was well matched to the work and put in a solid performance. This series should find a following in it's target audience, and it deserves to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nate UT, United States 05-12-14
    Nate UT, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful start to a new YA series!"
    If you could sum up Cragbridge Hall, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    funny, exciting, inventions


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carol is easy our favorite character. She is spastic and hilarious, and her constant talking and flirting with "any boy with a pulse" creates great comic relief.


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

    This was a fantastic performance; Kirby Heyborne did a wonderful job adding personality to each actor, and even getting all the accents, but unfortunately, the volume was very poorly leveled, so when Kirby has to shout to get the character's proper tone, the volume is excruciatingly loud. These moments should have been turned down so that the entire reading had a similar volume, while still keeping the tonal changes in the voice.


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

    There are several very moving moments in history described in great detail, and they were great to visualize.


    Any additional comments?

    As mentioned in the title, this is a fantastic book, and a great start to a fresh new series. As with any work of literature, there are very common themes found in this story line. An eccentric inventor grandfather, a special school for top tier kids, a girl who feels like an outcast... But these themes are used because they work. There are plenty of unique aspects to this book, and the story is easily different enough that it doesn't feel like a rehash.

    Abby and Derick (twins) are the main characters, but most of the story focuses on Abby. Her friend Carol is hilarious and my wife and I frequently found ourselves laughing out loud at Carol's ridiculously fast and random way of speaking.

    The Audible narrator, Kirby Heyborne, who is a professional actor, does a fantastic job adding personality to each voice, and even does some pretty good accents. One big problem with the narration was the audio levels, which were all over the place. When characters seemed to be yelling, whether because they were excited, angry, or just to be heard, Kirby would yell. This is fine, as it gets the correct tone of voice across. However, the audio engineer apparently did not do proper volume leveling on the recording, because the volume of the yelling is cringeworthy (to be clear, it is very, very loud).

    Aside from that, I have few complaints. Some of the inventions are a bit hard to swallow. For example, robot avatars controlled with your mind that are so incredibly real that they are indistiguishable from the real animal, and their eye cameras are apparently high enough resolution and fidelity that the image feed going back to the controller feels like real eyes. But other inventions are intriguing and realistic enough, like computer rings that connect with contact lens screens and allow typing and other computer functions on-the-go. The flow of time theory used in this fictional universe is a bit different from the more common ones, and maybe not quite as thought out.

    All things considered, though, with a young adult target audience, this book really hits the mark. Entertaining, funny, gripping, but not too dark, deep, or otherwise inappropriate for a young audience. Carol's extremely funny flirtatiousness is about as steamy as it gets, so parents, nothing to worry about here. There is an underlying theme of learning from the past, which should be pretty universally upheld. Disasters and trials can bring out the best in humanity, and there is much to learn from history in that regard. Looking forward to reading the next book, and the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sallie RIVERTON, UT, United States 05-11-14
    Sallie RIVERTON, UT, United States 05-11-14 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    74
    72
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A very good book for the younger crowd"

    I enjoyed everything about this book! I am a grandmother and would like my g'kids to read this when they are older. It is a book that would bring younger children to to become interested in some stories in history. Kind of a Harry Potter situation where the students can witness history in a life like visual effect. Also an Avatar aspect where the students can control animals. I will be listening to more of this series. I also like Kirby Heyborne as the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 14 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.