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Enchanted Glass | [Diana Wynne Jones]

Enchanted Glass

The mysterious Stalkers show up at almost the same instant 12-year-old Aiden Cain’s grandmother dies. Following his grandmother’s instructions, Aiden decides to seek out a powerful sorcerer at Melstone House. Yet when he arrives, he discovers the man died a year earlier. Melstone House now belongs to the sorcerer’s adult grandson Andrew, who agrees to help Aiden with the Stalker problem.
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Publisher's Summary

The mysterious Stalkers show up at almost the same instant 12-year-old Aiden Cain’s grandmother dies. Following his grandmother’s instructions, Aiden decides to seek out a powerful sorcerer at Melstone House. Yet when he arrives, he discovers the man died a year earlier. Melstone House now belongs to the sorcerer’s adult grandson Andrew, who agrees to help Aiden with the Stalker problem. But then other problems come up: a creepy neighbor is stealing power from the land, and magic is leaking between the realms. Dealing with these issues would be so much easier—if only Andrew could remember anything his grandfather taught him about magic. Fantasy legend Diana Wynne Jones, who has captivated young listeners for generations, delivers a compelling and humorous adventure. Steven Crossley’s narration captures the excitement and wonder as newly acquainted characters work together to prevent terrible consequences.

©2010 Diana Wynne Jones (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“Flashes of humor, realistic … dialogue and growing-up moments both painful and authentic create a convincing and poignant read.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Carol Concord, CA, United States 01-24-11
    Carol Concord, CA, United States 01-24-11
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    "Magic and Ordinary Life"

    I had already bought and read a hardcover copy of this excellent book, but I like Steven Crossley's reading so much that I bought the audiobook too. Diana Wynne Jones's books are a convincing blend of magic and ordinary life. Her characters are clearly drawn and memorable, The villains are menacing, and the good guys are charming, including the rather dangerous young giant who's filled with glee because his new clothes have zippers. Even the good guys don't always agree (for example, there's a prolonged silent contest over the arrangement of furniture), but we get to see friendship, humor, and loyalty among people willing to go out of their way to help each other.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Sklensky Syracuse, NY USA 04-16-12
    Diane Sklensky Syracuse, NY USA 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Thoroughly Charming"
    Would you listen to Enchanted Glass again? Why?

    I enjoyed the voice, characters and story very much and would like to revisit them another time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Enchanted Glass?

    Andrew visits Aidan's foster family and discovers that the story is more complicated than he had realized.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    While I liked most of the characters, Andrew - a person of magical talents, but not seeking after power, with, instead, a sense of responsibility and a passion for history, definitely engaged my sympathies the most.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a delightful story - suitable for children and adults.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Word Nerd United States 02-22-11
    Word Nerd United States 02-22-11
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    "Not the greatest"

    I want to start by saying that I am a Diana Wynne Jones fan. But her books are always a hit or miss for me. I loved some of her books but I couldn't get into some of the others. I knew I was taking a gamble.

    I originally bought the hard cover but I didn't have time to read it, so I downloaded the audible. The book was whimsical like all the other DWJ books, with goofy characters, and silly villains. But what the heck was it about? What was the plot? Who was the main character? First, you have Andrew, who has a weird experience on his way to his grandfather's, who he finds out is dead. Then you have Aiden, who shows up out of nowhere for no reason after his grandmother dies. You have a bunch of insolent, annoying servants, and a handful of odd characters who drop in and out causing all kinds of chaos. This is Jones' style, but it sometimes gets out of hand to the point that the whole reading experience is almost painful. None of the characters are clearly explained. Half the things they say make no sense. And the villains (as in most of DWJ books) are the stupidest villains you ever came across. They always, very pleasantly, explain the bad things they are doing or are about to do. What villain does that? They're not even shrewed. They're just annoying enough that you want the main characters to swat them away (which they usually do).

    This book ended with so many things left unexplained. The things that were explained were absurd. A lot of this book wasn't really appropriate for children -- which is cool for me since I'm not a child, but not cool for the kids who were lured in by the colorfully graphic cover that implies a 12-year-old main character. Most of the book was, in fact, in Andrew's adult point of view. The narrator was pretty good, although he did a lot of whining voices, which started to get on my nerves.

    If you are a fan, you should probably give this one a try. Just brace yourself because it's not DWJ's best work.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beth ALBANY, LA, United States 09-08-13
    Beth ALBANY, LA, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing through and through"
    What made the experience of listening to Enchanted Glass the most enjoyable?

    Steven Crossley is a master of the voice. Listening to him is an experience in itself! He narrates wonderfully, even giving each character an individual "voice."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite protagonist was Andrew because he was a very real to life character. The puck was my favorite antagonist due to his annoyingly good meddling.


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    He gives each character a voice and was NEVER monotone. His voice forced my attention and made me happy to listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The title of course: Enchanted Glass


    Any additional comments?

    n/a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul New York, NY, United States 04-23-13
    Paul New York, NY, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not a Fantasy writer."
    What disappointed you about Enchanted Glass?

    Even the paranormal should have rules. This is bad fantasy.


    Has Enchanted Glass turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO. "Dresden Files" is my standard.


    How could the performance have been better?

    No better, no worse


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger.


    Any additional comments?

    And suddenly the big tree saves everyone!!!!!! What the .....

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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