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The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp | [Rick Yancey]

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

Alfred Kropp was just trying to survive high school when his guardian uncle gets him roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme that changes his life forever: stealing Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur. But after Alfred unwittingly delivers the sword into the hands of a man with enormously evil intentions, he sets off on an unlikely quest to try to right his wrong and save the world from imminent destruction.
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Publisher's Summary

Alfred Kropp was just trying to survive high school when his guardian uncle gets him roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme that changes his life forever: stealing Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur. But after Alfred unwittingly delivers the sword into the hands of a man with enormously evil intentions, he sets off on an unlikely quest to try to right his wrong and save the world from imminent destruction. This gripping, fast-paced, hilarious novel is both a thrilling adventure story and an engaging account of one boy's coming of age.

©2005 Rick Yancey; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Lighthearted, entertaining." (School Library Journal)
"A white-knuckle, page-turning read." (Booklist)

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    pakkmom Morgan Hill, CA, US 11-15-06
    pakkmom Morgan Hill, CA, US 11-15-06 Member Since 2006

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    "Builds slowly - great finish"

    I wasn't sure how well I was going to like this book. It starts off a bit slowly, but then gains momentum and then hooks you. The narrator did a great job with the voices for each character, outstanding actually. I found it hard to believe I was listening to the same person since each voice was so distinct. I was sad when the story ended! I'd like to know how Alfred gets along. Perhaps there will be more adventures of Alfred Kropp.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angelika Eisermann Pasadena, CA USA 10-23-06
    Angelika Eisermann Pasadena, CA USA 10-23-06 Member Since 2004
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    "My Son & I Loved the Book"

    My 10year old son I LOVED this book. Made our 9 hour road trip go quickly. We would love to see and hear more from Alfred

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 02-10-06
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 02-10-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Lots of Fun for Adults & Kids"

    Fun story with an a superb reader. It is one of those books that should not be hidden under "young adult". It's story is in the vain of such current "adult" stories as "The Traveler" yet it is as good or, in my opinion, better. Better because it is less pretentious, doesn't try to appeal to phooney "new age" mysticism, and because it is more fun. If you want a fun adventure yarn with a character you can love then this is the one you are looking for.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kalispell, MT 07-04-07
    Amazon Customer Kalispell, MT 07-04-07 Member Since 2005
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    "A must buy"

    Alfred Kropp is a likeable character and the narrator brings him to life. You find yourself pulling for him and wishing that the book was longer when you get to the end. I highly recommend this one!

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    Rick Perry, OK, USA 03-28-07
    Rick Perry, OK, USA 03-28-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent Adventure"

    Well-written and well-read, from start to finish.

    This adventure is NOT formulaic. There are twists and turns, and you won't be able to find out what happens to the protagonist until the ABSOLUTE end.

    My 13-year-old and I enjoyed this book immensely, and we listen to a LOT of audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip austin, TX, USA 06-22-06
    Philip austin, TX, USA 06-22-06
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    "Really Really Good!"

    This was a really good book. I bought this book not even reading its summary. So when I started listen to it I was worried that I would not enjoy it. I shouldn't have worried. The reader has been one of the best so far and the story was addictive til the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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