Historical detail comes alive as debut author Linda Buckley-Archer weaves the 18th century trials of Gideon, Kate, and Peter with the modern-day worries of their parents and the wily investigator trying to piece together the children's disappearance. A time-travel tale in the tradition of Mark Twain with a touch of Back to the Future, the first audiobook of the Gideon trilogy introduces listeners to a modern genre all its own.
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This is an excellent book. Well developed characters and excellent narration as usual from from Gerard Doyle. I can't wait for the next book.
This was an excellent story, with enough depth and levels to the story to entertain a variety of ages. Though I read it alone, I think it would make a great read-aloud story with the family.
Gideon the Cutpurse reminds me of books I loved in my youth. It's a complex and romping story, with plenty of good guys, bad guys, and some that are a little bit of both. I think it is rich enough to become a classic someday.
I loved the scenes where Kate and Peter had to deal with life in the 17th century, then they would fade and get a taste of the 21st century again.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
It's an excellent book and well worth the time to read, no matter what your age.
This is definitely one of the very best audio books I've heard. The narrator's voice is warm and engaging. He does a great job with the characters and accents. The plot is exceptional. I've read all three of these books, now, and this is definitely the best! The author does a great job connecting a modern audience to an 18th C England.
I love most books that transport me to another time and place & books that uplift my spirit.
It took me a while to start this series, and what did I wait for?!! Don't wait! I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next 2 in the series. Now I hope the rest of the trilogy is as engaging and entertaining as this one.
I listened to this with the kids and we all really enjoyed it. Good naration and a plot that goes somewhere. It really added to our interest that we live in the all three main locations referred to.
The main characters in this book are a 12 year old boy and girl but as the story takes place primarily in 1763 the grim reality of the time period is inappropriate for children. This book contains very realistic descriptions of poverty, cruelty and other gruesome descriptions of life in this primitive century. Avoid this book this book for children but enjoy it if you read it as an adult. Interesting real characters such as Queen Charlotte and children with deadly diseases such as scrofula (TB) add gruesome reality.
Here is one thing that is missing in the description:
It's junior fiction.
That being said, it is very well read and a very enjoyable book as it keeps a fun pace. Being 30 something myself I found myself cringing a couple of times at some of the scenes in this book that depict people as being open, honest and charitable (just like real life, huh?). Worth reading, pick it up if you feel like reading about a world with a couple honest people in it.
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