Okay, first off, yes, I expect there to be some 'magical' aspects to this story. It's about Disney after all. I enjoyed the first Kingdom Keepers book..Show More », but perhaps that was partially due to the fact that I read that one, instead of listened to it; this title have only listened to. These are geared towards children/teens, but that does not mean that logic must be ignored, or common sense thrown out the window. One cannot follow how the characters make their conclusions, or why they do half of what they do, which makes it hard to enjoy the story.
To make matters worse, the narration is atrocious. Following what another reviewer said, the valley-girl voice for all female characters is annoying and distracting, nor do the voices even remind one of a woman (or girl) in most cases. I know it is a man reading the story, but most good narrators tend to at least give the impression of femininity. Here, I feel as though I'm listening to a comedy sketch impression. The most irritating part is that many times when 'she' should be spoken, the narration clearly says 'he.' I thought I was going crazy at first - rewinded and replayed multiple times. My thought was confirmed when a girl was described as 'himself.' Not sure if these were typos that were just read in mistake, or what, but it definitely impacted my listening experience negatively.
This series has always been a little hard to listen to, because it changes from character to character very often. I had to skip back and re-listen to..Show More » understand what was going on. I assume in the books there is a gap between paragraphs or something to indicate changing scenes. Maybe future audio versions could have sounds of some kind as indicators.