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Lisa H. Lee

San Jose, CA
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  • The Figure in the Shadows

  • By: John Bellairs
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Lewis is sure that Grandpa Barnavelt's 1859 lucky coin is really a magic talisman in disguise. With its power, he could do anything he wanted - like get back at bully Woody Mingo. But as soon as he begins wearing the coin around his neck, strange things start to happen. Mysterious letters arrive in the dead of night. A strange, shadowy figure seems to be tracking him. And when Lewis finally gets his revenge on Woody, he feels as if someone else is inside his body, urging him to go even further. Has Lewis awakened a force beyond his control?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these books.

  • By Donna Bowen on 06-12-18

Figure in the Shadow

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Age appropriate for 5th grade and up.
Minor profanity toward end of story.

Light entertainment for adults.
Not intense enough for cerebral chewing.
It is nice show all loose ends are resolved.

  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

  • Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,051
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770

Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing differences from print text

  • By Damon D. Hickey on 10-24-17

Must get this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-17

If you have been enchanted by the Golden Compass then this is a must have book. It is read beautifully by Michael Sheen, even the female characters sound authentic! No, he does not start speaking like a female. He embodies each character including gender. You don’t fall out of the magic of the story.

Sadly, where you do fall out of the story is Pullman’s attempt to draw upon other classical magical realms. I wish he had stuck to the dimension he had already fully explored. Perhaps that is why he felt a need to draw in fairies and Poseidon like character because he had already overdrawn on his dimension.

  • Greenwitch

  • Book 3 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence
  • By: Susan Cooper
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil: the Dark. They are not at first aware of the strange powers of another boy brought to help, Will Stanton, nor of the sinister significance of the Greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that for centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Power from the Greenwitch...

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 06-27-12

Worth the revisit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-17

I read this series as a child and loved it. Returning to it as an adult but read to like a child has been thrilling.

The narrator is very talented. He is able to embody both male and female characters as well as giving the sensing of young and old.