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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times number-one best-selling author Patricia C. Wrede, the second in the series of magic on the western frontier.

Eff is riding west, away from the safety of the frontier city she's always known.... Eff could be a powerful magician if she wanted to. Except she's not sure she wants that kind of responsibility. Everyone keeps waiting for her to do something amazing - or to fail in a spectacular way. Worse, her twin brother, Lan, a powerful double seventh son, is jealous of all the attention she's been getting.

Even as Eff protests that she's just an ordinary girl, she's asked to travel past the Barrier Spell with one of the new professors at her father's school. The land west of the Barrier is full of dangers, both magical and wild. Eff will need to use all her strength - magical and otherwise - to come safely back home.

With wit, magic, and a touch of good pioneer sense, Patricia C. Wrede once again weaves a fantastic tale of the very wild west.

©2011 Patricia C. Wrede (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Another excellent book by Patricia C. Wrede

Where does Across the Great Barrier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I truly enjoy Patricia's ability to create characters and situations that are easy to imagine and her writing style flows so nicely. I am looking forward to the last installment of this story line!

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Great, simply great!

What made the experience of listening to Across the Great Barrier the most enjoyable?

Amanda Ronconi has the greatest voice. She reads at the perfect tempo, never sounds bored. She has a broad range of voices for different characters. I love listening to her. I never have to speed up or slow down the program to compensate for poor meter as I do in some other stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eff is the main character but I like Wash and Prof. Torgensen the best. They are both main characters who add spice to the story. Both are helping to shape Eff far more than her parents are.

Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It is just as great as the other ones. It might even be a bit better. She has to make a far greater range of accents in this one than in some of her other stories.

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

Here there be Dragons.

Any additional comments?

This story reminds me of the old maps where there is "Here there be Dragons" written in spots no one has explored in the past. In this story, there really are dragons, and a wide range of other magical beasts that cause problems for new settlers.

There is vibrancy in this story that makes it really come to life, I imagine this story will become a cult type of book much like some of the other books have over the years. It is right up there with the Harry Potter series, the Nancy Drew books, the Little House books. Yes, it really is "that good". My only complaint is that I wish the books were longer and I wish there were more of them.

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If you liked the first...

If you liked the first book, you will enjoy this one as well. This follows the pacing of the first book with a bit more intensity. A great chance to meet new characters and fall in love with the old ones all over again.

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Great read!!

loved this series, sorry to see it end :(. Loved the strength and depth of the characters and the story itself was just a good storry.

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More magical western awesomeness.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

Amanda Ronconi's performance is stellar, as it was in the last book. She captures the character of Eff in a great way, and her performance of all the characters is exemplary.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. I practically did, in fact.

Any additional comments?

I liked the first book a bit better, I think, since it covered so much ground in such a short amount of time. This book slows things down a lot. That said, they are in the meat of the story now, so some may prefer the pacing of this book to the last one.

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Three cheers for Eff!

Three cheers for Eff! She is brave. Very brave.

Again, these books are a little slow, much like the lumbering traveling over prairie lands in the frontier times, but I like it. It's nice to not feel so rushed during a book.

Amanda Ronconi continues to be an excellent narrator.

I'm looking forward to Book 3! I heard there's more William, and I missed him!

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Not going to continue with third book

Just too slow, filled with minutia... I liked the charaters but they seemed secondary to the travel log that just went on and on.

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Amanda R is usually the best

The Prof Torgeson voice and accent is sooo annoying and that is a big understatement ... ruined the book for me. Almost felt designed to annoy. Why???!!! Amanda is normally great and my fav narrator so was disappointed. A bit boring and would have benefited from a nice romantic attraction for Eff.

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Excellent story, and great characters

Great book, wonderful series, very enjoyable. I would recommend this book and the series to anyone who is looking for a clean series of books about magic.

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good book, you should buym

the end of time is the end of the strong noodle and it is with great lechery that we leech the leaves from the leaves.

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A Worthy Follow-up

Where does Across the Great Barrier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was a good follow-up to Thirteenth Child. It's not quite top of the pile, because I've listened to some of my top favourite authors' books, but it was a solid book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Across the Great Barrier?

That's the thing about this series... it isn't about big memorable moments. It's about characters and relationships and growing into talent.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

At first (in the first book) I found her accent disconcerting, but when I got attuned to it I got to like it. She pitched the voices and accents beautifully.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but it kept me happily entertained. By the way I do NOT want to cry over books. I want to be entertained.

Any additional comments?

I think I liked this one more than Book 1, possibly because Eff was older and a bit less obsessed with being a 13th child.