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Charlie Bone and the Time Twister

Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
Series: Children of the Red King, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (385 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Charlie hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no nasty surprises. But then Henry Yewbeam appears, twisted through time from the icy winter of 1916.

With the scheming Yewbeam aunts on the prowl, and the Bloors out to catch him, Henry will need Charlie's help just to stay alive. Bloor's Academy can be a very dangerous place!

©2003 Jenny Nimmo (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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"Jenny Nimmo...has a brilliant sense of storytelling and a well-tuned ear for good writing. Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale adds wonder to this book with his rich baritone reading." (AudioFile)

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Excellent

Henry gets into so much trouble since he is impulsive. It's all anyone can do to keep saving Henry from all the trouble he gets into. He is a sweet boy but he needs lots of supervision.

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The Children of the Red King Book #2

I read these out of order, but this is a great read.

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Disappointed

We are an audiobook family, but we couldn’t get into this story. The children wouldn’t listen past the first few chapters and I don’t blame them.

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Charlie finds his own way

Charlie morphs from passivity to action in response to his peril at school. Surrounded by so much malicious plotting, Charlie shows courage and compassion, and is now supported by a cast of talented companions. Whereas the first book felt dark, the series infuses a bit of joy here and there. And in the darkness, there is comedy - the absurdity of his grandmothers and aunts.

This book has been reissued with another narrator as well. Both narrators, Beale here and Coen in the more recent version, are very listenable in their different styles; but bump up the speed. I like Beale best, but often the first listen locks in our image of a book.

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Slower than book 1 but still good

This is a pleasant series. Book 2 is a bit weaker in plot than book 1 but I felt as if many important facts were revealed for future stories. This one held my interest and resolved itself in an acceptable manner. I am glad to move on to the next book though. I do like the characters and I like how the author allows them each to grow and change in each book. I especially like that this series is acceptable for middle school kids, since I do share my library with a couple.

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great story

I love the Charlie Bone books. someone should make a movie series out of them

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great b8ok

great book even for adults. lov3d it from the beginimg to the end, thank you

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Great series

Loved it. I can't wiat for the next one. Charlie Bone is a great series.

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Thin plot. Not as good as the 1st book

The 1st book was a fun kids book, but this one seems like it got rushed to the printer. The "cousin" of Charlie is frankly too dumb to live. Characters that were fairly fleshed out in the last book at times did things that were out of character, and several leaps were made to conclusions for no apparent reason.

Great narrator. So-so book.

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  • Rick
  • Riverside, CA, United States
  • 07-04-11

Awesome!!

I love this series, it's has a very comfortable style and the narrator is excellent. Its almost like watching a movie withe the various voices he has at his be beckoning call. I highly reccomend this book for adults and children.