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Midnight for Charlie Bone Audiobook

Midnight for Charlie Bone

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Publisher's Summary

Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. But his horrible aunts are delighted: it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them.

©2002 Jenny Nimmo; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"The writing is deft, most of the characters are intriguing, and Charlie Bone is an appealing boy." (School Library Journal)
"[An] exciting, fast-paced adventure tale...Harry Potter's myriad fans will be well pleased." (Booklist)

What Members Say

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    Jason Duvall Texas, USA 10-07-17
    Jason Duvall Texas, USA 10-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Long pauses"

    too long of pauses between some chapters and mid chapter breaks but otherwise good story and voicing

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    Olivia 10-10-16
    Olivia 10-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A+ story A+ narration "

    This series is wonderful, I absolutely recommend it to children and adults. The narrator has a very pleasant voice, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I have long been a fan of this series, I already read the books but they are still nice to listen to. I will warn you, the end of the series overall is frustrating. Regardless, I recommend it.

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    Dr Hesper 07-12-16
    Dr Hesper 07-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A 'different' type of fantasy"

    I really like this series. It's a little reminiscent of Harry Potter, in that its about kids with extraordinary abilities go to a 'special' academy, deal with sinister teachers or students and have mysterious adventures. But there's something different about it.

    The city is unnamed. So it doesn't take place in London or NYC or any known city (or even country) that I recall.

    The mythos is different from most fantasy magical books as well. It may be set against a Welsh mythology or blended with elements of african or Celtic legends, I don't know. But Harry Potter, it's not.

    What it is, is fun. Nimmo has developed a backstory all her own where all of the 'endowed' children...the ones with special abilities... are descended from one legendary king. Some are good, some are not, all are in a struggle for power even if they don't realize it.

    Like most fantasy novels there are magical creatures and artifacts to be encountered. But these are different. Intelligent cats, a kid that can talk to animals, and sinister relatives who dress and act like ... well, like witches! Though I don't recall any of the cauldron stirring, broom riding variety...nor even modern day Wiccans.

    And there are consequences in some cases to using their powers. Unlike some novels where kids cast spells willy nilly, often the abilities some have here are portrayed almost as a disability. Imagine having to live in the dark all the time because your 'endowment' causes light bulbs to explode...whether you want them to or not! You probably wouldn't be invited to many parties.

    One thing I'd caution about though is, for me, the characters sometimes lacked depth and warmth that you might find in some novels. While certainly not cardboard cutouts (these characters are unlike any I've read about), I came away not really identifying with Charlie or any of the others. Charlie doesnt seem to have any hobbies or interests. What is his favorite meal? Does he like sports? There are animals in the story but does Charlie like them? Dislike them? Merely use them as a tool or just ignore them?

    But...its still a good story and the narration was excellent! I really enjoyed the work Beale put into this and look forward to hearing more from him.

    Give this book a listen though. Its fun.

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    Joanne Lembo 05-01-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Totally original"

    Charlie Bone is an amazing book and the contents are totally original.
    Although it is often compared to Harry Potter, it is only slightly like it. It does have a boarding school that has some magical students but HP does not have ancient kings and a school for the arts. Also in HP the head master is kind and s not looking to control every one.

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    Amazon Customer 08-08-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Love these books!"

    This is a great series for kids. Even as an adult it is one of my favorite series when I want something light to listen to. The narrator is easy to listen to and uses different voices, switching easy from one character to the next.

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    malisa ibarra 06-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ugh!"

    Listened to this story because my son loved it and wanted to share it with his sister and me. It was awful!!! Disjointed, predictable and boring. Only finished it to respect his listening pick for our family. I do not recommend.

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    Beth United States 04-18-15
    Beth United States 04-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Well-narrated children's fantasy"

    Narrator did a great job. This is a children's fantasy--very enjoyable for fans of Harry Potter or similar stories.

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    James 01-28-15
    James 01-28-15
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    "Excellent"

    The narrator does a great job with the characters and the story is interesting. I love "the flames", they are so mysterious and magical that you can't help being fascinated by them.

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    Priscilla 01-21-15
    Priscilla 01-21-15
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    "12 midnight"

    I think the reader needs better voices other than that it was well read. I enjoyed this story so much

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    Tamara LAUDERDALE LAKES, FL, United States 09-06-12
    Tamara LAUDERDALE LAKES, FL, United States 09-06-12
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    "Wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Midnight for Charlie Bone the most enjoyable?

    This is great to help move you along and complete a book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlie.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Russell Beale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful for young children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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