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"Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it." -Michelangelo

But what if an unscrupulous sculptor could trap someone inside a block of stone, just so he could carve them?

Master Gimpel, a deformed stone carver, intrigues Laurel and Jassy, her gypsy friend, when he offers a path to untold riches. Master Gimpel explains that his Troll's Eye, a red jewel, is a doorway into the stone world where a treasure cave awaits. From the moment Laurel looks through the Troll's Eye, she and her gypsy companion enter a dangerous race for their lives. "Two go in, two must come out."

©2014 Darcy Pattison (P)2014 Darcy Pattison

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  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 10-24-17

Read the book ...

I read the book, as a freebie last year and came across the audiobook. I listened to the first two chapters but the narrator sounds like a minnie mouse/charlie brown's teacher mixed in one ...
I recommend picking up the book for an enjoyable, quick read.

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I liked it, my grandchildren - not so much

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl, the Gypsy, and the Gargoyle to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jesse was definitely my favorite character. He remained a loyal friend 'til the end.

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

I don't think so. Sorry to say, that's something I don't pay enough attention to.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book twice on my IPAD, on trips with my grandchildren.. First with my 17 year old granddaughter who was disappointed with the ending. Later with my younger grandchildren, ages 10, 9, and 7. The two youngest cried when L was left behind and J got out. They liked that J came back every year to memorialize their experience, but they still cry at all sad endings.I liked the book and still almost cried at the sad ending, too. Very good. I enjoyed it. Crying is infectious in this family.

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Very good listen!!

Where does The Girl, the Gypsy, and the Gargoyle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is one of my favorite listens I've had. Very captivating story telling.

What did you like best about this story?

This book really has no slow part. From the first it moves right into the story and just keeps rolling right to the end.

What does Paula Bodin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reader does a great job of brining all the characters to life and keeping them interesting.

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

Be careful what you wish for.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the next offering from this author!

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Looks (and sounds) can be deceiving...

Where does The Girl, the Gypsy, and the Gargoyle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have been listening to audiobooks since the early 90s. This is hands-down, one of the most engaging.

What other book might you compare The Girl, the Gypsy, and the Gargoyle to and why?

Plot wise, I would compare it to (in books) the Black Cauldron, and audio-wise, similar to the Jim Dale narrated Harry Potter books.

What about Paula Bodin’s performance did you like?

Her ability to reflect, via her voice, the age and experience of the characters. Now that may seem like something any normal VO actor can do, but what made Ms. Bodin's performance stand out was that, as the character changed through their experiences, so did Ms. Bodin's performance of that character.

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

I can't put it better than Michelangelo: "Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it."

Any additional comments?

In a genre that seems to be playing out so formulaically in today’s YA media – young girl goes through hardships and realizes she is truly a hero – it is rare that one story can come across as fresh. Darcy Pattison has achieved this in “The Girl, The Gypsy, and The Gargoyle.” Ms. Pattison has served up a self-contained epic that has more twists in it than a corkscrew. Just when you think you have a handle on the characters and where they should be going, you get a curve ball. Realism and fantasy blend to form a lush world, distinctly creepy in its detail. The audio version of the tale brings out another dimension, as Paula Bodin does a fantastic job painting a picture with someone else’s words using her voice as the brush. You will be instantly transported and enraptured by the combined efforts of Ms. Pattison and Ms. Bodin, and after reading will be left questioning what the characters’ motives truly were. A great recommend to any Young Adult reader who has already devoured the Hunger Games, the Maze Runner and the Divergent books.