• Sky Raiders

  • Five Kingdoms, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: Keith Nobbs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,992 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Adventure awaits in the Five Kingdoms - come and claim it in this start to a new series from the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them - and ends up in The Outskirts.

The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…before his existence is forgotten.

©2014 Brandon Mull (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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A little scary at first, but a great story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

My son, 10, and I both enjoyed this book. It seemed a little too scary early on (not good for younger kids), but very fun and interesting throughout. The action is fast enough to hold his attention, and creative enough to hold mine. We really liked it & are disappointed not to have the whole series available on Audible.

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great story (as always); fantastic reader

fascinating story from a skillful author. this trade 2 is one of the best I have listened to, 1,000 times better than the reader for Fablehaven (no offense intended)

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By Surprise. . .

Read this for my class and found it get better and better with each chapter. The more involved it got, more I couldn't stop. Can't wait for Book Two.

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This is possibly Brandon's best work yet!

Would you listen to Sky Raiders again? Why?

Yes. Great story. Very well written and professional reader did a good job.

What other book might you compare Sky Raiders to and why?

It compares to like Harry Potter or the Narnia series.

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Best Series I Have Read In a While

I finished this series very quickly. I didn’t think I would grow to enjoy it as much as I did when I picked up Sky Raiders but I did, and there were more sky castles in the last book!

This series is perfect for middle school kids (or adults who love YA fiction), though the writing style is average at best. Also, I did not like the narrator. Regardless, the story and rich fantasy setting were enough to keep me from paying a lot of attention to the faults. Character development average, maybe slightly above average. They had faults and strengths and they weren’t annoying. Some of them were likable, though I think the narrator ruined Jace for me and I didn’t like his voices for some of the lead female characters either. It obviously did not ruin the series for me.

As for the best parts of the story: Brandon Mull is really good at making you think the characters are about to die (even though you know they won’t until the last one). Plans get ruined, hope is lost, there are no visible solutions to problems pretty regularly, yet the characters push on and manage to overcome the trials WITHOUT being rescued in a Deus Ex Machina. Mull really spent the time to put this story together the right way.

Furthermore, the setting is fantastic. A sky that’s never the same, Castles that float, giant pastries, portals, deadly music, robot monsters, dangerous hidden palaces and people that can turn into animals all fit together like a trippy string of dreams that someone found a way to explain.

Each book takes place in a different “kingdom” with a different kind of “magic”. You don’t start getting the whole picture of what’s happening until the fourth book, but it’s fun to learn as you go.

I also caught no whiffs of political, cultural or religious implications in any direction except basic grounded morality (like “slavery is wrong”) which was refreshing. Actually, it was pretty simple even in the politics of the universe, like good guys, bad guys simple as opposed to Hunger Games complexity where it’s hard to determine good political decisions. I was mildly disappointed but that would probably have gone over the target audience’s head.

If you are a serious writing snob, intolerant to meh narrators, or if you hate fantasy or children, then don’t read this series. If you love YA, love fantasy, love YA, and just need an entertaining read, I highly recommend this series.

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I love it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book for a friend. I already have! This book was very interesting and always had my attention. I even stayed up past midnight listening to this book. I loved the way the narrator did the voices, and when I had forgot the names of someone who was talking, the voice helped distinguish it.

What other book might you compare Sky Raiders to and why?

I would compare the book Fablehaven, also by Brandon Mull, to Sky Raider because, like Sky Raiders, they both kept me listening for hours at a time. It was also very well told and I always knew what was going on and was never confused. I love the story of all of Brandon Mull's books, and their points of view.

What about Keith Nobbs’s performance did you like?

Like I said, Keith Nobb's voices helped me distinguish character, create mood, and even better help deliver the story.

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

I definitely wanted to listen to all of this in one sitting! The only thing that stopped me was sleep. I listened to it till my eyes felt to heavy to hold open, then I closed my eyes. After, I still listened till I started to doze off. I listened to it in the morning as well as throughout my day even as I got ready for bed. I finished the book from 8:00pm on a Wednesday to 9:00pm on a Thursday. This book easily catches my attention.

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A great read that get you excited and wanting more

What made the experience of listening to Sky Raiders the most enjoyable?

I truly thought Skyraider's would be like the beyond yours. But after five minutes of reading it was completely different. I enjoyed all the twists and turns, and I'm excited for the next book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sky Raiders?

The first time they enter the sky castle.

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

Keith did a flawless job he was able to project a different voices and it was like watching a movie.

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

Sky Raiders, is not for the faint of heart.

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Just as great as fablehaven, Brandon mull is the best novel writer.

I love the way the storyline meets up to a great ending. Can’t wait for the 2nd book.

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A new family favorite

I'm always watching for series that my grade school kids and I can all enjoy (especially for summer roadtrips). This one is refreshingly imaginative and really brings you into this strange new world. The narration is unique...he varies his inflections more than his tone in order to create distinct characters. Most of the time it feels authentic and makes the characters sound like "real people" rather than caricatures. Occasionally he takes it a bit far and the dialo sounds stilted, but in general I'm a fan.

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Did not think the Narrator did Mull justice.

Great original story, however the Narrator seemed unable to separate character voices and used a speech tone that did not match main characters actions or thoughts.
I hope this is taken as creative criticism and used for the positive.

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