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Publisher's Summary

Max fears that his family will disapprove of his friendship with Darla, a common girl from the village outside his uncle's fortress walls. That's why they meet secretly to read together from an old book that Darla found in a dusty room near the fortress laundry where she works. They read about a lost lake and feel adventurous when they slip out of the fortress to go swimming there; but the trouble begins when they find that, in the meantime, the fortress has been sealed and they can't get back in. It's lucky that they have the book with them, to guide them through the many dangers that await them on their way back home...or perhaps it is the book that is the source of their troubles. In the end, it is the power of the friendship that Darla and Max have forged and their courage that see them through a series of breathtaking adventures. Written by an award-winning author and his teenage son, this book is a light-hearted book for listeners of any age.

©2012 Kfir Luzzatto (P)2015 Kfir Luzzatto

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A fun listen for YA and older!

Have Book - Will Travel by Yontan and Kfir Luzzatto was a fun, magical, wild adventure. It's unlike anything that I have ever read or listened to before, saying that they story is completely new and unique to me. I could see influences of The Princess Bride and Chronicles of Narnia in the story and it was pretty darn entertaining. Max and Darla basically have a time travel book that they use to visit new and exciting places and have crazy adventures. They meet some great and not so great people along the way as they try to stay together and eventually return home. There are a lot of mishaps along the way.

The book kept my attention 90% of the time. There were a few spots where I found myself drifting from the story, but overall, it was a fun listen. There is no sex or language in this book, so I feel that it would be appropriate for the whole span of YA readers and older. Barbara Benjamin-Creel's performance is a mixed bag. Overall, I felt that she did a great job with the narration and the various, unique character voices. I despised Max's voice. Unfortunately I had to listen to it for the entire book. So that was honestly what bothered me with her performance. Listen to the sample and if it doesn't bother you, then you'll probably love her other characters and the narration as a whole.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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amazing

If you could sum up Have Book - Will Travel in three words, what would they be?

creative, wonderful, magical.

What other book might you compare Have Book - Will Travel to and why?

Narnia, they both have lots of magic and action, and a timeless air about the world like anything could happen.

What about Barbara Benjamin-Creel’s performance did you like?

I loved how smooth her change between male and female characters is, and how well she did the action, things were made clear without taking away from the story. She is also good with accents .

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really

Any additional comments?

I had no idea what to think going in, but I am pleased with this story, its full of action and a fun plot line. I love darla\a and thing she is a good match for max, there friendship is sweet.

I love so many characters good and bad in this story its hard to pick just one, I will say that I liked the ending a lot and I really enjoyed how the souls were handled in the story.
I got a free copy of this book in return for my honest review

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the most lovely teen book

oh I enjoyed this book so very much
the book is absolutely great every teenager should listen to this book I know I will give this book to my sister so she could listen to it a great great book

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A Thrilling Adventure through Alternate Universes!

Would you consider the audio edition of Have Book - Will Travel to be better than the print version?


What about Barbara Benjamin-Creel’s performance did you like?

Barbara Benjamin-Creel did a fine job and gave every character a different voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a story written for teens, but I think it could be enjoyable for adults and younger kids too. Max is the over-protected son of royalty and Darla is the daughter of an uneducated working class family living in a medieval world. Their forbidden friendship takes them to strange new places where they meet many dangers and even stranger people.

The book is well done, but I'd have liked more detail in some places and maybe an epilogue as well. It's great that it was written by a father and son.

Any additional comments?

When's the sequel?

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A Grand Adventure

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

Absolutely, especially my friends with children/teens. This was great storytelling by both the author and chosen narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'd have to say both Max and Darla. They were wonderful in spirit throughout the piece each holding the other up when situations seemed lost.

Have you listened to any of Barbara Benjamin-Creel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I've added her to my favorites list. Her performance was fabulous. Really great storytelling.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this from the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you!

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Magical Preteen Read

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the publisher/author/narrator in exchange for a voluntary honest review.

I'm obviously not the intended audience for a book like this. Kfir Luzzatto definitely wrote this for a young, preteen, readership but, when offered a review copy, I was more than happy to give it a reading.

Overall, I felt that this book's concept was interesting and fun. Two kids stumble upon a magical book which takes them on an adventure that introduces them to interesting people and complicated predicaments.

I would recommend this to a 10 or under readership (or listenership, as I listened to the audio). There are some strong vocabulary words for children that age but, beyond that, the relationship of the main characters, and the overall story, may be too simply written for older children.

The audiobook was a perfect driving companion; I would definitely recommend it as a back seat roadtrip listen for anyone's preteen child. The narrator did a fantastic job of making the characters whimsical and vocally distinct and pulled your attention throughout the almost 5 hours of audio storytelling.

I rate this a 2/5 stars but, as I said, I'm not the intended audience. I feel that a preteen child would definitely enjoy this story, especially in audio format, and rate it much higher than myself.

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Engaging & Exciting Quest Style Fantasy Adventure

Where does Have Book - Will Travel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank it as middle of the ranks. The story itself is a unique choice for me since I don't read much middle grade or fantasy, but I thought it was very well done. The fact that it isn't ranked as some of my highest doesn't reflect poorly on this story since I have nothing bad to say about characters, plot, settings, development. It got exciting and I loved that.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved all the creative twists to the story settings where Max and Darla ended up in many places and encountering interesting characters. They encounter villains, friendly folk, people that could go either way. Diverse lands and ways of thinking. I loved not knowing what was coming next for them and knowing that there was, indeed, something coming next.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator had many voices, accents, and other factors to deal with which I thought she did well. Her heroine's voice did pinch so it was a little distracting. But her pacing was good and I was overall satisfied.

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

I listened to it in two settings. It took a while to get going, but once they were out on the adventure, I didn't want to turn off the story.

Any additional comments?

Because this felt like middle grade, just a warning that it's moderate on violence and language.

I think it's a flexible story that people of all ages will enjoy including adults.