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Publisher's Summary

Alfred Kropp was just trying to survive high school when his guardian uncle gets him roped into a suspicious get-rich-quick scheme that changes his life forever: stealing Excalibur, the legendary sword of King Arthur. But after Alfred unwittingly delivers the sword into the hands of a man with enormously evil intentions, he sets off on an unlikely quest to try to right his wrong and save the world from imminent destruction. This gripping, fast-paced, hilarious novel is both a thrilling adventure story and an engaging account of one boy's coming of age.
©2005 Rick Yancey; (P)2005 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Lighthearted, entertaining." (School Library Journal)
"A white-knuckle, page-turning read." (Booklist)

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Builds slowly - great finish

I wasn't sure how well I was going to like this book. It starts off a bit slowly, but then gains momentum and then hooks you. The narrator did a great job with the voices for each character, outstanding actually. I found it hard to believe I was listening to the same person since each voice was so distinct. I was sad when the story ended! I'd like to know how Alfred gets along. Perhaps there will be more adventures of Alfred Kropp.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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My Son & I Loved the Book

My 10year old son I LOVED this book. Made our 9 hour road trip go quickly. We would love to see and hear more from Alfred

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Carl
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 02-10-06

Lots of Fun for Adults & Kids

Fun story with an a superb reader. It is one of those books that should not be hidden under "young adult". It's story is in the vain of such current "adult" stories as "The Traveler" yet it is as good or, in my opinion, better. Better because it is less pretentious, doesn't try to appeal to phooney "new age" mysticism, and because it is more fun. If you want a fun adventure yarn with a character you can love then this is the one you are looking for.

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enjoyable, fun adventure novel

Where does The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really liked Yancy's Monstromologist series. This one is good, but it is a little bit pedantic / obvious in the ways the lessons of character are taught. I found it a little bit more predictable than the other series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alfred really is a good character. He's likable and relate-able. I also liked Bennacio.

Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

Alfred was well acted. I felt like the reader was dynamic enough to keep all characters straight without overdoing it.

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

No - it was mostly entertaining.

Any additional comments?

This book obviously is popular - a whole series of them follow this one. I'm not that interested in car chases, etc. so this will be the last of this series for me. I hope Yancey writes some more creepy scary novels.

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I really loved it.

listening to it is good but it is find of better if you read it.

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awsome

loved it it was the best would read yay lovely so good great good bye

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This Book is Amazing

EVERY LITTLE DETAIL OF THE STORY EWAS PERFECT AND THE NARRATOR WAS GREAT AT EXPRESSING THE VOICES AND EMOTIONS OF THIS BOOK! OTHER THEN THAT THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!

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A must buy

Alfred Kropp is a likeable character and the narrator brings him to life. You find yourself pulling for him and wishing that the book was longer when you get to the end. I highly recommend this one!

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  • Rick
  • Perry, OK, USA
  • 03-28-07

Excellent Adventure

Well-written and well-read, from start to finish.

This adventure is NOT formulaic. There are twists and turns, and you won't be able to find out what happens to the protagonist until the ABSOLUTE end.

My 13-year-old and I enjoyed this book immensely, and we listen to a LOT of audio books.

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  • Philip
  • austin, TX, USA
  • 06-22-06

Really Really Good!

This was a really good book. I bought this book not even reading its summary. So when I started listen to it I was worried that I would not enjoy it. I shouldn't have worried. The reader has been one of the best so far and the story was addictive til the end.