"An ambitious blend of fantasy, mystery, and ecological adventure." (School Library Journal)
"Readers of this unusual book will find snippets of Dickens, hints of Harry Potter, and even a bit of Jean George. Yet this novel is uniquely its own." (Booklist)
The story and the telling of it were beautiful. The sense of revealing the mystery in both past and present kept me wanting to hear the next word. The images were wonderfully painted. The one thing that kept this a 4-star rather than a 5-star is the nearly incessant soapboxing. I understand and admire the the author's passion about saving the rainforests (just to be clear, that message is restated in an afterword), but the lecturing interfered with the enjoyment of the story. It made me wonder if the text version of the book was printed in biogradeable inks on 100% recycled paper and delivered on foot to bookstores so petrol would not be used in getting them distributed. This book is definitely on my "listen to again" list, but not until I'm in the appropriate mood.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Very well read. Not what I was expecting, even better. A unique and unusual story.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Extremely well written ecological mystery infused with a rich sense of history and knowledge. It sadly covers the devastation of the rainforest and the exploitation of the native habitants. The book emphasizes the value of family and protecting one another over the greed of money. Well worth the read.
What did you love best about The Valley of Secrets?
His brave adventure into the unknown.
What other book might you compare The Valley of Secrets to and why?
Which character – as performed by Charles Keating – was your favorite?
I can't choose just one
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes yes yes
Any additional comments?
A must read for the adventurous
I love the set up. It's a classic benefactor/orphan kind of story, with discovered relatives who have long gone, only leaving a giant mansion. Perfect setting for interesting things to happen. But the problem here is nothing actually does happen. I kept waiting for the discovery of a crazy creature or someone locked in a closet - SOMETHING - and yet nothing happens! It's just not enough to carry through the story and care about the character. All we get are endless passages describing backstory. boring.
A simple, purely pleasurable story of mystery and love of nature and of mankind in all our differences. Reminds me of a simple tale called I Heard The Owl Call My Name. The reader told this story well and someday I will listen to this one again.
A 'save the jungle' sermonette, with no plot.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful