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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
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Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom - from which no elf has returned alive in more than 100 years. 

Brangwain's host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them - and war for their nations. 

A hilarious and biting social commentary that could only come from the likes of National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson and Newbery Honoree Eugene Yelchin, this tale is rife with thrilling action and a comic disparity that suggests the ultimate victor in a war is perhaps not who won the battles but who gets to write the history.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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SO MUCH FUN!!!!!

This book is AMAZING!! It accurately portrays how prejudice can shape a person's view of their surroundings. Granted, it is from the perspective of an Elf and a Goblin, at the same time, how many times do we go to someone's house and view their customs as strange? If you said never, you haven't been to enough friend's homes.

I listened to the whole thing straight through without looking through the PDF the first time. The second time I looked at the PDF at the appropriate times. It gave a different perspective of the story and was equally funny. The difference of how Brangwain saw himself and his host and compared the Goblin culture to his own was delightful!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the book!! I highly recommend this book for middle school students and up.

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Not meant to be an audio book

I read this book via audiobook. While the story was quite enjoyable, it was not meant to be an audiobook. Several times the reader is instructed to “see page # of the bonus pdf”. Such instructions really pull the reader out of the story. Also, the pictures provided in the bonus pdf tell some of the story. Good story that is meant for paper or ebook only.

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Summer fun.

I was going to spend some time in the mountains off line and wanted something light and entertaining. I don't usually listen to nonfiction, but found this delightful.