The Dark Talent

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Series: Alcatraz, Book 5
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,186 ratings)

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The evil Librarians are coming! A hero with an incredible talent...for breaking things. A life-or-death mission...to rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome threat from a powerful secret network...the evil Librarians.

Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday, he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them...by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.

©2016 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Listen to the end!

If you could sum up The Dark Talent in three words, what would they be?

The Smedry Way!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Talent?

When Bastille woke. I felt like a kid again as I laughed. It was probably good that I was in the confines of my own bedroom at that moment, because I was laughing like a maniacal fool.

What does Ramon de Ocampo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings a great assortment of voices, along with life to the characters.

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

The final ultimatum.

Any additional comments?

Please do listen beyond the credits, if not, you will miss something VERY important.

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He warned us. We still didn't believe.

It's was an amazingly awesome series. It had fresh and novel ideas, the magic system was really well thought out and the characters zany and cartooninsh. But best of all the stories grew, the series changed and grew dark and terrible and ended in the way the author intended. I applaud the determination and the guts to do it.

Unfortunately I felt it was a weakly written novel. the overall story is fantastic, but didn't do it for me. in the end I just felt sad and betrayed, heartbroken in the bitter realization that it wasn't a joke, I wasn't lied too, and no there wasn't any plot twist or gotchas.

The salt was that I didn't even enjoy the wordsmithing. The literary masterpiece that allows for immersion with the story. No this felt like someone trying to tell about a bad accident and not having the right words to describe it.

Damn he's GOOD!

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Great as always!

Loved it! Brandon is like no one else and he continues to deliver in this 5th book. It has everything you would want out of an Alcatraz book and more. I was a little disappointed with the 4th book, but this book felt like new life was breathed into the series! If you read the first 4 books then the 5th book is a must read!

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I hate you Brandon Sanderson.

As usual, fantastic writing, great narration from a guy who actually seems to understand the characters, and oh yeah completely infuriating. sometimes I think that being a Sanderson reader is an act of masochism and his books have made me rage quit twice. And I hope he never stops writing.

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Essentially half a book

Don't read this one until book 6 comes out. Just don't do it. Trust me. If you listen to this book anyway, remember this review and say, "Yup, that dude was right. I should have waited for the other half of the book." Super disappointed in this one. Never been disappointed in a Sanderson novel, but wow. Half a book. Seriously.

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Good story, not particularly satisfying though

I think this book is probably conveying what the author intended, but sort of like Game of Thrones or the Dark Tower series, it's more about the journey than the destination. For many, this means that the book will feel like something important is missing. If, however, you are content with an interesting story with unexpected twists and bizarre humor, and particularly if you are tired of the same old, same old, then this story won't disappoint.

The narrator really captures the essence of the characters very well and I really enjoy listening to him.

I highly recommend this book to those who don't need the tidy closure that many other books offer, but who can really appreciate a good story telling.

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Multiple Endings

I think you will enjoy the ending ending, which is further along than you think, and of course, Ramon de Ocampos, my favorite narrator.

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The ending is a terrible trick to play on young readers.

Seriously, the ending is enough to turn your kids off reading for life. Even after a long list of the author thanking everyone the less than two minutes saying the story will be continued is insufficient recompense for the ending.
My nine year old son loves reading and I’d like to keep it that way. He’s on book one and I’m canceling the series before he gets any deeper into it.

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Uhhh, it’s Alcatraz...it’s Sanderson. It’s Perfect.

Honestly, must anyone know more to know for certain the book is amazing.

I have read every book Sanderson had released. Been to every book signing within 150 miles of my home, where he was signing. And I’ve yet to be disappointed.

Genius is rare in this world. But Sanderson is one. I love his books. I’m always so pleased. And he hasn’t jumped the shark yet.

Keep them coming Brandon. Keep them coming.

Oh, and the book was fantastic. READ IT.

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Make sure you listen to the WHOLE thing!

Seriously I almost stopped the story 2 minutes early to give it a bad review. Glad I held out though. Brandon Sanderson has never let me down.

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