The Figure in the Shadows

Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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A classic fantasy/mystery from critically acclaimed novelist John Bellairs

Lewis thought the amulet would bring him good luck - instead, it brought nothing but evil.

Lewis is sure that Grandpa Barnavelt's 1859 lucky coin is really a magic talisman in disguise. With its power, he could do anything he wanted - like get back at bully Woody Mingo. But as soon as he begins wearing the coin around his neck, strange things start to happen. Mysterious letters arrive in the dead of night. A strange, shadowy figure seems to be tracking him.

And when Lewis finally gets his revenge on Woody, he feels as if someone else is inside his body, urging him to go even further. Has Lewis awakened a force beyond his control?

©1975 John Bellairs (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Great discovery

I just discovered this series and am so glad. This is the second book and it, as was the first book, is well written, interesting and has great character development. The main characters are Uncle John, nephew Lewis, friend Mrs. Zimmerman and Lewis's friend Rosie. They are all fully developed and likable characters. Lewis does tend to cry over much but he is still lovable. In this book Lewis is given a coin that is supposed to be a lucky talisman and he hopes it will help protect him from a bully that is making his life miserable. It is not lucky at all - it is evil and will kill Lewis unless he gets help.

The narrator for these books is George Guidall, who is one of my favorite of all the narrators in the business. His smooth expressive and distinctive voice makes the books extremely enjoyable. He does an equally great job with male and female voices. Putting his great performance together with a well written book is magic. My only complaint about the series so far is that the books are very expensive for their short length. They should be half the price they are selling for and it hurts to use a credit for a 3 to 4 hour book.

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Lewis Barnavelt returns for another adventure

Lewis is back.
Clumsy, overweight, and kind of whimpy, Lewis.
The kid breaks out crying more times than I can recall in this book. He makes poor decisions and is scared of most everything.

And yet, I like him.
All of these things make him more realistic than most characters in other books.
While we may not want to fess up to being the same way when we were kids, the truth is that we all were.

This time Lewis is not trying to save the world, just himself. It's a story about empowerment, fear, obsession, possession, and friendship.

The story is pretty short, but pretty firmly packed. Not a lot of wasted prose.

I recommend this title, but do read The House With A Clock In Its Walls to get the background first. It's a longer read but worth it.

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Love these books.

I've read all these books in 5th grade it's nice to have found them again. Story is good and so is the narration.

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Short and Charming

Returning to a book written in my childhood for a time in the author's childhood.

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Exciting and so much fun to read!

This was a pleasure to read. It was mysterious, exciting and a wonderful adventure. I really enjoyed reading it.

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Figure in the Shadow

Age appropriate for 5th grade and up.
Minor profanity toward end of story.

Light entertainment for adults.
Not intense enough for cerebral chewing.
It is nice show all loose ends are resolved.

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exciting

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book... there was a good level of mystery and intrigue in this particular story. The characters are well-developed and the action level is sequenced well in the writing. Personally I wasn't impressed with additional profanity in this book as opposed to the first one... just seemed unnecessary. would like to have had chapter titles enunciated also some kind of musical segue between chapters... overall enjoyed listening to this book

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we love these characters!

My little guy cannot wait to continue the series! He has fallen in love with the characters.

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Outstanding!

I absolutely loved this book. it's fun, and dark at the same time. George is a fantastic Narrator a

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Falling short

The first book was quite good, this one how ever seems to have fallen short with what seemed like a very rushed story line. I was hoping to have the villain from the first book having found a way back but in this the journey was plainer.