The Books of Beginning

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498 ratings

The Emerald Atlas Publisher's Summary

Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last 10 years, passed along like lost baggage.

Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now.

Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And - if an ancient prophesy is correct - what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.

©2011 John Stephens (P)2011 Listening Library
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  • Book 1

    • The Emerald Atlas

    • Books of Beginning
    • By: John Stephens
    • Narrated by: Jim Dale
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132

    Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic addicting fantasy

    • By Stacey on 04-21-11

    Regular price: $33.60

    • The Emerald Atlas

    • The Books of Beginning
    • By: John Stephens
    • Narrated by: Jim Dale
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    They were taken from their beds one frozen night, when the world was covered in snow. The silhouette of a tall, thin man has haunted Kate ever since. Ten years on, Kate, Michael, and Emma have grown up in a string of miserable orphanages, and all memories of their parents have faded to a blur. Arriving at Cambridge Falls, the children quickly realise there is something different about this place – and Kate feels sure she has seen the dark, crooked house before.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoy

    • By michael on 10-21-11

    Regular price: $24.10

  • Book 2

    • The Fire Chronicle

    • The Books of Beginning, Book 2
    • By: John Stephens
    • Narrated by: Jim Dale
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 672
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 635
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 634

    It's been six months since Kate, Michael, and Emma confronted the Dire Magnus, but the trail to their long-missing parents remains cold. Then Michael and Emma find a man who saw them ten years ago - three days after they disappeared. He knows about a map of a distant land, a place shrouded in mystery that may lead them to their parents. Meanwhile, Kate's connection to the Book of Time is growing stronger and stronger, until a dangerous trick gets her stuck in the past, searching for a friend to help her. Only a perilous quest and a daring risk will help the children to harness the power of the Books of Beginning.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great follow up to the Emerald Atlas

    • By fxtrtr on 11-07-12

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 3

    • The Black Reckoning

    • Books of Beginning
    • By: John Stephens
    • Narrated by: Jim Dale
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 532
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 492
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 489

    The adventures of siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma come to a stunning conclusion when they must find the last Book of Beginning - the Book of Death - before the Dire Magnus does, for when all three books are united, their combined power will be unstoppable.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't finish the series well

    • By Kenneth W Bertin on 08-31-15

    Regular price: $33.60