Although I liked the first novel of the series, this book is far better. I loved getting to know each of the characters better and...moreNarrated by Jim Dale
Although I liked the first novel of the series, this book is far better. I loved getting to know each of the characters better and Stephens did a wonderful job of maintaining the humor and candor of the younger two. Serious moments were balanced perfectly with the honest and spot-on remarks made by the siblings without sacrificing the depth of the emotions. This books is even more about love and family than the previous and we grew to understand and connect with the characters even more. New characters are introduced and old favorites are brought back, it's a treat. A love interest for Kate and several plot twists kept me on my toes. After yearning to be in charge and to take on responsibility, Michael discovers the high and lows of this new station. Emma is such a fireball and so perfectly fragile. She's possibly my favorite character and I look forward to the next book getting inside that head of hers. I cannot wait to see how this trilogy wraps up. (less)
3 children have grown up in various orphanages over the last 10 years. With only each other for support they dream of the day they...moreNarrated by Jim Dale
3 children have grown up in various orphanages over the last 10 years. With only each other for support they dream of the day they'll be reunited with their parents. A series of mysterious events lead them to discover the magical part of our world and their very important roles in it.
I picked this book up specifically because Jim Dale narrated it and as usual he didn't disappoint. Although sometimes predictable I really enjoyed the story. Kate, the eldest, is exactly what I would expect and the younger two children are a nice balance to her seriousness. I'm looking forward to hearing about the next big adventure.(less)
I really wish I would have read the first 2 books in the trilogy more recently. I had forgotten a lot of the details that were referred to or...more3.5 Stars
I really wish I would have read the first 2 books in the trilogy more recently. I had forgotten a lot of the details that were referred to or picked up in the last book. I enjoyed the book and there were definitely parts of it that I could put down. It was a nice, if not epic, ending to the trilogy.(less)
This audiobook was phenomenal. Created with a full cast, sound effects and music, it was unlike any audiobook I've listened to. It's been so many year...moreThis audiobook was phenomenal. Created with a full cast, sound effects and music, it was unlike any audiobook I've listened to. It's been so many years since I dove into the world of Narnia that the stories all felt like a dream from long ago. The stories seemed familiar but not quite clear. I also loved the pieces of information that CS Lewis' stepson gave us in between the CDs. I loved hearing about the character inspirations and the preliminary names. This audiobook is an amazing representation of the stories.(less)
Perhaps even 3 stars. First off, I would consider this more of a young adult book because I think it fits older teens as the target audience. The tone...morePerhaps even 3 stars. First off, I would consider this more of a young adult book because I think it fits older teens as the target audience. The tone is just so consistently somber I felt it was a bit tedious. We're talking about characters that are 21 and 24 years old and yet it is full over-analyzation and deep thoughts. It's not that I believe people of that age aren't capable of it but I have a hard time believing that of the 3 main characters, none of them are capable of anything else. What about a little laughter and lightness?
I'll still read the Traveling series eventually, but I might stick to that series. After the fiasco with My Name is Memory, I'm feeling a bit jaded on Brashares right now.
Also, narrator Cassandra Campbell did a fantastic job.(less)
These are the words that came flying out of my mouth the moment the last disk of this audiobook finished. I checked to make sure there wasn't anot...moreWTF?
These are the words that came flying out of my mouth the moment the last disk of this audiobook finished. I checked to make sure there wasn't another disk. I cursed again. I'm not a big cusser and thankfully I was in the car by myself.
I picked up this audiobook on a whim, noting that the writer also wrote the Sisterhood book series. I've not read those and I'll refuse to if they end in a way even remotely like this book did. I digress.
One CD in and I had decided that I didn't like the narrators. They both sound much older than the characters they represent and both with a tone and cadence that suggests they are reading a book. Of course they are reading a book but the best narrators actually become the characters. It's the difference between listening to a story being told and listening to a store occur.
I was sure I would like the story itself, so I checked the library system to see if they had a copy nearby. They didn't have a copy on hand so I decided to just wait on this one. A few days later I was faced with a 1 1/2 hour commute and hesitantly slid the second disk in. The narration didn't get any better for me but it was only mildly distracting.
By the end of the book I had decided that I would probably give a strong 3 stars, maybe even 4 depending on the ending.
AND THEN THE BOOK ENDED. It ended so abruptly I thought for sure I had missed the ending. It was like cutting it off in the middle of. The middle of what?! As soon as I pulled over I started to look up the sequel, cursing because I hate dangling in between books with stories that just stop mid-thought.
AND THEN I realized that there is no sequel. AND THEN I realize that this was published in 2010 and no sequel has been written since. AND THEN I realized that this must be the end of the story.
IS THIS REALLY THE END? Cheese and Rice. It doesn't make any sense to me. I can't say that I would recommend this book because it has no ending. I also can't give it a low rating because I enjoyed what I heard. I'm really torn on this one. Mostly I want to know what the hell happened.(less)