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Friday, May 20, 2011

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens book review (audiobook version)

One Christmas Eve night,siblings Kate, Michael and Emma are whisked away from their parents after a mysterious visitor comes in the middle of the night. Ten years later the siblings have been passed from one orphanage to another, never giving up hope of being reunited with their parents, but also never finding the right place to live. They eventually end up in Cambridge Falls living in an old run down house that belongs to a strange man named Dr. Pym. While this is supposed to be an orphanage, Kate, Michael and Emma appear to the be only children living here. One day while exploring the house, they discover a mysterious book which they discover transports them to the past where they meet the Countess who is trying to get her hands on this mysterious book, The Emerald Atlas, one of three books that have an important connection to the three siblings. Thus begins an adventure of a lifetime and the hope of maybe one day finding their parents.

The audiobook is narrated by Jim Dale, who also narrated all of the Harry Potter books. As with the Harry Potter series, Dale found distinct voices for each character and was able to keep the characters' voices consistent throughout the book. The first book of a trilogy, hopefully Dale will narrate the next two books as well.

Readers who have enjoyed Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Naria series will also enjoy this new series. Author John Stephens will leave readers at the end of their seats wondering what will happen in the next book. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

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