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By Liam T. on 03-16-16
this is a great book no matter your age /m 18
a really engaging book loved it very one should read listen to this book. yay
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By EC W on 04-24-18
Underwhelming - probably works better in print
This really didn't work for me. To start with, its obviously designed for an American audience as most of the "famous people" & "famous authors" mentioned are American, this makes following the games for an English 10 year old (albeit a very well read one) rather difficult as you don't know who the heck they are.
When games and clues are read out, at various points of the book, you often get a list of letters, or list of descriptions of flash cards (baby, hat, baseball player) and my brain just turned off and let the words flow over and around me. This again made it very difficult to play the games along with the main characters. Obviously, if you are reading an ACTUAL book it would be much easier as you could see the letters in print. There is a lot of this by the way. So much that I asked if we could return the book and get something else ... my son wanted to know the end so I had to grit my teeth. But even he admitted this isn't a keeper.
The characters are American standard models too; cheerleader, nerd, ruthless rich kid. Meh.
Its a shame really. The descriptive passages of the library are fantastic - very Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory - and the premise is great. It just doesn't work very well as an audiobook.