Lionboy : Lionboy

  • by Zizou Corder
  • Narrated by Simon Jones
  • Series: Lionboy
  • 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What do you do when you come home one day and discover that your parents have been kidnapped? Well, if you're a brave young guy named Charlie Ashanti, you go off in search of them. And since you happen to know how to speak Cat, your feline friends (the stray cats of the city and the caged lions on a magnificent, astounding floating circus) rally around you, bringing help, advice, and occasional special deliveries. Little do you know that in this search of yours, the fate of the world is at stake.Sink your claws into this spellbinding tale of Lionboy. Meet a cast of characters you'll never quite forget: the good, the rotten, the ambiguous, and the delightfully weird. Follow Charlie through amazing places you just may have dreamed about as he braves great dangers and experiences the remarkable. Join the adventure!

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What the Critics Say

"Lionboy, an ingenious fantasy-cum-ripping-yarn about young Charlie Ashanti's search for his kidnapped scientist parents, delivers a great dose of circus excitement, complete with glitter, exotica, and animal smells. And if it did only that, it would be well worth the read. But there's more: the potent, evergreen childhood fantasy of speaking animal language." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Intriguing, But in the End, Unsatsfying

This book chronicles the adventures of a young boy as he seeks to find his missing parents. Written for a younger audience than His Dark Materials or the Bartimaeus Trilogy, Lionboy nevertheless engages the listener with lively characters and a fairly fast-paced plot. Said plot, however, is somewhat simplistic, and this book has a disappointingly unsatisfying ending, leaving the listener fully expecting a sequel which, to the best of my knowledge, doesn't exist. Not high art, and again, not as well-developed or unique as His Dark Materials or Bartimaeus, but a fun listen nonetheless.
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- Morro

Excellent!

I cannot express how much I enjoyed this book! I had not paid much attention to the fact that this was only the first in a series so when the end of the book came around, in the fashion that it did, I immediately sought the next one!

This book kept me riveted through my 2 hours of commute each workday, and even gave me a great excuse to wander off on errands that took me a bit farther out of the way than usual just to give me time to hear "just one more chapter."

This is going to be my new BEST book to recommend to people, old and new alike!
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- Lanakila "I am a voracious reader and long-time Audible member (2006). My favorite narrators are Simon Vance and Davina Porter."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-24-2003
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books