Midnight for Charlie Bone : Children of the Red King

  • by Jenny Nimmo
  • Narrated by Simon Russell Beale
  • Series: Children of the Red King
  • 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Charlie doesn't want to believe it when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking. But his horrible aunts are delighted: it means that he is one of the chosen and must attend Bloor's Academy for gifted children. Once there, Charlie realizes that some of his classmates have equally mysterious powers, and soon Charlie is involved in uncovering the mysterious past of one of them.


What the Critics Say

"The writing is deft, most of the characters are intriguing, and Charlie Bone is an appealing boy." (School Library Journal)
"[An] exciting, fast-paced adventure tale...Harry Potter's myriad fans will be well pleased." (Booklist)


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Adults Take on Charlie Bone

I read a lot of this genre, having a seven year old son who loves mystical, fantastical tales (Harry Potter, Dragon Rider, Eragorn) and I have to say that I enjoyed book better then most. It has the right amount of suspense and magic for the age group but also has one thing that I am partial to; hope.

I have been yearning to find a children's novel of this calibre that provides it's readers with something to look forward to in the next book, not dark forbodings but enthusiastic hope for the future.

Charlie also has the support of a family unit which also seems to be missing from other books. This helps my son associate with the character in a more substantial way.

All in all one of the best finds on Audible, the narration is superb and easily followed by children.
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- Nicole

The Children of the Red King #1

I hope that audible takes a notion to tell us the order of these books, and to link them together. Just so you know, this is book #1 and a great begining to this authorverse.
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- Benjamin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2003
  • Publisher: Listening Library