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The boys (aged 7 and 9) and I are having a whale of a time listening to this series and the third book didn't disappoint. From the knowing winks of the narrator ("Just wait till you get to the end ...") to the crazy action sequences involving sea serpents, giants, impossibly huge armored bugs, to the fact that the Great and Powerful Bandit King is actually 11, I practically can't find anything bad to say about this recording.
The only bad things is this - because the action rattles a long at speed, and there are LOTS of great jokes & a rather complicated plot, it's not ideal to be listened to in stop / start journeys like the school run. You could really do with time to listen to at least half an hour or so in one go, preferably longer. Having said that, don't let me put you off. The kids loved it.
Bronson Pinchot has a fabulous speaking voice and does lots of different characterizations. My favorite has to be the Southern Elf bounty hunter with his giant mongoose. However the boys point out that he has changed some of the characterization from the last book - probably because Bronson has a vast cast to deal with. There is also a bit more romantic interest in this one and (shock) a couple of kisses.
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