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I borrowed this series on disc from our local library in London and enjoyed the books so much that I have subsequently purchased them. Sir Ian McKellen had me captivated first time around and I'm back in the thick of it again now. Michelle Paver has created a wonderful world which he brings vividly to life.
I was immediately drawn into the book by Sir Iam Mckellan's great and believable voice. Its opening line alone left you wanting more.
'...Torak woke with a jolt from a sleep that he'd never meant to have...'
The suspence throughout is thoroughly enthralling. Its as gripping for the adult minds as it is for the childs. It is beautifully written. Dynamic and thoughtful.
The hero, Torak is brave, strong and a real hero. The fears and triumphs are believable. The friendship that Torak and Wolf cultivate is believable and lovely. Humorous and honest. The other heros are great aswell.
And as for the villians. Well I will leave that for you to decide. But evil and menacing are apt description in my book.
I totally recommend this book to everyone.
I dont understand why it is not in the same league as Harry Potter. And this is no disrespect to the Potter series or J K Rowling, as I am a huge fan, but Michelle Paver really has proved herself to be in the big leagues here.
The book is marvellous and everyone should read it.
So buy this, sit back and just allow Ian's voice lead you into this great story whilst your imagination does the rest.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
What can I say. This was a great book to listen to. Ian MacKellen's narration was enthralling, and the story was exciting and interesting.
My 7 year old daughter loved it and kept wanting to listen to more of it, and we, as parents, loved it to.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
A wonderful story, beautifully performed by Sir Ian. I say "performed" because he does so much more than simply read the book. The story is well paced, and easy to follow. Highly recommend this to pre teens, teens and adults alike.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Story of adventure, friendship and endurance against evil. The narration was excellent. Great children's fantasy story