Egg & Spoon

  • by Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. Her brothers have been conscripted into the Tsar's army and taken as servants in the house of the local wealthy landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in St. Petersburg - a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena's age. When the two girls' lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an adventure that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and - in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured - Baba Yaga, the witch of Russian folklore, in her moving house perched on chicken legs.

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Young listeners would enjoy this book

The book was a decent listen and very whimsical. The two main characters were written vividly, however I felt like everyone else fell rather flat.

It's hard to explain, but it felt like stuff just randomly appeared because it needed to in order for the story to be resolved, as opposed to an intricate tale being woven, if that makes any sense. The same thing happened with characters. They stated that they felt certain ways instead of showing it, which made it seem like it was easier for the author to just write in things that seemed uncharacteristic, rather than to recreate the character to work.

The story was cute and fun for kids...and it's not that I wasn't entertained, it just seemed sort of slapped together rather than deeply created.

The narrator was interesting. It took me awhile to get use to Page doing all of the voices, but once I did it was fine. However, when he started voicing the dragon, I almost turned off the book. Luckily it was only for a chapter or so.
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- Sarah Nelson

If Mark Twain had been Russian...

He might well have twisted Russian folklore to tell a story much like Egg & Spoon - witty, charming, a little food for thought, and just plain fun. I don't know why this book is listed as "Teens" because like the best of "fairy tales" or fables, this is a fantasy yarn that could be enjoyed by any age listener and the ultimate hero is Baba Yaga (yes, you heard me, scary old Baba Yaga saves the day), who is ancient! The story is a bit slow picking up speed in the beginning as the characters are introduced, but gets fun and adventuresome fairly soon. I think if I had actually read the book, I would also think some of the length could be edited. However, listening to this book performed by Michael Page is a real delight - what an artist! So, the length in the audio book is not a problem. I'm SO glad Audible had this on a Daily Deal because the teen classification might have caused me to miss it otherwise.
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- Tango

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2014
  • Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio