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This book is an amazing mixture of Treasure Island, Oliver Twist and Frankenstein, but it's much better than any of those. The Half Continent is a dangerous place and is populated with fascinating characters. Rosamund is a boy cursed with a girl's name, and his adventures as he travels from an orphanage to his first posting in the service of the Emperor will keep you on the edge of your seat. The foreshadowing is masterful. The audiobook is wonderful, I hear something new every time I listen. You really do need the print version as well. Have you ever read an illustrated book where the artist didn't bother to read the story? Well, that's not a problem here. This book started out as an art student's portfolio, and there is also an "Explicarium" to help you keep track of all the new words, people and places you will encounter.
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Good story for adults and 11 yrs old and up.<br/><br/>Perfect book for "family time" or on a road trips. <br/><br/>The feel after listening to it is the happy glow you have walking out of a movie theater watching a happy movie.<br/><br/>While this is a book that will suck you into the series, it ends a good place to feel it was complete.<br/><br/>NOTE:I do recommend using wireless Bluetooth speakers for listing to audio books instead of ear buds (connected to smart phone). Speakers are better for preventing hearing loss vs earbuds. And this is possibly the solution for a family listen to a audio book together.
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