Max fears that his family will disapprove of his friendship with Darla, a common girl from the village outside his uncle's fortress walls. That's why they meet secretly to read together from an old book that Darla found in a dusty room near the fortress laundry where she works. They read about a lost lake and feel adventurous when they slip out of the fortress to go swimming there; but the trouble begins when they find that, in the meantime, the fortress has been sealed and they can't get back in. It's lucky that they have the book with them, to guide them through the many dangers that await them on their way back home...or perhaps it is the book that is the source of their troubles. In the end, it is the power of the friendship that Darla and Max have forged and their courage that see them through a series of breathtaking adventures. Written by an award-winning author and his teenage son, this book is a light-hearted book for listeners of any age.
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A Grand Adventure
Absolutely, especially my friends with children/teens. This was great storytelling by both the author and chosen narrator.
I'd have to say both Max and Darla. They were wonderful in spirit throughout the piece each holding the other up when situations seemed lost.
No, but I've added her to my favorites list. Her performance was fabulous. Really great storytelling.
I received a copy of this from the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you!
- Tiasdolls "I love books...I love storytelling. Audiobooks allow me to enjoy a great story while still being able to do my daily routine. Thanks Audible"
Engaging & Exciting Quest Style Fantasy Adventure
I would rank it as middle of the ranks. The story itself is a unique choice for me since I don't read much middle grade or fantasy, but I thought it was very well done. The fact that it isn't ranked as some of my highest doesn't reflect poorly on this story since I have nothing bad to say about characters, plot, settings, development. It got exciting and I loved that.
I loved all the creative twists to the story settings where Max and Darla ended up in many places and encountering interesting characters. They encounter villains, friendly folk, people that could go either way. Diverse lands and ways of thinking. I loved not knowing what was coming next for them and knowing that there was, indeed, something coming next.
The narrator had many voices, accents, and other factors to deal with which I thought she did well. Her heroine's voice did pinch so it was a little distracting. But her pacing was good and I was overall satisfied.
I listened to it in two settings. It took a while to get going, but once they were out on the adventure, I didn't want to turn off the story.
Because this felt like middle grade, just a warning that it's moderate on violence and language.
I think it's a flexible story that people of all ages will enjoy including adults.
- Sophia Rose "Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog"