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This book converted me to audio books! I have read Tamora Pierce for 22 years now, and was impatiently awaiting her next book. When Melting Stones was released as an audio book, I decided to listen rather than waiting for the hard copy. I'm glad I did.
The story is about Evvy, a character introduced in "Street Magic." She is a fourteen year old stone mage. She gets dragged along on a trip to investigate why the water and plants on an island are suddenly dying. She has no interest in this, because her magic is with rocks. But she quickly gets involved, when it turns out her magic is the most important of the three mages' on the trip.
The narration is excellent, and having different actors read each part truly brings the book to life. Even though the characters don't sound the same way they did in my head, it was delightful to be able to close my eyes and enter the world of a book, even while on the subway or washing dishes.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is the first book I have read by Tamora Pierce. When I purchase audiobooks, I usually throw in a few young adult titles so that I know what I'm recommending to my grandchildren. I thought this book was engaging and the full audio cast presentation was outstanding. Evvy and Master Louvo, "Fuss pot" and Rosethorn take their magical skills to an island to determine what is killing the plants. From there we learn the problem and are involved in the magical solution. For an audience aged 12-14, this book is delightful, especially for fans of fantasy. But it is equally enjoyable for the adult if one is willing is suspend the belief system. I like that a female saves the day, so this book would be particularly interesting to girls. And one learns something about rocks and volcanoes along the way. After this reading, I immediately went to my local bookstore to purchase it for a young teen who I know loves to read. I was shocked to learn that it is still only available in hardback and they were all sold out. So she'll have to wait. Nicely done and nicely read.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The story began with lots of promise, as Tamora Pierce has always been an excellent author for young adults and older. However, this book turns out to be something of a disappointment as the same events seem to happen over, and over, and over so that I kept inwardly groaning a "Not again..." to myself as I listened.
The full cast style is charming, though I did find the voice of the main character/narrator somewhat grating. The sound effects and music could have been better. I felt like I was watching anime with those cheesy brief tunes before and after commercial breaks. All in all, not one of Pierce's better books. Stick to Lioness Rampant and subsequent novels in that world if you want a good read.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This story was brought to life by the fantastic readers involved. Especially Grace Kelly.
This is a lighter story then the last one I listened to 'Battle Mage' and quite funny in places. Still it tells a serious story about volcanos and learning to love and care again.