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If Someone is looking into getting this book, I would go say for it as is the whole series. I am a very picky fantasy reader. I like coherent metaphysics and people you can genuinely care about or dislike. My one HUGE issue in the 2nd book is the narrator change. To be fair, I did not look to see if this was in response to any bad reactions to the first one, but I would be shocked it that was the case. Also, to be fair it can be said that the replacement is not bad. He is not even close to the other voice actor but I could listen to him. I voice my opinion because I listen to books on audio all the time and I thought book one's reader was truly gifted and he acted out all of the main parts with proper accents, adroitly. So I felt I had to posit my frustration at his loss when the series is so clearly a hit and can afford a quality voice actor. A really dumb mistake made in audio publishing all the time. I have dropped series altogether because 3 books into a series they bring on a horrible narrator. I simply find it appalling that they do not work harder to prevent such things from happening. At least in this book, you can deal with both narrators, or at least I could. So I would say if you liked book one, jump on in the water is fine. I just had to mention the switch of readers because I know that Audible knows the difference. They have made some amazing book on audio. I read "Tales of the Otori" and it was stellar and even more so on audio via audible. And my taste must be somewhat on as I am sure that "Tales of the Otori" series won several awards. Many actors truly do act out each voice and do it well. A good example is the first book in this series with Denis O'Hare. In short this is a good book well done in and it is good for older children meaning 14 and up 12 if your child is precocious There are great cultura references to real places in people that are great at stimulating interest in history.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
This series took a little getting into, and a few suspensions of disbelief - one of the most pivotal being the teenagers mistrust of their guide and guardian, Flamel - but if the more obvious literary devices are forgiven, the characterisation and action are fun - especially those centred on "the bad guys", who are given somewhat more than the typical 1.5 dimensions usually accorded those on their side. But all of the books' listenability and likeability hinge on the remarkable skill with which the first two narrators delivered the work. Both deftly delivered nuance and sincerity within rapid shifts of pleasantly believable accents - so WHY on earth were they dumped for the inconceivably AWFUL third narrator? He cannot manage a single complete sentence in a consistent accent, let alone a convincing one. I am deeply disappointed to have to leave my new found immortal, elder and humani friends hanging at the end of the second book, because from there on their adventures are intolerable to listen to. I would love to hear the rest of the series re-recorded if at all possible. Until then, I will have to - shock, horror - go and buy the remaining books and read them to myself. Very disappointed Audible, I would have expected better.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
The story of Nicholas Flammel and the twins continues in this fast paced follow up. This time introducing even more scary and wonderful characters. Set in the back drop of the great city of Paris. I decided to give these books a go based on the recommendations of my children. They are clearly aimed at older children, but they are so good, that much like the brilliant Potter stories I'm sure they will appeal to adults just as much. The other thing that can make or break an audio book is the narration. In this case although the narrator is American he is perfectly suited to the story and does a great job. Highly recomended listening!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Truly one of the best books I have listened to or read in a long time, i just couldn't get enough of it, a livley book that has plenty of twists in yet keeps you guessing right to the end. I can't wait until the next book in the series is released.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Loved it. The book brings fantasy, myth and real life together. Not just for children, an exciting story for adults as well.
Bring back the voice actor from the first book, Erik doesn't quite get the ascents right.