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"Merlin is a combination of pride, bravery, and recklessness, qualities narrator Kevin Isola conveys in every nuance of his voice....A fine performance." (AudioFile)
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By Fiona Jallings on 06-04-17
A Book for 12 Year Olds
I loved this book when I was young, but listening to it now.... I found the main character to be insufferably whiny and arrogant, and stupid. It was a 180 from his character in the first book. That boy wouldn't have made these foolish choices, and it felt like he was dumbed down in the service of the plot. Also, the "comic relief" was neither comic nor relief. It felt like we were supposed to laugh at his expense, and that made me feel uncomfortable. Merlin spent much of the story humiliating and teasing the guy. It was a bit mean-spirited, so I found myself unable to enjoy it.
One thing I liked was Rhea's character, and that she didn't end up being a love interest. That was a nice break from the otherwise clichéd story. I was young when I first read it, and the clichés didn't bother me then. Now, I'm too experienced to not wince when I see them.
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By Jon Greenfield on 05-23-17
The Story and the Narrator are AMAZING!
I know that a few of the other reviewers are not fans of Kevin Isola's performance, but I thought he was fantastic. He breathed life into this story that the previous narrator did not in the first book. The story itself is rich with wonder, emotion, and humor. I have owned this series for many years, and have read it many times over. I love T.A. Barron's ability to weave a story. I have loved these and his other books since childhood, and will far into old age.
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