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The set-up is easily relatable and recognizable: A trio of siblings (Kate, Michael, and Emma) have been left to the fates after the disappearance of their parents, bounced from one comically horrific orphanage to the next. Their latest home, however, is somewhat different: It’s a mystical town that hides some magical secrets, and soon the kids have discovered a mysterious book that transports them back in time. There they face down an evil witch who is holding the town’s residents hostage. Wizards, dwarves, and ancient prophecies all come into play in a story that takes advantage of plenty of well-worn genre tropes.
Narrator Jim Dale handles it all masterfully, with a warm and inviting tone and some highly entertaining voices for the colorful supporting characters. Some of it might be a little too colorful, though, as Dale’s animated voice acting can become a little distracting. Still, he neatly delineates the various players in Stephens’ grand tapestry, and enhances the suspense of the various moments of peril. The book ends, naturally, with the set-up for the next installment of a planned trilogy, but it’s a satisfying enough story on its own. We can only hope for the same for the inevitable movie version. Josh Bell
Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.
Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And - if an ancient prophesy is correct - what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.
The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma's extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world.
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Von Wolfgang Walden Am hilfreichsten 07.10.2011
Jim Dale brilliant wie immer.
FÃ¼r alle Kenner der US - Harry Potter Reihe ist Jim Dale ja ein alter Bekannter. Wie immer brilliert auch hier mit seine variantenreichen Stimme und stimmungsvollen Interpretation. Die Geschichte selbst nimmt sich zahlreiche Anleihen bei anderen Genrevertretern. Ãhnlichkeiten mit Harry Potter sind wohl nicht gerade zufÃ¤llig. Allerdings wird mit Jim Dale fast jedes HÃ¶rbuch zu einem GenuÃ!
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Von Lena Am hilfreichsten 14.09.2014
Best voice ever!
Ok, I might be a little old to listen to children's stories, that's why I think the story is just ok, nice suspense, but I just looove love love the voice of Jim Dale, he is the perfect speaker for anything!!!! And the story can't be too bad, since I just downloaded the second book ;)
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