Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America 2005
CS ISBN 1405650125 $49.95 Six cassettes
When Ryland's father becomes governor of an island penal colony, the 11-year-old boy finds his new home lacking in suitable playmates. He meets Kris and Stefanie, but his friendships interfere with his father's agenda. The three youths seek to bring their parents together on this mysterious, even magical, island. David Rintoul provides an excellent young adult voice for Ryland as he struggles with his overbearing father and faces other challenges. Rintoul's inflections and vocal transitions from child to adult keep a smooth flow in the dialogue. His narrative tone effortlessly guides listeners through Ryland's adventures. What might be considered merely a decent book turns into an enjoyable audiobook with Rintoul's help. L.E. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 05/ JAN 06]
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