Trade Ed. Listening Library 2001
CS ISBN $25.00 Four cassettes
Superbly written fantasy books, rich with exotic creatures and humans called upon to exceed the strictures of mortals, offer marvelous opportunities for audio recording. Here, Christian Rodska rises to the challenge of McCaughrean’s extraordinary text, creating a world utterly fantastical. With his belief in ghosts and magic, earnest Phelim Green is just the sort of fellow to inhabit such a world. When the greedy-voiced Domovoy demands his cooperation, Phelim sets forth on a hero’s journey. His odyssey brings him face-to-face with a cast of mythical characters: soul-stealing merrows; skinless muckelavees; tree-dwelling, mad Sweeney; and the Obby Orse, with his soft West Country drawl. Phelim alternates between confusion, fear, and a bold enthusiasm for his task; all are underscored by Rodska’s urgent narration of this triumphant audiobook! T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC/ JAN 02]
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