The third installment of this young adult fantasy series drops the listener right into the middle of the plot and wastes no time. Narrator Jim Dale's timbre has a bright, crisp quality that is immediately engaging. The story follows siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma, who are faced with a dark foe called the Dire Magnus, whom Kate once knew and loved as a boy named Rafe. The wizard, Dr. Pym, who embodies the British "stiff upper lip" even in the face of extreme danger, is given a grandfatherly charm by Dale. But it's the the affable Scots brogue that Dale gives the dwarves that steals the show. Dale's performance, married with top-notch writing, will delight audiences of all ages. E.E. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2015]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2015
CD ISBN 9780307915153 $48.00 Eleven CDs
DD ISBN 9780307915160 $24.00
Library Ed. Listening Library 2015
CD ISBN 9780307915177 $48.00 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 9780307915184 $75.00
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