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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott, Narrated by Paul Boehmer


  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307990958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307990952
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The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it. 
 
San Francisco:
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have one day left to live, and one job left to do. They must defend San Francisco. The monsters gathered on Alcatraz Island have been released and are heading toward the city. If they are not stopped, they will destroy everyone and everything in their path.

But even with the help of two of the greatest warriors from history and myth, will the Sorceress and the legendary Alchemyst be able to defend the city? Or is it the beginning of the end of the human race?
 
Danu Talis:
Sophie and Josh Newman traveled ten thousand years into the past to Danu Talis when they followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare. And it’s on this legendary island that the battle for the world begins and ends.

Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc are also on the island. And no one is sure what—or who—the twins will be fighting for.
 
Today the battle for Danu Talis will be won or lost.
But will the twins of legend stand together?
Or will they stand apart—
one to save the world and one to destroy it?

Review

Ever since I started this series with The Alchemyst, it has been among my favorites. And like any favorite, I was saddened to see the end of it. I waited and waited for this finale of an incredible series and when I finally held this book in my hands I felt the familiar trepidation when about to finish a series. I just didn't want it to end. But what choice did I have? None but to pop the first CD in (I listened to it on audio) and listen all night. And I soon realized that this book is buh-nay-nays. 

Okay, let's backtrack for just a second. By saying "Buh-nay-nays", I don't in any way mean "Bad". Because it was very, very good. Very. Good. By saying "Buh-nay-nays", I mean "Crazy". "Whack". "Dope". "Insane". And entirely, completely, "Awesome". Yeah. Buh-nay-nays is good. Yes, it is very good.

Let's start with the story. I've always been a fan of plot twists. And, not giving away any spoilers, the book before The Enchantress - The Warlock - ended in a massive plot twist/cliffhanger. Therefore, The Enchantress started out by explaining and expanding said plot twist, something I personally had been wondering about for almost a year. Michael Scott did a wonderful job of tying up all of the loose ends that he had created in the past five books. Everything (I think) that fans have been wondering about has been revealed. This is a story that has a lot of mystery. Although there are still mysteries about this incredible world that Scott has put together, all plot-related secrets have been realized. And though it puts my mind at ease, it has left me wanting more of this fantastic universe. Hopefully Mr. Scott has more writings for us in the future.

Usually I am tentative to listen to an audiobook  that is a sequel to something that I read out of a book. Oftentimes, a person's voice can change how I perceive a story. This was not the case with  Paul Boehmer. His voice was a great narration and his many accents were fantastic. Rarely have I heard a reader who is so versatile, Jim Dale and Alan Cumming being among them. I was very satisfied with Boehmer's work in The Enchantress. 

As always, Michael Scott's writing was simply incredible in this epic finale. And as always, it has left me hungry for more.





2 comments:

  1. I love this series. I have the last one sitting right here on my table--I hope to get to it soon!

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  2. Buh-nay-nays! Love it. I haven't heard of this series, but I like that the final book offers real closure, instead of leaving stuff open. That really bothers me.

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