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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens: Book & Audiobook Review

The Emerald Atlas
By John Stephens
Narrated by Jim Dale
Series: Books of Beginning, Book 1
Listening Library/Random House Audio
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
Release Date: 04-05-11
Buy The Book: Amazon
Buy the Audiobook:  Audible
Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.

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.

Until now.

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.
This book was just amazing. For some reason everything Jim Dale (narrator of Harry Potter and Liesl and Po) reads, is just a book book you crave more of. It's like an expectation now. But anyway, the reason why it's so amazing is magic. I LOVE MAGIC! I mean, it is a book of time traveling! But I'd choose flying over time travel any day.

Let's move on, the plot. The plot of the book is, thrown around a bit, (in a good way) because when they first travel into the past you think their goal is one of the following, helping the land or helping the families. But then they leave. Now you think the whole plot will be getting back into the past and getting Michael who they had left behind. Throughout the book you think about the plot but as I said before, it's thrown around.

Next, the characters. I'm in LOVE with these characters. There is Emma, she's feisty, strong, hot headed, and a bit violent. Michael, leaderly(Not a word but that's how he is!), family loving, and Dwarf obsessive. Kate, again leaderly, strong, but weak, loving, caring, a perfect older sister. The countess, a perfect picture, seems loving, caring, but is really cruel, heartless, rude, and hateful. Gabriel, a total stranger that the three siblings have to trust, seems caring, strong, and warrior-like.

My favorite is Emma! See her description for why. She's like me!

Now let's talk abut the setting.  At first they are living in a run down orphanage, then they are taken to another orphanage.  It's a huge manner house.  They are the only ones in the orphanage. Then when they are whisked away, they are taken to a wooded area. The woods is mostly where this story takes place. But yes, there are a lot of there places they go. There are too many to name and half of then would be spoiling it,  so I won't say more on the setting subject.

Now I want to answer some questions you might be thinking. I suppose you might want to know, what kind of action is in this book? Yes there is action. There is some fighting, mostly at the end. It's not descriptive with their wounds and doesn't go into detail. The word blood is hardly used in this book. Is there any romance in this book? No. Emma cares about Gabriel a bit, but other than that no.

What type of person would like this book? I'd think magic, action, magic, time travel, magic. What kind of books is this book like? Harry Potter, The Beyonders, and in a way Liesl and Po.

Now I want to talk about the reader. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. If you haven't heard Jim Dale yet I'd be surprised. But for those of you who haven't heard him here is my top two readers: 1. Alan Cumming 2. Jim Dale. If your still not impressed here is a summary of Jim Dale's amazing reading: Jim Dale can make a book come to life with all of his different voices, everyone fell in love with his voice in Harry Potter, then Liesl and Po, now we fall in love with him again in Emerald Atlas. People will fall asleep, drive their cars, and live their lives listening to him and the books he reads. He makes books ten times better then they where. If you see his name in the cover of an audio book you know, this book will just be amazing. Because, there is no one like him. If you're still not impressed please listen to him on something and listen for yourself :).

Thanks for reading my extremely long review.  This one was the longest I've ever written *sigh* PEACE!

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