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  • gilwilson 6:09 PM on September 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , tuberculosis, young adult   

    “Extraordinary Means” By Robyn Schneider 

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    By: Robyn Schneider
    Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, James Fouhey
    Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    Release date: 05-26-15
    Publisher: HarperAudio

    Once again Audiobook SYNC’s YA summer of free audiobooks delivered another YA treasure.  Every Summer they pair up a classic book with a fairly new book in audiobook form for the young adult audience.  I started downloading these for my son and I to enjoy, but I’ve found I’m enjoying them just by myself.  This past summer this was one of the books offered and it intrigued me, the publisher’s summary described it as darkly funny and that it takes place in a tuberculosis sanatorium.

    Darkly Funny?  I’m not sure what I was expecting, but in the listening of this audiobook I found that the humor was in each of the characters dealing with the possibility of dying from a fatal disease.  So most of the humor was just regular teen humor and being called dark by the publisher because they were all dying.  Picture “Breakfast Club,” but with tuberculosis.

    Tuberculosis sanitorium?  Those are a thing of the past, this must be a period piece.  Nope, not at all.  Robyn Schneider brings back tuberculosis in a form that is drug resistant, that means even the childhood vaccines no longer work.  So now the kids from the Breakfast Club, have to try to get better as much as modern science can help with a drug resistant strain.  Many times the kids in Latham House (the sanitorium) hear rumors of cures but most turn out to be hoaxes.

    This book follows Lane and Sadie for the most part as these two high school seniors cope with not having a potential future.  Lane is new to Latham House and meets up with an old friend, Sadie, who he knew from one summer at camp.  Sadie has a bad memory of that summer thinking Lane intentionally dissed her.  That story plays out to be a big mix up as a result of mean girls playing a trick on her in camp.

    Sadie seems to be the “leader” of a group of kids that fight the system and sneak out to the woods to drink alcohol and steal internet from the library.  Lane soon becomes a part of the group and the two fall in love (after clearing up that summer camp debacle).

    All the time the promise of death from the disease looms over the group and they try to do the best they can.  I will warn you there is no happy ending, but the ending is something worth fighting through.

    The narrators do a great job representing the story from the two teens in love points of view.  The male and female voices capture the characters emotional states throughout the book.

    Get this book, share this book, and most of all enjoy this book.

    Publisher’s Summary
    John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in this darkly funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Beginning of Everything.

    Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie – and life as Lane knows it will never be the same.

    Robyn Schneider’s Extraordinary Means is a heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about the miracles of first love and second chances.

    This production includes a bonus excerpt from Robyn Schneider’s next audiobook, Invisible Ghosts, performed by Caitlin Kelly.

    ©2015 Robyn Schneider (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • gilwilson 6:08 PM on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , air punk, young adult   

    “Airborn” By Kenneth Oppel 

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    By Kenneth Oppel
    Narrated by: David Kelly with a full cast
    Series: Matt Cruse, Book 1
    Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    Release date: 08-09-07
    Publisher: Full Cast Audio

    Kenneth Oppel has created an alternative to the Steam Punk genre, for now, I’m gonna call it Air Punk.  This book launches the reader/listener into an alternate universe where Airships (Zeppelins) rule the skies.

    In this story we meet Matt Cruse, a cabin boy on the airship “Aurora.”  Matt serves on the same ship as his father and was actually born on an airship.  The skies are his life.  The story opens with the Aurora, a passenger cruise ship, going off heading to answer a distress call. What they find is a hot air balloon losing altitude and in it a dying man who asks his rescuer, Matt Cruse, if he saw the beautiful creatures.  The man dies leaving these creatures a mystery.

    On the next journey of the Aurora, one of the passengers is Kate DeVries who we soon find out is the granddaughter of the man Matt attempted to rescue.  Kate is determined to find the strange and wondrous discoveries that have been scoffed at by the Academia Elite.

    Meanwhile Matt is up for a promotion to Sailmaker, but the owner of the company places his son in what would have been Matt’s earned position.  While still carrying out his duties as cabin boy with the same fervor, Matt still has some ill feelings toward the rich kid.

    The Aurora is soon boarded by pirates who steal all things of value from the rich passengers and kill one of the crew members.  Once the pirates disembark they damage the Aurora causing it to make an emergency landing on a deserted Island.  Matt and Kate soon discover that the island is the same island her grandfather discovered the strange animals later dubbed as “cloud cats.”  The island not only has plenty of food to keep the passengers and crew fed, but also has a great source of Hydrium, the gas needed to put the Aurora back in the air.

    Matt and Kate explore the island further only to discover that it is the haven for the pirates who attacked.  They get captured and the adventure really gets rolling as they fight off pirates and attempt to rescue all those aboard the Aurora.

    This young adult novel is full of adventure and is written from the point of view of Matt Cruse.  Each chapter ends with the reader/listener not able to stop but only to keep reading/listening.

    Being a full cast production the audiobook becomes an audio adventure that keeps the excitement rolling.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt’s always wanted; convinced he’s lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist’s granddaughter that he realizes that the man’s ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.
    In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

    Listen to the next book: Skybreaker.
    ©2003 Kenneth Oppelale (P)2007 Full Cast Audio

     
  • gilwilson 6:02 PM on April 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: katherine kellgren, raised by wolves, , , young adult   

    “The Mysterious Howling: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1” By Maryrose Wood 

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    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1
    By: Maryrose Wood
    Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    Release date: 02-23-10
    Publisher: HarperAudio

    Sometimes I have to say that kids get the best books written for them. This is one of those cases. “The Mysterious Howling” is book one in a young adult series fo books that follows the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, much like the Lemony Snicket books about the Baudelaire orphans. I will say Lemony Snicket was funnier, but this one was still good in it’s own right.

    Three children who were discovered in the forests of Ashton Place have been raised by wolves, so needless to say their manners in proper company will be atrocious. They are and that’s one of the many factors that makes this book funny and fun. The governess has a task ahead of her in training/teaching the children how to behave in society. The children’s antics and the adults’ responses to their behaviour make this an audiobook that just keeps getting better as the end arrives.

    This book is read by the late Katherine Kellgren. Ms. Kellgren delivers this book with so much character that you can’t help but listen. Accents, emotions and subtle meanings are all translated by Kellgren to bring you a great book. I’m hoping they got her to record the other books in the series before she passed away this past January. She will be missed.

    It’s great that the first book in a series develops so much interest that I absolutely have to pick up the next book so, I will.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.

    Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must eliminate their canine tendencies.But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to civilize the Incorrigibles in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

    Penelope is no stranger to mystery, as her own origins are also cloaked in secrecy. But as Agatha Swanburne herself once said, “Things may happen for a reason, but that doesn’t mean we know what the reason is—at least, not yet.

    ©2010 Maryrose Wood (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

     
  • gilwilson 5:57 PM on April 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , young adult,   

    “The Strange Library” By Haruki Murakami 

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    By: Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (translator)
    Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    Release date: 12-02-14
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Where to start? This book was amazing in that its twists and turns were as much as the labyrinth under the strange library. It’s dark at times and clearly a young adult piece of fiction on others. Each chapter brings a new surprise.

    The narrator, Kirby Heyborne, kept me interested throughout the book. There were times where I didn’t know (or even care) where the story was going and would have given up listening, but the delivery of Heyborne kept me in it. I’m glad I stuck with it because by the end of the book I felt a great sense of accomplishment and enjoyed the story as a whole, once I could look back from the end and absorb it all in. It is only 1 hour after all, so worth the stay.

    A boy goes to the public library to look up some information on Ottoman taxes, after all, his mother always said, “If you don’t know something, go to the library to look it up”. He is no stranger to the library and pretty much knows every shelf, but on this occasion, he’s sent to a reading room, via an enormous underground labyrinth, escorted by a sinister old man. He is required to memorize 3 books on the taxes subject he came in for, if he doesn’t then the mystery librarian will feast on the boy’s brains. On the way to Room 107 (where the memorizing is done) it’s not just the corridors that twist and turn, the boy tries to overcome his fears by rationalizing the improbability of a public body being able to afford so much secret space. Without spoiling anything, I will say the sheep man was very interesting.

    At times it seems like a Roald Dahl story, sometimes a Stephen King story. No matter what it just feels good to get through the whole story.

    From what I’ve found the physical book itself is as interesting as the story. The back cover folds over the top and bottom of the book, creating a slip-case like box out of the book itself, and each page corresponds to a full-color image that reflects the current actions of the story. These illustrations create a multi-media experience that drives the book along and returns the reader to their childhood of being just as drawn in by the pictures as the story.

    Publisher’s Summary

    From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami – a fantastical short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.

    A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami’s wild imagination.

    ©2014 Haruki Murakami (P)2014 Random House

     
  • gilwilson 5:35 PM on March 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , giants, , , young adult   

    The BFG By: Roald Dahl 

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    By: Roald Dahl
    Narrated by: David Walliams
    Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
    Release date: 06-24-13
    Publisher: Listening Library

    To start things off let’s get one thing clear; The BFG is not the name of a weapon in a video game. The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant. This book was extremely fun to read. The language is pretty much a cross between cockney English and nonsense. Roald Dahl was great at playing with the sounds of words here we get such words as chiddlers, swollomp, whizbangs and so much more. The play on words just makes this so much more fun to hear.

    Narrated by David Williams this audiobook version will definitely keep you entertained. There is no voice to large or too small for him to convey. He also puts some great accents on some voices that make them just fun to listen to.

    You’ll cheer for Sophie and the BFG as they keep London safe from other giants that eat little chiddlers. This book reminded me a lot of “Willie Wonka and the Cocolate Factory.” In Willie Wonka it was the candies and strange animals that had the funny sounding names, here nearly everything described by the giant is a new word which you will have fun translating.

    If you are looking for 4 hours of pure fun, this is the book for you. Follow Sophie as she is kidnapped through her bedroom window and meets with the Queen of England through the Queen’s bedroom window.

    Enjoy.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Captured by a giant!

    The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants – rather than the BFG – she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

    ©1982 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:27 PM on March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Matilda By: Roald Dahl 

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    By: Roald Dahl
    Narrated by: Kate Winslet
    Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    Unabridged
    Release date: 06-13-13
    Language: English
    Publisher: Listening Library

    I think I may have become addicted to Roald Dahl. Listening library has released most if not all of Dahl’s stories in audiobook form that just makes the books so much fun. On top of that it brought to my attention that he wrote more than “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” and “James & the Giant Peach.” Those were the only two I had known, but now I have been introduced to a world of other great writings by Roald Dahl.

    This book I had heard of and actually saw the movie before I read this. I’m glad I saw the movie first because I would have been let down. As in all movies from books there is so much more to the story. The big difference that I loved in the book is that Matilda reads a lot of books. It’s always great when you can have a character that likes to read in a children/young adult book. This will help push them into reading more. The movie had a lot of things wrong, but that was the one thing I would have liked to have seen in the movie.

    Kate Winslet narrates this hilarious adventure and does so without error. Kate made you feel as if you were an eavesdropper in Matilda’s life. Great delivery with a humor where needed.

    Explore Roald Dahl, he’s got lots of fun stuff.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Audie Award Winner, Children’s Titles for Ages 8-12, 2014

    “The Trunchbull” is no match for Matilda!

    Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    ©1988 Roald Dahl (P)2013 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 4:36 PM on January 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , young adult, , young sherlock homes   

    Death Cloud – Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins By: Andrew Lane 

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    By: Andrew Lane
    Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    Series: Holmes: The Legend Begins, Book 1
    Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    Release date: 02-01-11
    Publisher: Macmillan Audio

    So once again I venture into the YA world of literature. This time, however, I go knowing what to expect. I love the Sherlock Holmes stories. So picking this up, I say yeah, why not, get those kids reading Sherlock stories. Get them into the classics. The best way to do so is to make Sherlock their age, an origin story, if you will.

    This definitely could get someone’s interest piqued toward exploring the Arthur Conan Doyle world of the master detective. However this was not without its flaws. First and foremost I have to approach the violence. Not for being a YA novel was the violence too much but just the fact that it was present. I’ve always looked at Holmes in much the same way as Doctor Who, and Star Trek, in that violence was an extremely last resort, but this book has Holmes being trained by an American on how to be more violent. It really didn’t ruin the story but it did sort of jab at me on occasion.

    In typical YA form it seems if only one adult was there to listen and believe what was going on the problems would have been over sooner. I’ve always been bugged by that go to element of YA stories. Anyway, while this did have some issues, the story still captured the essence of a Sherlock Holmes story, and did provide a good listen.

    Daniel Weyman delivers the story with great narration that just plunges the listener into the world of Young Sherlock. Being a native of the UK his accent (from this American’s point of view) was perfect.

    Publisher’s Summary

    It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

    ©2010 Andrew Lane (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

     
  • gilwilson 2:10 PM on January 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ADD, , Sync ya, , , young adult,   

    Carter Finally Gets It By: Brent Crawford 

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    By: Brent Crawford
    Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    Release date: 04-07-09
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio

    When a good YA book comes out I like to see what they are about. I got suckered into the “Twilight” series because of this curiosity and you’d think I’d never do it again but with examples like “The Sword of Darrow,” the Harry Potter series, the Lemony Snicket books, and the “Eragon” series I see there’s more good than bad. One bad, no make that horrible shiny vampire series will not stop me.

    This book is definitely one of the good ones. It was offered up as a free audiobook for the Summer SYNC YA reading program books, so I jumped on it. That way if it was bad I didn’t lose any money. After listening to this audiobook, I will definitely seek out the rest of the books in by Brent Crawford. Even better thing about this book is that most YA novels (unless they are supernatural based) are typically from a young girl’s point of view. This time we get the point of view of a young man about to start high school. However teen girls should read this as well, it will give them an inside source as to what is going on to their male counterpoint’s brains.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. (Yes, he knows it’s a lazy nickname, but he didn’t have much say in the matter.) Here are five things you should know about him:

    1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons.

    2. He battles Attention Deficit Disorder every minute of every day…unless he gets distracted.

    3. He’s a virgin, mostly because he’s no good at talking to girls (see number 1).

    4. He’s about to start high school.

    5. He’s totally not ready.

    Join Carter for his freshman year, where he’ll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it. In the process, he’ll almost kill a trombone player, face off with his greatest nemesis, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (not once, but twice), get caught up in a messy love triangle, meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise the hell out of everyone, including himself.

    ©2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2009 Brent Crawford

    Poor Carter stutters and has ADD but he is still pretty much the average teen boy. The book does have some somewhat crude teen locker room humor, but really is pretty typical. If you don’t think your teen thinks or has a friend that thinks this way, come out from under that rock once in a while.

    In Carter’s case the mixture of raging hormones, not knowing a thing about the opposite sex and throw in his ADD and things just don’t go as planned. This book has several Laugh out Loud moments, and still some of the poignancy of the troubles of growing up. Any teen going into high school NEEDS to read this book.

    In the case of the narrator of this audiobook, Nick Podehl, Nick captures the teen voice perfectly and delivers the story right where it needs to be.

     
  • gilwilson 11:43 PM on August 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Christopher Cazenove, j.m. barrie, peter pan, young adult   

    “Peter Pan” by J. M. Barrie 

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    “Peter Pan”
    by J. M. Barrie
    read by Christopher Cazenove
    Published by Blackstone Audio
    Approx. 5 hours

    It’s time once again to visit a classic, this time a children’s classic, “Peter Pan.” I had thought I had read “Peter Pan” before, but I must have been wrong, or maybe read a cleaned up/Disneyfied version. I know the Disney film version was definitely made more fun for the kids and all the versions on television were fun (remember Sandy Duncan as Peter?). Don’t get me wrong, the original is the way to go and the story really should be read by all, but maybe wait until the teen years before reading this dark story about a boy that never grows up.

    The gist of the story seems to always be there in the retelling of the story. Peter Pan sneaks into the Darling family home and in his hasty retreat leaves his shadow behind. Returning to retrieve the shadow he finds the shadow to not want to remain attached to Peter. Wailing in sorrow, Peter wakes Wendy, the oldest of the Darling children. Wendy proceeds to help Peter by sewing on his shadow. Peter is smitten by Wendy and tells her of Neverland where children never have to grow up. He brings Wendy back with him, despite some stern protestations from Tinker Bell, a fairy who seems to be in love with Peter. Tinker Bell becomes insanely jealous and proceeds to make Wendy’s life difficult. Wendy’s arrival at Neverland brings her to her new role in life, that as a mother the Peter’s “Lost Boys.” She makes the boys more responsible and soon falls into the role of mother and as time goes by she and her brothers begin to forget about their home.

    Peter wants them to forget so they may stay forever with him. But soon Wendy breaks out of her stupor and begins to remember her life before and tries to return home, but is captured by Captain Hook, the pirate leader who is always out to kill Peter.

    The darkness in the story dwells within the characters of Peter, Tinker Bell and Captain Hook. Peter is a knowing kidnapper of Wendy and the boys and will not let them escape. Tinker Bell is insanely jealous and nips at Wendy every chance she gets. Finally there’s Captain Hook, who lost his hand to a crocodile. Hook doesn’t merely want to capture the Lost Boys, he wants to kill them, and he wants to keep the young Wendy as his bride. Very dark and mature story matter here that makes revisiting the classic worthwhile.

    In this audiobook version published by Blackstone Audio, the reader, Christopher Cazenove, does a smash up job creating voices for all the wily characters in the story while reading with just enough vigor to never allow the listener to get bored.

    Grab this classic and be prepared to remember the fun while being surprised at some of the darker sides of the story you may have missed.

     
  • gilwilson 10:14 PM on January 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , doglas hodge, glass elevator, , , , young adult   

    Audiobook Review: “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator” by Roald Dahl 

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    Audiobook Review: “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”
    by  Roald Dahl
    read by Douglas Hodge
    Published by Penguin Audio
    Approx. 3.5 hours

     

    When I wrote the review of the newly released audiobook version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” I felt I had to mention the two movies based on this book. The first movie, from the 1970s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, seems to be the cult favorite. The latest version was actually titled “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. Many folks refer to the first as the original and some even say best, but the latter version was the one that actually stayed true to the book. The first movie seemed to add in some features that are borrowed from this sequel by Roald Dahl, “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.”

    That is all that needs to be said about the movies this time around. It is time to focus on the book, more specifically the latest audiobook release. Being the audiobook I first have to talk about the reader or more accurately, the performer, in this release. The genius in casting the voice for this audiobook is that Douglas Hodge performed the role of Willy Wonka in the 2012 musical stage production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The catch is that Wonka is not the only character in the book, and Hodge has to perform all of the voices. Hodge does this to perfection. Sure, he presents Wonka perfectly, but that perfection is carried on in all the voices represented in the book, from Charlie Bucket to the President of the United States of America. The characters in this book are over the top children’s book characters and Hodge brings the to full-color audio life. I was totally consumed by this book due to the overwhelming performance by Hodge that brought this childhood classic to life.

     

    As for the book, well, it all starts off exactly where “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” left off. Charlie has just found out that Willy Wonka has decided to leave the factory to him. In order for Charlie to take over he has to move his family, which includes; his mother and father and two sets of grandparents. This will not be an easy feat since the grandparents are bedridden and have been for years, the reason they are bedridden is quite comical in that they just won’t get out of bed, Grandpa Joe is the exception because he got out of bed to accompany Charlie on the tour of the chocolate factory. To move them into the factory Wonka decides to transport the entire family in the glass elevator. The problems begin when Wonka uses too much speed to take off from the home causing the entire family and Wonka to blast into space.

     

    Once in space they decide to board the world’s first space hotel only to find out that it is overrun by Verniciou Knids. The staff of the hotel are just about to arrive when they see the glass elevator and mistake it for an invading ship unaware that the invaders (the Vernicious Knids) are already on the station. It is then up to the elevator occupants to save the world through the only way Wonka knows how, through extreme silliness and creativity.

     

    This audiobook adventure is pure fun and a great entertainment. It is also a nice way to introduce a new generation to Roald Dahl or simply re-visit a childhood classic.

     
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