From GoodreadsMy Review (with help from my daughter)
Over the last few weeks my daughter (11), son (9) and I (nope not gonna share my age), listened to Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson. Both my daughter and I had read the first book, so we knew the background and were curious about what the next step would be. I'll tell you this - it wasn't a good start. Both her and I were ready to quit listening several times at the start. Here's why:
- nothing was happening
- it's told 3rd person omniscent so it went from person to person and we'd almost forget what was going on with the other person
- lots and lots of description!
- the author stayed with each character longer so the story gelled better
- the action pictued up
- twists and turns in the plot kept up gasping
The other thing we liked was the humor scattered within some very tense situations. We'd find ourselves bursting outloud laughing several times. It was a nice break from all the suspense.
I do have to comment on the description. There is a TON of it in the story. Towards the end it was really beginning to wear on me. Henry would be in the middle of a very very tense scene. I'd be holding my breath and then it would go into what I could only assume were paragraphs of description! I was almost yelling at the narrator to skip it! I do think if we hadn't been listening to it, all the description might have turned me off. I worry that it would turn a lot of middle grade readers off.
The narrator: Loved him! He did a great job with all parts of the story - especially the voices.
Final thought: Twists, turns, changes, challenges and laughs.
Best stick-with-you image: Calling sandwiches "gamblers" :)
Best for readers who: Can push through descirption to stay with the action
Best for ages: 11+ (although my 9 yr old enjoyed listening to it)
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