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Publisher's Summary

The first thrilling book in the most exciting children's fantasy series since Harry Potter.

They were taken from their beds one frozen night, when the world was covered in snow. The silhouette of a tall, thin man has haunted Kate ever since. Ten years on, Kate, Michael, and Emma have grown up in a string of miserable orphanages, and all memories of their parents have faded to a blur. Arriving at Cambridge Falls, the children quickly realise there is something different about this place – and Kate feels sure she has seen the dark, crooked house before.

As they explore, they discover an old, empty leather book. The moment they touch it, an ancient magical prophecy is set irrevocably in motion, and the children are thrown into a dangerous alternate reality of dark enchantments and terrifying monsters. Only they can prevent the terrible event that will ruin Cambridge Falls - and stop the world from falling into complete devastation.

©2011 John Stephens (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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  • michael
  • 21-10-2011

enjoy

did enjoy the book can't wait for the next book however after the first 30min it started dragging a bit and the the last 30min was action packed again.its a really good listen don't need to concentrate to follow the story.

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  • Joanne
  • 14-02-2014

Very enjoyable

This is a nice easy listen, good story line and I enjoyed it a great deal.... However UK CITIZENS this is the only volume available in the uk on any on line audiobooks site.. So be aware you will have to read the next volumes.

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  • Tilly
  • 14-04-2018

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No story line
horrible book all together
All characters had no clear personality
hard to get into

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-05-2017

Great narration

This is the first of three great books. All brilliantly narrated by Jim Dale. The tone reminds me of Harry Potter / narnia/ lord of the rings. I am a 53 year old lover of this genre.

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  • Nicholas
  • 20-01-2016

A difficult listen.

Would you try another book written by John Stephens or narrated by Jim Dale?

Yes, but only to finish the series - otherwise, no.

What didn’t you like about Jim Dale’s performance?

Some of the character voices are fine but often the voices used for the three children are too similar. There are several occasions where I am convinced that he accidently uses the wrong voice. I ended up concentrating on which character was speaking rather than what they were saying.

Was The Emerald Atlas worth the listening time?

Just about.

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  • Lindsay
  • 09-05-2015

Excellent adventure but annoying narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm a primary school,teacher and like to know what to recommend to children. This book is full of adventure and is well written in my opinion. Good for upper key stage 2 children.

What other book might you compare The Emerald Atlas to, and why?

This book is a bit like Harry Potter but not quite as good.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Dale’s performances?

I would be reluctant although I really want to listen to the other books in the series. He seems to completely mis interpret how the young (main) characters would speak. He also elongates word endings which I found very annoying.