Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine read by Arte Johnson

This is Book One of The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe series.  And what a start it is!

Listening Library and Random House sent me a copy of the audio book for review (thank you).  It has been published and will keep you busy for three hours.  This is appropriate for middle schoolers and older.

Audio books (CD's in this case) remind me of the old radio programs.  You don't have to suffer through commercials here, though.  Mr. Johnson has an enthusiasm in his voice that excites you as a listener.  He adopts different voices very easily and some of the written word become even more entertaining than reading would be as he plays the parts.

Edgar and Allan Poe are identical twins; they are so close they can read other's mind and they think exactly the same.  They can quickly adjust to situations, have learned more in school than other of the other students, and they will need all those skills to stay alive.  Their parents have already been killed, so it's just them (and their aunt and uncle) against the evil forces after them.

The story is a cross between silly, scary, and funny and I enjoyed hearing it.  The last part of the book sets up the premise for the next in the series.  I'll be watching for that one, too.

Happy listening!

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