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Grade 7 Up—Eoin Colfer turns his special brand of humor and adventure to detailing the amazing life and times of young Conor Broekhart—born in a hot air balloon over Paris and thereafter destined to use his fascination with flight to save his parents, recapture a kingdom, and win the hand of a princess. John Keating's boyish voice and slight Scottish accent give this swashbuckling adventure story (Hyperion, 2008) just the right combination of realism and fantasy. His narrative skill captures the personalities of both main and supporting characters—from the consummate cold-hearted villain Marshall Hugo Bonvilain to the dashing and cavalier Victor Vigny. Older listeners will relish this entertaining coming-of-age story whose themes of friendship and betrayal, love and hate, and courage and fear play out amidst breathless scenes of action and violence. Somewhere between the old Errol Flynn movies and The Princess Bride, this camp, contrived, and complex mix of eccentric characters and fantastical situations provides an immensely satisfying listen.—Cindy Lombardo, Cleveland Public Library, OH
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Born in the basket of a hot-air balloon at the end of the nineteenth century, Conor Broekhart is intrigued with flying. At age 14, after witnessing the murder of his tutor, Conor is sent to prison. He hopes to escape by means of a flying machine. While Conor is in prison, Keating adds a flinty edge to his voice, indicating Conor’s maturation. A malicious though high-spirited prison guard is rendered in whining, wheedling speech patterns. And the more sarcastic the guard sounds, the meaner his actions. Conor’s cell mate, an older, blind magician, is portrayed in a raspy voice. Keating speaks in a French accent to represent Conor’s tutor (before his murder) and uses an Irish brogue for the remaining characters. This swashbuckling tale should appeal to historical-fantasy fans and others who love adventure tales with smart heroes. Grades 6-10. --Sue-Ellen Beauregard --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I chose five stars because it is a really good book and it makes the reader feel how the main person feelsPublished 6 days ago by Nalen
I borrowed this from the library to read it. I have read (and loved) Alexandre Dumas' brilliant "The Count of Monte Cristo" and this seems like a cheap knock-off for young... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very enjoyable one-off story - I was hoping for a series! One of the characters reappears in WARP, which gives me hope that the story lines could merge. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joanne
Read it to my kids and they loved it. I really liked it when I pre-read it. We love Colfer's books.Published 3 months ago by TD
Great up till the last word. Hope you guys or gals like it as much as I do. 5 stars all the wayPublished 6 months ago by Daniel Currie
Great book. Have always loved Colfer, and he never disappoints.Published 6 months ago by Brendan N. Bush
This is a great story. I'm surprised at how much I liked and enjoyed it. I loved Artemis Fowl and Eoin Colfer is working his way up my list of favorite authors.Published 7 months ago by Inspired Kathy