- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 32 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: eBookIt.com
- Audible.com Release Date: March 26, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00V90AYZG
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Jeff Madison and the Shimmers of Drakmere: A Magical Fantasy Adventure Audiobook – Unabridged
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Jeff Madison and the Shimmers of Drakmere takes young adult fantasy fiction in a new direction. Based on the title and the opening chapter, I honestly thought I was about to read a Harry Potter knock off. However, this is actually quite far from the magical world in the Rowling series. The group of warriors Madgwick belongs to are described as the “sandman” who keep away nightmares and help children to sleep. Occasionally, a child is born a dream catcher and can be used by the darkness in Drakmere to bring terror to all children’s’ dreams. Unique and interesting, I greatly enjoyed this new approach to the genre. It moved quickly and was very well edited. The characters were dynamic and acted with their own agendas and motivations. Nicely done!
I was wondering how this novel impressed many readers to its side. I just downloaded this one and started looking at my kindle on my couch (around 11 a.m) and it just driven me with so much excitement and pleasure to read and finally was half way by 5 p.m (with few breaks). I felt so happy that I didn't miss it. BTW, all credits to the author, Bernice Fischer for making such a great narration with fun filled and amazing characters on her dice.
In case you can’t tell from that last sentence, there’s a lot of humor in this book. Jeff is the type of 12-year-old you often see in adventure movies, inexperienced yet brave, and possessed of the sort of sarcastic wit befitting a much older hero. Even after seeing such fantastical sights as his brother disappearing through a glass door, he struggles at first to accept the reality of the world he has entered into. His initial sense of disbelief helps to draw the character in slowly, accepting the world of Drakmere at the same pace as its hero.
As we learn more about the world of Drakmere, we also meet characters such as Angie the witch, Gwyndion the Sandustian warrior, and of course Madgwick. These are only a few of the characters who make appearances of varying lengths in Fischer’s well-crafted fantasy adventure, aimed at young adults but accessible to older readers who enjoy the wonder that comes with exploring new worlds populated by interesting characters such as these.
As Jeff, his friend Rhed, and their new friends in Drakmere try to stop the evil king from ruining the dream world for children all across the Earth realm, the reader is treated to a delightful dream world crafted by an extremely talented author. And, as a strange moment involving the character of Thirza seems to suggest near the end, this will likely not be the last time we are able to embark on such an adventure.