Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Audiobook Review: Ghoulish Song by William Alexander

Title: Ghoulish Song
Author: William Alexander
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN Book: 9781442363069
Narrator:  William Alexander
Length: 4 sound discs (240 min.)(Unabridged)
Disclosure: I received a copy of the audio book from Simon & Schuster for review through Audiobook JukeboxThis is my honest review!



Ghoulish SongGhoulish Song by William Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:
Kaile lives in Zombay, a city always on the verge of flooding. Her mother is a baker, and on the day of inspection Kaile allows a goblin troupe to perform in her mother’s bakery. When her mother finds out, she sends Kaile’s father to get rid of the goblins, and the goblins feeling slighted start to curse the family. Fearing the curses, Kaile sneaks out to pay the goblins with the best bread mean to the inspection, and in return receives a bone flute, that separates her from her shadow, her family, and sends her on a quest to find both herself and to save Zombay from the flood.

Review:
The timeline for this novel is interesting. It takes place at virtually the same time as the previous novel about Zombay, Goblin Secrets. It was interesting to see. These two completely separate stories overlapping and intertwining. On that note, you can read either novel as a stand-alone, but they are better when read together.

One of my greatest qualms about the first book was that I wanted more explanation, more detail. That didn’t bother me as much in this book, partly because the book delivered the more I was looking for, and partly because the place was now so familiar.

I loved Kaile’s story and I loved her shadow. Both are compelling and diverse characters. Kaile has her faults, but so too does Shade. The quest is fascinating and keeps the book moving.

Audiobook Review:
Like with the previous book, Goblin Secrets, the author reads this book too and does a fantastic job. His narration is entertaining and engaging. The audio is produced by Simon and Schuster Audio and consists of four sound discs. This book is relatively short at only 240 minutes and would make an excellent selection for a family trip. I recommend the audio to anyone who likes shorter audiobooks or is looking for something the whole family can listen to together.

Overall:
Overall, this book was both engaging and entertaining. I hope Alexander continues writing more about Zombay and its inhabitants, because I can’t seem to get enough of his remarkable storytelling. You will want to bring this audio book with you on your next family trip, or better yet, bring this one and Goblin Secrets and enjoy the overlap between these two stories. In fact, I may go back and listen to Goblin Secrets again and see if I missed anything!



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