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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Audio Review: The Second Spy by Jacqueline West

Title: The Second Spy (The Books of Elsewhere Vol 3)
Author: Jacqueline West
Narrator: Lexy Fridell
Publication: July 16, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Source: Audiobook Jukebox
Genre: Children
Length: 6 Hours 40 minutes
Format: Unabridged Audio
Rating: 5 of 5

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Synopsis: In Olive's third adventure, what lurks below the house could be as dangerous as what's hidden inside . . .

Some terrifying things have happened to Olive in the old stone house, but none as scary as starting junior high. Or so she thinks. When she plummets through a hole in her backyard, though, she realizes two things that may change her mind: First, the wicked Annabelle McMartin is back. Second, there's a secret underground that unlocks not one but two of Elsewhere's biggest, most powerful, most dangerous forces yet. But with the house's guardian cats acting suspicious, her best friend threatening to move away, and her ally Morton starting to rebel, Olive isn't sure where to turn. Will she figure it out in time? Or will she be lured into Elsewhere, and trapped there for good?

My Thoughts: Olive has had a busy and terrifying summer just as things begin to settle down she starts school; and on the wrong foot. To top it all off not only are strange things happening at the house they seem to be following her to school as well. Suddenly Olive begins to get messages from Annabelle at school, of all places. Olive makes a promise to Morton that she is determined to keep. In the process Olive manages to fall right into one of the traps the house and Annabelle has set for her. This is a quick entertaining read. There is never a dull moment when Olive is around. Friendship is tested several times during this third installment

Lexy Fridell is an excellent narrator and Jacqueline West has given her a magnificent platform to display her skills. This is a single voiced  unabridged production. The differentiation between each character is distinct and makes it simple to recognize each character. Each character is brought to life threw Fridell's narration. I continue to be impressed with Fridell and her prowess as a narrator. I love that Penguin Audio has continued to keep the same narrator throughout the series. 

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