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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Audio Review: The Strangers by Jacqueline West

Title: The Strangers (The Books of Elsewhere Vol 4)
Author: Jacqueline West
Narrator: Lexy Fridell
Publication: July 16, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Source: Audiobook Jukebox
Genre: Children
Length: 7 Hours 14 minutes
Format: Unabridged Audio
Rating: 5 of 5

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Olive thought she'd uncovered all the house's secrets. She was wrong.

It's Halloween night when strangers come to Linden Street...and something dear to Olive goes missing. To what lengths will she go to get it back? Can she trust the strangers? Will she turn to a new and dangerous magic within the paintings of Elsewhere? Or will she put her faith in her own worst enemies to save the people and home she loves?

The stakes grow higher, the secrets more dangerous, and mystery and magic abound as Olive, the boys, and the cats uncover the true nature of the house on Linden Street. A must-read fantasy series for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap. 

My Thoughts: Jacqueline West continues Olives adventures with this newest installment of the Books of Elsewhere series. With each book West takes you deeper in the the world of witches. Olive sees Halloween as an excellent opportunity to get the cats and Morton out of this house. A frightening thing happens during their little excursion and when Olive returns home her most prized possessions are gone. Olive will do whatever is necessary to get her possession back. In the process more secrets are revealed. 

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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