Grimpow

The Invisible Road
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (13.33 hours)
Product Number: Z100011405
Released: Oct 09, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739361252
Narrator/s: Richard McGonagle
Publisher: Listening Library
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Description

Grimpow has no idea who the dead man is, but hidden in his leather bag is a treasure that will change the boy's life forever. Daggers encrusted with rubies and emeralds, silver coins, jewels, and a letter with a golden seal depicting a snake swallowing its own tail. And clutched in the man's firm grip-a stone. A stone that will shape Grimpow's destiny. For when he holds it in his hand, strange things begin to happen. Visions of places he's never been fill his mind, and he finds that he can read the odd language in the letter, a message meant for someone else entirely. So begins Grimpow's journey with the stone: a centuries-long search that has driven sane men crazy, turned peaceful men to violence, and made knights into cowards. Only the one who is chosen can unlock the stone's secrets. No man has ever succeeded. But no boy has ever tried.

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Author(s): Rafael Abalos
Original Publish Date: Oct 09, 2007

Professional reviews

"Rafael Abalos's convoluted tale, set in 1313 France, features the young tramp Grimpow, who is transformed by the discovery of a frozen corpse and a magic stone. The stone launches him on a journey to uncover secrets left behind by the persecuted Knights Templar. Richard McGonagle portrays Grimpow as a chipper, na•ve young man who is bewildered by his questâ. His bewilderment is shared by the listener as clues are slowly parsed out using riddles and maps--not easily shared in the audio format. McGonagle's steady narrative flow does not alter whether characters are in the midst of battle on the jousting field, beset by French thugs (with unaccountably Irish accents), or uncovering yet more clues to the invisible road. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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