At first, orphan Cat Chant isn't jealous of his magically gifted sister Gwendolen. After all, she is the only family he has left. But, then the mysterious sorcerer Chrestomanci adopts them and changes their lives forever. In this book, which won the Guardian Award for Children's books, author Diana Wynne Jones' characters come fully alive as narrator Gerard Doyle takes listeners into a wondrous world.
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by Diana Wynne Jones
by David Clement-Davies
by Mick Herron
"A world filled with witches, warlocks, and necromancers is often dark and fearful. But this delightful tale of magic and enchantment balances the dark forces with the enlightenment of Cat, an unwilling hero. Gerard Doyle perfectly conjures up the characters of Chrestomanci, the overseer of all magic; Gwendolyn, the spoiled sorceress; and Cat, the would-be enchanter. His charming voice morphs into each being and adds to the charisma of the story. It's easy to see the influence this 1977 work may have had on Rowling's works. This is a fine complement to any fantasy-lover's library. D.L.M. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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