Reviews for Wolves of Willoughby Chase


AudioFile Reviews 2012 November
Joan AikenÕs beloved childrenÕs novel (now in its fiftieth year of continuous printing) by her own explicit design contains all the elements of Victorian melodrama--parents presumed lost at sea, the two plucky cousins Bonnie and Sylvia, a scheming instructress, a loyal nursemaid and resourceful goose boy, and cross-England treks. WhatÕs more, itÕs got wolves. AikenÕs daughter Lizza has a dual role in this production. She shares a foreword that provides insight into the authorÕs life and its relationship to the story, and she narrates the story itself with the familiarity that comes from hearing it in process as a child. AikenÕs voice has an ethereal quality that quickens oneÕs transport to this cruel world. She spellbindingly holds the listener in its grip. This is a treasure! A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #2
It's author Aiken's daughter who reads this classic and old-fashioned adventure novel, and the result is superb. The combination of the author's masterful storytelling and the narrator's assured and intimate reading is mesmerizing. Listeners will hold their breath as they follow the up-and-down fortunes of spunky Bonnie and timid Sylvia, menaced by wolves and by the scheming and hateful governess Miss Slighcarp alike. Today's Harry Potter-weaned children will find orphans, villains, narrow escapes, and friendships aplenty here and may be glad to embark upon the whole Wolves Chronicles. As an added bonus, Lizza Aiken introduces this audiobook with a brief story about how her mother came to write the book -- a huge treat for longtime Joan Aiken fans. martha v. parravano

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