Reviews for Stormbreaker : Library Edition

AudioFile Reviews 2001 December/2002 January
When Alex Rider is told his uncle died because he didn't have his seat belt done up, he doesn't believe it. When he finds his uncle's car ridden with bullet holes, he's pulled into a world straight out of James Bond. His uncle's employers, the Special Operations Division of MI-6, blackmail the 14-year-old into taking over his uncle's mission, sending him into dangers he couldn't possibly predict. Nathaniel Parker's narration is precise and even. His BBC announcer tones provide the story with an English background that allows the listener to concentrate on the cliff-hanger adventures, special toys, and frightening henchman particular to the British spy genre. This case is an intrigue suitable for the whole family. E.J.F. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2001 September
Gr 5-8-British actor Nathaniel Parker does a smashing job of narrating this fast-paced thriller by Anthony Horowitz (Philomel, 2001). His voice is clear and consistent, lending dramatic flair to the overall tone of the novel. He successfully distinguishes among the story's various voices, and captures the excitement of the action and suspense. The tapes begin and end with appropriate James Bond-type music as 14-year-old Alex Rider, equipped with special training and gadgets from the government, takes over his mysteriously-killed uncle's dangerous mission. Alex encounters his share of villains and adventures as he uncovers the alarming secret behind Sayle Enterprises' new computer, Stormbreaker. First in a series, libraries will want to add this quality audiobook to their espionage collections.- Kathy Husband, Golden Library, Jefferson County Public Library, CO Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.