Reviews for Airborn : Library Edition

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #2
This full-cast recording of Oppel's alternate-world airship adventure completely envelops readers in the listening experience: ropes creak; gasses hiss; stirring, buoyant music marks transitions. Each character is presented by a different reader (thirty-two in all), and the performances are superb. One wishes only that David Kelly, as the book's cabin-boy hero Matt Cruse, leaned a little less heavily on his consonants. But that's a small quibble in a spectacular production. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 March

Gr 6-10-- Once in a long while, an adventure story captures the mind and the heart of listeners/readers, creating a miniature world that makes a deep impression on them. Such is the case with Kenneth Oppel's Printz Honor Book (Eos, 2004) which weaves a magical tale of adventure, treachery, friendship, and courage. Taking place in a future where airships and blimps travel across the Atlanticus and the Pacificus Oceans, cabin boy Matt Cruse, on board the Aurora , battles pirates and prehistoric cloudcats, accompanied by spirited heiress Kate DeVries. A cast of 32 actors, including high school sophomore David Kelly (as the voice of Matt Cruse), delivers riveting narration and excellent vocal special effects (such as the ship's captain speaking through his radio). Full of fun, adventure, and heart, Airborn makes for a one-of-kind listening experience. Fans of period history, science fiction, and adventure will cheer Matt along. This ALSC 2007 Notable Recording and YALSA 2007 Selected Audiobook for Young Adults is a must for young adult collections.--Larry Cooperman, Seminole High School, Sanford, FL

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