Reviews for Airborn : Library Edition
AudioFile Reviews 2007 April/May
This full-cast narration of a young adult science fiction adventure is, despite minor flaws, pure fun. Hero/narrator Matt (David Kelly), a cabin boy on a lighter-than-air liner in the book's Jules Vernesian world, finds adventure and romance among pirates and mysterious flying creatures on an uncharted island. Kelly's voice is irresistibly likable and engaging, though he does overact slightly. His narration frequently continues the tone of preceding speeches, especially questions. Some scenes call out for sound effects, and there are none. But these are quibbles. The original music is excellent; the story, if occasionally predictable, is well told and its world charming. The program as a whole is a nearly unalloyed pleasure. W.M. 2007 Audies Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
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.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 August #2
Full Cast Audio, now distributed to the trade by Harcourt, is releasing its top backlist titles (previously marketed to the school and library market) in new retail packaging in October. The unabridged recordings include The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger, (three CDs, 3 hours $24.95 ISBN 9781-934180-06-8 ages 12-up); Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, a recent Audie Award winner (10 CDs, 10.5 hours $44.95 ISBN 9781-934180-04-4 ages 10-up); The Moffats by Eleanor Estes (four CDs, 3.5 hours $29.95 ISBN 9781-934180-07-5 ages 8-up); The Misfits by James Howe (four CDs, five hours $29.95 ISBN 9781-934180-11-2 ages 10-up); and Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson (four CDs, 4.5 hours $29.95 ISBN 9781-934180-10-5 ages 5-up). Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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 [Page 78]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.