A New Audio Review!

Do you need an adventurous, but funny, book to listen to?  This one is for you!

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Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas
by Jonathan W. Stokes, Read by Ralph Lister
7 CDs;  7 hours, 50 minutes

addison cooke and the treasure of the incasAddison Cooke and his sister Molly live with their Aunt Delia and Uncle Nigel, famous researchers and archeologists who work all the time.  It makes for some great perks (visiting archeological sites all over the world, for example) but also for some lonely times when both adults are working and Addison and Molly have to either eat dinners out of a vending machine at the museum or stay at home and eat peanut butter and jelly.  Again.

When Russian mobsters, led by Professor Ragar, an unscrupulous archeologist, kidnap Uncle Nigel and Aunt Delia in order to force them to find a mysterious treasure, Addison and Molly overhear their plans.  Unfortunately, Professor Ragar’s henchmen spot them just when they’re about to make a rescue, and the siblings have to flee.  Back at their apartment, they enlist the aid of their friends Raj and Eddie to get away from their pursuers.  But with the Russian mob hot on their trail, and the only adults in their lives in danger, Addison decides that the best defense is to follow the clues and find the Incan treasure before it can be stolen by the bad guys.

Armed with Uncle Nigel’s credit card, Addison’s ability to charm his way through most situations, Molly’s practical nature, Raj’s survival skills, Eddie’s Spanish translation abilities and the first clue (which Addison managed to steal) they buy plane tickets to Columbia and are off on the hunt!   Will they be able to find the treasure before Professor Ragar?  Can they free Aunt Delia and Uncle Nigel from his clutches?  Will they even survive the trip?

addison cooke audioAddison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas is a fun book to listen to in the car or at home.  It’s non-stop action will keep you laughing and not wanting to stop reading (or listening)! The cliffhanger endings (literally, in at least one case!) will leave you wanting to continue onto the next chapter to see what is going to happen.  I did like the narrator, my only question was why they picked someone with a British accent, since only Uncle Nigel is British.  It seems an odd choice to portray a bunch of kids from New York City.  The voices occasionally sounded a little forced, since he was trying to do American accents.  It did make a nice distinction between the narration and the dialogue though.

The author is apparently a screenwriter, and it’s obvious through the course of the story; the action goes from slapstick to heartfelt to dangerous .  In fact, Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas feels a little like someone mixed parts of the movies Goonies and Indiana Jones, with a dash of National Treasure added.   Adults may find it a little predictable in places, but kids from 8 to 12 will enjoy this exciting treasure-hunting adventure!

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Fun Summer Reads #3

A mystery, this time!

Key to the Treasure, by Peggy Parishkey  to the treasure, illustrated by Paul Frame

Liza, Bill and Jed are spending their summer vacation with their grandparents.  They have no problem keeping busy and finding fun things to do.  But one day, a thunderstorm rolls in and the kids are stuck in the house.  While they listen to the rain drumming on the roof and the thunder rolling, their grandfather tells them a story about the house, and his grandfather who lived in it during the Civil War, and the clues to a lost treasure he had left for his children.  Grandfather’s story ends sadly, for his grandfather died in the Civil War, and his children were never able to find the treasure, only the first clue.  And Grandfather shows them the first clue…four sketches, preserved in a photo frame beside the fireplace.

When the storm is over, Liza, Bill and Jed help clear up some of the mess; everything from broken key to the treasure 1branches to a broken tree limb.  Because of the broken limb, their plans for building a treehouse have to be put on hold…so while they’re waiting, they examine the items left behind by Grandfather’s grandfather…and Liza discovers a worn clue hidden in a headdress!   But it’s in code!  Can Liza and her brothers uncover the code that will let them decipher the clues and find the treasure?

Key to the Treasure is the  first book in a fun mystery series for second and third grade readers, written by the author of the popular Amelia Bedelia books!