The Flint Heart

Katherine Paterson, Author, John Paterson, Author, Katherine Paterson and John Paterson, Author, Ralph Lister, Read by
Katherine Paterson and John Paterson, read by Ralph Lister. Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, unabridged, four CDs, 4 hrs., $24.99 ISBN 978-1-4558-2242-3
Reviewed on: 01/30/2012
Release date: 09/01/2011
Katherine and John Paterson’s bewitching fairy tale about the re-emergence of a dangerous talisman called the Flint Heart that hardens the heart of anyone unlucky enough to be corrupted by its magic comes to life thanks to top-notch narration from Ralph Lister. Throughout this audio production, Lister creates distinctive voices for the diverse cast of characters. He offers up a gruff rumble for the ancient tribesman first possessed by the flint heart and a nasal, high-pitched voice for a persnickety fairy that harbors a passion for English literature. For children Charles and Unity—whose father falls victim to the object—Lister creates bright, inquisitive voices, while lending the wise and kindly Zagabog, a sort of guru to the fairies, a gentle voice reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Dumbledore. And for the story’s most whimsical character—a timid hot water bottle that dreams of someday being mended—Lister utilizes a voice that becomes confident and brave as the story unfolds. Ages 7–12. A Candlewick hardcover. (Sept.)
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