The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Adam Gidwitz, read by the author and a full cast. Listening Library, 10 hrs., $40 ISBN 978-0-7352-8736-5
In 1242 France, weary travelers at an inn exchange stories of their encounters with a group of three children accompanied by their dog who are set to be brought before the king for the threat they pose. The story is framed as an inquisition, with an agent of the king serving as the main narrator and questioning the travelers to discern the true nature of the children, who are rumored to have magical abilities. The structure lends itself clearly to the audio format, with one narrator acting as the interviewer while more than a half-dozen others take up the rest of the characters sharing the tales of these adventurers. It’s more entertaining with multiple voices and it brings the conversational elements of the story to the forefront, but not always seamlessly; there are points in this production when it sounds as if the actors were all recorded separately and the dialogue pieced together later. Still, the variety of voice actors at work plays well with the story and makes for a lively listening experience. Ages 10–up. A Dutton hardcover. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/2017
Release date: 09/27/2016
Genre: Audio
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-0-525-42616-5
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Audio book sample courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio
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