Monday, September 12, 2011
Audio Review: Cloaked
Author: Alex Flinn
Listening Time: 6 hrs and 45 mins
I'm not your average hero. I actually wasn't your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all. It all started with a curse. And a frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.
There wasn't a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I've ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Everglades.
Don't believe me? I didn't believe it either. But you'll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got cloaked (harpercollins.com).
I've been listening to my MP3 player again at work, so I find myself again turning to audio books to keep me company during a long day. This week I listened to Cloak by Alex Flinn. Last year, I read Beastly by the same author and absolutely adored it. I enjoyed Cloak just as much.
To me the best thing about Cloak was the male protagonist. I don't read a lot of books featuring a male narrator, and I don't know why because I really like them. Johnny was an easy to like character, and I found myself rooting for him throughout all of his struggles and challenges. I really wanted to see him prevail. I think I always have a thing for the underdog.
The other thing that I really loved about Cloak was the use of fairy tales that weren't nearly as common as the fairy tales used in Beastly. I absolutely had that story figured out before I even started it. Cloaked on the other hand, while still predictable, held a bit more mystery.
Flinn is a very strong writer, and I find myself being sucked into her stories. They make we want to find a comfy chair, a warm blanket, and an amazing cup of coffee and settle in for a long and enjoyable ride.
As far as the audio itself, the reader was phenomenal. I absolutely loved him!! He truly made the story come alive. This is probably one of the best audios that I have ever listened to, and it is all because of the reader!