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Foundling [sound disc] / D. M. Cornish ; read by Humphrey Bower.

By: Cornish, D. M, 1972-.
Contributor(s): Bower, Humphrey.
Material type: materialTypeLabelSoundSeries: Monster blood tattoo #1. Publisher: Australia : Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd, 2006Edition: Unabridged CD ed.Description: 8 sound discs (CDs) (ca. 8 hrs 35 mins) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 9781740938891 (CDs).Subject(s): Talking books for children | Fantasy fiction -- Juvenile | Premiers' Reading Challenge : 7-8
Production Credits: Read by Humphrey Bower
Summary: Set in the world of the Half Continent, a land of tricorner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster blood tattoo trilogy is a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl's name, who is just about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters and people, who may be worse. Learning who to trust and who to fear is neither easy nor without its perils, and Rossamund must choose his path carefully.
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Junior Deer Park Library
Junior Talking Book J CD CORN Available I4913637
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Read by Humphrey Bower

Set in the world of the Half Continent, a land of tricorner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster blood tattoo trilogy is a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl's name, who is just about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters and people, who may be worse. Learning who to trust and who to fear is neither easy nor without its perils, and Rossamund must choose his path carefully.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Rossamund Bookchild, who is among the eldest residents of Madam Opera's Estimable Marine Society for Foundling Boys and Girls, is thrust into a monster-filled journey when he is kidnapped on his way to claim his position of Emperor's lamplighter in this fantasy adventure by D. M. Cornish (Putnam, 2006). Humphrey Bower gives voice to a quirky cast of characters from the hissing and wheezing leer, Licurius, to the friendly yellow-eyed monster, Freckle, skillfully employing British accents and dialects to denote class. Cornish's lilting vocabulary (landaulet, vinigaroon, threwd) is delightful to the ear and one of the unique words is defined at the head of each chapter in a tone that separates it from the story, yet doesn't jolt the narrative flow. The tempo is quite rapid in places to suit the pace of the story, and pauses and slowing of narrative are well placed to mount tension or fear. The novel includes a massive "explicarium," including diagrams, maps, and an extensive glossary. Enthusiastic listeners will want to have the book available to explore this feature, since it is not included in the audio version. This recording will more than satisfy fans of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series and Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy, all available from Listening Library.-Kelly Vikstrom, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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