Far Far Away

Far Far Away

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Jeremy Johnson Johnson's parents had the same last name, but that's not even the strangest thing about him. Jeremy can hear voices, and one voice in particular: the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the famed writing team The Brothers Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy and keeps him safe from an unknown evil lurking between worlds. When the provocative Ginger Boultinghouse becomes interested in Jeremy's abilities, he quickly learns that not all fairy tales have happy endings.
Publisher: New York : Random House/Listening Library, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780385368599
0385368593
Branch Call Number: YA CDAUDIO FICTION McNeal Tom 12/2013
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (11 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Sheppard, W. Morgan

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JCLChrisK Oct 19, 2013

"But it is like we're in some kind of fairy tale," Frank Bailey said. "It's got enchantments and dungeons and potions and forbidden rooms"--his face fell; he seemed suddenly to remember something--"except this time it's all real."
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swyckl
Oct 24, 2017

I liked this fiction CD. It is appropriate for children. It is a little silly.

JCLChrisK Oct 19, 2013

"But it is like we're in some kind of fairy tale," Frank Bailey said. "It's got enchantments and dungeons and potions and forbidden rooms"--his face fell; he seemed suddenly to remember something--"except this time it's all real."
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For the longest time, this book reads almost entirely real (well, aside from the ghostly narrator; but I'll get to that). Jeremy, Ginger, and their small town may have a few quirks, but for the most part they're everyday people going about their everyday lives. It's still quite an interesting story told deftly and appealingly, it just doesn't seem like anything particularly thrilling is in store. But then. Then there are . . . some very unexpected (though foreshadowed) developments, and the stakes change drastically. We find ourselves pulling for these characters we've come to care for in entirely new ways.
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About that ghost. I thought it was an excellent way of turning an omniscient narrator into a character. Jacob isn't entirely omniscient, but enough so that his narration feels more like a typical storytelling than a first-person account. He has a history that matters, but for the most part he's there to watch over and tell us about Jeremy and Ginger and the other characters. And since he was a polite gentleman storyteller in life, his narration is both charming and compelling.
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Life in a small town in the middle of the U.S. generally seems either dull or dolorous to the average teen. Jeremy and Ginger feel the same until they find solace and adventure first in each other then in secrets far more exciting than they ever could have wished.
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"What follows is the strange and fateful tale of a boy, a girl, and a ghost. The boy possessed uncommon qualities, the girl was winsome and darling, and the ancient ghost . . . well, let it only be said that his intentions were good. . . . "

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JCLChrisK Oct 19, 2013

I hope someone picks up on McNeal's TV show idea and turns it into a reality. I would watch it.
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"Uncommon Knowledge was the only show that Jeremy and his father enjoyed watching together, and I confess that I, too, found it diverting. "The quiz show that celebrates the uncommon knowledge of the common man!" a rich voice always proclaimed at the beginning. Then the host would describe how the show's talent scouts had scoured the far corners of the countryside looking for ordinary men and women who possessed extraordinary knowledge about some particular thing--the history of the carrier pigeon, for example, or the terra-cotta soldiers of Emperor Qin, or the life cycle of skinks. These self-taught experts were then questioned by renowned authorities in the field. The audience rooted for the commoners, as they always have."

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