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The Lives of Christopher Chant.

THE LIVES OF CHRISTOPHER CHANT. Diana Wynne Jones. 1986/2004. Read by Gerard Doyle. 7 tapes. 9.25 hrs. Recorded Books. 1-4025-8462-8. $63.00. Vinyl; plot, reader notes. J

This award-winning author is a master at creating a fantasy world with a light touch of evil, making this suitable for upper elementary and middle school students. The protagonist, Christopher Chant, is born to a father who is an enchanter and a mother who is a powerful sorceress. He is blissfully unaware of his own potent powers until one day he realizes his dreams are not just dreams.

Reader Doyle, an Englishman, is flawless in his reading of the variety of voices, from children to elders. The young pouting Goddess is done splendidly when she cajoles Christopher to help her and then angrily laments her fate. Doyle's masterful reading, enhancing the already inventive adventure, will please all listeners. This is the fourth in a series but can stand alone. Sherri Ginsberg, Chapel Hill, NC
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Author:Ginsberg, Sherri
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Date:Nov 1, 2004
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