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Summary

Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal 14-year-old boy. He has a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. But there is something very special about Bobby: he is going to save the world.

And not just Earth as we know it. Bobby is slowly starting to realize that life in the cosmos isn't quite what he thought it was. And before he can object, he is swept off to an alternate dimension known as Denduron, a territory inhabited by strange beings, ruled by a magical tyrant, and plagued by dangerous revolution.

If Bobby wants to see his family again, he's going to have to accept his role as savior and accept it wholeheartedly. Because, as he is about to discover, Denduron is only the beginning.

Listen to more in the Pendragon series.
©2002 D. J. MacHale (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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Great reading of a great book

really enjoyed listening back to a story I loved when I was younger, will be getting the whole series.

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  • FreeBird20
  • 08-08-10

LOVE these books!

DJ MacHale takes you on a wild ride with Bobby Pendragon. William Dufris does a fabulous job reading these books. I really got into the entire series and enjoyed them thoroughly. I do recommend reading them in order, but each could stand alone on their own merits easily. The pace is fast and furious and the plot twists keep you interested 'till the very end. I highly recommend ALL the Pendragon books!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-06-13

Series is Awesome. Narration not so awesome.

I am re-reading the series because I enjoyed it so much. I thought I'd add the audio to my collection. The story is still exciting and unpredictable, but I don't think the narration adds much. Dufries is good with adding vocal excitement to his narration, but there is a whine-factor to his style that takes away from the story. He did the same to the Enduring Flame Series. I know Pendragon is a teenager and they are supposed to whine, but his translation is more of a two-year old's.

Stay with the book, unless audio is your only option. If you have a Kindle, buy it first, and then get the audio for $3.99.

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  • Bronwyn
  • 26-07-08

The Merchant of Death (Unabridged

This is a fast paced book. It is well narrated. We listen to these in the car and it kept the whole family entertained and wanting more. The only bad part was when it finished and we did not have the next book to go on with. Fantastic for all ages.

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  • Phelix_da_Kat
  • 07-07-08

Alex Ryder MEETS John Twelve Hawk's The Traveller

Definitely more fantasy than sci-fi.

After listening to this, (for you dads out there) the storyline reminded me of Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" - whereby the main character is transported to a less advanced civilisation - using their wits and brains they save the day.

For the kids, this was more like Alex Ryder crossed with "The Traveller". The boy is a "choosen one" who unknown to him, is being mentored, travels with his "uncle" through different worlds to fight on behalf of good against an evil foe that is present in worlds.

The narration by William Dufris has light and lively pace that is definitely young adult. Something for both father and son to enjoy together..


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  • FloNo
  • 22-12-20

Rough start for a great series

Read these books as a kid and am re-reading as an adult, I adore this series and know it gets better and better as it goes. This first book is a bit rough though. Bobby is not a very sympathetic protagonist in this book, he’s a whiny privileged white boy jock, nothing to be done about that. Keep reading deeper into the series to watch his character growth, but more exciting is that you get to know more about all the wonderful other worlds and travelers, that’s more than enough incentive to push past the first book!

There was an excessive amount of fat shaming, which I didn’t expect going into this re-read and was really disappointed to see. The character in question had many negative traits (she’s a villain), but all descriptions of her (from Bobby’s perspective) hyper fixated on her weight and how disgusted he was by it. It was super not okay! This kind of casual fat shaming is the stuff that gives kids weight complexes for the rest of their life. It truly frustrates me to see this kind of thing in young adult books, booms should inspire confidence in young readers not take it away.

Not a huge fan of William Dufris’ narration, but I listened to a lot of these books as a kid and can confirm you get used to him a couple books in.

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  • E.C
  • 17-09-20

The narrator ruins it.

I don’t like how whiny and obnoxious the narrator sounds. The vocal impressions especially of women are especially annoying

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  • Jean
  • 24-11-19

Audio Reader Ruined It

I loved this series as a kid. I should have never reread it, as book are much better written nowadays. But with the right reader, I think the series might have been saved. Dufris makes Bobby so whiney and hyper. Not the hero of my youth. He emphasized all of the books flaws and shoved them in your face. I would love to hear a new version with Kirby Heyborne. Sometimes I would repeat the sentance in my head how Kirby would read it and it made it instantly better. How do we get him on this project?

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  • Deanna
  • 20-10-19

The narrators voice instantly killed the book

We (husband and I) love the "Pendragon" books and we were very excited to share them with our children. We decided to introduce them to Pendragon via audiobook. I purchased it and was so excited to press play. However the voice of the narrator instantly made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. My husband kept saying "Nooooo!" "Noooooo!" over and over as we listened. We pushed stop less than 1 minute into the book. We will not be introducing our kids to these books via audiobook, and im seeking a refund. Yikes.

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  • Jacob Proffitt
  • 07-06-19

Juvinile

Baby book for babies. But the dialogue has induced several genuine laughs. So in general, three stars

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  • lisa keeney
  • 21-03-19

Love the story, but narrator..

I have loved this books since I was a kid, but this narrator made it really hard to listen to at times. I just feel he emoted in the wrong ways at the worst times.

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