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I was lucky enough to be approved via Netgalley the audio book of The Silver Arrow read by Simon Vance. As I already had the book i decided to read and listen at the same time and Omg I had the best time. Simon's narration and the voices of each character was spot on alot of the time I was smiling and laughing while reading I was captivated by it. The Silver Arrow is written by Lev Grossman and yes he wrote the Magicians. Lev used quite alot of magic in here there were talking animals and a talking train which was driven by kids. All I can say is read and listen at the same time. One thing I did notice was that while reading the book and listening there were some language differences for example UK version the road was a motorway but on the Audio Book it was Highway but that didn't bother me in the slightest and yes the ending of the book did make me cry especially how the importance of conservation was used throughout the book. So I had to give it 5 stars.
Invited by a hopeful niece seeking a birthday gift, a seldom-seen uncle in a yellow suit shows up and parks a 102-ton locomotive in her backyard.
From the day he does, eleven-year old Kate and her younger brother, Tom, take command of a powerhouse machine storming across the world on the road to fortitude and opened eyes.
Early on, they assemble a full train of specialty cars ranging from library to swimming pool to candy shop. As the train roars on, the siblings gather passengers, every one an animal bringing with them fresh stories and new viewpoints. In fact, “The Silver Arrow” is a milder distant cousin of the 1899 Australian classic “Dot and the Kangaroo.” In both books, it’s the creatures hefting the troubling central message.
“The Silver Arrow” is a grand adventure story for any age, filled with hazards, surprises, and just the right voltage of hair-raising zing.
However, a gentle caution to buyers/readers. Grace Hopper, the real-life computer pioneer and rear admiral, is mentioned in the book. On page 14, it says an aircraft carrier is named after her. Not true. It’s a destroyer. On page 61, it says every train has a caboose. Actually that has not been the case for many years. But these are just a couple of nicks in an otherwise high-energy, first-rate book. Most satisfying.
Incredible book that should be made into a movie! Loved it, learned stuff, & sent it to my niece! Wonderful tale w/ subtle lessons, big fun, & tears she'd. For young aduld8, but great for the whole family!