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Download A Charmed Life: The Worlds of Chrestomanci, Book 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana Wynne Jones Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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Cat doesn't mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendolen, the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. But trouble starts brewing the moment the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Frustrated that the witches of the castle refuse to acknowledge her talents, Gwendolen conjures up a scheme that could throw whole worlds out of whack. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 2/6/2014

    " I love Diana Wynne Jones. I enjoyed Harry Potter, but I thought Jones' Chrestomanci series was just as good, inventive, enjoyable, amazing. I hope any of my friends who enjoyed Harry Potter will try Chrestomanci. Howl's Moving Castle was great also but it was Chrestomanci that I thought was truly inventive and charming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleksander Gabel | 2/5/2014

    " Could have influenced JK Rowling. Especially in the writing of HP7. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 12/30/2013

    " Not the best writing but interesting story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Robertson | 12/11/2013

    " There is only one Chrestomanci. And he is a lot sexier than Albus Dumbledore "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/7/2013

    " Cute for a children's book. A little too on the "Y" side of "YA" for me (I would think this is like 5th grader-ish). Would keep reading the series if I didn't have 5 billion other books I want to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/5/2013

    " very entertaing and just a bit quirky, which I like in a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/3/2013

    " A really delightful book and, based on having read this and The Lives of Christopher Chant (next in the reading order suggested by the author), I'm going to very much enjoy the rest of the series. I came to Diana Wynne Jones through the animated Howl's Moving Castle, and a recommendation from Neil Gaiman, who's work I also love. Substantial yet light, humorous, real (as real as fantasy can be), fun reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 11/1/2013

    " Another book that Robin McKinley told me to read. Magic, parallel worlds, and the requisite orphans, this a quick and entertaining read, with plenty of well-written mystery and adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/16/2013

    " It took me a while to warm up to this one. Had I had a better time at the beginning, I would push it up to four stars. I'm looking forward to the next one, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abbyc23 | 8/10/2013

    " The cover does look really boring but this book is really good from the first chapter I was caught. This book was recommended by Shannon Hale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron Prime | 7/2/2013

    " This was an interesting diversion up until the last third. Then it was just a disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Diaz | 5/22/2013

    " My first favorite book. Dianna Wynne Jones could take JK Rowling any day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Akwhepworth | 2/11/2013

    " Kind of odd, in a British sort of way, but very clever too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skulls Proserpina | 5/11/2012

    " This books turned me into a Diana Wynne Jones fan. It's a wonderful story that anyone can enjoy children, teens, adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 3/17/2012

    " Very enjoyable! After not managing to get into Diana Wynne Jones for so long, I think I'm set for a period of obsession! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwenyth | 1/13/2012

    " This was amazing! It seems amazing to me that I somehow skipped over reading it as a preteen, since it's exactly the sort of thing I loved then (and still love now). A really charming lovely book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bookishblonde | 8/3/2011

    " Fun, might look into more of this character's series by the great Diana Wynne Jones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 7/23/2011

    " Quick easy and entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vance | 5/11/2011

    " A little slow starting but it picked up and I enjoyed it. Chrestomanci is a Enchanter, and the name is a title not a given name. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 4/17/2011

    " I read this years ago, as a kid. Will re-read soon.

    I remember even at the age of 11, ripping through this volume in less than a day. How? Iunno. Pick it up and find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/11/2011

    " Fun and interesting. A very imaginative set of tales. I'm never sure which story I enjoy more from this one as they both have their own merits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 1/27/2011

    " I was frustrated by the apparent stupidity of both of the characters, they should have been able to figure things out, but the books were fun and engaging, and very imaginative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady | 1/20/2011

    " Among the best fantasy I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/10/2011

    " I liked these books a lot. I found this one at a yard sale and was so taken with the otherworldlyness of them that I bought the next two of them "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riannon | 12/4/2010

    " This was undoubtedly well written and had interesting characters, but I felt like it lacked something to make it as compelling and exciting as my favorite books are. When it ended, I was left feeling a little depressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristi | 11/24/2010

    " Really interesting read. But I was never ready to leave the story, I was always left craving more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micah | 11/20/2010

    " This book was one of my favorites of Diana's! "

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About the Author
Author Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones (1934–2011) was an internationally bestselling British fantasy author. Although she was best known for her children’s books, Jones wrote anthologies, short stories, and nonfiction works for both children and adults. She has won numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Guardian Award for Children’s Books, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award; she has also been a runner-up for the British Carnegie Medal twice. A number of her novels have been adapted into movies, both for the big screen and for television. Her book Howl’s Moving Castle was made into a Japanese animated movie by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Among her most well-known works are the Chrestomanci series, the Derkholm series, and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, which won the Hugo Award for Nonfiction. Jones lived in Bristol, England.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.