Count Karlstein: Full Cast Edition Audiobook, by Philip Pullman Play Audiobook Sample

Count Karlstein: Full Cast Edition Audiobook

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Read By: Jo Thurley, a full cast Publisher: Listening Library Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780307284006

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

88

Longest Chapter Length:

05:38 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:58 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

03:46 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

23

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Publisher Description

Can you hear the distant howling of hounds and the thunder of ghostly hooves? It's All Souls' Eve and Zamiel the Demon Huntsman has come to claim his prey! He's headed straight for Castle Karlstein, where the evil count has hatched an evil plan; he'll sacrifice his two young nieces to save himself. Can Lucy and Charlotte outwit their uncle and his oily henchmen to escape their dreadful fate? From the award-winning author of The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife comes a spooky, funny thriller just right for those middle-grade readers looking for horror--and humor.  

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"I'm giving it 4 stars only because it is really 3.5 for me, and I want to round up as it is above other books I've given 3 stars for. On the other hand, it is a young adult/children's book, simplistic and obvious from the start. The characters are all very one dimensional, yet adorable nonetheless. It is a dark read, but a cute one. I recommend it as a library reader - take it out, like I did for a throwaway read when you just need something. You won't regret it."

— Rachel (4 out of 5 stars)

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  • “Readers young and old will revel in every angle, twist, and turn of this breathlessly paced, very funny page-turner.”

    — Amazon.com, editorial review
  • “Dashing, sparkling and wildly over-the-top fun.”

    — Publishers Weekly

Count Karlstein Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.31034482758621 out of 53.31034482758621 out of 53.31034482758621 out of 53.31034482758621 out of 53.31034482758621 out of 5 (3.31)
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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " not my favorite philip pullman. he's usually so much more. a silly, scary, modern folktale. a little of madden's careful, a lot of the wild hunt. maybe not silly enough? maybe not enough wordplay. "

    — Alisa, 2/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " At first it seems like a regular, fantasy, horror story. But of course, with Philip Pullman, it won't be so. I really love the twist, it makes the story so interesting and fun to read. "

    — Primadonna, 2/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " In the intro, Pullman says that he wrote this as a school play for his students, and I can see how it would be a hilarious thrilling production. Unfortunately, the novel form of the story is rather tedious and predictable...I had to force myself to continue reading, and I found that enjoyed it much more when visualizing it in play form. "

    — Hannah, 1/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This book had potential...I loved the Lockheart books and His Dark Materials, but I just didn't find this attempt at a gothic fairytale either suspenseful enough or particularly interesting. The middle section, told in different voices, was clever and sometimes amusing, but not redeeming enough. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more when I was a little younger, but for now I'm sticking with my rating. "

    — Thebruce1314, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Eh, my mind kept wandering. Too many books to waste to keep plugging away on this one. "

    — Jen, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A lighthearted foray by the famous author of the Dark Materials fantasy series. It has fairy tale elements to the story of the evil Count who holds his two wards captive. "

    — Kay, 12/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " While far below the league of the His Dark Materials books, this was an fun little book by Pullman, quite reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events both for the orphans + evil Count uncles and the writing style. "

    — Evan, 12/20/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " a good young adult novel "

    — Cecelia, 12/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " una historia muy crazy para pibes, en su punto justo, divertida, un toque tenebrosa, y muy a lo Pullman con su toque anarquista. "

    — Faedyl, 12/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Good read. We read/listened to this book on our trip back from Arizona to my sister's graduation. It was a compelling book. Fun to listen to as well. "

    — Phil, 12/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I wish I could remember who recommended this to me cause I didn't enjoy it and I'd like to ask them what inspired the recommendation. "

    — Terri, 12/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This appears to be the exact story as Lemony Snickets', only written several years earlier. Hmmm. "

    — Cher, 11/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Although this book was enjoyable enough, it doesn't measure up to his series- Sally Lockhart or Golden Compass. The book reminded me of the dire things that befall the kids in the Lemony Snickett books. Count Karlstein is a real villain! "

    — Linda, 10/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read this aloud, a chapter or two at a time, with my husband and young teen son. There were funny bits, and exciting bits, but somehow it just didn't grab us. Maybe it works better as a solo immersion. "

    — Cheryl, 6/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 4 stars if I was 10 "

    — Thi, 12/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I enjoyed Count Karlstein way more than I thought I would. I loved how the story was told and was captivated by the end of the first page. I really wish I would have seen the play for this! "

    — Heather, 11/11/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Nice wee kids story starring orphans, an evil uncle and a demon huntsman. "

    — Elizabeth, 6/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A fun book. A little long in places, but fun gothic fantasy. "

    — David, 6/17/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Loved the gothic atmosphere--reminded me of a cross between Ottfried Preussler's The Satanic Mill and Lemony Snickett (without the humor). "

    — Krista, 3/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Sort of epistolary. Quite fun but in the end it all wrapped up too easily (and predictably). "

    — Barbara, 9/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " SO MUCH FUN! This is simply the perfect mid-grade Gothic Suspense novel. In the vein of the Lemony Snicket books but IMO much more fun. My kids were enthralled the whole way through. Great characters, great voices. "

    — Leanne, 3/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting. Predictable, but it IS aimed toward a younger, less-sophisticated (or less-jaded?) reader. "

    — Patrick, 3/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I wish I could remember who recommended this to me cause I didn't enjoy it and I'd like to ask them what inspired the recommendation. "

    — Terri, 1/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very funny read with some great characters "

    — Julie, 1/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 4 stars if I was 10 "

    — Thi, 10/25/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Loved the gothic atmosphere--reminded me of a cross between Ottfried Preussler's The Satanic Mill and Lemony Snickett (without the humor). "

    — Krista, 5/19/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Found it a bit slow to start but the last 100 pages or so really raced by! 3 1/2 stars. "

    — Sally, 5/19/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A dark and smart text—combination mystery and folk tale. This is how YA texts should be written: as serious liit that happens to be read by young folk. "

    — Kristin, 5/3/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A great supernatural thriller for kids. Great illustrations for all the characters. A new fable for the ages. "

    — Angie, 9/12/2009

About Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the Whitbread Award–winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials series—The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass—as well as the Sally Lockhart trio of Victorian mysteries and other books for young readers. Among his other awards, he has won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work.

About a full cast

Louis Gossett, Jr. (1936–2024) was one of the most respected African American actors in film, television, stage, and audio voice-over history with a distinct voice that carried quiet authority. He won the triple awards of an Emmy for Roots, an Oscar for Officer and a Gentleman, and a Golden Globe for The Josephine Baker Story. As an impassioned activist, he firmly believed in giving back to the community and donated his performance royalties from the Twelve Years a Slave audiobook to his nonprofit organization, the Erascism Foundation, which focuses on planting the seeds of social tolerance with children and eliminating the stigma of racism.