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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vivian Vande Velde Narrator: Carine Montbertrand Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781449803643
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Vivian Vande Velde is an Edgar Award-winning author of fiction for young adults. Heir Apparent, a Junior Library Guild Selection and winner of the Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize for Best Children’s Fantasy Novel, has been called “consistently entertaining” by Publishers Weekly. This clever and imaginative fantasy, featuring a marvelous reading from narrator Carine Montbertrand, will lure curious listeners into the virtual reality world of a medieval-styled arcade game that might just be deadly.

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  • “Murder, magic, salacious secrets, and sparkling wit immediately pull the reader into this engrossing medieval whodunit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 2/17/2014

    " I read this because I found it at the thrift and it was 50 cents and about computer games. I thought, hey, ok, it might be YA lit, but maybe if I put it in our miscellaneous fiction, some game art major might find it and read it and get something out of it. Unfortunately, it was not good enough to do even that, and I'm embarrassed to put it on here that even I read it. But I'm doing an experiment in total book-reading transparency, which is why I copped to reading Angels & Demons. Because I do read a lot of crap, sometimes. May be decent for early middle school collections circa 5 years ago but that's about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/6/2014

    " This was okay. Interesting concept. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Let | 2/5/2014

    " i love this book. its an easy read but a good one. your interested all the way threw wondering what path she'll choose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 2/1/2014

    " middle school, great for boys but I like VVV's other genre's better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neptune | 1/22/2014

    " I hated how it just ended!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 1/18/2014

    " The book was a fun adventure but a little trite. It is good and appropriate for the young adult reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendi Wallet | 1/13/2014

    " Took a while to get through this book. Some slow parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 12/18/2013

    " I liked it, it was different from the typical fantasy book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 12/5/2013

    " This book was pretty boring i wouldn't read it again the girls leg gets amputated. And she has a miniature self inside her head. "

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

    " I am a sucker for a good sci-fi book and this one held my attention throughout. The end was abrupt and a let down, but I love the concept and great storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gen | 10/26/2013

    " I loved this book! It is modern fantasy, set a little ways into the future where virtual reality games have been taken one step further. There is romance, strategy, magic, humor, and much more. I would say this is a 5th grade reading level, maybe 4th. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dancing Flamingo | 10/23/2013

    " The book is still funny as I remembered! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keri | 9/1/2013

    " This book is based on a futuristic computer game which uses the player's senses to put the player into the game as realistic as possible. When something goes wrong with the computer, the heroine must find a way to win the game in order exit and save her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerianna | 3/16/2013

    " I don't remember the swearing. I liked this book so much that I read it aloud to my kids while we drove a couple of years ago. Some of them have read it again on their own. I thought it was worth buying, and then buying again when it was destroyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RaeLene | 3/10/2013

    " A fun book about a virtual reality game. It is a little preachy at times, and slow moving in some parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy | 12/26/2012

    " This book was amazing with a lot of tricks and turns my only complaint was that there should of been more romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sadie | 12/12/2012

    " very sci-fi and fantasy. could not put down!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salma Saif. | 11/4/2012

    " if you like science fiction, then this is the book for you. (ok that sounds cheesy) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kylie | 10/28/2012

    " I Stayed up untill around 2 in the morning to finish it. Its fast moving. But the detail is really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 7/28/2012

    " My son bought this book at a school book fair. He was in fourth or fifth grade and loved it. He told me it was one I'd really like, so I read it too. He was right. Fun book, great female character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ambur | 5/25/2012

    " I read this years ago, and I don't remember exact details, but I do remember really liking it! :D It's such an interesting story idea, and a fantastic story! :D I definitely need to reread it sometime in the future. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 3/22/2012

    " This was an awesome book to read! It started out like an other book would (letting you know what's going on), but quickly turned into a hilarious adventure that never seemed to want to turn out how the main character wants. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 3/19/2012

    " This was a really fun book--just like playing a game!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valen | 3/18/2012

    " I loved it! Full of suspense! I kept wondering what was going to happen next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tarin Mcgriff | 2/23/2012

    " I gave this book a 4 because it has many obstacles that she has to go through to win the game. It has a futuristic feel to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rozelle Hansen | 1/19/2012

    " This was a great read. An original page turner:0) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 6/4/2011

    " Really good book about a girl who is trapped in a virtual reality video game. The author does a good job of not boring the reader, even though Giannine has to continue to start the game over and over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arti | 5/16/2011

    " It was a little confusing but still good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 5/9/2011

    " Oh my word! The main character reminded me so much of my friend and the way she talks! Such sarcasm! Such hilarious comparisons! She's a treasure! I laughed through most of the book and smiled through the rest. It's a very enjoyable read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/27/2011

    " This book is the best of its kind. The dialogue is hilarious, the events are tautly strung, and the heroine is the very definition of kick-assery. I definitely read this in the last month and it was just as great as I remember it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 4/24/2011

    " oh man. one of the only books i can read again, brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/19/2011

    " Funny and a bit quirky. An entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 3/28/2011

    " My son bought this book at a school book fair. He was in fourth or fifth grade and loved it. He told me it was one I'd really like, so I read it too. He was right. Fun book, great female character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 3/27/2011

    " Great Book

    So good, so funny! I want to read it again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 3/23/2011

    " This book was pretty boring i wouldn't read it again the girls leg gets amputated. And she has a miniature self inside her head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 GGNS | 3/20/2011

    " I could read this book a million times and still be grinning and wiping tears of mirth from my eyes every time. It's hilarious and charming, and will keep you entertained from cover to cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 3/16/2011

    " It was good for a light read and time consumption. Strange ending though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meherin | 3/6/2011

    " A wonderfully funny fantasy novel that I can read again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/25/2011

    " sarcastic narrator, virtual video games, i'm in! =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Britt | 2/22/2011

    " this was one of the best books i've ever read! it was a little hard to red because of the diolog. I loved it and recomend it to boys and girls 9 and up. I recomend it to people who like fantacy. If you don't like fantacy, than don't read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/22/2011

    " Kind of pointless but was interesting. If you're into books about video games and the like, you would probably enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tarin | 2/7/2011

    " I gave this book a 4 because it has many obstacles that she has to go through to win the game. It has a futuristic feel to it. "

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About the Author
Author Vivian Vande Velde

Vivian Vande Velde is an American writer of fiction for children and young adults. She was born in Rochester, New York, United States. She began writing at age 28, the year her daughter was born, and has been publishing relatively consistently since. She currently resides in Rochester, New York, where she is involved in multiple circles/groups of young writers in the Rochester area.

About the Narrator

Carine Montbertrand is an award-winning narrator of dozens of audiobooks. When she first started working in the 1990s, she sounded younger than her years and specialized in children’s and young adult titles. Since then she has expanded to fiction for adults and has recorded everything from murder mysteries to fantasy and inspirational titles. She is adept with dialects and accents, voicing characters from countries around the world. She also specializes in English language titles with a French flavor, as she is half French. With her audiobooks, she has the opportunity to tell wonderful stories while finding voices for men, women, children, and sometimes ghosts and extraterrestrials.