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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. B. Kerr Narrator: Ron Keith Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Children of the Lamp Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545094764
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From the NY Times-bestselling author P. B. Kerr, comes the third volume in this imaginative adventure series about a twin boy and girl who discover they are djinns.

Format: 8 CDs, Unabridged

In the third book of the bestselling Children of the Lamp series, djinn twins, John and Philippa Gaunt, are on the trail of another magical mystery. As they travel from New York to London to Nepal and India on a whirlwind adventure, the twins try to help their friend and fellow djinn, Buck, find out who murdered his friend using the venomous snakebite of the king cobra. All too soon, John and Philippa find themselves caught up in the lethal world of the Cult of the Nine Cobras, only to discover that they themselves are a target of the creepy cobra cult.

NARRATED by Ron Keith
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Quotes & Awards

  • “A breakneck-paced, Indiana Jones-style adventure…Kerr keeps the emphasis on fun.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Keith’s comedic turns for a grumpy butler and three priests are both shimmering and subservient, acting as a welcome foil to the more fearsome characters, who by turns sound silky and deceptively obsequious. Most enjoyable is his rendering of Uncle Nimrod, who exclaims ‘Light my lamp’ and ‘Bottle me!’ An action-packed reading.” 

    Booklist

  • “The suspenseful plot twists, coupled with a liberal dosing of humor, make this a fun page-turner.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Ron Keith supplies an energetic narration.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J B | 2/19/2014

    " I enjoyed all of the Children of the Lamp books. Fun, light fantasy geared for children around age 8-mid teens. For adults, there's some good humor and a good writing style we will enjoy as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saska | 2/4/2014

    " After the disappointing sequel to "Children of the Lamp", this book was like a breath of fresh air. It was SO interesting and I finished in two days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanny*just another day...* | 1/30/2014

    " Power isn't as important as your family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timnah | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this one much more than the previous book in the series, perhaps because I read it myself, whereas I had listened to the other book on CD. The tone of the reader makes a big difference. Anyway, I found this one humorous and lively, and I liked that the kids got the chance to do a lot of dangerous things themselves--or mostly by themselves. It ended with a good setup for the next book, which I will probably read when it comes out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Porter Austin | 1/29/2014

    " i thought it was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharni | 1/25/2014

    " I love how thought out this book is! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 1/20/2014

    " wew baanyak permasalahan hahahaha saiya suka permasalahan, bisa mengabulkan permintaan ternyata ga bisa bikin jadi bahagia juga, ahhhh nunggu lagi dah buku yg ke4 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kukua Arthur | 1/20/2014

    " interesting book...its really amazing...it makes your mind creative...i love the children of the lamp!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nukeyeti | 1/10/2014

    " A very interesting addition to the children of the lamp series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/6/2014

    " Another great book about the twin djinns and their misadventures. I love this series and would recommend it to all my friends who like fantasy and adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Migdalia | 12/28/2013

    " See Children of the Lamp review for full review, but main point is: "PASS." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Connor | 12/25/2013

    " one of my faves of the series :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roshni | 12/8/2013

    " The twins travel to India and Nepal, the Indian culture represented is a little far-fetched, but a good third installment in their adventures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 7/6/2013

    " Not quite as good as book 2 but still a great addition to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/18/2013

    " This book is better than the first two in the series. I think the author is improving with each volume. I can't wait to read the fourth one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Riley | 5/17/2013

    " Cobra King didn't live up to my expectations following the other books, but was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Clancy | 2/26/2013

    " the story is going very smoothly and its really fast paced! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/29/2012

    " Entertaining and a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenan Weidmer | 8/30/2012

    " This series is hilarious, fun, and fantastically imaginative. I definitely recommend it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan F | 8/5/2012

    " I actually bought this book twice because I didn't remember reading it the first time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/16/2012

    " Children will love the idea of children djinni's. I loved this one too! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 6/9/2012

    " the second was amazing but this needs help "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smpaetz | 6/5/2012

    " The 3rd in the Children of the Lamp series. Not my favorite of the 5 but still very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 6/1/2012

    " very long book, many details that make it seem for ever to read, a good story on the whole the twins find a solution to all the problems in the end but loose their own mother in the process of aging their father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nenangs | 3/13/2012

    " The story had been getting intense...getting better... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chloe | 11/21/2011

    " I did say that I love this series :) My fave part in this book is when they get caught by the indians and go for the adventure with Dybbuk (Buck) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 8/17/2011

    " An interesting look at what one man's quest for power can do to others and ultimately to himself. Some funny moments, and good plot. Not terribly deep, but a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/27/2011

    " These books just keep getting better and better! Philip Kerr makes his writing addictive to read, and his use of third-person omniscient is masterful. Another great adventure. I can't wait to pick up the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 4/19/2011

    " Philippa and John go to India and encounter the Cobra King. A man who wants to be a djinn - by replacing his blood with djinn blood. Nimrod and Mr. R are deep frozen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/19/2011

    " I read it out of order but enjoyed it. A bit scary for a kids book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 IsAbel | 1/1/2011

    " Besides the little encounter in the book before, this is where Dybbuk comes into the series. I think that once he comes in it all becomes so much better of a series. He is so mysterious that you never know what his choice is going to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alymarie | 10/24/2010

    " "It really gave me the chills because i'm NOT the biggest fan of snakes, but the rest of the story was filled with murder, magic and mystery." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 9/1/2010

    " Exciting, funny, & filled with strong characters, this book is a fantastic read, just like the others in the series. I especially enjoyed the various references to Beatles songs scattered cleverly throughout the book, an enjoyable detail that might be missed by younger readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 7/29/2010

    " I think this was the best of the series so far. I liked the use of angels, it's one of the best in fantasy fiction I've seen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nukeyeti | 6/27/2010

    " A very interesting addition to the children of the lamp series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 6/13/2010

    " I really like the way this series is written...and can't wait to get my hands on the next book!! Sometimes you can really tell that the author is normally an adult novelist (Phillip Kerr), but I just love what he can do as P.B. Kerr.
    I hope he keeps them coming!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 2/19/2010

    " **spoilers**
    Descriptions of the guru were gross. The book contained too many depressing plots elements - foreshadowing Rakshasas death, speedy aging of father, mother becoming blue jinn, Buck's internal battles, Buck's sister...
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan | 1/16/2010

    " I actually bought this book twice because I didn't remember reading it the first time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smpaetz | 1/7/2010

    " The 3rd in the Children of the Lamp series. Not my favorite of the 5 but still very good. "

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About the Author

P. B. Kerr was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he developed a lifelong love of reading. Although the Children of the Lamp books are P. B. Kerr’s first for children, he’s well known as the thriller writer Philip Kerr, author of the Berlin Noir series. Mr. Kerr lives in London with his family.

About the Narrator

Ron Keith, a native of England, graduated from the University of Manchester. He has appeared in the Broadway touring production of Amadeus, in off-Broadway productions such as Hedda Gabler, My Fair Lady, and Candida, and in many regional stage productions. His television appearances include roles in One Life to Live and As the World Turns.