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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,033 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Stephens Narrator: Jim Dale Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books of Beginning Series Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9780307879813
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After the tumultuous events of last winter, Kate, Michael, and Emma long to continue the hunt for their missing parents. But they themselves are now in great danger, and so the wizard Stanislaus Pym hides the children at the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. There, he says, they will be safe. How wrong he is.

The children are soon discovered by their enemies, and a frantic chase sends Kate a hundred years into the past, to a perilous, enchanted New York City. Searching for a way back to her brother and sister, she meets a mysterious boy whose fate is intricately, and dangerously, tied to her own.

Meanwhile, Michael and Emma have set off to find the second of the Books of Beginning. A series of clues leads them into a hidden world where they must brave harsh polar storms, track down an ancient order of warriors, and confront terrible monsters. Will Michael and Emma find the legendary book of fire, and master its powers, before Kate is lost to them forever?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal, October 1, 2012:
    “Fans of the first book won’t be disappointed, and will eagerly anticipate the next one. The Emerald Atlas was very good. This one is even better.”
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2012:
    “Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy.”
  • “Fans of The Emerald Atlas will find much to love: the adventure-driven plot, a scattering of deliciously scary moments, and Stephens’ offbeat take on Tolkienesque dragons, dwarves, and elves are sure to delight.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fans of the first book won’t be disappointed, and will eagerly anticipate the next one. The Emerald Atlas was very good. This one is even better.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, October 8, 2012:
    “Fans of The Emerald Atlas will find much to love: the adventure-driven plot, a scattering of deliciously scary moments, and Stephens’s offbeat take on Tolkienesque dragons, dwarves, and elves are sure to delight.”

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serenity | 2/20/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook, and as always I thoroughly enjoyed Jim Dale's performance. I enjoyed Emerald Atlas but I enjoyed Fire Chronicle even more. Experiencing the story from Michael's POV made for such a strong emotional connection. You really can't help but root for him. The ending is a bit frustrating, but I can't wait for the next book and Emma's story. I guess this series is typical middle grade fantasy, but Stephens tells a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Campbell | 2/18/2014

    " The sequel to the Emerald Atlas, the adventure continues. This is a young adult fantasy in the tradition of The Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter. The series begins and returns to the present, though adventures take three siblings through a magical world complete with elves, dwarfs, magicians and witches. Not as sophisticated as Tolkien, though more mature than Narnia. This is a solid work for the genre and lots fun if you like this sort of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 2/11/2014

    " It got even better! I love it when the sequel proves to be more intriguing. This one has mystery, humor, as there are sections, you just have to laugh out loud, and if I'm laughing then I know the middle school age readers will too. It ends with you wondering when's the next book? For those needing tales similar to the HP books, this series will suit them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elissa | 2/8/2014

    " oh my god. I have to wait a year and a half to read the next one. currently killing myself "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean-Marie | 2/4/2014

    " This book was a little slow to start, but the action continued to build to a very suspenseful ending. My biggest complaint with this series is the wait between books. I don't think the release date for the next book has even been announced yet. Must we wait so long? And (spoiler alert) please don't let Rafe be a bad-bad guy. I really like him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/29/2014

    " I really like this series, but this book had just a few too many twists and turns to be a five star. I am definitely looking forward to the third book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 1/23/2014

    " OH. MY. GOSH. THIS BOOK WAS BEYOND WORDS AMAZING. I can't even describe my feelings for this series so far, every little bit of it is amazing, and this book just made it even better!!! Every part of this book was perfect and it's one of my favorite books OF ALL TIME. I will definetly be re-reading the first two books before book 3 comes out. I JUST REALLY DON'T FEEL LIKE WAITING!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corien | 1/18/2014

    " Not really my genre, but read by Jim Dale so I listened to it all :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah Teichholtz | 1/4/2014

    " Great book, but I thought the Emerald Atlas was better. Can't wait for the next book!!! Emma and Michael become more complex characters. Recommended to fans of the Harry Potter books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany Mcguire | 1/2/2014

    " Can't wait for the third!! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/1/2014

    " This is a book I listened to (Jim Dale is the reader). Great story-this one has a huge cliff hanger and I should have waited to read it. Now I will have to re-read (listen) when the third one finally comes out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi Smith | 12/29/2013

    " Would give this a 4 1/2 stars if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris Sterner | 12/25/2013

    " This is the second of a series - I listened to the audiobook. It is read by Jim Dale - who I love. Very good story - definitely the 2nd of 3 books, as it ends in a cliff-hanger. But overall good story and I look forward to the conclusion. The first book was the Emerald Atlas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. Somers | 10/28/2013

    " This second book in the Books of Beginnings trilogy does not disappoint! There is lots of action, adventure and excitement. Book three can't come out soon enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 9/6/2013

    " I am liking this series. The Audiobook was read by Jim Dale of "Harry Potter" fame. Everything he does is gold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Gardner | 9/6/2013

    " Love Michael!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Kuzma | 8/20/2013

    " I can't wait for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philipandchristina Nelson | 7/30/2013

    " Finished this one and can't wait for the next. Much better than the first. Love the way the author has written about elves and dwarves in the same style as Tolkien. Would recommend to boys or girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan McGilvray | 5/23/2013

    " Loved, loved, loved this book! Can't wait for #3! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/2/2013

    " This trilogy is getting darker as it goes! I liked The Fire Chronicle better than The Emerald Atlas. And the ending is a total cliff hanger. Once again, Jim Dale rocked the house in the role of audiobook narrator (: Bring on book three! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maree | 4/3/2013

    " Enjoyed the humor, adventure, and suspense "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harris Wypyszinski | 3/6/2013

    " So amazing! I can't wait for the third book. What will emma be the keeper of? Oh wait right now she's in the dirwe maghnus's hands.... but that's never failed to stop gabriel from saving her "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela Bosque | 1/27/2013

    " Excellent series. I cannot wait for the next book. I also listened to Jim Dale's narration and it was superb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise Bendall | 11/3/2012

    " Action packed magical adventure with time travel and dragons! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Irwin | 10/31/2012

    " A very exciting adventure/fantasy novel. There were some parts that were clearly inspired by the Lord of the Rings, but otherwise, it was a very original story. I am looking forward to the final installment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandi Rae | 10/23/2012

    " Good, but not nearly as exciting as the first in the series. I'm curious what happens, but also not really having the "I must have it now" feeling about the final book. "

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About the Author
John Stephens wrote and produced television for ten years. During this time, he read His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and fell in love with fantasy for young readers. He spent the next several years waking at 4 am every morning to write his first book, The Emerald Atlas, before heading to work for the day. John lives in Los Angeles with his family. Visit BooksofBeginning.com and follow him at @johnrstephens to find out more.
About the Narrator

Jim Dale is the voice of all the characters in the Harry Potter audiobook series. As a narrator he has won two Grammy Awards, seven Grammy nominations, and ten Audie Awards. As a stage and screen actor, he has won a Tony Award, four Tony nominations, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. In 2004 he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.