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Extended Audio Sample The Jaguar Stones, Book One: Middleworld Audiobook, by Pamela Voelkel Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.00198412698413 out of 53.00198412698413 out of 53.00198412698413 out of 53.00198412698413 out of 53.00198412698413 out of 5 3.00 (504 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pamela Voelkel Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jaguar Stones Series Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780307711984
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“As I see it,” said Max, “all that stands between humankind and the end of the world is two talking monkeys, a crazy archaeologist covered in red paint, and a couple of kids with blowguns. Am I right?”
 
Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy, video-gamer extraordinaire, is furious when his archaeologist parents cancel the family vacation to go on a dig in Central America. But things go from bad to worse when Max is summoned to join them, only to discover that his parents have vanished. With the help of Lola, a fast-talking, quick-thinking Maya girl, Max embarks on a quest to find out just what’s going on. Soon Max and Lola are running for their lives in the perilous rainforest, as they unlock ancient secrets, meet mysterious strangers, and begin to understand that, in San Xavier, nothing is ever as it seems.
            Fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to Max Murphy. But can a teen whose biggest talent is for video games rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save himself from the villainous Lords of Death? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Suspense and intrigue, human sacrifice, smuggling, and secret doors and escape routes through pyramids ensure that the novel, the first in a projected trilogy, is likely to win legions of fans, who will gravitate toward the nonstop action that echoes Max’s beloved video games.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “[Middleworld] will keep readers interested and looking forward to future entries in the Jaguar Stones trilogy.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 | 1/11/2014

    " it was a great book. I really enjoyed reading this book since it has a lot of adventure and twists. I would recommend this to teen or pre teen that loves to read because it is very interesting how a modern day kid turns to a hero. there were bunch of comedy and scary things that could really hook you up. It is just a very enjoyable book for teen/preteens. I should know considering I was a preteen when I read this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 12/31/2013

    " It's an easy read for an adventure with one exception--the names. Several younger readers will struggle and give up; it doesn't make a good read aloud. I found the history and mythology and cultural references fascinating, though. And for the first book in a series, I think the ending wrapped up a little too nicely. It should have been messier in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 12/29/2013

    " Follow Max on an adventure to San Xavier - Belize. Learn about the Maya culture and folklore. Focuses in on the 2012 calendar change - saying that the calendar doesn't end just changes to a new era and new ruler, who doesn't sound like a very nice guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 12/13/2013

    " Good adventure story with lots of Mayan mythology and supernatural elements to give it flavor. Fast-paced, easy reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/5/2013

    " This was a fun book and really had a lot of info about the Mayan culture and you didn't even know how much you were learning, it was fun!! I look forward to the next book in the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ji Mei ^_^ | 11/26/2013

    " I thought this book was great! I thought that the main character's snobbish-ness kind of got old, but thank goodness he gets over that. I really liked the Indiana Jones feel, though I don't know how this book is like Harry Potter or Clash of the Titans as the back of the book suggested. It's slightly slow going at first, but it eventually gets better. The ending makes me excited to finish the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindor16 | 11/22/2013

    " This has the best description of a granola bar I have ever heard. Great subject matter. Not enough kids books about the Maya culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Lewis | 11/8/2013

    " A little slow through the first half of the book until the "baboons" come to Max's aid; but, once they come into the plot, the story picks up and there is much humor to enjoy. As long as the baboons are in the picture, the second book should be a delight to read, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bbbrrr555 | 10/19/2013

    " This book was one of my favorite books. It is about max a typical boy from boston who after mayan gods take his parents prisoner goes to the land of the mayans to save them. This book was an incredible read even though they have not come out with the second book in ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Lyons-garcia | 10/7/2013

    " I liked reading about this subject matter, a refreshing change from teen vampires "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 9/6/2013

    " FUll of information on both ancient and comtemporary Mayan civilization. The Voeckels weave the historic information into a fascinating story of boys meets girl, boy realizes the world doesn't revolve around him, boy finds out its never too late to change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 7/31/2013

    " Good book, but quite a few bad words. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberta | 6/15/2013

    " I think 9-11 year olds would like this much better than I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aiden Buzzetti | 11/11/2012

    " I really loved this book. It has an amazing storyline and it appealed to me in many ways "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 11/15/2011

    " I could not get beyond 60 pages of this book. Too much whining and complaining on the part of the main character, and I really wasn't buying into the Mayan intrigue, although I wanted to. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elijah | 8/1/2011

    " Amazing book. Can't wait to read the second one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Books4m | 7/16/2011

    " Awesome story and all the historical info is correct so your actually learning ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 5/20/2011

    " Fun and sometimes disturbing jant through Mayan ruins and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrianne Colley | 3/12/2011

    " really slow in at first but it gets better(my teacher made me read it) "

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

    " really slow in at first but it gets better(my teacher made me read it) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/4/2011

    " Fun and sometimes disturbing jant through Mayan ruins and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 1/3/2011

    " Good adventure story with lots of Mayan mythology and supernatural elements to give it flavor. Fast-paced, easy reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindor16 | 8/20/2010

    " This has the best description of a granola bar I have ever heard. Great subject matter. Not enough kids books about the Maya culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 7/26/2010

    " Fun, engaging and I think middle schoolers will relate. It gives great insight about Mayan history. Sure hope I can get them excited to read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donalyn | 7/23/2010

    " This book is great introduction to Mayan mythology and a rousing adventure story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Books4m | 7/14/2010

    " Awesome story and all the historical info is correct so your actually learning ! "

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About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.