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Middleworld Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Middleworld, by J&P 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: J&P Voelkel Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jaguar Stones Series Release Date:
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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?

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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.”


Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review | 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by Edward Sullivan | 12/13/2013

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

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About the Author

J&P Voelkel cowrite and illustrate the Jaguar Stones books, an adventure series set in the rainforests of the Maya. Jon grew up in South and Central America, while Pamela grew up in a seaside town in England. They met at an advertising agency in London and now live in rural Vermont with their three children.

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 six hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has been honored with several Audie Awards and named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.