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Download The Ratastrophe Catastrophe: The Illmoor Chronicles, Book One Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Ratastrophe Catastrophe: The Illmoor Chronicles, Book One (Unabridged), by David Lee Stone
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (110 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Lee Stone Narrator: Robert Llewellyn Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN:
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The Duke of Dulwich is in distress, several reports are coming in that the city is beginning to be overrun by a plague of rats. Naturally he has killed off all witnesses, but daily the problem is becoming more obvious. His corrupt council, led by the hapless ex-wizard Tambor, has no solutions. He must send for mercenaries to rid his city of the rampant rodents.

Heralds ride out from every gate, each hoping to bring back the savior of the city. Part-time herald, full-time thief, and grandson to Tambour, Jimmy Quickstint is the lucky man, falling haphazardly upon the skills of Diek Wustapha, a charmer recently inhabited by magic and suddenly irresistible to girls, sheep, and rats.

Diek fulfills his task and is promised $500 for his troubles. But once the rats have gone, the council reneges on their deal. Full of anger (and magic), Diek charms the children of Dulwich out of the city, playing on his mouth organ, where he disappears into the caves ad woodland of the surrounding area.

The Duke is now in despair and has to resort to mercenaries to track him down. These include Groan Teethgrit (a man-mountain with more fingers than brain cells), Gordo Goldaxe (a dwarf who takes offense at people looking down on him), and Jimmy Quickstint (the only thief in history to go into a house with more than he came out with). It's not looking good.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thalia | 10/1/2013

    " Brilliantly funny! I really like Stone's writing style, it's very British and darkly hilarious. You start to like even the most despicable creature in the book while reading it. This is fantasy at its best and definitely not only for children.[return]Now I can't wait to start the second part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 5/25/2013

    " Reviewed for CBPR "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 4/20/2013

    " Funny, witty, and a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 12/11/2012

    " The illustrations were the best part of this book. Otherwise, I didn't really enjoy it. I didn't like any of the characters and the story didn't hold my interest. I skipped ahead to the end. Maybe better for younger readers, but not really for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodee | 3/14/2012

    " silly version of the pied piper. The names were funny and I think the 10-11 years would find it amusing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Soubhi Kiewiet | 3/7/2012

    " I honestly didn't finish it... The author seemed to be making a poor attempt at being Terry Pratchett. Didn't like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chiara | 12/23/2011

    " I loved this story, I found the characters captivating and really got absorbed in the world of Illmoor, I also laughed out loud loads of times. Would recommend this to people who like fantasy mixed with a bit of humour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mscout | 4/11/2011

    " eh, actually kinda boring retelling of the pied piper of Hamelin...some entertaining aspects, but overall not top tier at all... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susi | 3/16/2011

    " A great book; funny, well-written, and really enjoyable. The plot is a new take on the Pied Piper but don't let that put you off, there's enough twists and turns in the plot to keep anyone happy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susi | 3/4/2011

    " A great book; funny, well-written, and really enjoyable. The plot is a new take on the Pied Piper but don't let that put you off, there's enough twists and turns in the plot to keep anyone happy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodee | 2/25/2011

    " silly version of the pied piper. The names were funny and I think the 10-11 years would find it amusing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeri | 2/23/2011

    " Was this a kids book? I thought that's the section I got it from. The language was a little rough, the grammar would have been over alot of kids heads and it was a little violent. I won't be finishing the series. Over all it just wasn't a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chiara | 5/22/2010

    " I loved this story, I found the characters captivating and really got absorbed in the world of Illmoor, I also laughed out loud loads of times. Would recommend this to people who like fantasy mixed with a bit of humour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 10/19/2009

    " The illustrations were the best part of this book. Otherwise, I didn't really enjoy it. I didn't like any of the characters and the story didn't hold my interest. I skipped ahead to the end. Maybe better for younger readers, but not really for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/1/2007

    " Funny, witty, and a good story. "

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