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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,006 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eva Ibbotson Narrator: Sian Thomas Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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Under Platform 13 at Kings Cross Station there is a secret door that leads to a magical island.

It appears only once every nine years. And when it opens, four mysterious figures step into the streets of London. A wizard, an ogre, a fey, and a young hag have come to find the prince of their kingdom, stolen as a baby nine years before.

But the prince has become a horrible rich boy called Raymond Trottle who doesn't understand magic and is determined not to be rescued. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 2/12/2014

    " This was cute. Some very similar things to Harry Potter, though it was published before the Harry Potter series. A secret platform leading to another world in Kings Cross Station? A fat, spoiled boy antagonist with doting oblivious, horrible parents? An orphaned hero who lives in the same house in a windowless cupboard and is forced to do all the chores? Yeah...a lot of similarities. But there are some differences too. A quick, fun read. Boo to the fatphobia though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/9/2014

    " Such a cute book. Suitable for 3rd-5th grade though I certainly enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dessya Yuliawan | 1/25/2014

    " jauh sebelum peron 9 3/4 nya J.K rowling ngehits dmn2. hihihi :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linwe | 1/25/2014

    " I had forgotten all about this book, but I read it a few times when I was younger and I loved it. Funny, adventurous, and highly recommended for fans of Harry Pottr especially. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 xx-Hannieee-xx | 1/18/2014

    " this book is all fantasy and includes a variety of different mythical creatures , cute and ugly. I read this at 9 yrs of age and thought it very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mummydr | 1/7/2014

    " I had to read this really quickly as it's due back a the library tomorrow. A nice story, no surprises at all but some lovely images. Very enjoyable and easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/4/2014

    " I felt a little weird buying and reading this book, but I've decided to start picking up books for my big kid. I want to have books on his shelves that will encourage him to continue enjoying reading. I saw someone suggested this is for readers as young as second grade. My reader is in the middle of first grade and I am not sure he would read this on his own, even in 2nd grade. I am sure that he would like it read to him. The story was enjoyable and I think he will like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline Benoit | 1/4/2014

    " I don't remember much about it, other than the fact that it was a very strange read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessa | 12/25/2013

    " The characters are witty, the plot is interesting (and displays the quirks of the characters well), and the ending isn't tragic, unlike so many books. You have to love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uci | 12/18/2013

    " What can I say, I always love Eva Ibbotson's world of fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 12/7/2013

    " Cozy and British and lovely. Great fantasy read-aloud or independent reading for 2-5 graders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/24/2013

    " This book was interesting and i couldn't put it down. It was full of twists and some of them i laughed my head off! this book was funny and mysertious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jann | 11/23/2013

    " I read this to the boys. It was OK. They liked it. Sort of like Harry Potter, but less so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asrina Maharani | 11/22/2013

    " not so harry potter but harry potter too. If you know what I mean ^^ "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mommy Farris | 11/8/2013

    " Really stupid, even for a children's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 10/10/2013

    " I read this book when I was a little older than the recomended age so I was a little upset at the time at how predictable it was. It's a really entertaining story though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priska | 7/1/2013

    " seruu..kayak kisah dongeng-dongeng gitu deh..Waktu itu gw lagi tergila-gila sama yang namanya penyihir dan dunia sihir.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan H. | 12/9/2012

    " I've read this before, a long time ago, but read it again to my daughter recently and just finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bird | 7/8/2012

    " This is my first Eva Ibbotson book, but it will not be my last. This is a very cute, endearing fantasy full of memorable characters. Although the "plot twist" was obvious to me from the beginning, I still enjoyed the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 7/7/2012

    " I read this book every year as a read aloud to my 4th grade class. It was a great book to open up their imaginations, and also to help them try to make predictions based on the context clues given. It is a very fun book for all ages. One of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 4/28/2012

    " A really cute little book. A quick read for me, but nonetheless entertaining and enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 4/12/2012

    " this was a good book.......it was a little odd but it was good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/8/2012

    " So far I love it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 3/17/2012

    " Like Which Witch, has surprisingly likable characters and a fairly obvious plot (which is probably great for younger readers). But lacks the quirky humor that make Which Witch a fun read and thus this one is just OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/23/2012

    " This was a really fun read. Any kid would love this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayden | 6/1/2011

    " If you want to check out one of the authors that J.K. Rowling ripped off, Ibbottson is a great place to start. Raymond bears a striking resemblance to one Dudley Dursley (who was created several years later). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/20/2011

    " Love Eva's books. Keep writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandria | 5/16/2011

    " Another favorite from my younger years. Classis Ibbotson - fantastic, magical, well written, lovable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 5/8/2011

    " I think I read this, but I don't remember? Lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalisa | 4/9/2011

    " good and it put a image in my mind with it's sensery lanuage "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Liu | 3/25/2011

    " I've read this before, a long time ago, but read it again to my daughter recently and just finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessa | 3/13/2011

    " The characters are witty, the plot is interesting (and displays the quirks of the characters well), and the ending isn't tragic, unlike so many books. You have to love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maia | 3/13/2011

    " From the gump to the island to the harpies to Odge in her cave, it's a very good book - to read aloud or to think about, nostalgically. "

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

    " Darling, hysterical tale of ogres, wizards harpies and a spoiled prince... :) My 11 year old ate it up!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Millie | 2/6/2011

    " I love this book! I think this book is best for people who like books by Roald Dahl. It has a similar style. It's also good for people who like a bit of magic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ily | 1/26/2011

    " excellent juvenile fiction. The ending was predictable, but it was nice that it was happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliza | 1/17/2011

    " This was really fantastic. It was sort of cross between A Wrinkle in Time and Harry Potter. I don't know why Ibbotson's books aren't more popular. "

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About the Author
Author Eva Ibbotson

Eva Ibbotson (1925–2010) was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have won and been shortlisted for many prizes.

About the Narrator

Sian Thomas was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her role in Up for Grabs. She appeared as Amelia Bones in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.