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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric P. Kelly Narrator: Ron Keith Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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It is late July in 1461 when young Joseph Charnetski and his family arrive in the great city of Krakow, with its glorious church towers and lively marketplace. The Charnetskis have come to Krakow to seek refuge with their relatives. What they find is more danger and adventure than a simple farm boy like Joseph could ever have imagined. First, a menacing stranger tries to take their pumpkin at sword point. Then a beautiful girl and her black-robed uncle befriend Joseph. Soon he and his family are caught up in the plots of alchemists, hypnotists, and a dark messenger of evil. This distinguished contribution to children's literature carries listeners to a medieval Poland shimmering with folklore and fantasy.

Rich in language and detail, it is a classic adventure story that begs to be read aloud. With narrator Ron Keith's expressive, resonant voice, the effect is as stirring as the haunting hymn the trumpeter plays from the church tower. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/16/2014

    " Hm, did I miss something? What did the honorable trumpeting tradition have to do with the diamond?? I loved the story of the Charnetski family, set in 15th century Poland...the story just took a different turn than I thought it would. I felt like there were two different stories going on that, in the end, didn't come together. I guess the trumpeter, his family, and friends figuratively "blew their trumpet" and saved Krakow in hiding and eventually getting rid of the diamond, something that had led to much bloodshed and sorrow for years and years. That's the closest connection I could make...Well, I'd still love to read more Newbery medal books, since many were my favorites as a kid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristie Stauffer | 2/10/2014

    " This was interesting, but a little dark, involving dark magic. It is set in Poland in the 1400s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 1/29/2014

    " A charming story, elegantly written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/24/2014

    " The book wasn't horrible, but I struggled to get through it. There's not a lot of suspense or interesting events in most of the book so I wasn't very interested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maren | 1/20/2014

    " I think I only liked this book because I have been to Krakow. It was a little too midevil for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tannie | 1/19/2014

    " Not... my favorite Newberry Award. It was worth the read, but I didn't think that plot was as compelling as some other books. It is also an OLD Newberry, so that does make a different. The styles then were different and different things were valued. I'm glad I read it for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emeline Brown | 1/17/2014

    " This was the story of a family from the Ukraine that had the Great Tarnov Crystal. When they fled to Poland, many people tried to steal it from them. It was rather droll and unsatisfactory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abi Mccuistion | 1/15/2014

    " This is a good, old fashioned adventure story. I read it some time ago, so the details escape me. However, I remember an exciting climax and characters I rooted for the whole time, as well as the tale of the trumpeter's broken note. Very enjoyable; I recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/6/2014

    " Surprisingly readable for a Newbery winner from the 1920s. "

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

    " A nice little historical fiction book for middle readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 12/13/2013

    " Interesting novel so far, but I am noting some pretty giant historical inaccuracies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 11/17/2013

    " Took me a LONG time to get into this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 7/16/2013

    " I loved this book because it's not only a bunch of info about history stuff but it has an interesting story behind it! It was a page turner i read it in 1 hour and a half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 3/19/2013

    " Great book! My kids thought the author put in too many descriptive details, but I thought it was interesting to learn about Poland in the middle ages. There was a lot of action too, and a good moral to the story. I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Grant | 11/25/2012

    " This book was interesting, considering the time when it was written (1928) and the content (Poland nationalism in the 1200s). The language was a little too stilted (archaic?) for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 10/31/2012

    " Really interesting. Lots of information about the 1400's in Poland and a good story too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 6/30/2012

    " It was an interesting story about a part of the world I'm not very familiar with. I would like to read more about Eastern Europe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cayenne | 6/16/2012

    " Loved this book. What a great adventure with an excellent conclusion. Kelly is a wonderful story-teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magda | 1/15/2012

    " Just as delightful as the first time I read it a couple of years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashlea | 12/11/2011

    " Slow to get into but fairly entertaining once it gets going. I'm a sucker for books based on actual places/times/events though, so any type of reinterpretation is a pretty easy sell. Definitely for a younger audience and something I'd recommend for middle schoolers with a penchant for history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 11/12/2011

    " A thrilling tale, if you can get past the stilted language and wooden characters. (I couldn't.) I also wanted an explanation for the presence of a pumpkin as a key part of the plot set in Poland in 1461, since pumpkins are native to America, and would not have reached Europe until years later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherri | 8/2/2011

    " Not my favorite Newberry, not because of the plot, but because of the telling. This one was a little dry for my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassiel | 7/4/2011

    " I read this book in 1969 and I credit it for my love of historical fiction. I had never heard of alchemy, or the city of Krakow: how many wonderful tangents I explored, and how much I learned thanks to this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 6/28/2011

    " I read this book for the youth group that I am a mentor in and really enjoyed it. I LOVED the honor and the peace that comes from having integrity, even when we give up our life for it. A great medieval time period read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Candide | 4/12/2011

    " I barely understood it! It was really boring! I'm sorry if you love it but I just despise it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 4/6/2011

    " This was a 1929 Newbery winner. I think that in the 1920's they had higher expectations of a child's vocabulary and this book reflected that. It had history, folklore, Polish names. I thought it was a well done story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 2/13/2011

    " I enjoyed it, but after reading the foreward, which hailed it as one of the great modern classics off young adult literature, it was a bit of a letdown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 2/8/2011

    " For the reader who loves medieval settings, European history, sorcery, and bravery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/22/2010

    " Have been wondering for awhile if this was the story I remembered from elementary school. It was and I enjoyed rehearing the details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/21/2010

    " This book was interesting, considering the time when it was written (1928) and the content (Poland nationalism in the 1200s). The language was a little too stilted (archaic?) for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/2/2010

    " A Newberry Award winning book of 1928. It is old enough to be decorated not illustrated by Janina Domanska. I enjoyed it. It is the story of a young boy and his family. There home is burned down in the spring of 1241. It is a glimpse of Krakow, Poland and the life of the people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 8/20/2010

    " Really interesting. Lots of information about the 1400's in Poland and a good story too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tannie | 4/16/2010

    " Not... my favorite Newberry Award. It was worth the read, but I didn't think that plot was as compelling as some other books. It is also an OLD Newberry, so that does make a different. The styles then were different and different things were valued. I'm glad I read it for sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 3/22/2010

    " thi is a good book everyon should reea this
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 2/8/2010

    " This was a nice little story. And that's all I can think of to say about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/21/2010

    " This one is an older Newbery classic about Polish medieval history. I liked it OK. I didn't find myself really wanting to reach for it, and yet, it was an interesting topic. I learned a few things. Two stars may seem a bit harsh, but this one just didn't grab me. "

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