The Dark Portal by Robin Jarvis audiobook

The Dark Portal

By Robin Jarvis
Read by Roe Kendall

Blackstone Publishing

The Deptford Mice Trilogy: Book 1

8.41 Hours Unabridged
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Every mouse knows: Beware the Grill. On the other side of the Grill lie the sewers, where bloodthirsty gangs of rats roam the tunnels. It is in the depths of this blackness that the mysterious god Jupiter has his lair. But one curious mouse can't resist the perilous world beyond the Grill, and soon no mouse can ignore its dangers any longer. Before the alter of Jupiter himself, a small band of mice must face evil at its strongest, or the entire city of London could be destroyed.

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Summary

Summary

Every mouse knows: Beware the Grill.

On the other side of the Grill lie the sewers, where bloodthirsty gangs of rats roam the tunnels. It is in the depths of this blackness that the mysterious god Jupiter has his lair.

But one curious mouse can't resist the perilous world beyond the Grill, and soon no mouse can ignore its dangers any longer. Before the alter of Jupiter himself, a small band of mice must face evil at its strongest, or the entire city of London could be destroyed.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A spooky and enthralling animal fantasy…Jarvis provides counterpoint to the heart-racing adventure with scenes of haunting beauty…[and] conveys a sense of place powerful enough to elevate the South London boroughs of Greenwich and Blackheath to requisite stops on any bookish child's literary tour of the British capital.” Publishers Weekly
“Imparting life to talking mice, rats, bats, and cats would present a challenge to any narrator, but Roe Kendall manages the job with skill and imagination….Roe Kendall gives each creature a distinctive voice. Her performance facilitates the story's required suspension of disbelief.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Tudor Rose 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Great story, mediocre reading

I love Robin Jarvis' Deptford Mice trilogy, and have since I was a child. However, these unabridged audiobooks leave a lot to be desired. Nothing against Roe Kendall's narrating talents, but I just don't feel her voice is right for these stories. Non-fiction readings would be, I think, more her strong suit. These are thrilling novels full of horror and suspense, but the overall narration is rather dull. There are some characters Kendall can perform quite well, such as Audrey, Madame Akkikuyu, Twit, and the Starwife. In fact, in those roles she sounds quite like I imagined their voices in my head while reading the books. However, the vast majority of characters sound almost the same, with hardly any variation in tone. For males, she simply lowers the pitch of her voice most of the time, perhaps making it only slightly more accented or gruffer for characters like Thomas.

In the 1990s, abridged audio cassettes of The Dark Portal, The Crystal Prison, and The Final Reckoning were released, read by actors Tom Baker, Martin Shaw, and Jon Pertwee respectively. Their narrations were excellent, conveying the right amount of emotion and drama. It's unfortunate that the books were not then recorded in their entirety. Still, I would suggest seeking the tape sets out if you are looking for audio versions of the Deptford Mice books as they are superior performances.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.41
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English