Thursday, May 15, 2014

Walking and Listening to "Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy"

Foxlee, Karen. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. 5cd's. 6:20hrs. Listening Library. 2014.  ISBN 978-0-8041-6836-6.

The last few months after her mothers passing have been tough for Ophelia. Deciding that the family needs a break and some time away from home, Ophelia's father takes a job curating a sword exhibit at a museum in a foreign city. While exploring the museum Ophelia stumbles upon Room 302. As she enters what appears to be an ordinary room, she soon realizes nothing is as it seems. You see there is a door inside this room and Ophelia is drawn to it. Peering down inside the keyhole she discovers a boy, trapped, living on the other side. The young boy begins to tell Ophelia the most amazing story of his life and how he was chosen by the wizards to stop the Snow Queen. Not believing his story at first, Ophelia comes up with an excuse to leave and heads out to meet her sister. But she doesn't stay away long, she is drawn back to the boy and with each visit she learns more of his story and how he needs her help. Helping the boy isn't as one would hope and needs to be done before the Wintertide Clock chimes. In helping the boy, Ophelia encounters some rather creepy things, like misery birds and after each encounter she vows that will be her last. She can't seem to stop though and becomes even more determined to save the boy and stop the Snow Queen.

Jayne Entwistle's voice is the perfect match for this story. I loved her accent and thought it added something important to the story. At various times when the Marvelous Boy was telling his story, I swear for some strange reason, I would hear the very last words in the song "The Perfect Nanny" from Mary Poppins, "Sincerely, Jane and Michael Banks." Kooky I know, but it made me smile.

Favorite chapter title: In which dinner is eaten in a revolving restaurant ad Ophelia falls asleep at a crucial moment.

Here is a picture I took while I was out one morning walking and listening. The sunrise was beautiful that day due to all the vog.



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