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Ivan, youngest son of the powerful, greedy Tsar Demyan, is resigned to a life of misery and humiliation at the hands of his brothers, brutal Yuri and sly Igor. And to add to his torment, Yuri has been promised in marriage to the girl Ivan has loved all his life—the bold and beautiful Princess Tamara, daughter of a neighboring king.
Then one day, Ivan sees the legendary Firebird in his father's garden. The tsar, obsessed with the beautiful creature, orders his sons out in a quest to capture it and bring it back to the palace. Determined to find the bird before his brothers do, Ivan embarks on a thrilling journey of reckless endeavor and strange magic.
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Using all the components of a fairy tale, THE FIREBIRD manages to capture the imagination and leads the listener into a finely woven quest of heroes, damsels (though not in distress), evildoers, and clever magical creatures. Richard Aspel brings the reader into the mystical goings-on and makes each character stand out. He differentiates Ivan, the kind and gentle youngest son of the czar, and the evil brothers, Yuri and Igor, especially well. He creates the antiquated vocal elegance that is necessary in narrating a fairy tale, and the listener is treated to a pleasing, although somewhat formulaic, account of an elusive bird and a romantic fantasy. D.L.M. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8–In the mystical kingdom of Marossiya, three brothers of royal blood live with their demanding, difficult father, Tsar Demyan. Yuri is the brutal older brother and engaged to the fiery Tamara, princess in a neighboring kingdom. Igor, the second brother, is the sly one and secretly jealous of the power his older brother will someday wield. Gentle Ivan, the youngest, is soul-sick because his beloved childhood playmate, Tamara, is promised in marriage to Yuri. When a mystical firebird is discovered, the Tsar offers half his kingdom to the person who brings the firebird to him. Yuri and Igor set off on the quest, wreaking havoc as they move closer to the firebird. Ivan is joined by a mysterious boy, Bogatyr, and slowly becomes wiser as he moves closer to the bird. The tale by Australian writer Sophie Masson is narrated by Aussie actor Richard Aspel who does an admirable job distinguishing between the different characters. However, the plot lacks intensity and the story is more fairytale than fantasy–Ivan is so good that he is boring, and the extremely evil brothers become caricatures. While the ending is exciting, only the most determined listeners will hang in to hear it.–Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK
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Book Description Bolinda Audio, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1743158068
Book Description Bolinda Audio, 2013. Audio CD. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111743158068