Monster’s Ring, The
  Magic Shop: Book 1

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by Bruce Coville

When timid Russell Crannaker stumbles into Mr. Elives’ strange store, he buys a mysterious ring that lets him turn himself into a monster. But Russell soon learns that when you mess around with magic you must always follow the directions! This is the frightfully funny, deliciously scary story that launched the wildly popular Magic Shop series.

Author Bruce Coville
Also in this series:
Narrator Bruce Coville  Jennifer Murdley’s Toad
Length 2 hrs and 5 mins  The Skull of Truth
Series Magic Shop, Book 1  Juliet Dove, Queen of Love
© Copyright 1982 Bruce Coville
℗ Audio Copyright 2002 Full Cast Audio


“Impeccable timing and a first-rate cast of clear-voiced actors… Coville’s smooth connecting narration keeps hold of the brisk action as Russell’s squeaky voice morphs into growling grunts, and his dilemma deepens. Listeners will laugh out loud at the zaniness.” — Booklist

“The talented cast of 17 performers also makes this an enjoyable story… Coville’s talent for describing the tiniest of details easily creates the scene in one’s mind.” — Audiobook Cafe, Aug 2003

“Coville’s voice is infused with mystery and fun as he tells the story… Fast paced and full of adventure, this production is sure to please.” — AudioFile, Aug 2003

“The Monster’s Ring is a great story, that the entire family will find enjoyable. There are a few scary moments, but they are ‘just’ scary enough to thrill and even the youngest listeners shouldn’t find them too scary. Most important, The Monster’s Ring is a wonderfully funny and entertaining story that is full of amazingly vibrant descriptions, characters, and imagery.” — Large Print Reviews, May 2003

“Ideal for family listening … great fun and very charming!” — KLIATT [udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-star” color=”#dd9933″ size=”1em”] Starred Review

“This marvelous audio title is read with great enthusiasm by the author and by a very talented cast of performers of all ages. Listeners will have no trouble believing every word they hear and wishing that they too had a magic shop in their town where one can buy magical supplies which do unusual things.” — Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Reviews (audio review)

Listen to samples from this audiobook:
  1. Opening: Russell and Eddie in the alley (1:55) Bruce Coville 1:55
  2. Russell meets Mr. Elives in the Magic Shop (1:40) Bruce Coville 1:41
  3. Russell meets Roxanne and Jerome, the talking rats (1:39) Bruce Coville 1:40

Meet the Cast:
Karam Anthony Jack
David Baker Monster Voices II & III
Daniel Bostick Mr. Crannaker
Bruce Coville Narrator
Katherine Coville Roxanne
Ms. Snergal
Galen Druke Russell
Liam Fitzpatrick Eddie
Tim Fox Mr. Rafschnitz
Taylor Gray Georgie Smud
Willard E. Lape, Jr. Mr. Elives
Christine Lightcap Mrs. Brown
Dexter McKinney Punk II
Andrew Pollock Punk III
Zach Rowland Jimmy
Andrew Russell Punk I
Tessa Streeter Missy Freebaker
Juno Wright Mrs. Crannaker
Directed by: Bruce Coville
Produced by: Daniel Bostick
Bruce Coville
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