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The Monsters Ring

by Bruce Coville

This title is now available on MP3-CD from Brilliance Audio for only $14.99. (Please go to Brilliance or Amazon.com to order - we no longer sell directly.)

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.

PS: Technically the title should have an apostrophe in "Monsters" but for some reason the search function won't read that, so we have sacrificed punctuation for utility...

The Monsters Ring

Product Details:
Availability:  In Stock – Ready for Shipping
Editions:   sku     isbn-13     isbn-10     count  
  CD Economy     n/a     978-1-5012-3616-7     n/a     Two CDs  
Approximate Running Time:  2.5 hours

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Listen to samples from this audiobook:
Sample 1Opening: Russell and Eddie in the alley (1:55, about 1.8 MB)
Sample 2Russell meets Mr. Elives in the Magic Shop (1:40, about 1.5 MB)
Sample 3Russell meets Roxanne and Jerome, the talking rats (1:39, about 1.5 MB)

Reviews:
"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    Read entire review…
 
"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    Read entire review…
 
"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    Read entire review…
 
"Ideal for family listening ... great fun and very charming!"
    — KLIATT   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)
 

Meet the Cast:

Karam AnthonyJack
David BakerMonster Voices II & III
Daniel BostickMr. Crannaker
Bruce CovilleNarrator
Katherine CovilleRoxanne
Ms. Snergal
Galen DrukeRussell
Liam FitzpatrickEddie
Tim FoxMr. Rafschnitz
Jerome
Taylor GrayGeorgie Smud
Willard E. Lape, Jr.Mr. Elives
Christine LightcapMrs. Brown
Dexter McKinneyPunk II
Andrew PollockPunk III
Zach RowlandJimmy
Andrew RussellPunk I
Tessa StreeterMissy Freebaker
Juno WrightMrs. Crannaker
Directed by:Bruce Coville
Produced by:Daniel Bostick
Bruce Coville
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