Unicorn Chronicles: Book 3
by Bruce Coville
As the unicorns of Luster prepare for an invasion led by their ancient enemy, Beloved, a troubling new clue to the dangers they face is discovered in an ancient scroll.
As a result, the queen must send her granddaughter—the human girl Cara Dianna Hunter—to the Valley of the Centaurs, in quest of an ancient story that may hold the key to survival for all of Luster.
At the same time, Cara’s father, Ian Hunter, searches for a way to enter the Rainbow Prison, in order to free Cara’s mother from the strange spell that holds her.
As father and daughter travel their separate paths, each will discover unexpected friendships, face heart-stopping danger, and uncover puzzling new mysteries. But it is Cara who will face the hardest choice of all—a choice that may determine the fate of Luster, and the unicorns she has come to love.
“Coville and a full cast of narrators do a splendid job, giving each character just the right voice, and sound effects and music add to the atmosphere of the tale. Listeners will eagerly await the fourth book in the series.” — School Library Journal June, 2009
“The author as narrator is not always a good arrangement. Given Coville’s wide-ranging experience in the world of audiobook production, it works flawlessly in this case. His reading is effortless and natural. His voice is perfectly suited as the story’s narrator. The cadence and rhythm shift subtly as the mood and tone of the scenes warrant. The full cast includes an astonishing variety of voices from that of a young Indian boy, to unicorns and delvers and other unusual creatures, to Cara and Ian whose journeys are at the heart of this adventure. Each voice seems well matched to the character.” — VOYA December, 2008
“Music (Indian folk music when the setting is Delhi, and classical violin accompaniment in Luster, for example) heightens and complements the suspense and helps transition listeners. Subtle touches include one character’s voice fading into another’s. Author Coville, who serves as the main narrator, maintains a steady and consistent reading, and Becca Wemesfelder perfectly captures the tones and inflections of adolescent Cara. This fast-paced audio works well for both new and old series fans.” — Booklist 11/15/08
“Cara Diana Hunter is on a quest for a critical story, and her father is on a journey in search of his wife. Transitions between the two tales are signaled by musical interludes that are helpful in keeping the listener grounded. The cast is strong, with a wide range of voices.” — Audiofile
Praise for the print version of Dark Whispers:
“The long-awaited third volume in the Unicorn Chronicles series is longer, darker, and more complex than the previous stories. . . . The pacing is furious as Coville propels his multiple plotlines to a riveting, cliff-hanging conclusion. Readers will scream for book four.”
— Booklist September 1, 2008
Listen to samples from this audiobook:
Meet the Cast:
|Daniel Bostick||Ian Hunter
|Janine Bostick||Laughing Stream|
|Mark Bruzee||King Gnurflax|
|Caroline Fitzgerald||Alma Leonetti|
|Todd Hobin||The Whisperer|
|Malcolm Ingram||The Blind Man|
|Andrea Leonard||Queen Amalia|
|Directed by:||Daniel Bostick