Audiobook Review: The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon Mc Alpine

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Audiobook Review: The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon Mc AlpineThe Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine
Narrator: Arte Johnson
Length: 3 hrs. 14 mins
Series: The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe #1
Published by Listening Library on January 15, 2013
Genres: Adventure, Humor, Mystery
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Meet Edgar and Allan Poe -- twelve-year-old identical twins, the great-great-great-great-grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. They look and act so much alike that they're almost one mischievous, prank-playing boy in two bodies. When their beloved black cat, Roderick Usher, is kidnapped and transported to the Midwest, Edgar and Allan convince their guardians that it's time for a road trip. Along the way, mayhem and mystery ensue, as well as deeper questions: What is the boys' telepathic connection? Is Edgar Allan Poe himself reaching out to them from the Great Beyond? And why has a mad scientist been spying on the Poe family for years?

With a mix of literary humor, mystery, and a little quantum physics, this series opener is a perfect choice for smart, funny tweens who love the Time Warp Trio, Roald Dahl, and Lemony Snicket.

Alright, guys. This is going to ACTUALLY be a short review. I thought about not reviewing this one, since I don’t have much to say about it, but other people do mini reviews and they can be a nice change of pace, so let’s do this thing.

The Tell-Tale Start wasn’t on my radar at all, but it showed up highlighted in an email about Halloween audiobooks, so I figured I’d give it a shot, because it was short and I’m willing to experiment with audiobooks. I liked it enough to want to finish, but not enough to want to read more. Now I’m going to break it down bullet point style.

  • Really liked the little turf war between Shakespeare and Poe in the afterlife. The way they mock each other is delightful. It also made me think affectionately of Poe from the Croak trilogy by Gina Damico, which I can relate to almost anything.
  • Liked the connection between the twins and the consideration of its applications. I’m not sure how much this will be appreciated by the middle grade audience, but the way these two literally know what the other is thinking at all times is pretty cool, and I like that McAlpine really considered the implications of this.
  • Confused by why the twins talked aloud to one another so much if they knew everything they were thinking already. Though I suppose it would have been creepy if they never communicated with one another out loud.
  • Reminded of how the Weasley twins must have been when they were wee humans, performing pranks and generally being a nuisance. Of course, they would be way more lovable than the Poes.
  • Disappointed at how much I don’t care about the characters. The POV is distancing. Roderick the cat is obviously the best character.
  • Annoyed by the fact that Arte Johnson isn’t a very good narrator, at least for this listener. Whenever he read a line as the twins, I cringed.

The Tell-Tale Start was well worth the three hours it took from my life, but it’s also really not my kind of middle grade.

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