Arabel's Raven

Arabel's Raven

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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Young Arabel's life is changed forever when her father, a taxi driver, brings home an injured bird he finds in the street. This wacky raven eats everything in sight, answers the telephone by squawking "Nevermore!" and causes chaos wherever he goes--but Arabel loves her new feathered friend, whom she names Mortimer. Chaos follows Mortimer, the zany and impulsive raven, wherever he goes and the Jones family is not the same after young Arabel Jones discovers Mortimer in the family's fridge early one morning. The Jones family's affection for this odd pet is silly and outrageous, making for ridiculous adventures and wacky situations between a quirky but loving family and their outrageous black pet raven. Set in a small quaint village outside London more than half a century ago, readers will enjoy the old-fashioned British dialogue and wonderful descriptions of the place Mortimer quickly calls home in Rumbury Borough. A typical English supper at the Jones' house is mince pies, cheese patties, tomatoes, and chips. Arabel's weight is measured in stones. Mrs. Jones considers her nieces and nephews to be "a spoiled lot." Babies are pushed about in prams, and soot from the family's heating system falls into the hearth whenever Mortimer flies up into the chimney. Children (and their adult reading partners) will find great pleasure in these high-spirited engaging stories because the text is rich with wonderfully descriptive phrases as well as uniquely hilarious and witty situations. Fans of this classic story will picture a hairy-beaked raven squawking "nevermore" every time they hear a phone ring, and the thought of this crazy bird will be a delightful reminder of this fabulous story.
Publisher: [United States] :, Listen and Live Audio, Incorporated :, Made available through hoopla,, 2009.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781593164102
1593164106
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (2hr., 57 min.)) :,digital.
data file, rda
digital, Digital recording
Additional Contributors: Mathan, Sneha
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)

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Wonderful set of stories, with dry wit and out-loud laughing humor. Great in audio, with the English accents intact. A slower paced book, somewhat old fashioned, but really adorable.
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lmnopro Jan 05, 2011

I listened to this book on CD. I really liked it although it took me a while to get into the story. Mortimer, the raven, is taken in by 5-year old Arabel's family when he is hit by a motorcycle driven by robbers. Arabel instantly falls in love with her raven. Mortimer is very loving toward Arabel, but loving him is difficult for the adults in the story--to start with, he is a raven and acts like a raven, pushing things under the linoleum and squawking, "Nevermore" at odd (but appropriate) intervals. More worryingly, he eats the everything, including the stairs in Arabel's home and the escalators in the nearby tube station.

It's a nice, gentle book probably for girls at about a 3rd grade reading level. Perhaps more importantly, the book I listened to had three separate stories, all of the above except "Mortimer and the Sword Excalibur," so it's a good choice for children who don't have long attention spans. The stories are combinations of mystery, off-beat situations, and realistic emotions. In the end of each, Mortimer and Arabel are involved in solving the mysteries and everyone goes home happy.

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