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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire

Written by: John August
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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Publisher's Summary

This is the first book in a spellbinding fantasy adventure series so believable you may wonder if it's happening in your own backyard.

"As Arlo looked around, the walls of his room began to vanish, revealing a moonlit forest. Only his bed remained and the frame of his window, through which he saw the girl. The world on her side of the glass was sparkling with silver and gold, like a palace made of autumn leaves. She looked off to her right. Someone was coming. Her words came in an urgent whisper: 'If I can see you, they can see you. You're in danger. Be careful, Arlo Finch.'"

Arlo Finch is a newcomer to Pine Mountain, Colorado, a tiny town of mystery and magic, but he has already attracted the attention of dark and ancient forces. At first he thinks these increasingly strange and frightening occurrences are just part of being in Rangers, the mountain scouting troop where he learns how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods. But soon Arlo finds himself at the center of a dangerous adventure, where he faces obstacles that test the foundations of the Ranger's Vow: Loyalty, Bravery, Kindness, and Truth.

©2018 John August (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A very compelling story

I have been a fan of John August's screenplays and of his podcast with co-hot Craig Mazin for sometime now. So, when he announced his first ever novel was out, I was very interested. I have not read any of the Harry Potter series of books nor many YA books other than the Maximum Ride series, but, as a OA (Old Adult lol) I found the story very compelling and entertaining. It kept my interest and I was curious as to where the story was going from chapter to chapter. The audio quality and performance from James Patrick Cronin was excellent as well. When book 2 comes out, I will definitely give it a listen as well. #Audible1

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  • Jayne Laszewski
  • 2018-08-05

Excellent for entire family

The whole family (kids 6 & 9) loved this book. So engaging it only took us less then a week to finish... can’t wait for the second book.

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  • sallymaha
  • 2018-07-29

Fantastic!

We listened to this book as a family (kids are 10, 9, and 6) and it was great! The perfect mix of adventure, strong characters, and an engaging story. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-28

just what the doctor ordered

I know the Potter comparison is there, but this book holds it's own in the YA category. Such a good listen. Very creative and enjoyable. Can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Mido Lee
  • 2018-09-21

love this book, will recommend to my friends!

I download it, and took me two days to finished it. I somehow just can't put it down!

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  • James
  • 2018-04-02

Excellent

Picked this up after listening to Launch, the podcast chronicling it’s creation. The story does not disappoint. Well-paced magical adventure set in the mountains of Colorado.

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  • kurtis
  • 2018-03-11

fun story

I enjoyed the characters the most surprisingly but the story was really well paced. Can't wait to see where they go from here.

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  • Andrea Hill
  • 2018-03-01

Fantastic book-also, great Podcast

LOVE this! I purchased a hard copy from a local bookstore (supporting small business is cool) but I also used a credit to listen on audible. I'm giving the hardback to my 11yo for him to read. I know he will love it and we will be able to chat about it!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-22

Exciting, Can’t Wait for Sequel!! Loved it!

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire is a Great story that is fast-paced but still develops the characters &plot in deep & exciting ways. I can’t believe I have to wait a year for the next book! - but I’ll re-read this one & urge my friends to read it too.
It’s aimed at middle grade - kids who liked the Percy Jackson Series & similar books, but as an adult I loved it because it has the “old school” days of camping, scouts, & family merged with fantasy & magic. Really Fun!

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  • Jared Anthony Solis
  • 2018-02-14

great book! great book! greaaaat book!

started at work today, just finished, super hyped for book two. a very original take on a supernatural world, very exciting.

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  • Joe Henriod
  • 2018-02-06

My biggest binge ever!

Where does Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Really really good narrator for this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is the only book I have ever been able to listen to all at once.