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Max and the Midknights

Written by: Lincoln Peirce
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
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Join Max's quest to become a knight in this laugh-filled adventure from the New York Times best-selling author of the Big Nate series!

"Max is epic fun!" (Jeff Kinney, New York Times best-selling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)

Max wants to be a knight! Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max's uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act...and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers - the Midknights - Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save Uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former high spirits!

Magic and (mis)adventures abound in this hilarious novel from the New York Times best-selling creator of the Big Nate series, Lincoln Peirce, performed by a full cast. This dramatization transforms the illustrated novel into a truly original audio performance and includes music and special effects.

Performed by Kristen DiMercurio as Max, Marc Thompson as Uncle Budrick, and Christopher Gebauer as Kevyn, with Jessica Almasy as Millie, Fred Berman as Mumblin, Dan Bittner as Conrad, Michael Crouch as Gastley, Jonathan Davis as Gadabout, James Fouhey as Simon, Jim Frangione as Nolan, and January LaVoy as Fendra.

"Fantastic! I loved it!" (Dav Pilkey, New York Times best-selling author of the Dog Man series)

©2019 Lincoln Peirce (P)2019 Listening Library

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  • 2019-02-14

Peirce Does It Again!

I began following Lincoln Peirce's work via the Big Nate comic strip in the local newspaper. Then I saw that he had novels out based on said strip, and so I read all of those. I even listened to the audiobooks.

So I was quite happily surprised to see that Peirce had a new book out, especially after no word of new projects following his last Big Nate novel a year or two ago.

The face that it came from entirely new material was barely even a factor.

Max and the Midknights is definitely a step in the right direction for Peirce, being as good, if not better than, his previous Big Nate-based works.

Kristen Dimercurio has the perfect levels of wry and relatable in her voice as Max, the narrator, being at the equal of Fred Berman, the narrator of all of Peirce's Big Nate audiobooks. (He even makes an appearance here as Mumblin the magician and a few other background voices.)

The Big Nate books were fine, and this story here was already fine on its own, but the performance is further embiggened from its predecessors via the use of a full cast, not to mention the musical score and sound effects. Those and a familiar writing and humor style pretty much guarantee Max and the Midknights to be a total grand slam of an audiobook.

And, may I end by saying that this Kristen Dimercurio person definitely needs to narrate more books going forward!

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