***** Outstanding Adventure in the World of Sprites Review by Rox Burkey
Author T.C. Chappell creates a world that is fantastic, fun, whimsical, and scary. At 12 years old young Nat has an immune issue that has isolated him to his room. Each year on his birthday, he tries to exit his room but falls ill with each attempt. Each year he makes a wish, the same one. This year things change.
Nathaniel, or Natarooney as one of his new friends in the world of sprites calls him, tumbles into a fantasy world that is crazy real. Sprites are living alongside the humans working and thriving behind the scenes as it were.
Nathanial is taken into this world and uses his years of books, television, and exploration to find out how to beat those who would take his birthday wish. The journey is nothing short of a true adventure that any young person, or older adult like me, will thoroughly enjoy.
What made this book outstanding was the narration by Tara Sands. The quality of her voice, tones, accents, modulation were perfect. She never missed a change between the voices. The dramatic pauses and rapid dialogue are always appropriate for the scene. This entire story contains exciting twists, turns, and a surprising ending.
I recommend this author and outstanding narrator for a superb experience. You don’t want to miss this one. Summer midnight reading or listening is coming.
About the Author
T. C. Chappell was born in Birmingham Alabama. Always pursing creative outlets, T. C. was a film maker for many years before deciding to concentrate on a medium that allowed for more direct collaboration with the story consumer, books, where all the creative decisions are made either by T. C. or the reader. This ancient collaboration between Story Crafter and Story Consumer swirls the imagery and imagination of both to create art in infinite possibilities. T. C. loves (and therefore writes) stories that are fanciful and fun. This is the primary goal, but the books also contain the deep social responsibility that T. C. feels as a member of a global (and hopefully interstellar) community.
About the Narrator
Tara Jayne Sands has worked as an actor in New York and Los Angeles. She has appeared on stage, in television and in all types of media doing voice over work.
Her voice can be heard on hundreds of radio and TV commercials, audiobooks, video games, and on several popular cartoons including Pokemon (over 50 roles in the original English dub including Bulbasaur), Yugioh, Digimon, Generator Rex, Hunter x Hunter, Barbie Life In The Dreamhouse, and lots more . She has recorded ads for everything under the sun, including McDonalds, American Express, Ford, Pom, Home Depot, Albertsons and many, many more. You can hear her in video games like Dead Island, Avatar, Singularity, Final Fantasy, and Call of Juarez. Tara has narrated over 200 audiobooks, including the series Sammy Keyes, and Meg Cabot’s Allie Finkle. She has received numerous Earphones awards from Audiofile Magazine and has been nominated for Audie awards as well. You can Tara’s voice can be heard all day long as the imaging voice on numerous radio stations around the country.
For 2 years (over 100 episodes!), Tara was the on-camera host of Cartoon Network’s weekly Friday night lineup, appropriately titled Fridays. On Fridays Tara interviewed dozens of celebrities like Johnny Depp, Robin Williams, Charles Barkley and Kevin Spacey, and had more on-camera food fights than she cares to remember. You can also check out Tara on TV on episodes of Everybody Hates Chris, The Fresh Beat Band, The Sarah Silverman Program, The Newsroom, and on her YouTube Channel.