Thursday, February 27, 2014

Audiobook Review ---> Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse

Today Mad Scientist has the pleasure of presenting a Audio Book Review for a very curious Middle Grade book, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse Blog Tour. It was a creative ride through the eyes of young minds.  

Candace at Candace's Book Blog & CBB Book Promotions is an excellent host! Stop by if you are interested in being apart of future Bookish delight tours.

Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse

Zoe & Zak Adventures #2
By: Lars Guignard
Published:  Fantastic Press
Publish Date:  2013
Audio: 7 hours 36 minutes
Tags:  Fantasy Fiction, Middle Grade, Children's, Adventure, Magic 
Source:  Candace's Book Promotions
 Audible  Goodreads • iTunes • Amazon 

 Concoction of a Review:

Mad Scientist listens to audio more often then the blog relates. Watching very little of the animated television one spends their time creating with yarn while amidst a great audio book. 

However, one cannot be sure what will be had when you enter into middle grade world. Truly, children can say the oddest of things at the most inopportune times. With that being so there were chuckles and laughs to be had while listening to Zoe & Zak go about their adventure. 

Although, we did not see too much of India MS did delight in the thought of traveling through, as it is on the long list of a seriously Mad Bucket List! Should one mention the late night escape via magic carpet. *shakes head* No, perhaps you should find out about it through a different source. *wink*

Zoe & Zak are attending a private school in the mountains, Moonstock Himalayan Academy for Boys & Girls to be exact.  Where the food is most ghastly and the education consists of finding edible foods and copious amounts of toilet paper. And the true test of skill and wits is to not end up with food poisoning. 

Adventures are what young minds crave and this duo found it, even unknowingly. Zak is opptimistic even in the face of danger. Zoe seemed more on edge but they work well in smelling out clues. Plus, as the cover art indicates.... Flying Elephants. Yes, one must love flying elephants!

Sonja is a wonderful narrator. MS tends to stay away from females voices because they tend to grate on the eardrum a tad too much. Yet, Sonja's presentation of both Zoe & Zak as well as the rest of the cast was very enjoyable. Each character was distinct so MS never felt the internal need as to guess which character it was supposed to be.

MS immensely enjoyed the thrill of the novel as they made friends, really understood what inedible was, and sneaking off the campus to a temple. 

You may still be wondering if you should either read/listen to this book or pass it. MS has to major reasons as to why you should. 

  1. Flying Elephants
  2. Adventure
One cannot go wrong with either! 

** Thanks to Candace's Book Promotions for the ebook. However, all Mad thoughts are presented in as right of mind a twisted brain can be inside of this Mad Scientist!**

4 Blasts --->  A Most Delightful Read
A delight you must read.


Please do not forget to stop by the other beautiful blogs hosting this tour!

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2 copies of Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse in ebook (worldwide), paperback (US only) or audiobook ( is accessible)

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About the Author:

Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the Zoe and Zak series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard and Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple.
He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range.

For news about new releases, please join his email list here: Zoe&

About the narrator:

Sonja Field combines her life-long passion for reading with her skill as an actress to bring audiobooks to life! A dynamic and versatile narrator, she has logged hundreds of hours recording textbooks with an organization called Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. She loved recording the action-packed Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse because of its wealth of colorful, quirky, and memorable characters.


  1. Thanks for the listen, Mad Scientist. As you may have guessed, I too am a fan of flying elephants, adventure, and Sonja's narration. So glad you're enjoying the ride.

  2. So glad you enjoyed! I really love the adventure and like you, I would love to visit India!

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