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2 : The Hour of the Gate

by Alan Dean Foster
Jan 6, 2016
6 Hours
Ages 13+
Marooned in another universe, a young American musician leads a motley army in battle against an enemy that threatens to destroy their world and ours.

Jon-Tom just wanted to go home. Trapped in a world where animals speak and magic is real, the American college student yearned for an ordinary dorm-room life. But here his music has magical power—even if he can’t control it—which may be able to save the world from the army of the Plated Folk, whose sinister queen plans on killing and eating every warm-blooded mammal she can get her pincers on and taking over their lands.

The great battle is coming, and Jon-Tom, whose posse includes a wizarding turtle, a cowardly bat, and an otter with a filthy mind, must raise an army to fight it. To find allies they must make an impossible journey, across mountains and rivers no one has ever passed before. Survival will be a miracle—but Jon-Tom is no ordinary musician.

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Director & Cast

Director Terence Aselford
Starring Terence Aselford as Narrator, Gregory Linington as Jon-Tom, Chris Genebach as Clothahump, Shanta Parasuraman as Flores, Andy Clemence as Caz, Michael Glenn as Bribbins, Yasmin Tuazon as Talea, Bradley Smith as Mudge and David Jourdan as Pog. With Christopher Graybill, Colleen Delany, Thomas Keegan, Patrick Bussink, Scott McCormick, Paul Reisman, Steve Wannall, Nanette Savard, James Konicek, Dylan Lynch, Todd Scofield, Tim Getman, James Lewis, Michael John Casey, Nick DePinto, Andy Brownstein, Ken Jackson, Rose Elizabeth Supan and Mort Shelby
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Timothy Lynch
Dialogue Editors John Glennon
Sound Designers John Glennon
Additional Original Music John Glennon
Cover Illustrator Alex Allen
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Family-Friendly, Light Escapism by Catdaddy (Posted on 8/30/2018)
Picking up right after the events of the first volume, "Spellsinger" remains a rather boilerplate fairy-tale fantasy, replete with talking animals, wizards, and a young protagonist out of his element. It is, however, tempered with the hero’s pleasantly modern sensibilities and a few fun anachronisms, including a communist dragon. The use of the title’s music-as-magic device is a terrific hook, but used far too sparingly - it is literally the last hour of the story before the hero even attempts a song-spell, and that half heartedly, while a second song-spell at the very end only extends to six or eight bars. Most of the story surrounds our heroes gathering allies to fight the coming threat. It is slightly disappointing that when we meet those mysterious insect enemies, their society is simply boilerplate military totalitarianism. Ultimately, however, venerable sci-fi/fantasy author Alan Dean Foster gives us a story that is highly satisfying, with colorful characters and a sweeping “hero’s journey” narrative. The title does depend on the listeners familiarity with the events of Volume One; it would not make much sense unless one begins at the beginning.

Once again, the story is suitable for most younger teens. With only very occasional language and a brief scene of violence late in the fourth hour, it earns a very mild PG– 13, and is largely suitable for 12+.
good listen by David (Posted on 4/9/2018)
So got this cause they had the spellsinger on sale for overstock cds so i got the first one before this it was ok. so i thought i would finish up the story. i think the first book was little better but the second one was ok gives more info on the bugs fight ect. and a good battle at the end
Better than book 1 by Zach (Posted on 11/13/2016)
This is the second half of the story that book 1 started. Oddly this is the only one in the series that picks up directly where the one before it left off. The rest are "further adventure" stories. But once you've listened to the first two, I recommend the rest, its a fun series.
Already knew is was a great book by Misty (Posted on 9/1/2016)
I have my husband hooked on the books now. The voices fit so well, it's sound exactly like I heard it in my head all those years ago when I read them. Follows the story with the exception of working around song titles. Understandable. About to start book 3!
gotten better by rafael (Posted on 5/10/2016)
I am happy that this book has gotten more indepth.
No dissappointment! by Rhonda (Posted on 4/1/2016)
Wow. The 2nd book was as great as the first. There were days I was waiting to get off work so I could find out what happened next. The narrator and character readers brought the book to life for me. I have tried to read fantasy and sci-fi books in the past and usually got lost in the names. I really enjoyed listing to the book. Book 3!! Where are you!
Book 2 by justin (Posted on 3/4/2016)
Good book
Excellent well done by Scott (Posted on 2/12/2016)
I read this series years ago, loved it then, I think its one of Alan Dean Fosters best. This just takes his book to a whole new level, it's been well done by excellent cast of characters
Can't wait for the next book and I hope there are plans to do the full series.
Spellsinger by Patricia (Posted on 1/26/2016)
Great book so far
Spellsinger 2: The Hour of the Gate by Earl (Posted on 1/21/2016)
Only Four of Five - gotta keep you folks a little hungry for the "top rung". ;-)

Very well executed story. Fairly true to the book I read all-too many years ago. Wish you could have kept the entire spiderling interactions in it, though would have added a bit more amusement. Understandably, there had/has to be a few "spell" workarounds due to song licensing and the ever-watchful eye of Sauro....uhm...ASCAP.

Will be interesting to discover the workaround for a certain Beach Boys song in the next installment; as it is fairly intertwined to the story line for a few chapters. Drawing a complete blank on the Roseroar summoning song - ah well, that's why you guys are paid the "big bucks". All the best!

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