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Janice

Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States Member Since 2010

Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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  • "Shake some fairy dust on yourself"

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    I watched Johnny Depp’s “Finding Neverland” on TV the other night and had a craving to revisit this favorite childhood classic. Except that I am one of those poor souls who never read the original story, but was raised first on the Mary Martin TV musical production, then the Disney animation. As other reviewers discovered, there is more in the story for adults than I suspected from the child-focused versions. Filled with social commentary, current day critics of the home-and-child role imposed on Wendy need to remember that this was written at the tail end of the patriarchal family-first Victorian era.

    In spite of the unexpected grown up tone of the story, there is no denying the timeless charm and imagination that has endeared Peter Pan to over a century of readers. Suspending my grown up self and experiencing it through my child-self retained the magic. The final chapter, after the return home, touched me the most. It well deserves to be experienced in its original format.

    Unlike the majority of listeners I had conflicting feelings about Jim Dale’s reading. As the objective all-knowing narrator he was excellent. But when it came to the character voices, especially the children, I guess I wanted to hear a little more child-like wonder. By focusing on the false bluster of the children trying to be brave and self-sufficient, some of the charm was missing. His voice was just so obviously old-mannish, in my mind a contradiction of the youth oriented tone of the story. But he is still a talented enough reader to rate 4 stars. Listening to the sample may help others to discern if his style works for you.

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    Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J.M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
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    Fly away with Peter Pan to the enchanted island of Neverland! This first chapter book adaptation of the classic novel, originally published in 1911, tells the story of the boy who never grows up. And when they join Peter on his magical island, Wendy and her brothers are in for exciting encounters with mermaids, an Indian princess, and pirates! Let the amazing adventures begin!

    H. says: "This may not be the story you think you remember"
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  • The Secret Garden

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    This was my favorite children's book. I remember carrying my copy of it around until it fell to pieces. I think every little girl should have a chance to fall in love with Mary, Collin and Dicken.

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    "Classic enhanced"

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    This story is a classic that everyone should read or listen to. Anne Hathaway enhances the story with her pleasant voice.

  • Alice in Wonderland

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    There's a reason this book is a classic. It's one everyone should read or listen to.

  • Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

    "Good Stories"

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    I enjoyed listening to the stories that I already knew and being introduced to the ones I hadn't.

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  • "Perfect reading of my favorite book"

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    Black Beauty has been my favorite book since childhood. I know it through and through, and there are some passages that I know by heart. I have never liked the various TV and movie adaptations of the story, and was particularly annoyed by Beauty's voice in the 1999 movie version, in which he sounds like a gerbil. When I found this recording by Nathaniel Parker, an actor I have long respected, I knew I had found the right one. I was not disappointed. Parker gives this moving, thought-provoking classic all the right touches. He brings the story to life with the different accents for the human characters and the lively voices for the equine characters, who are of course the most important. He made me smile at the humorous moments and brought tears to my eyes at the sad moments. Most importantly to me, in portraying Black Beauty, he sounds like a noble, spirited, thoughtful horse. Not a gerbil, not a man, but a horse. I don't know how he managed that, but he did it. I can't recommend this recording highly enough to those who already love this book or to those who are coming to it for the first time. You are in for a treat.

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    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
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    This classic tale of a handsome, spirited horse, Black Beauty has been a children's favourite for over 100 years. Sewell tells the story of Beauty's life from a young foal through to a working horse.

    qtvxzplr says: "Perfect reading of my favorite book"

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    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
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    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    JT says: "Anne Hathaway Shines Throughout This Audio Edition"
  • 4.4 (551 ratings)

    Around the World in 80 Days

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    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
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    Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

    Gary says: "Fabulous narration for Verne Classic"
  • 4.4 (515 ratings)

    Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
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    Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.

    Jessica Kos says: "Wonderful!"
  • 4.4 (480 ratings)

    Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Peter Dennis
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    Come with us to an Enchanted Place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be. It is painful to try and imagine what the world would be like without them.

    Richard says: "A man's best friend is a bear called Pooh"
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  • 4.3 (442 ratings)

    The Outsiders

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    • By S.E. Hinton
    • Narrated By Jim Fyfe
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    Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.

    A User says: "The Outsiders"
  • 4.3 (382 ratings)

    Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J.M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
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    Fly away with Peter Pan to the enchanted island of Neverland! This first chapter book adaptation of the classic novel, originally published in 1911, tells the story of the boy who never grows up. And when they join Peter on his magical island, Wendy and her brothers are in for exciting encounters with mermaids, an Indian princess, and pirates! Let the amazing adventures begin!

    H. says: "This may not be the story you think you remember"
  • 4.3 (317 ratings)

    Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
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    Most people know this book from the Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Winona Ryder. Now, introduce them to the sparkling American classic behind the movie: a charming portrait of the joys and hardships of the four sisters in Civil War New England. Separated by the war from their beloved parents, these "little women" struggle to find their place in the world.

    Rachel says: "Glad I waited for this release!"
  • Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp

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    • By John Payne (translator)
    • Narrated By Bernard Cetaro Clark
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    The original story of Aladdin is a Middle-Eastern folk tale. It concerns an impoverished young man named Aladdin. He is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb, who passes himself off as the brother of Aladdin's late father and convinces Aladdin and his mother of his goodness by making arrangements to set up the lad as a wealthy merchant. His real motive is to persuade young Aladdin to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a booby-trapped magic cave.

  • Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

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    • By Hamilton Wright Mabie
    • Narrated By Samantha Worthen
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    This volume contains a collection of fairy tales from a wide array of classical works. These immortal tales include "The Enchanted Stag", "Twelve Brothers", "Puss in Boots", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Light Princess", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hansel and Gretel", "Jack the Giant Killer", "The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor", and "The Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp".

    msamsara says: "Enjoyed it"
  • Lord of the Flies

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    • By William Golding
    • Narrated By William Golding
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    Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

    Raisa says: "Great story - bad narration"
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
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    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    JT says: "Anne Hathaway Shines Throughout This Audio Edition"
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  • Alice in Wonderland

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    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
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    Alice begins her fantastic journey by following an unprecedented White Rabbit with a pocket watch. While in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland, Alice takes advice from a caterpillar and attends a mad tea party. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and participates in a ludicrous courtroom scene. Each character has its own charming voice, as B. J. Harrison delivers one of his most whimsical performances.

    Amazon Customer says: "Such a good narrator!!!"
  • The Once and Future King

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    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
  • Mary Poppins: The Mary Poppins Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By P. L. Travers
    • Narrated By Sophie Thompson
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    Here is the timeless story of Mary Poppins, the world's favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family. Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the Banks children have ever seen. It all starts when their new nanny is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house, carrying a parrot-headed umbrella and a magic carpetbag. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins.

    fred says: "For a change the movie is better than the book"
  • The Outsiders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By S.E. Hinton
    • Narrated By Jim Fyfe
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    Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.

    A User says: "The Outsiders"
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  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
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    Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor - her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects may be dimmer than hers. But when Mary finds the key to a Secret Garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach. A beloved classic of children's literature The Secret Garden tells an inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment.

    Linda says: "Great book but the reader sounded robot like."
  • White Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By John Lee
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    In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?

    Darwin8u says: "Not just for my Kids or my Youth"
  • Grimm's Fairy Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Margaret Hunt (translator)
    • Narrated By Joanna Daniel
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    A collection of classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales, pulled from Margaret Hunt's 1884 translation. Including: The Little Brother and Little Sister", "Hansel and Gretel", "Oh, If I Could but Shiver!", "Dummling and the Three Feathers", "Little Snow-White", "Frederick and Catherine", "The Valiant Little Tailor", "Little Red-Cap", "The Golden Goose", "Bearskin", "Cinderella", "Faithful John", "The Water of Life", "Thumbling", "Briar Rose", and "The Six Swans," among others.

    sandy says: "More funny than "grimm" ."
  • Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Peter Dennis
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    Come with us to an Enchanted Place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be. It is painful to try and imagine what the world would be like without them.

    Richard says: "A man's best friend is a bear called Pooh"
  • How the Camel Got His Hump

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    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Phillip J. Mather
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    From Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling and narrated by Phillip J. Mather, we learn the Camel has a hump given to him by a djinn as punishment for the camel's refusing to work (the hump allows the camel to work longer between times of eating).

  • The Enchanted Stag

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By The Brothers Grimm
    • Narrated By Kathy Verduin
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    Another Grimm's Fairy Tale, "The Enchanted Stag" is a story about how a little sister cares for her brother while he is under a spell by their wicked step-mother. A King saves them both, and then they are betrayed again by the step-mother.... Will the King be fooled by the step-mother, will the brother always be under the spell? Find out who lives happily ever after. Narrated by Kathy Verduin.

  • Tom Thumb

    • UNABRIDGED (18 mins)
    • By Richard Johnson
    • Narrated By Kathy Verduin
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    So you think a cat has nine lives, well, Tom Thumb has 29! Follow the adventures of Tom, and see how many times he escapes death...one time being mixed into pudding, another being eaten by a giant, and ending up in the sea, then getting eaten by a fish, and ending up on the King's table! See how many more adventures Tom has, and how the Fairies take care of him to help him survive. Narrated by Kathy Verduin.

  • Little Lord Fauntleroy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Frances Hdogson Burnett
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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    Imagine that you are a little boy. Your handsome father is dead, and each day your beautiful mother grows weaker from grief. The two of you have little money, and even less hope for the future. Would you want to give up, or can you be brave? Now a surprising message comes from England. You are heir to a title, a lordship. Soon, you will be on your way to live with a wealthy but grumpy old uncle, whom you have never met. But you are going to live with him in a castle! This is the story of Little Lord Fauntleroy.

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  • Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths: One of the Best-selling Mythology Books of All Time

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    • By Bernard Evslin
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
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    Having sold millions of copies in print, Bernard Evslin’s classic retelling of the Greek myths captures the excitement and enchantment of these stories that have influenced many of today’s popular films and novels. Easy to understand and fun to read for both adults and children, it is no wonder this book has been taught in schools all over the world.

  • Orchi e Fate: Le meravigliose fiabe di Perrault: [Ogres and Fairies: Perrault's Wonderful Fairy Tales]

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    • By Charles Perrault
    • Narrated By Franco Costantini
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    Quando si sveglierà la Bella Addormentata? Di chi sarà una scarpina così piccola? Come mai la nonna di Cappuccetto Rosso sembra tanto strana? E poi quale nuova idea brillante avrà il Gatto? Arriveranno in tempo i fratelli al palazzo di Barbablù? Avventure di principi e principesse, lupi cattivi e bambini prodigiosi, tra boschi e castelli, fate incantatrici e terribili orchi... Meraviglioso Perrault, con le sue fiabe immortali.

  • Snezhna koroleva

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    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Natalia Gurevitch
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    Snezhnaja korolevaHans Kristian Andersen (1805-1875) - velikij datskij pisatel', ch'e tvorchestvo navechno voshlo v zolotoj fond mirovoj kul'tury. Navernoe, net takogo rebenka, kotoromu ne znakomy geroi ego skazok: trogatel'nye, beskorystnye i bezzashhitnye. Na skazkah Andersena vyroslo ne odno pokolenie chitatelej. S teplotoj v dushe vspominajut vzroslye prochitannye v detstve istorii, a potom vozvrashhajutsja k nim i chitajut svoim detjam. V predlozhennom izdanii samaja izvestnaja skazka velikogo skazochnika.

  • The Tale of Johnny Town-mouse

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    • By Beatrix Potter
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    A tale by Beatrix Potter reborn from Aesop's shorter fable of the town mouse and country mouse. High living in town, but many dangers. A more simplified life in the country, but perhaps not to the liking of some. A tale of divergent perspectives and, in this case, a realization that neither were wrong. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.