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Douglas

Douglas Auburn, WA, United States Member Since 2008

College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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  • "An Entertaining Novel..."

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    which extols the virtues of moral behavior toward other humans and animals as well as industry and critical thinking in tight situations. Wyss devised this novel as something of an instructional manual for right living, a kind of didactic Robinson Crusoe, to be read and followed by his sons, but the wonderful adventure makes this also an entertaining and enjoyable read. A great classic for both children and adults!

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    The Swiss Family Robinson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Johann David Wyss
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    "For many days we had been tempest-tossed...the raging storm increased in fury until on the seventh day all hope was lost." So begins this delightful adventure story. The Robinson family, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and four sons, will emerge alive from this terrible storm, bringing to land two dogs and a shipload of livestock: hens, pigeons, and geese.

    B. Junkin-Mills says: "A review from my (10 year-old) son:"
  • "An Entertaining Novel..."

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    which extols the virtues of moral behavior toward other humans and animals as well as industry and critical thinking in tight situations. Wyss devised this novel as something of an instructional manual for right living, a kind of didactic Robinson Crusoe, to be read and followed by his sons, but the wonderful adventure makes this also an entertaining and enjoyable read. A great classic for both children and adults!

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    The Swiss Family Robinson

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    • By Johann Wyss
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    After the Robinsons - a minister, his wife, and their 4 young sons - are shipwrecked on a desert island, they must adapt to their new environment, which includes exotic birds and animals, but none of the comforts they enjoyed in their native Switzerland. Without modern conveniences or even clocks and calendars, the Robinsons must use common sense to build a home, find food, and tame the island's wild animals.

    Tabatha says: "Awesome version!!!!!!!"
  • "If you liked the movie..."

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    you will love the book! A touching and well told tale from the horse's point of view, a la Black Beauty. A classic!

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    War Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

    Julie says: "Great idea for reluctant readers!"
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  • How to Train Your Dragon

    "Terrific Fun!"

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    The only reason I downloaded this book is because it is narrated by David Tennant. I couldn't help myself I just had to listen to Tennant read. I expected the book to resemble the movie - which I loved. But I was wrong. This story was very different than the movie and way fun. Tennant is an amazing narrator and he brought the story to life. And since the story was so different from the movie, it was all new to me. I highly recommend this audiobook if you have young kids or if you're a Tennant fan.

  • Nim's Island

    "Delightful"

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was funny and entertaining. It was also nice to see a strong, girl heroine.

  • Darke: Septimus Heap, Book Six

    "Can't Wait For More!"

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    I look forward to every single Septimus Heap book. I love listening to them. I think that Angie Sage is a master wordsmith and I get giggles over her use of language. I highly recommend these books. Every time I listen to them, I find myself driving very slow on the way home wanting to get more of the book listened to before I have to turn it off. In addition, Gerard Doyle is an excellent narrator. (Of course, I'm sure it helps with my narration that I am seeing Gerard Butler in my head when I listen to these books).

    I'm just really glad that Angie Sage hasn't decided to stop these books at seven - I know that I'll have Septimus around for a while.

  • Fyre: Septimus Heap, Book Seven

    "Magical Ending to a Great Series"

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    It feels like so many of my favorite series are ending :( I was so excited to get this audiobook because I love the world of Septimus Heap. I think Angie Sage has created an unique and creative magical world and her use of language is just terrific. She has some of the most intelligent humor I've ever seen in a book intended for this age of child. Sage assumes that the person reading her books is intelligent and never talks down to her audience. I love that. This is one of my top audiobooks so far this year. Gerard Doyle does a fantastic job narrating. I loved seeing Septimus and Jenna grow and take charge of their lives (even though they're just 15). At the end of the day, I was pleased where Sage ended the series (even though I still want more).

    If you haven't started these books, I highly recommend them.

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  • "A Classic!"

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    This book is wonderful, and it was very well narrated and easy to follow, even for my 5-year old troublemaker. After seeing it on film, in various productions, hearing it again in its unabridged format brought back to me the whole story, in all the richness of detail that no movie can portray. I think this book is particularly suitable in Audible format.

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    The Secret Garden

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    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
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    This is the story of Mary and her friends and a garden which had been locked away for 10 years.

    Penny says: "Magical Storytelling"

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UNABRIDGED) by Lois Lowry Narrated by Ron Rifkin

    The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
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    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
  • If I Stay (






UNABRIDGED) by Gayle Forman Narrated by Kirsten Potter

    If I Stay

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    • By Gayle Forman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
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    In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

    Jill says: "Loved it!"
  • Gathering Blue (






UNABRIDGED) by Lois Lowry Narrated by Katherine Borowitz

    Gathering Blue

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    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
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    Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.

    Stephanie says: "Hard to stop listening!"
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (






UNABRIDGED) by Rick Riordan Narrated by Jesse Bernstein

    Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

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    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
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    "A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, 'Can we do this anonymously?' Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week." So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic - and sarcastic asides - to the classics.

    Gillian's Mommy says: "Interesting and funny"
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  • Wonder (






UNABRIDGED) by R. J. Palacio Narrated by Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd

    Wonder

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    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
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    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
  • Pollyanna (






UNABRIDGED) by Eleanor H. Porter Narrated by Rebecca Burns

    Pollyanna

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    • By Eleanor H. Porter
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    Pollyanna, an expert at her favorite "Glad Game" of always looking at the bright side in her numerous trials, is one of the most popular and enduring characters in all of children's literature.

    Joseph R says: "Redefining Pollyanna"
  • Messenger (






UNABRIDGED) by Lois Lowry Narrated by David Morse

    Messenger

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    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By David Morse
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    Six years earlier, Matty had come to Village as a scrappy and devious little boy. Back then, he liked to call himself "the Fiercest of the Fierce." But since that time, Matty has grown almost into a man under the care of Seer, a blind man whose special sight had earned him the name. Now Matty hopes that he will soon be given his true name, and he hopes it will be Messenger. But strange changes are taking place in Village.

    A User says: "we'll remember this one forever!"
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia (






UNABRIDGED) by C.S. Lewis Narrated by Michael York

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

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    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
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    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
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  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Rick Riordan Narrated by Jesse Bernstein

    The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
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    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Paolini Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
  • Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Nigel Smith Narrated by Clare Corbett

    Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World

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    • By Nigel Smith
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    At last something laugh-out-loud funny for girls in this hilarious new series from TV and radio comedy writing talent Nigel Smith.The Most Embarrassing Dad in the World was embarrassing Nathalia even before she was born.He went and married Mum, didn't he?Mum's last name was De Montfort.Thanks to Dad she wasn't Nathalia De Montfort.She was Nathalia Bumole."It's pronounced Bew-mow - lay," Dad would tell her patiently, time and again.

  • The Dying of the Light, Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 9 (






UNABRIDGED) by Derek Landy Narrated by Stephen Hogan

    The Dying of the Light, Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 9

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    • By Derek Landy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
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    The final shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series. Valkerie. Darquesse. Stephanie. The world ain't big enough for the three of them. The end will come…The War of the Sanctuaries has been won, but it was not without its casualties. Following the loss of Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant must use any and all means to track down and stop Darquesse before she turns the world into a charred, lifeless cinder.

  • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Scieszka Narrated by Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs

    Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

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    Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank's inventions - the robots Klink and Klank - to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor...until Frank's archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank.

  • Maria of Marbrooke: A Thicket of Tales, Book 3 (






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    Maria of Marbrooke: A Thicket of Tales, Book 3

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    Too small to do any of the jobs that she thinks are important, Maria comes home after a disappointing day and cries herself to sleep. She had wanted so much to help, but she just wasn't big enough. That night, as a storm rages outside the family's cottage, Maria learns that "great things are done by those who never stop trying".

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  • Villainous: Supers of Noble's Green, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Matthew Cody Narrated by Matthew Cody

    Villainous: Supers of Noble's Green, Book 3

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    The truth about the Super children is finally exposed, and the town of Noble’s Green has created a special boarding school for its superpowered children. That’s where Daniel’s friends are headed, while he - regular kid that he is - is headed to summer school. But all is not well at the Academy for the Extraordinarily Gifted, or in Noble’s Green. A clique of popular kids has taken over the school. And at the same time, vandals have been destroying property all over town, and citizens are beginning to blame their gifted young residents

  • Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money (






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    Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money

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    Loveable slacker Charlie Joe Jackson is back. This time he’s trying to devise ways to make money - and fast. Charlie Joe’s weekly allowance just isn’t cutting it and he desperately needs money to buy a Botman, the latest gadget to sweep his middle school. Only catch is, he wants to earn the money by doing the least amount of work possible. After several failed attempts, including a near disastrous day of dog-walking, Charlie Joe hatches a plan to throw his own bar mitzvah (no gifts please - checks only) even though he’s not Jewish.

  • The Mystery Girl: The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 28 (






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    The Mystery Girl: The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 28

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    Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are working in a general store, to help out a friend of Aunt Jane’s. It seems to the children that the young girl who works in the store is behaving very strangely. She seems nervous and won’t answer any questions about her past. Then a strange man comes to the store asking about her. What secret is the mystery girl hiding?

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    Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage

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    Fancy Nancy loves fall - the fashion, the weather, and especially the colors of the leaves! As Fancy Nancy helps Mom and Dad rake up, she gets a stupendous idea to do something unique with the most beautiful leaves she has found. Join Nancy as she celebrates the changing of the seasons in this storybook adventure.

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    Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One

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    Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn't have is a horse - until he meets Maybelline, that is, and then it's love at first sight. Maybelline loves spaghetti and sweet nothings, and she loves Leroy, too. But when Leroy forgets the third and final rule of caring for Maybelline, disaster ensues. Can Leroy wrestle fate to the ground, rescue the horse of his heart, and lasso loneliness for good?

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    The Disappearing Friend Mystery: The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 30

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    The Boxcar Children decide to raise money to help the Greenfield hospital. At Beth’s suggestion, they form a service called The Boxcar Helpers - to babysit, wash cars, mow lawns, and care for pets. But Beth keeps disappearing. And then other things start to go wrong. Is someone trying to put them out of business?

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    Amelia Bedelia Chalks One Up

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    Amelia Bedelia's mother is feeling blue, so she decides to head to town for lunch and a little shopping. Amelia Bedelia is having a playdate of her own, and she decides to make her mom feel better. How? By covering the driveway, house, and garage with colorful chalk pictures. Amelia Bedelia and her friends draw everything her mom loves best, including flowers, shops, and a happy portrait. The result? Well, chalk one up for Amelia Bedelia!

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    On Impact!: Alien in My Pocket, Book 4

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    When Zack McGee crashes his bike, he's stuck at home with his arm in a sling and his baseball season on the line. What's worse, his bike crashed because his four-inch-tall houseguest, Amp, experimented on the brakes! Now Zack is easy prey for his little brother, Taylor, who's determined to find out once and for all what mysteries Zack has hidden in his pocket.