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Ed

Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States Member Since 2006

Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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  • "A wonderful quick listen"

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    I listened to this with my nine-year-old daughter in five short sessions as she read along with the more-than-500-page printed version. Even if you do not listen with a young child, get the printed version. The hundreds of illustrations in the book are magnificent. The recorded version is also enhanced by several mood-creating sound effects which, in my opinion, really added to the enjoyment of the story. The narrator was magnificent in his renderings of all the characters, particularly Georges. If you are hesitant about using a credit for a book that is less than three hours long, make the leap with this one. I guarantee you will choose to listen to it several times because the experience is just that good.

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    The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Selznick
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
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    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

    Jolie says: "engaging story for the whole family"
  • "I enjoyed this more than my 10 year..."

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    This was a great listen for both young and older alike. I think I liked this more than my 10-year-old daughter because I grew up in the book's time frame and lived within 10 miles of where Tammy lived. The main character was feisty with a soft side. The lesson that the book told was right on without being overbearing. A wonderful family listen.

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    Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nan Marino
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
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    Muscle Man McGinty can certainly tell some whoppers, but this time he's done the unthinkable. He bragged he can beat the entire block in a game of kickball! On Ramble Street, tough talk about kickball cannot be ignored. For Tamara Ann Simpson, however, this is great news. Now she'll finally be able to prove to everyone what a wormy little runt Muscle Man really is. Of course things would be a lot easier if her best friend Kebsie Grobser were here to help her.

    Ed says: "I enjoyed this more than my 10 year old"
  • "Very nice story"

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    I often listen/read kids' books with my 10-year-old daughter and usually like them. The One and Only Ivan was no exception. It's one of this year's Sunshine State Books for 3rd-5th graders. They (Florida education officials) select 15 books each year and we've yet to come across one that hasn't been excellent. This book teaches about kindness and the importance of "peer" interaction. The chapters in the book were numerous and short. The story snippets were organized and easy to follow. Everything blended together well. Listen (and read along) with your kid. You will both enjoy the experience.

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    The One and Only Ivan

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
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    Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

    Ed says: "Very nice story"
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  • Noah Zarc: Cataclysm: Noah Zarc, Book 2

    "Even better than the first!"

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    What the author did with time travel was very creative. I'll never look at time travel the same way again. It's not confusing, just very very well done. And how he was able to take a book written in the first person and give you views that weren't from the main character's perspective was very crafty.

    The author laid very nice ground work in book one, but this book is where the series really shines. A great story with great characters.

    Two thumbs up and five stars all around.

  • Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble

    "A wonderful sci-fi ride"

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    I'll admit I was hesitant about getting this. I usually listen to books aimed at higher age levels and not for young kids/teens.

    But there is excellent storytelling here. And it's done very well without all the usual violence found in some novels.

    The main character, Noah, is very likable. The narrator does a wonderful job giving him life (as well as the other characters). Mr. Pease created a fascinating futuristic world that is both complex yet easy to understand.

    There are many surprises and a twist of an ending that is shocking as well as heartwarming (True, an odd combination. But it works very well.)

    Well worth the credit.
    I think pretty much everyone can enjoy this.
    I sure did!

Tina

Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-27-09 Member Since 2007

I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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  • "HAHA! Great narration..."

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    This book would not have been so enjoyable to listen, if the narrator had been different. Too funny! I am just drawn in and can see Tom and characters in my mind, clear as day. I loved the stumble when it came to winning the bible. David and who?

    There are a few snipettes of the audio that are cut out. Someone wasn't watching what they were doing. But these can be skipped over. It would be nice to see an updated audio prepared. If this were a paper book, then the missing pages would be cause for return to the seller. Because this book is in the public domain, the text is easily found.

    If you want a funny story, the kind that are dismissed because "boys will be boys" then you should really enjoy this audiobook because of this specific narration.

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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Garrick Hagon
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    This is the story of a boy's adventures growing up in a small town on the banks of the Mississippi river over 100 years ago. The cheerful, adventurous hero plays truant to form a pirate band and, together with his best friend, Huckleberry Finn, finds fun, excitement, and buried treasure along the shores of the great river.

    Jane says: "Well read, some technical issues"

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  • The Giver (






UNABRIDGED) by Lois Lowry Narrated by Ron Rifkin

    The Giver

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    • 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.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
  • 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.

    Heidi P :) says: "Loved the story!"
  • Wonder (






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

    Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • 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.

    Regina-Audible says: "Everyone deserves a standing ovation at least once"
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Paolini Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

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    • 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"
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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"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • 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!"
  • A Grimm Warning: The Land of Stories, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Colfer Narrated by Chris Colfer

    A Grimm Warning: The Land of Stories, Book 3

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    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
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    Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him - until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code. Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother...but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Frank Baum Narrated by Anne Hathaway

    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.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
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  • A Wrinkle in Time (






UNABRIDGED) by Madeleine L'Engle Narrated by Hope Davis

    A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
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    Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Patricia says: "Thank You for a New Narrator"
  • The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Rick Riordan Narrated by Jesse Bernstein

    The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
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    After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

    Bridget Westhoven says: "great family fare"
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UNABRIDGED) by Bolaji O Narrated by Hillary Hawkins

    Super Sammy and the Terrible Trio Bullies Be-Gone: Super Sammy Book 1

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    • By Bolaji O
    • Narrated By Hillary Hawkins
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    Has your imagination ever transformed an ordinary afternoon into never-ending adventure?! So goes the world of Sammy - an imaginative little boy who sees larger-than-life adventure at every turn! The Super Sammy Series gives us a direct view into the mind of an ordinary little boy, with an extra-ordinary imagination, and amazing sense of heroism. Sammy's not always the perfect little angel, but his courage against formidable foes will have you cheering out loud!

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    Flappy Bird Game Guide

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    With my Unofficial Flappy Bird Game Guide you will learn exactly what you need to know in order to become an expert player and download the game for free!

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    My Best Friend Is A Zombie, Really!!!: The 'My Best Friend Is' Children's Adventure Book Series, Book 2

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    Can a zombie really be your best friend? The answer is a resounding "yes" in this tale of two lonely kids; one alive and one dead, who realize they need each other to make themselves whole again and give one another the confidence to go on. In this touching tale, friendship is shown to be the ultimate icebreaker between two people who have no one else to turn to.

  • Hans in Luck (






UNABRIDGED) by Brothers Grimm Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    Hans in Luck

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    • By Brothers Grimm
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    Hans was a faithful servant. At the end of seven years his master gave him a lump of gold "as big as his head". Some will say that Hans was taken advantage of as he returned to his boyhood home. His gold was soon traded for something most considered of lesser value. The trades continued until Hans had nothing, yet Hans considered himself the most fortunate of men. Listen to this classic Brothers Grimm tale to learn the skill of contentment.

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  • Zom-B Clans (






UNABRIDGED) by Darren Shan Narrated by Emma Galvin

    Zom-B Clans

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    • By Darren Shan
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
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    B's first mission with the Angels - sentient, do-gooder zombies - went horribly wrong when vicious members of the Ku Klux Klan attacked New Kirkham, a stronghold of precious human survivors. B is not about to let the racist thugs persecute innocent people, but while saving the town, one of B's oldest friends is kidnapped by the Klan. The Angels are prepared to do what it takes to save him, but B will have to make some very hard decisions about loyalties - to old friends, to the Angels, and to new families and old.

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    Pollicino ed altre fiabe [Tom Thumb and Other Fairy Tales]

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    • By Brothers Grimm
    • Narrated By Silvia Cecchini
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    Pollicino, L'acqua dell'eterna giovinezza, I musicanti di Brema, e Le stelle d'oro, sono le quattro fiabe dei Fratelli Grimm scelte per questo audiolibro adatto per i più piccoli (dai 4 anni in su).

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UNABRIDGED) by Disney Press Narrated by Renée Raudman

    Tangled: The Junior Novelization

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    • By Disney Press
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    Get ready for lots of fun and adventure when the swashbuckling thief Flynn Rider meets Rapunzel - the girl with seventy feet of magical hair. Together they go on wild, hilarious, and heartfelt adventures when Rapunzel leaves her isolated tower for the first time.

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UNABRIDGED) by James Dean Narrated by Teddy Walsh, Lewis Grosso

    Pete the Cat's Super Cool Reading Collection

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    • By James Dean
    • Narrated By Teddy Walsh, Lewis Grosso
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    Pete the Cat is back in five groovy I Can Read adventures! Children will love these cool stories about everyone's favorite cat - now all together in one collectible box!

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  • The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix (






UNABRIDGED) by Kate Saunders Narrated by Rita Sharma

    The Curse of the Chocolate Phoenix

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    • By Kate Saunders
    • Narrated By Rita Sharma
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    A secret government department, once again, needs the magical help of Oz and Lily in a desperate new mission. Along with everyone’s favourite cantankerous cat, Demerara, her ratty companion Spike, and the help of some powerfully magical chocolate, the children must travel back in time to the height of the Blitz. Can they defeat some very dangerous supernatural creatures and save London’s famous cathedral from destruction by fire? The exciting companion to The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop.

  • A Grimm Warning: The Land of Stories, Book 3 (






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    A Grimm Warning: The Land of Stories, Book 3

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    • By Chris Colfer
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    Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him - until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code. Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother...but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?

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UNABRIDGED) by Derek Landy Narrated by Stephen Hogan

    Armageddon Outta Here - The World of Skulduggery Pleasant

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    One amazing new novella. Three gripping new stories. In the ultimate story collection. We all know that doors are for people with no imagination so smash the glass, climb through the window and enter the awesome world of Skulduggery Pleasant with this ultimate story collection. For the first time, every Skulduggery Pleasant short story - plus The End of the World, the World Book Day novelette - is collected into one magnificent volume.