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Katherine

Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States Member Since 2009

I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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  • "Charming children’s fantasy"

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    Originally posted at Fantasy Literature

    Five Children and It combines eleven stories that Edith Nesbit wrote about five siblings who discovered a wish-granting fairy called The Psammead in the sandlot of the house they recently moved into. The stories were originally serialized in shorter form in Strand Magazine in 1900. The first story (the first chapter of the novel) tells how the children moved from London to Kent, explored their new house and yard, and found the Psammead. He grumpily agrees to grant the children a daily wish that will end at sundown.

    Each chapter tells the story of a single day, how the children wish for something, and how it goes wrong. Usually they wish for something obvious like beauty or money, but sometimes they accidentally wish for something they didn’t really want granted, such as when Cyril carelessly wishes that his baby brother would grow up. The consequences are always unexpected and usually quite awful, and the children have to get themselves out of the situation they got themselves into, often at a cost that leaves them poorer than they were before they made the wish. It’s all rather funny and there are many lessons learned. The take away message is to be careful what you wish for!

    I love Edith Nesbit’s stories — they’re still as humorous and wonderful as they were over 100 years ago. They’re delightfully old-fashioned. For example, the little boys play outside in coats and ties and have to roll down their stockings to show off their bruises. Nesbit is an intrusive narrator, often offering commentary and amusing insights about the characters or their predicaments and sometimes making polite suggestions for the reader’s own behavior. I thought the book was charming and I think it will appeal to any modern reader, child or adult.

    Five Children and It has been adapted into anime, comics, a BBC TV series and movies, and several children’s authors have expanded upon the concept in their own novels. Nesbit also wrote some later stories which included the Psammead.

    Five Children and It is easily found for free online since it’s now in the public domain. I listened to the audio version read by Johanna Ward who is absolutely wonderful. I got this book for $3 by “purchasing” this free Kindle version and then using the Whispersync feature to purchase the audio version. If you do likewise, make sure you’re getting Johanna Ward’s narration. There are others, but I doubt they could be better.

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    Five Children and It

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    • By E. Nesbit
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
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    Curious to see if people on the other side of the globe walk upside down, Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother start digging a hole to Australia. They don’t get too far, however, before they dig up a furry brown creature with bat’s ears. It is a Psammead, an ancient sand-fairy. The Sammyadd, as the children call it, grumpily tells them that he is obliged to grant their wishes, because making people’s wishes come true is what Sandfairies do. However, there is one catch: The wishes come undone at sunset.

    Katherine says: "Charming children’s fantasy"
  • "An endearing classic"

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    Another endearing children’s fantasy by a woman who obviously knows what children like. You can’t go wrong with Edith Nesbit and most of her books are in the public domain so you can get the free ebook at Amazon and add the whispersync narration. Great deal.

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    The Enchanted Castle

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    • By E. Nesbit
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
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    Jerry, Jimmy, and Kathleen can’t go home for their school holiday because their cousin is sick with measles there. Instead, they stay at Kathleen’s school with the French teacher. One morning, they set out to find adventure. Instead, they find an enchanted place - and magic, too! Walking through a nearby forest, they discover an enormous mansion, where a girl lies asleep in the garden. Although she pretends to be an enchanted princess, she is Mabel, the housekeeper’s niece. But she has a ring that really is magical. It can make the wearer invisible and grant wishes.

    Katherine says: "An endearing classic"
  • "Get this version!"

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    This is one of the best children's stories I've ever read and this particular narration with Jim Dale is stunning. Totally excellent. Highly recommended.

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    Peter Pan

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    • 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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  • Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8

    "Fun!"

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    What did you love best about Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8?

    My 7 year old daughter loved to listen to these while playing lego's or dolls. Much better than having the tv going in the background. She loves the books and has read them and is now enjoying listening to them over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8?

    The trip to prehistoric times was exciting and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    While reading is incredibly important listening and using the imagination is also. This gives the child a different way to use their imagination. Audible books are a great way to encourage development. I also appreciate that Mary Pope Osborne does not use slang. I have found other audible's hard to listen to as they are written in slang or as if a 5-6 year old were speaking. Hearing poor English sets up a pattern for poor speaking in a young mind. I love that this author and this audible did not make me cringe.

  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

    "Enjoyable for adults and children"

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    If you could sum up Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer in three words, what would they be?

    Family Fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer?

    When Theodore struggled with fighting in school. He is not a fighter but struggled with the concept of sticking up for right vs wrong. A very real everyday struggle for children and adults.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Thomas – was your favorite?

    The uncle


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Its a book that my daugther and I listen to together.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that can be listened to as a family. The tv is off or in the car the radio is off. Conversation regarding characters and situations in the book follow.

  • Goosebumps HorrorLand, Book 1: Revenge of the Living Dummy

    "Good clean scary fun"

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    What made the experience of listening to Goosebumps HorrorLand, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    My daughter got really caught up in the story. She was enthralled, a littled scared, a little grosed out and completely entertained.


    What other book might you compare Goosebumps HorrorLand, Book 1 to and why?

    Creep of the deep. But this one had a little extra something in it.


    What about Alissa Hunnicutt’s performance did you like?

    Fun.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The dummy was pretty frightening in its own way. At one point my daughter commented that she thought the book was too scary yet refused to stop listening. No nightmares as she stuck it out and the adventure was all explained. My daughter was engrosed in the story from the beginning. I think she is a bit young for the series but she was checking them out in the school library hiding and reading them so I allowed it. However if the child is easily frightened or does not understand that the stories are not real - this particular story might be one to wait on.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate that she can use her imagination and listen while playing or driving. Saves the parent from the annoying blabbering yellow character and pink friend on tv and creates dialogue. My husband and I enjoyed hearing them also. From an adult perspective they are a scream!

  • The Arctic Incident: Artemis Fowl, Book 2

    "Imaginative"

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    If you could sum up The Arctic Incident in three words, what would they be?

    Fabulous


    What did you like best about this story?

    My husband and daughter enjoy listening to this story together.


    Have you listened to any of Nathaniel Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. The other Artis Fowl books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Its nice to look forward to hearing it.


    Any additional comments?

    Good fun for the family.

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  • "Fun!"

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    This book was just fun to listen to. It was fast moving and I totally enjoyed the different character voices, it made them more realistic that way.

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    The Monsters of Morley Manor

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    • By Bruce Coville
    • Narrated By Leslie Noble, the Full Cast Family, Featuring Bruce Coville as Gasper Morely
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    Monsters, aliens, ghosts, giant frogs, and a tragic angel are just some of the ingredients of this madcap adventure that is quite possibly Bruce Coville's strangest novel yet. Bruce himself appears on this recording as Gaspar Morley, head of a strange family of monsters that draw Anthony (our narrator) and his little sister Sarah into a galaxy - spanning adventure with the very souls of Earth's dead at stake.

    keynotes says: "Fun!"

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  • The Giver

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    • By Lois Lowry
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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.

    Stephanie says: "Awesome story, suspenseful, lots to think about!"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • 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"
  • 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"
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  • 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.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
  • Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

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    • By Rush Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Rush Limbaugh
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    Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners. In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this second book in the series, Rush Revere is transported back to the people and events leading up to the American Revolution.

    Deborah Gunnlaugsson says: "Over the top!"
  • Alice in Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • 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 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"
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  • The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson, Book 4: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
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    Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

    Felicity says: "The best of Percy Jackson series."
  • 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!"
  • Stevie Meanie Stinkerpots

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Carlucci
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    Jennifer Carlucci wrote the story Stevie Meanie Stinkerpots because as an educator, she's had many students come through her classroom with behavior problems. But, if you take the time to get to know their story and show them you care, you can turn their entire school experience into a positive one! Jennifer lives in Fairfield, Virginia, with her husband, Nick, two daughters, Katie and Sophia, their dogs Shiloh and Ace, their cats, Olive and Rue, and their horses, Elmer and Arrow.

  • Little Miss Tattletale

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    • By Konni Jo Bryant
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    Every morning Ariel bounces out of bed ready to tattle on everyone around her. "He didn't take out the trash" or "She didn't wash her hands" was all she wanted to say about her family and classmates. But one day she tattles so much that she grows a tattle tail! How is Ariel going to get rid of her tail before she goes home? Find out in Little Miss Tattletale.

  • Anthony's Amazing Nativity

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    • By Bert Ballou
    • Narrated By Ryo Keith Sato
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    Anthony, the donkey foal that carried Jesus into Jerusalem, returns in this re-telling of the classic holiday story. Anthony and his mother hear how Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem and deliver to us the greatest gift given to us. With the help of a special storyteller, Anthony learns the true origin of the Christmas miracle.

  • If You Want to Be Happy, Give Something Away

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Kathleen Gauger
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    The Christmas season is normally a joyous occasion, but not for Old Gentleman Gray. He was sad and lonely and had lost hope of ever feeling differently. It was Christmas Eve when he was visited by a beautiful, heavenly messenger who filled him with warmth and joy as she shared with him the secret of how to be happy.

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  • Still My Dad

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    • By Julia A. Maki
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    When Abbey's dad goes overseas to serve in the military, she's very proud of him. But when he gets hurt and has to come home, Abbey's life changes. Join Abbey as she learns how to help her dad and his new pal, Tori the service dog, in Still My Dad.

  • Big Charles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Katie DeMaio
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    Charles is a cool kid who likes playing outside and getting into mischief with his friends. He is always ready for a new adventure. One day, Dr. Ryan tells him he has cancer, and Charles is confused. He has many questions. What is cancer? What is treatment like? Join Charles as he answers these questions and more. Informative and positive, he shows us friendship and support are sometimes the best medicine a child can receive!

  • I Am Not a Pirate

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    • By Shannon Anderson
    • Narrated By Ryo Keith Sato
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    Maddie is excited to start school until she learns she has to go to the eye doctor. When she finds out she has to wear an eye patch, she thinks things can't get any worse. How embarrassing! How will Maddie gain the confidence she needs to face her new friends at school? Find out in I Am Not a Pirate.

  • The Innkeeper's Dog

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    • By Deborah Bence Boerema
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    How would you feel if you were the only animal in the stable to have missed seeing Baby Jesus? Sad? Jealous? Angry? Unimportant? Thaniel the Spaniel has all these feelings. The Innkeeper's Dog tenderly tells how Thaniel's friends and the innkeeper's son help him feel special and realize all the gifts he has to offer!

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  • Christmas Love

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    • By Dawn Foss
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    Are you looking for a Christmas book that will bring your family closer together? Then look no further! Sit down as a family and listen to Christmas Love. It will show you how the original Christmas story applies to families and communities today. Even if you don't live in a picture perfect world, you can show Christ's love to those around you and make the world a better place.

  • Minecraft Crafting : 70 Top Minecraft Essential Crafting & Techniques Guide Exposed!

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    • By Jason Scotts
    • Narrated By Chris Brinkley
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    This book is a comprehensive guide about Minecraft's crafting system, how it works, and the 70 most-useful crafting recipes and ideas. Minecraft is a popular game of creation played by millions around the world. The game offers a unique experience that ignites the player's interest on two things: mining, and building. The game gives players an exceptional degree of freedom that even the famous Grand Theft Auto series and Skyrim cannot match.

  • 'Twas a Golf Cart for Christmas

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    • By Jeryl Christmas
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    When Haley's most prized possession is stolen from her backyard, the news quickly spreads throughout the area. 'Twas a Golf Cart for Christmas is a story that has to be told. This special day in November of 2009 shows how a community can come together in a spirit of love and charity.

  • The Frog Who Played the Violin

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    • By David Marshall
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    Finn has a special talent for playing the violin, but his most special talent is what he is about to give to others. From the beginning Finn, the violin-playing frog, always knew who he was and what his talents were. But when all the other frogs try to tease him and discourage him, will Finn compromise his values and dreams? Find out in The Frog Who Played the Violin.