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Jefferson

Jefferson Fukuoka, Japan Member Since 2010

I love listening to or reading books--especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, classics, & historical.

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  • "Idyllic, Funny, Vivid Childhood Adv..."

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    This is an utterly charming audiobook! Arthur Ransome's story about the four Walker siblings ("Able Seaman" Titty being my favorite!) and the two "Amazon Pirate" girls and their idyllic adventures during a perfect August in 1929 sailing around a big lake in the Lake District and camping on Wild Cat Island in it is vividly, humorously, winningly told. Ransome is so good at capturing how kids play, with one half of their minds and hearts in fantasyland (pirates, explorers, the Pacific ocean, sharks, buried treasure, sea battles, walking the plank, deserted islands, etc.) and one half in the real world (making safe fires, cleaning fish and pots and pans, teaching a younger sibling how to swim, managing sailboats efficiently, etc.). He's so good at depicting how their thoughts and imaginations and hearts work! And his girls, especially Titty and Nancy, are at least as imaginative, bold, wild, and strong as the boys.

    I cringed at first when I heard the kids referring to the "natives" (locals) from the standpoint, I thought, of "civilized white explorers," but then it turned out to be their way of signifying killjoy adults who are too serious to enter into the kids' fantasy world and became a complex and interesting use of language.

    The reader, Alison Larkin, is perfectly suited to the book. She speaks clearly, thoroughly understands and feels what she's reading, slightly varies her voice for the different characters (from Ship's Boy Roger to Captain Flint), and speaks with infectious good humor and spirit, so that listening to Ransome's delightful text becomes a big smiling and chuckling pleasure.

    The book is also surprisingly moving (without being at all sentimental), as when, near the end, Mrs. Dixon, the local farm woman who has been supplying the kids with fresh milk every morning, says she'll miss them after they leave the lake the next day, and Titty says, "But we'll be back next year and every year after that for ever and ever," and Mrs. Dixon replies, "Aye

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    Swallows and Amazons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Arthur Ransome
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Swallows and Amazons, the book that started it all in 1930, introduces the Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat Island, the able-bodied catboat "Swallow," and the two intrepid Amazons, plucky Nancy and Peggy Blackett.

    Jefferson says: "Idyllic, Funny, Vivid Childhood Adventure-Play"
  • "A PURE PLEASURE"

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    This was a wonderful listen! The chapters (linked short stories) recount how Robin Hood comes to be an outlaw in Sherwood Forest, meets the key members of his band, and merrily adventures with them in and around Sherwood Forest in twelfth-century England. Howard Pyle's book has many impressive and pleasing points, among them:

    exciting story-telling, rollicking lust for life, savory conversations, compelling songs, apt aphorisms, beautiful descriptions of nature, irreverent chastising of corrupt authority figures, interesting figures of speech (comparing, for example, the swift passing of Robin's anger to a breath on a window pane or the slow brain of a cobbler to a ball of unbaked bread dough), great humor (ranging from comical slapstick to witty banter and funny irony), and thoughtful movement from the light-hearted merriment of youth to the joy and grief of nostalgic maturity.

    Christopher Cazenove reads with a clear voice and a charming manner and an effective range of accents and moods for the various characters, among them the good-hearted and stout Robin, the brawny and faithful Little John, the refined Will Scarlet, the querulous Sheriff of Nottingham, and the bestial bandit Guy of Gisbourne. Cazenove even remains in each character's voice as he sings the occasional catchy or lovely folk ballads. He infuses his reading with such meaning, humor, and life that listening to this audiobook was a pure pleasure that made me smile and laugh and finally moved me to tears.

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    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard Pyle
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Here are the beloved adventures of the mischievous hero Robin Hood and his brave and merry band of outlaws, who forged a chivalrous code to protect the oppressed and despoil the oppressors. Follow along as Robin makes his breathtaking escapes from his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while classic characters like Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John create one hilarious escapade after another.

    Jefferson says: "A PURE PLEASURE"
  • "A Great Dramatization with a Perfec..."

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    This is an excellent dramatization of A. A. Milne's delightful classic book about Pooh, the bear of little brain, and his quirky friends. The different voice actors are perfect, with standouts being Judi Dench as one of the two narrators, Jane Horrocks as the husky, high-voiced Piglet, and Geoffrey Palmer as the appealingly gloomy Eeyore. Stephen Fry does a sturdy Pooh, though at times I had the uncanny impression of Fry himself standing before me rather than Pooh bear. Two narrators, one male, one female, narrate the chapters, switching back and forth repeatedly and rapidly, and after about the first chapter, I found myself enjoying the switches, as though I were being read to by two ideally witty and warm parents or grand-parents at the same time. The piano music that begins or closes chapters and accompanies Pooh's "hums" is pleasant and appropriate. The sound effects help the listener to imagine the scenes without distracting him/her from the savory text. And the dramatization doesn't abridge much; from what I could tell (by comparing the first chapter in the book with the first one in the audiobook), the dramatizers include pretty much all of Milne's words and chapters except for occasional dialogue tags that are conveyed well enough by the different voice actors.

    It was very entertaining to listen to this book; I often found myself smiling and chuckling at the foolish and charming exploits of Pooh and company and wishing the book would not end.

    By the way, I tried the samples of Peter Dennis reading the unabridged Pooh books and was completely turned off by the bizarre grunting-farting noise that punctuates all of Piglet's utterances. Jane Horrocks is much much MUCH more appealingly Piglet-y.

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    Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
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    Here is an award-winning production with an all-star cast, bringing to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time. This is a full dramatisation with specially composed music.

    Jefferson says: "A Great Dramatization with a Perfect Piglet"
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  • Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble

    "Definitely worth the listening credit"

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend this audiobook. The story was very engaging, very well written and thought out. The characters are all unique and it was enjoyable to listen to each of them interact with each other.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Haon. He's evil in a fun way. ;)
    Plus his complicated history makes him interesting.


    What about David Radtke’s performance did you like?

    He did an amazing job with all the character voices. His portrayal of Noah I thought was spot on. There are also a lot of foreign accents and foreign language as well and I think he sounded fluent.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a good story, then certainly grab this one. :)

  • Noah Zarc: Cataclysm: Noah Zarc, Book 2

    "The series just got even better"

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because the story just got a lot more interesting! The first book was kind of the warm up. You know, introducing the characters, the setting, the relationships between everyone, as well as having a good story for the reader (listener).

    But this part 2 is really where things get good!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The messing around with time travel. Not too confusing, but just enough to make you think. The clever way the characters return to a certain planet is very well done, not to mention how they keep hopping around to different countries in the past to try to accomplish their goals.


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

    I listened to book 1, and the narrator continues to do an excellent job. Still hard to imagine it's only one guy doing all the voices.


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Stephanie United States 02-14-13
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  • "Hard to stop listening!"

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    My 10 year old and I went right to this one after listening to The Giver. We loved it even more than that one! My daughter read ahead during reading time at school (she checked out the book from the school library) but she would still go back with me to listen to the story so I could keep up. The narrator does a wonderful job of portraying the different voices in the story, which is told from the point of view of children.

    Kira is the main character. She is an adolescent girl who is growing up in a harsh and fairly primitive community. This story seems to be set in a dystopian future, after some undescribed calamity has reduced society to a level of subsistence and survival. She is orphaned, alone, and has a twisted leg. She struggles with how to survive in the community that is dominated by the physically strong. Kira is an artist and has a special gift for weaving. The community leaders recognize this ability and take her in for a unique role. However, Kira's freedom of artistic expression is also taken away. She gradually recognizes that life could be different.

    The author uses humor and foreshadowing to make the story fun and suspenseful. We enjoyed pausing it to talk about what had happened, what we thought of the different characters, and what we thought would happen next. The story ends in a way that leaves much room for thought and interpretation. We immediately went on to download the third book in this series: The Messenger. I can't wait to start listening to it tonight!

    As the parent of a child with dyslexia, I am so happy to have discovered Audible.com. My daughter and I can listen to many interesting and challenging books that are at her intellectual level, which would be very time consuming for her to read in print. We choose books she can check out of her school library and she reads ahead with the printed versions at school. She takes Accelerated Reader tests on the books and earns points just like her classmates, and she is developing a joy of reading that I don't think would be there if she had to struggle through the entire printed book.

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    Gathering Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • 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!"

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  • The Giver (






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.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
  • If I Stay (






UNABRIDGED) by Gayle Forman Narrated by Kirsten Potter

    If I Stay

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • 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!"
  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (






UNABRIDGED) by Rick Riordan Narrated by Jesse Bernstein

    Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

  • Gathering Blue (






UNABRIDGED) by Lois Lowry Narrated by Katherine Borowitz

    Gathering Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (313)
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    (233)
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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!"
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  • 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
    Overall
    (982)
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    (888)
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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

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eleanor H. Porter
    • Narrated By Rebecca Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
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    (19)
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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

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
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    (166)
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    (176)

    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

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
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    (3573)
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    (951)
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    (990)

    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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    (3666)
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    (1804)
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    (1840)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (3867)
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    (1880)
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    (1916)

    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"
  • The Princess and the Dolphin (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan Alatorre Narrated by Heidi Tabing

    The Princess and the Dolphin

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Dan Alatorre
    • Narrated By Heidi Tabing
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    An amusing audiobook for children, The Princess and the Dolphin tells the story of a little princess who has a very special stuffed animal - that she loses somewhere in the castle! With help of her parents (the king and queen) and the family dog, they are off on a search. Persistence is important, as well as being resourceful, and working together.

  • The Summer I Held the Chisel (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathy May Davies Narrated by Lia Frederick

    The Summer I Held the Chisel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kathy May Davies
    • Narrated By Lia Frederick
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    The Summer I Held the Chisel is told by Daisy Ryals, a young girl who relates the accounts of one summer in her life. The majority of the names, places, and events are real. Conversations and sequence of events are created in order to make the audiobook an adventure instead of a nonfiction account. It is a story about a family during the Great Depression, working and living during a difficult time in America's history.

  • The Complete Blot: The Adventures to Date of Mysterious Mr. Blot (






UNABRIDGED) by Elihu Blotnick Narrated by Elihu Blotnick, Apple Butter, Kiwi Butter, Mango Butter

    The Complete Blot: The Adventures to Date of Mysterious Mr. Blot

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Elihu Blotnick
    • Narrated By Elihu Blotnick, Apple Butter, Kiwi Butter, and others
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    In Book One, Mr. Blot welcomes Pengwendolin into his home. Together they tamper with the weather. Blot's true nature is soon revealed, leading to more than one surprise. In Book Two, Mr. Blot's adventures with the weather produce a most unusual music and make Pengwendolin, his partner from Antarctica most, most famous. In the third book, Mr. Blot travels to the city in search of Lauren Lake. In the final book, Mr. Blot finds his inner weather in outer space.

  • Melika and the Magic Leaf (






UNABRIDGED) by Elihu Blotnick Narrated by Apple Butter

    Melika and the Magic Leaf

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Elihu Blotnick
    • Narrated By Apple Butter
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    The restaurant game, played with leaves for props, leads Melika to an artful mission: protecting the forest against a false spring.

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  • H.C. Andersen - udvalgt og læst af Kathrine Lilleør: [Hans Christian Andersen - Selected and Read by Katherine Lilleør] (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathrine Lilleør Narrated by Kathrine Lilleør

    H.C. Andersen - udvalgt og læst af Kathrine Lilleør: [Hans Christian Andersen - Selected and Read by Katherine Lilleør]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kathrine Lilleør
    • Narrated By Kathrine Lilleør
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    "En af H.C. Andersens bedste venner sagde om ham, at han "har sået i det danske hjertelag som ingen anden." Det er sandt. Derfor bliver jeg aldrig færdig med eventyrene. De afgiver bestandigt nye betydninger, nye indsigter, nye afsløringer. Først legede eventyrene det danske sprog ind i mig under min morfars oplæsninger, da jeg var meget lille. Siden lærte jeg i skolen, hvad man burde mene om eventyrene og deres digter.

  • No One Can Really Put You down or Hold You Back: Empowering Words for Children (






UNABRIDGED) by Peter Moses Narrated by Robert B. Weir

    No One Can Really Put You down or Hold You Back: Empowering Words for Children

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    • By Peter Moses
    • Narrated By Robert B. Weir
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    Children of all ages are often wise beyond their years. Listening to this audiobook is like having an inspiring talk with a close friend or family member, directed right to that wise place inside. Friendly and uplifting, these words help children understand that their power, self-esteem, and direction in life do not need to be dependent on the words and actions of others. Practical tips to handle teasing and bullying are offered.

  • We Are All Human and Truly Wonderful! (






UNABRIDGED) by Peter Moses Narrated by Robert B. Weir

    We Are All Human and Truly Wonderful!

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Peter Moses
    • Narrated By Robert B. Weir
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    Children of all ages are often wise beyond their years. Listening to this audiobook is like having an inspiring talk with a close friend or family member, directed right to that wise place inside. Friendly and uplifting, these words affirm how wonderful we all can be as human beings. Original music and songs performed by the author are sprinkled throughout. Share with your children all the great gifts that we have in common. Enjoy!

  • Lekke the Temple Cat: The Colonel (






UNABRIDGED) by DB Stewart Narrated by Ambyr Rose

    Lekke the Temple Cat: The Colonel

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By DB Stewart
    • Narrated By Ambyr Rose
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    Part seven of the Lekke story.

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  • Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (






UNABRIDGED) by Rick Riordan Narrated by Jesse Bernstein

    Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.