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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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • 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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  • Where the Red Fern Grows

    "Awesome story - but dont buy for kids under 10!!"

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    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic story with a great moral and a lot of adventure for boys. BUT, the ending is very sad and one of my 8 year old boys was traumatised. He has been having nightmares and tears and can no longer sleep alone. Unfortunately, the story was so vivid and wonderful that he became so involved and consequently was most upset at the ending. Mine are very well read kids, and not sooks, and I don't think it was worth the trauma. I would definately say wait till your kids are at least 10 (unless they are not remotely imaginative).

  • Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

    "Brilliant for kids and adults"

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    If you could sum up Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, spine-tingling, clever


    What other book might you compare Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian to and why?

    Harry Potter - They're awesome books for kids


    What about Jesse Bernstein’s performance did you like?

    It was fine.


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

    My boys were totally engrossed in these stories and have listened to them several times.


  • The Swiss Family Robinson

    "Boring"

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who have absolutely nothing to do otherwise. I had been looking forward to listening to this book with my boys and I was amazed that it hasn't got any exciting or adventurous parts in it. I think the problem is a combination of: (a) The book is poorly written (seriously) and is really just a list of what happens (totally unbelievable) and it inherently lacks real adventure (b) The narrator is fresh from Poshville, UK, and has muted the emotion and excitement.

    Either way, I don't recommend this book for adults or kids.


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    The huge plum in his mouth. The accent was far too 'poash' to give the much needed oomph to this story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Try Just William stories - they're awesome!

  • A Mouse Called Wolf

    "Beautiful story, beautifully read -7 yr boys & fam"

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    Would you listen to A Mouse Called Wolf again? Why?

    Definately. Beautiful story, great for the whole family (7 year twin boys and family on road trip totally enjoyed it)


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

    Definately.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful story, great for the whole family (7 year twin boys and family on road trip totally enjoyed it)

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.

    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

    • 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!"
  • 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

    • 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"
  • 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
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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
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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

    • 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!"
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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"
  • Alice in Wonderland (






UNABRIDGED) by Lewis Carroll Narrated by B.J. Harrison

    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!!!"
  • Der große Weihnachts-Bilderbuchschatz zum Hören (






ABRIDGED) by Charles Dickens, Hedwig Munck, Anne Steinwart, Eleni Livanios, Katharina Wieker Narrated by Friedhelm Ptok

    Der große Weihnachts-Bilderbuchschatz zum Hören

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    • By Charles Dickens, Hedwig Munck, Anne Steinwart, and others
    • Narrated By Friedhelm Ptok
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    Inhalt: "Der kleine König: Die Weihnachtsüberraschung" von Hedwig Munck; "Tim wartet auf Weihnachten" von Katharina Wieker; "Tatz und Tiger feiern Weihnachten" von Anne Steinwart; "Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte" von Charles Dickens (nacherzählt von Petra Steckelmann); "Hilfe für den Weihnachtsmann" von Frauke Nahrgang; "Kasperl in der Weihnachtsbäckerei" von Eleni Livanios; "Die Weihnachtsgeschichte" von Susan Niessen.

  • 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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    • By Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs
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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 (






UNABRIDGED) by A.D. Hasselbring Narrated by A.D. Hasselbring

    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".

  • The Fourteenth Goldfish (






UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer L. Holm Narrated by Georgette Perna

    The Fourteenth Goldfish

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Holm
    • Narrated By Georgette Perna
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    Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough...he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

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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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
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    • Narrated By Matthew Cody
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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 (






UNABRIDGED) by Tommy Greenwald Narrated by MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell

    Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tommy Greenwald
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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 (






UNABRIDGED) by Gertrude Chandler Warner Narrated by Aimee Lilly

    The Mystery Girl: The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 28

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    • By Gertrude Chandler Warner
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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?

  • Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage (






UNABRIDGED) by Jane O'Connor Narrated by Chloe Hennessee

    Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage

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    • By Jane O'Connor
    • Narrated By Chloe Hennessee
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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 (






UNABRIDGED) by Kate DiCamillo Narrated by Arthur Morey

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

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    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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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?

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






UNABRIDGED) by Gertrude Chandler Warner Narrated by Aimee Lilly

    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?

  • The Turtle of Oman (






UNABRIDGED) by Naomi Shihab Nye Narrated by Peter Ganim

    The Turtle of Oman

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    • By Naomi Shihab Nye
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    Aref does not want to move to Michigan. He's sure the kids there won't like him. Also, he has everything he needs right where he is! But Sidi has another point of view. Sidi says Aref will go and come back. Just like a falcon or the turtles of Oman, he'll travel far and make his way home to Muscat. So Aref sets out to say good-bye to everything he loves. Good-bye to Mish-Mish, Diram, Sulima, dunes, Sidi…. But how can he stand it?

  • Amelia Bedelia Chalks One Up (






UNABRIDGED) by Herman Parish Narrated by Christine Ebersole

    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!