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Jefferson

Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan Member Since 2010

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

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  • "Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderf..."

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    Which is more impressive in this audiobook, the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde or the readings of them by the assembled famous British actors? At their best, Wilde's stories are exquisitely beautiful and painful and reveal deep understanding of the tragedy of the human condition (mortality, inequality, prejudice, selfishness, and hatred), as well as its transcendence through generosity, self-sacrifice, beauty, faith, and love. The readers are perfect, with wise, compassionate, and flexible voices and deep understanding of each word they say and of each scene they depict.

    Special highlights are Dame Judi Dench reading "The Nightingale and the Rose" so full of wit and emotion, Jeremy Irons reading "The Devoted Friend" with a surprisingly wide range of voices for different characters, Joanna Lumley reading "The Star Child" and moving me to tears, and Robert Harris reading "The Happy Prince" and moving me to tears, too, especially whenever he says, "Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow." Sir Derek Jacobi reading "The Fisherman and His Soul," Sinead Cusack reading "The Birthday of the Infanta," and Sir Donald Sinden reading "The Selfish Giant" all do fine jobs with fine tales.

    The only dud (forgive the pun) is "The Remarkable Rocket," which, despite Geoffrey Palmer's excellent reading and despite the interesting concept (sentient fireworks talking about their upcoming royal display) is finally a mediocre joke that long overstays its welcome. The only disappointment is that the cover art says that there is a bonus track of "The Actress" read by Elaine Stritch, but it's absent from the audiobook.

    Anyway, I highly recommend this excellent audiobook.

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    Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, and others
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    Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.

    Jefferson says: "Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderfully Read"
  • "A Modern Classic Epic Flawed by One..."

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    I eagerly purchased this audiobook of T. H. White???s complete The Once and Future King, because for a long time Audible only had the individual books available. And I loved the first four books, which begin with the halcyon fantasy of The Sword in the Stone, in which the boy Arthur (???Wart???) is educated by an anachronistic Merlyn. The scenes describing the daily life of a medieval castle during different seasons are vivid and beautiful, while those recounting Wart???s fantastic adventures and transformations into various animals are imaginative, suspenseful, and humorous. White loved and respected flora and fauna (even snakes), and this first book is encyclopedic and fantastic, dense and rich, absorbing and moving.

    From the second book, The Queen of Air and Darkness, which opens in the cold north as Queen Morgause boils a black cat alive while her four sons are telling the story of their grandmother???s rape by Arthur???s father, begins the increasingly dark movement of the novel, centered on the tragedy caused by Arthur???s family history and the romantic triangle between himself, Guenevere, and Lancelot (The Ill-Made Knight). In the 2nd through 4th books White most closely follows Malory, though he also moves the era forward from the 11th to the 15th century and empathically imagines how medieval men and women felt and thought with modern psychological insight. At the same time, he writes plenty of joie de vivre, questing and combating knights, and fascinating details about medieval life (food, fashion, feudalism, etc.).

    The novel really concludes with the 4th book (The Candle in the Wind) as the last battle between Arthur and Mordred is about to begin, but this audiobook then adds The Book of Merlyn, which may be good for completists, but which I found disappointing, as on the eve of the last battle Merlyn takes his former pupil off for a night of anachronistic political and philosophical debate with Badger and company about why humans wage war and what might be done to prevent it. Apart from Arthur changing into an ant and a goose to experience two different social systems, there is little ???story??? in this last book: too little Arthurian Matter and too much Whiteian Musing.

    Jason Neville does a marvelous job reading the long work, effortlessly giving different characters distinctive voices and personalities without over doing it (so that, for example, his female characters sound like human beings rather than like a man imitating ???women???). And his King Pellinore reminds me of John Gielgud.

    I recommend this audiobook for anyone interested in the Matter of Britain or philosophical and well-written fantasy.

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    The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
  • "A Delightful and Moving Experience"

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    Listening to Peter Pan read by Christopher Cazenove was a delightful and moving experience, a story of exuberant childlike imagination (in which the line between make-believe play and real adventure is blurry) with an undercurrent of painful adult loss. One moment we are laughing at the pathetic pirate Smee, the unlucky Lost Boy Tootles, the conflicted Captain Hook (who can never resolve the dilemma of ???good form???), or the playful narrator (who likes to hint at doom on the horizon or to remind us that we are after all only spectators), the next moment we are sighing at the sadness of Peter Pan???s existence or at the inevitability of maturity and mortality. Wendy and Peter playing at being and almost becoming the parents of the Lost Boys is affectingly humorous and sad, because it is not quite the real thing and because it cannot continue.

    Christopher Cazenove???s reading of the book is flawless and engaging (just as is his reading of Howard Pyle???s The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood). He doesn???t need to change his voice dramatically to represent different characters, because his emotional engagement with them is so affecting.

    I love Barrie???s fusion of ideal (joyful innocent play) and real (heartless selfishness and forgetfulness) childhood. He channeled his conflicting feelings for children, childhood, parents, and adulthood into a charming and moving classic. If you???ve only ever seen the Disney version of the story, or if you???ve never experienced Peter Pan in any form, I highly recommend this audiobook version of it. I know that I???ll listen to this book again many times.

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    Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
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    Barrie works an indisputable magic on listeners of all ages in this classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. As a baby, Peter Pan fell out of his carriage and was taken by fairies to Neverland. There, he can fly and is the champion of the Lost Boys and a friend to the fairy Tinker Bell. Revisiting England, Peter becomes involved with Wendy Darling and her younger brothers, all of whom accompany Peter to Neverland. The children have many adventures and vanquish the pirate Captain Hook.

    Jefferson says: "A Delightful and Moving Experience"
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A Peek at Tad Davis's Bookshelf

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Tad Davis's greatest hits:
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    "Nostalgic fairy tale, but at times quite dark"

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    What a pleasure it was to listen to this old story again. When I was a kid, I read it at least once a year, till I was in high school and "put away childish things." Dietz's easy-going story-telling style is perfectly suited to this book: you might just as easily be listening to tales of Lake Wobegon. He never quite loses the sense of innocence and child-like wonder that surrounds the story, but he captures the darker moments as well.

    And dark moments there are. The plot, such as it is, hinges on a murder in the graveyard, guilt, courage, and fear. Later, the man who committed the murder is overheard planning to kill the Widow Douglas as well - committing other outrages in the process. Tom and Becky are lost in the cave, facing a very real possibility of starving to death in the darkness.

    But Twain somehow manages to keep things in the realm of fairy tale; he was apparently storing up his harshest satire for the sequel.

    There are many wonderful readers of Twain on Audible - I'm not sure you can really go wrong with any of them. But Dietz's rendition of this story is one of the best.

  • Kidnapped

    "A little brisk, but ultimately satisfying"

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    I've listened to Ralph Cosham with pleasure doing nonfiction, but this was my first venture with him as a reader of classic fiction. His narration takes a little getting used to. I'm not quite sure how to describe the distinctive quality of his voice; his reading is a little faster and a little more formal than I've experienced with other readers. Yet he is, as one person described him here, "quietly effective." A particular pleasure here is the wonderful Scots dialogue. Of the three versions of "Kidnapped" I tried (the others being Frederick Davidson and Michael Page), this is definitely my favorite.

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  • "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.

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    Noah Zarc: Cataclysm: Noah Zarc, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By D. Robert Pease
    • Narrated By David Radtke
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    Thirteen-year-old Noah Zarc rockets to Venus in a quest to learn more about his past. He refuses to believe his father is really the monster everyone says he is. Could there be valid reasons for everything he's done, including abandoning Noah at birth? While searching for answers to secrets no one wants to talk about, even those that have remained hidden for over a thousand years, Noah becomes embroiled in a mission that could cause the greatest cataclysm in the history of the solar system.

    Paul says: "The series just got even better"

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  • The Neverending Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Ende Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    The Neverending Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Ende
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there. Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

    James says: "So much better than the movie"
  • How to Train Your Dragon (






UNABRIDGED) by Cressida Cowell Narrated by David Tennant

    How to Train Your Dragon

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    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
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    Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

    melrailey says: "Terrific Fun!"
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (






UNABRIDGED) by L. Frank Baum Narrated by Anne Hathaway

    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.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One (






UNABRIDGED) by Angie Sage Narrated by Allan Corduner

    Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

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    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
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    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
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  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Colfer Narrated by Chris Colfer

    The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
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    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    Naomi says: "Delightful! Entertaining! And beautifully written!"
  • A Bear Called Paddington (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Bond Narrated by Stephen Fry

    A Bear Called Paddington

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Bond
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington Station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same... for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.

    R. S. Silverman says: "Delightful storytelling."
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UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Rockwell Narrated by Jay O. Sanders

    How to Eat Fried Worms

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    • By Thomas Rockwell
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
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    Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat 15 worms in 15 days. The worms are supplied by his opponent, whose motto is "The bigger and juicier, the better!" At first Billy's problem is whether or not he can swallow the worm placed before him, even with a choice of condiments from peanut butter to horseradish. But later it looks as if Billy will win, and the challenge becomes getting to the worm to eat it. Billy's family, after checking with the doctor, takes everything in stride. They even help Billy.

    Ashley says: "Perfect for long car rides with little boys"
  • The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Lemony Snicket Narrated by Tim Curry, Full Cast

    The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Tim Curry, Full Cast
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    Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it.

    Diana - Audible says: "Books Will Save You"
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  • Black Beauty (






UNABRIDGED) by Anna Sewell Narrated by Simon Vance

    Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this classic story, set in Victorian England, a well-born colt tells his life story, from his early years in a pleasant meadow to his experiences as an elegant carriage horse and then an overworked cab horse. As he passes from one owner to another, some gentle, some cruel, Black Beauty tells a moving tale of an animal's perspective on the human world.

    Ilana says: "A Treat for Horse Lovers"
  • Peter Pan (






UNABRIDGED) by J. M. Barrie Narrated by Christopher Cazenove

    Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
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    Barrie works an indisputable magic on listeners of all ages in this classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. As a baby, Peter Pan fell out of his carriage and was taken by fairies to Neverland. There, he can fly and is the champion of the Lost Boys and a friend to the fairy Tinker Bell. Revisiting England, Peter becomes involved with Wendy Darling and her younger brothers, all of whom accompany Peter to Neverland. The children have many adventures and vanquish the pirate Captain Hook.

    Jefferson says: "A Delightful and Moving Experience"
  • The Salt-Stained Book: Strong Winds Trilogy (






UNABRIDGED) by Julia Jones Narrated by Anna Bentinck

    The Salt-Stained Book: Strong Winds Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Julia Jones
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
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    In 1945, two brothers die in the icy Barents Sea and a book is all that survives of them. More than 60 years later, Donny and his mother set out for Suffolk to meet his mysterious great aunt. There is an accident and Donny is taken into care. But are the officials all that they seem and why won't they believe Donny's story? Soon he discovers that his life has been built on a lie.

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UNABRIDGED) by Margaret McNamara Narrated by Jane Collingwood

    The Fairy Bell Sisters: Rosie and the Secret Friend

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    • By Margaret McNamara
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
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    Before Tinker Bell flew to Never Land and met Peter Pan she lived on Sheepskerry Island with her fairy sisters - Clara, Lily, Rosie, Silver, and Squeak the baby. The young fairies go to fairy school and love tea parties, dressing up, and exciting adventures. It's summer time on Sheepskerry Island, which means the Summer People will arrive for their holidays. That's when the fairies must take great care not to be discovered by humans. But when Rosie the fairy meets a little girl called Louisa it's hard to stay hidden.

  • Leprechaun Hunting: A St. Patrick's Day Mystery: Rebekah, Mouse & RJ: Special Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by PJ Ryan Narrated by Gwendolyn Druyor

    Leprechaun Hunting: A St. Patrick's Day Mystery: Rebekah, Mouse & RJ: Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By PJ Ryan
    • Narrated By Gwendolyn Druyor
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    Glitter, gold, and lots of green are filling the hallways at school as everyone is getting ready for the big St. Patrick's Day festival. Rebekah, Mouse, and the whole gang are especially excited about the big treasure hunt. But suddenly, they find themselves hunting more than just the treasure.

  • Tristan, the Youngest Blue Jay (






UNABRIDGED) by Misty Narrated by Elaine Baden

    Tristan, the Youngest Blue Jay

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    • By Misty
    • Narrated By Elaine Baden
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    Tristan was the smallest blue jay in Big Blue Valley. All of his brothers and sisters have learned how to fly, and they have already left the nest. Will Tristan ever learn how to fly?

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  • Rebekah, Mouse, & RJ: Special Edition Bundle Set 1: 8 Short Stories for Kids Who like Mysteries, Pranks and Lots of Fun! (






UNABRIDGED) by PJ Ryan Narrated by Gwendolyn Druyor

    Rebekah, Mouse, & RJ: Special Edition Bundle Set 1: 8 Short Stories for Kids Who like Mysteries, Pranks and Lots of Fun!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By PJ Ryan
    • Narrated By Gwendolyn Druyor
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    Rebekah, Mouse, and RJ each have their own fun short story series and sometimes they come together, bringing you these special editions. They all love hanging out, solving mysteries, and playing pranks together and we hope you will enjoy these special times as well.

  • Viking Raiders: Time Hunters, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Blake Narrated by Oliver Hembrough

    Viking Raiders: Time Hunters, Book 3

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    • By Chris Blake
    • Narrated By Oliver Hembrough
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    Join Tom on an incredible treasure hunt through time and battle history's mightiest warriors. The third book in a new time-travelling series - perfect for fans of Beast Quest. When 10-year-old Tom accidentally smashes a statue in a museum he releases Isis, a young Egyptian mummy who has been imprisoned for thousands of years. To break an ancient curse, the duo must travel back in time to find six hidden amulets - battling Gladiators, Knights, Greeks, Vikings, Pirates, and Egyptian Warriors!

  • Playing Cupid: A Valentine's Day Surprise: Rebekah, Mouse, & RJ: Special Edition (






UNABRIDGED) by PJ Ryan Narrated by Gwendolyn Druyor

    Playing Cupid: A Valentine's Day Surprise: Rebekah, Mouse, & RJ: Special Edition

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    • By PJ Ryan
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    Valentine's Day is around the corner, and the kids are up to something spectacular if they can pull it off. Can they manage a surprise dinner date between their Math teacher Ms. Malia and RJ's doorman in the city? Will the adults become happier as a result, or will the kids end up in detention for "meddling into matters of the heart"?

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UNABRIDGED) by D.C. Rush Narrated by Tracy Elman

    Hershey Learns a Lesson

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    • By D.C. Rush
    • Narrated By Tracy Elman
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    Hershey, the notorious cat from the Robby's Quest storybook series, is still mean-spirited and a bully. He is big, strong and very fast, yet uses all his skills to prey upon the smaller and weaker animals around his yard. Nomi, the other cat living in the same house with Hershey, is older and much smaller. Nomi has many friends around the neighborhood. One day, when Nomi's new friend Tyson comes over for a visit, Hershey decides to attack, however things do not work out as he planned. Hershey finds himself in a situation that changes him forever.

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