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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

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    • 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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  • Wonder

    "Excellent way to teach differences... and sameness"

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    As an adult who works extensively with developmentally and physically disabled children and adults... I applaud this book. Simply but beautifully told account of Auggie, who with his facial anomalies leaves the cocoon of homeschooling to attend 5th grade. Well rounded point of views help the reader to understand how this disability affects friends, siblings, parents and teachers. Uplifting, clean read with a few sad spots and some really funny parts too. Nicely done!

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

    "An unexpected delight, almost a five... if"

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    This Newberry Honor winning book is so close to a perfect home-run: the narration is spot on, the slow moving plot entertains all the way through with a gradual layering of character building that made me feel like part of Kenny's, 60's family in Flint, Michigan. I loved my visit to a home that might have eaten that embarrasing food stamp food a time or two, where kids were kids and worried about getting their face "Whirlpooled" and had parents who loved them dearly and made life fun. However, I am very sensitive to swearing and did notice the scattered curse words though the book, which wasn't enough to really bother me... until I stopped to think it was written for children. True young Kenny, the narrator, doesn't swear but older brother and parents are recorded though his eyes. The book also includes the bombing of a black church, where the much adored younger sister is attending Sunday school and the reader experiences the family's terror from outside the church. So I guess what I am saying is... even though the beginning is very light-hearted, warm and so very well written... it is more appropriate for older readers. I was also just a little dissapointed in what felt like a maniputlated ending. I was so sucked into the story, that at the end when I had to suspend my disbelief it was jarring.

  • A Million Shades of Gray

    "Unique setting. Kid making hard choices..."

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    Worth the four hour listen for the setting and most of the story. Writing style was irritating to me... the omniscient point of view felt like it was jerking me around. Y-Tin, a young elephant handler in Vietnam watches as his village is attacked and nearly half living there were slaughtered. He witnesses friends killed, homes burned, escapes, travels though the jungle and chooses to give up his elephant to save her... it had potential to be superior book, but I just didn't feel the magic.

  • Matilda

    "Parent Preview Suggested"

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    Can't even begin to explain why I purchased a child's book, that I didn't choose to have my children read in the 80's when it came out. Perhaps just for the fun of listening to Kate Winslet... her narration is spot-on perfect. I (an adult) had a lot of fun listening to this quirky little tale centered around the precocious 6 year old Matilda... but I would still be very cautious about offering to younger children, sensitive children, or ones that might impulsively imitate her behavior or the language of the adults in the book. Cast includes Matilda's abusive, dishonest and neglectful parents, a horribly abusive school principle (throwing children, locking them in a nail studded locker for hours, lots of verbal abuse) and a lovely school teacher and librarian. Safety issues bothered me, like Matilda walking to library daily without parents knowing, going to the "lovely teacher's" home without anyone knowing. Plot also includes "revenge pranks" that could have seriously hurt someone (like putting peroxide into father's hair tonic). Everyone's kids are different, just worth a preview and assessment.

Deanna

Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 12-01-12 Member Since 2009

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    May contain slight spoilers

    I probably should have researched this book a bit better before diving in. While I really enjoyed the story itself, and found it quite interesting I was not prepared for the amount of death and killing of ponies involved.

    This is a novel based on a real event, a particularly disastrous one; it is the story of an adventure to the south pole, two teams racing to have the glory of being the first man there. One man took dogs the other dogs and ponies. This was written from the point of view of a pony named James Pigg, first from his birth and all the way to his death and the many things that happened to him, primarily in the Arctic wasteland of the most southerly contenent .

    If you are sensitive about real accounts of animals and people dying or being shot to death, you may wish to consider researching the non-fiction story and then deciding whether this would be a good book for you. While I learened a lot from this book and found the story to be fun, it does not have a happy ending.

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    The Winter Pony

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    • By Iain Lawrence
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Edoardo Ballerini
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    In The Winter Pony, Iain Lawrence pens the mesmerizing tale of a young white Siberian pony who escapes a group of cruel masters only to enter the company of Englishman Robert Falcon Scott. Joining Scott’s men and their race to the South Pole, the pony is soon given a name, James Pigg, as he and the rest embark on a thrilling race to reach the bottom of the world - a race in which not everyone will survive.

    Deanna says: "Not For Sensitive Audiences"

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  • If I Stay (






UNABRIDGED) by Gayle Forman Narrated by Kirsten Potter

    If I Stay

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    • 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.

    Jennifer says: "Great story about life flashing before your eyes"
  • The Giver (






UNABRIDGED) by Lois Lowry Narrated by Ron Rifkin

    The Giver

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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..."
  • Wonder (






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

    Wonder

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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"
  • The Neverending Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael Ende Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    The Neverending Story

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    • 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"
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  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One (






UNABRIDGED) by Angie Sage Narrated by Allan Corduner

    Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

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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"
  • 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
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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"
  • 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 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

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    • 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 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

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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!"
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Christopher Paolini Narrated by Gerard Doyle

    Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

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    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
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    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
  • Laguna the Lonely Mermaid (






UNABRIDGED) by Savannah Alatorre Narrated by Heidi Tabing

    Laguna the Lonely Mermaid

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    Best-selling author Dan Alatorre sits down with his four-year-old daughter, Savannah Alatorre, and creates a story to capture the imagination of children everywhere! A lonely young mermaid must think of a creative way to rescue stranded pirates. By helping others, she makes new friends. Great for parents to listen to with preschoolers!

  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stories: Ladybird First Favourite Tales: Ladybird Audio Collection (






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    The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stories: Ladybird First Favourite Tales: Ladybird Audio Collection

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    Ladybird presents First Favourite Tales Audio, a fabulous collection of classic stories for toddlers, brought to life through the magic of audio. Produced with enchanting sound effects and lively music that will delight children, and introduce them to the world's most famous stories.

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    Detyam Ot 3 Do 7 Let. Rasskazyi Russkih Pisateley

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    • By A. I. Kuprin, D. N. Mamin-Sibiryak
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    A. I. Kuprin. Belyiy pudelD.N. Mamin-Sibiryak. Seraya sheyka.

  • LADYBIRD CLASSICS: Collection 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Ladybird Narrated by Rachel Bavidge

    LADYBIRD CLASSICS: Collection 1

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    Ladybird presents Ladybird Classics audio, a wonderful collection of the world's most loved stories. Told in a warm and accessible style and accompanied by fun and vibrant music, this is a perfect introduction to the classics for young children.Gulliver's Travels, Oliver Twist, Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol, Heidi, The Secret Garden and Little Women.Approximately 4hr running time.

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  • Ladybird Tales: Teatime Stories: Ladybird Audio Collection (






UNABRIDGED) by Ladybird Narrated by Wayne Forester

    Ladybird Tales: Teatime Stories: Ladybird Audio Collection

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    Ladybird presents Ladybird Tales, a bright, richly adventurous audio story-telling experience. Re-imagining classic fairy tales in a magical audiobook collection. Perfect for entertaining the little ones aged five and up. Featuring immersive sound design and beautifully composed music to whisk the whole family away on a magical adventure.

  • Ladybird Tales: Heroes and Villains: Ladybird Audio Collection (






UNABRIDGED) by Ladybird Narrated by Wayne Forester

    Ladybird Tales: Heroes and Villains: Ladybird Audio Collection

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    Ladybird presents Ladybird Tales, a bright, richly adventurous audio story-telling experience. Re-imagining classic fairy tales in a magical audiobook collection. Perfect for entertaining the little ones aged 5 and up. Featuring immersive sound design and beautifully composed music to whisk the whole family away on a magical adventure.

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    Skazki I Rasskazyi Dlya Detey

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    V sbornik voshli allegoricheskiy rasskaz «Krasnyiy tsvetok», «Skazka o zhabe i roze», basni-pritchi «To, chego ne byilo» i «Attalea princeps», v kotoryih zhivotnyie i rasteniya vedut sebya podobno lyudyam, i «narodnyiy» rasskaz «Signal».Nesmotrya na zhanrovoe raznoobrazie, vse eti proizvedeniya zatragivayut vechnyie, filosofskie temyi: borba dobra i zla, geroizm i sposobnost k samootdache, zhalost i sostradanie, krasota i stremlenie k schastyu.

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UNABRIDGED) by Ladybird Narrated by Wayne Forester

    Ladybird Tales: Princess Stories: Ladybird Audio Collection

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    Ladybird presents Ladybird Tales, a bright, richly adventurous audio story-telling experience. Re-imagining classic fairy tales in a magical audiobook collection. Perfect for entertaining the little ones aged 5 and up. Featuring immersive sound design and beautifully composed music to whisk the whole family away on a magical adventure.

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    Detyam Ot 3 Do 7 Let. Skazki

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    Trista let nazad frantsuzskiy pisatel Sharl Perro opublikoval sbornik «Skazki matushki Gusyini». S teh por chudesnyie istorii o feyah i lyudoedah, govoryaschih zveryah i prekrasnyih printsessah puteshestvuyut po svetu, smeshat i pouchayut malyishey i vzroslyih i vdohnovlyayut pisateley, hudozhnikov, kompozitorov, rezhisserov na sozdanie zamechatelnyih proizvedeniy iskusstva.

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UNABRIDGED) by Jessica Lawson Narrated by Tavia Gilbert

    The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher

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    Tom Sawyer's and Huckleberry Finn's adventures are legendary, but what about the story you haven't heard? In 1860, eleven-year-old Becky Thatcher is the new girl in town, determined to have adventures like she promised her brother Jon before he died. Before long, she joins the boys at school in a bet to steal from the Widow Douglas, and Becky convinces her new best friend, Amy Lawrence, to join her. But the theft doesn't go as planned, and Widow Douglas ends up being unfairly accused of grave robbing as a result.