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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

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    • 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

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    • 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!!!!!!!"
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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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Amanda's greatest hits:
  • The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    "Entertainment for the whole family"

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    What did you love best about The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom?

    Hero's Guild to Saving your Kingdom was a book that my children LOVED, and my husband tolerated well as we travelled. I even caught him smiling and chuckling more often than he would dare to admit. There was plenty of clean humour that keeps parents entertained.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters all had such great personalities.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Our favorite scene was when the princes were imprisoned by the trolls.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The princes are not always so charming.


    Any additional comments?

    We have now nicknamed our children with the names of the princes. I think every family has a Gustav.

  • Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

    "Very Nearly the Best Book of the Year"

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Marks the Spot to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. We enjoy audio books because we can enjoy them together as a family.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Marks the Spot?

    Hillary's first sword fight as a pirate. She used all of her pirate training as well as a few tricks picked up at finishing school.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read to my children with voices, but I could never keep up with all of the passion of Kellgren. Every person was unique, but no one was so over the top that they were annoying. She had great energy that drove the story. I didn't want to stop the van and miss a minutes. I hope she narrates the rest of the series.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When you are finished with finishing school, try piracy.


    Any additional comments?

    We loved this book. It is one of the best listens we have ever had. I thought it was an old plot, 'Girl forgoes high society for adventure." However, this story was very original and had more than enough plot twists to keep even parents engaged.

  • The Candymakers

    "Slow at first, but then we couldn't stop listening"

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

    Sugar, Teamwork, and Intrigue


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Candymakers?

    When we discovered someone was a spy.


    Any additional comments?

    We loved that we got to hear the story from everyone's point of view.

  • The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle

    "Worth the Wait"

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    Would you listen to The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle again? Why?

    We will be listening to Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle. This series has been something everyone in our family of seven can agree on. Everyone laughs.

    We have two boys and three girls in the back seats, and with this book everyone was appeased. It was never deemed "Boy-y or Girly."


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle?

    When Briar Rose uses the Sword to win a battle of wills.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Briar Rose. She is such a horrible person, yet Bronson makes her sound so unbelievable sarcastic you can't help but smile.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Storming a Castle?
    You and what army?


    Any additional comments?

    We definitely appreciated more of feminine leads. My girls are excited to be brave like the Princess Ella, Snow White, and Lila. Yet rough and tumble boys are totally engaged as well.

James

James Springfield, MO, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2010

New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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  • "James will figure it out."

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    RAINBOW PAINT DRIES VERY QUICK AND VERY HARD
    Dahl has a wonderful imagination. Children will love this book and Adults will like it. I enjoyed it and was always interested in what was going to happen next. James and his giant insect friends and his giant peach manage to get into several fixes, but James always comes up with the type of solution that only a ten year old would dream up. I would recommend this for seven and up, but would also suggest that you get an illustrated copy to read along with listening, it should enhance the experience. I imagine nook has a copy.

    How do you put your arms around an Earthworm's shoulders?
    Four people die in this book. James becomes an orphan when his parents are eaten by a Rhino. We never meet his parents and it is told as something that happened in the past. It is not described in detail or anything, just used to make James a orphan, so we can get to the evil aunts. The aunts are squashed by the Peach. I really did not feel this was necessary to the story, but it was also not really spelled out and I believe most kids may not realize that they were killed. Older kids will figure it out and I thought you should be warned. All in all it is a book that will stir your child's imagination.

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    James and the Giant Peach

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    • By Roald Dahl
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    A little magic can take you a long way. After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends - Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

    James says: "James will figure it out."

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    If I Stay

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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!"
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    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
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    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
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    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
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    James says: "So much better than the movie"
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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"
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    How to Train Your Dragon

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    melrailey says: "Terrific Fun!"
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    Gathering Blue

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    Stephanie says: "Hard to stop listening!"
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    The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

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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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    Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

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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"
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    Wombat’s Musical Adventure: The Musical Adventures of Professor Anacrusis, Book 1

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    Wombat is looking for a musical instrument to play. But his real problem is to find one that is not too big and not too long. Not too difficult and not too tall. And not too heavy and not too loud. Assisted by Bundy the dog, Wombat begins to look at some musical instruments. But will he find one that is just the right size and shape for a little Wombat to play?

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    All is quiet in the seaside town of Bywater-by-Sea - that is until a meteorite falls to earth, landing in the middle of the Field Craft troop's camp. Now it's not just Tom with strange powers: Trouble-maker Jacob can set things on fire and sensible Eric has the power to put them out. What's more, the excavation has uncovered a glittering rock, and the dust is making Bywater-by-Sea even more eccentric than usual.

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    Stick Dog Chases a Pizza

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    Stick Dog and his furry friends are back! In this third hungry and hilarious adventure, Stick Dog and his pals are out for a pizza - if they can get one that is…a must-have for fans of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. Stick Dog and his furry friends, Mutt, Stripes, Karen and Poo-Poo are back in another adventure! Everyone's favourite cartoon canines are hungry again - and this time it's pizza that has their mouths watering. But when it's Pizza on the go…can they chase it down?

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    Hell Hound Curse: Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird, Book 3

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    To make some extra money for Feral Zoo, Sammy, Red and Donny decide to promote their cryptozoology business - investigating animals that don't exist. What could possibly go wrong? Everything! Hired to check out sightings of a ghost dog, the friends uncover the terrifying legend of the Hell Hound. Anyone who is seen by this terrible beast is struck with a death curse. So when Sammy's best friend Mark runs into the deadly dog, Sammy knows he doesn't have long to figure out how to save him!

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    Tales About Rhythm and Music Notes: The Musical Adventures of Professor Anacrusis, Book Two

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    Laguna the Lonely Mermaid

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