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Ed

Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States Member Since 2006

Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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  • "Good kid's story"

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    Listened to this one with my 4th-grade daughter and both of us found it to be enjoyable. The animal "familiars" were creative characters and the fictional premise of the story was well developed. A recommended listen.

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    The Familiars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Adam Jay Epstein
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
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    Running fast to save his life, Aldwyn ducks into an unusual pet store. Moments later Jack, a young wizard in training, comes in to choose a magical animal to be his familiar. Aldwyn's always been clever. But magical? Jack thinks so - and Aldwyn is happy to play along. He just has to convince the other familiars - the know-it-all blue jay Skylar and the friendly tree frog Gilbert - that he's the powerful cat he claims to be. Then the unthinkable happens. Jack and two other young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia!

    Ed says: "Good kid's story"
  • "Very nice story"

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    I often listen/read kids' books with my 10-year-old daughter and usually like them. The One and Only Ivan was no exception. It's one of this year's Sunshine State Books for 3rd-5th graders. They (Florida education officials) select 15 books each year and we've yet to come across one that hasn't been excellent. This book teaches about kindness and the importance of "peer" interaction. The chapters in the book were numerous and short. The story snippets were organized and easy to follow. Everything blended together well. Listen (and read along) with your kid. You will both enjoy the experience.

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    The One and Only Ivan

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
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    Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

    Ed says: "Very nice story"
  • "Great Story to Listen to with your ..."

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    This was one of the 15 Sunshine State Books that my daughter hopes to read this school year. We listened to it together and the audible file enhanced the telling of the story. Listening and reading has improved my daughter's reading abilities. Recommend it.

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    The Trouble with Chickens: A J. J. Tully Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Doreen Cronin, Kevin Cornell
    • Narrated By Vinnie Penna
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    J.J. Tully is a former search-and rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So he's not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their chicken mom show up demanding his help to track down their missing siblings. But driven by the promise of a cheeseburger, J.J. begins to track down clues.

    Jami says: "J.J. is a Cool Character!"
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  • The Hundred and One Dalmatians

    "A lot of fun"

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    Don't let the fact that this is supposed to be a children's book stop you from listening to this entertaining and well written story. The narrator does a great job of voicing all of the characters in a believable fashion.

  • Redwall

    "Great Stuff"

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    Classic story of good over evil, but told in such an entertaining fashion that you just have to smile and cheer: REDWALL! Having said that I have to say that the narrator was not up to par, he takes a great story and makes it boring. I prefer the way Brian Jacques narrates.

    If you like evil villains, noble warriors, hilarious accents, and lots of food this is the book for you. (but maybe not the narrator?)

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  • "So glad I found this!"

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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    While I found the narrator to be less than exquisite, I do believe he does an adequate job.


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up reading the adventures of Ralph and his motorcycle and I will never forget how much I love these books. I do enjoy Ramona and her antics, but something about Ralph and his spirit has stuck with me for over 18 years. I will always recommend this collection.

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    The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
    • Narrated By B.D. Wong
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    Ralph is not like the other mice at Mountain View Inn. He is always looking for excitement! Now all of his adventures are here in one audio collection! Includes: Mouse and the Motorcycle, Ralph S. Mouse, and Runaway Ralph

    Suzie says: "So glad I found this!"

What's Trending in Animal Stories:

  • 4.8 (121 ratings)

    A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
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    Hiccup is lost in the Library Labyrinth and the Driller-Dragons, Madguts and Murderous, are on the prowl. Hiccup's birthday is not going to be the quiet affair he hoped for.... This book also contains a comprehensive Dragonese Dictionary for those who'd like to dragon-whisper themselves.

    Christopher says: "Not Unabridged"
  • 4.9 (40 ratings)

    The Hundred and One Dalmatians

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dodie Smith
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
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    Pongo and Missis Pongo are a pair of Dalmatians who live with the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Dearly and their two nannies. Mr. Dearly is a "financial wizard" who has been granted life-long tax exemption and lent a house on the Outer Circle in Regent's Park in return for wiping out the government debt. The dogs consider the humans their pets, but allow the humans to think that they are the owners. Missis gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies.

    Arie says: "A lot of fun"
  • 4.8 (34 ratings)

    Watch Wolf: Wolves of the Beyond #3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kathryn Lasky
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
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    Far from the owls of Ga’Hoole, a war is brewing. A bear cub has been snatched by a wolf - an unthinkable betrayal of the peace that has long existed between the wolves and grizzly bears of the Beyond. The bears are massing, roaring for revenge. The wolves claim to be innocent, but they must either fight back or face total annihilation. For Faolan, a young wolf raised by a grizzly bear mother, the threat of war starts a terrible race. Somewhere in the honorable wolf clans hides a traitor, and Faolan must stop him and rescue the lost bear cub before it’s too late.

  • 4.9 (22 ratings)

    The Velveteen Rabbit

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Margery Williams
    • Narrated By James Mio
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    A little boy receives a toy rabbit for Christmas one year, and he and his plush plaything soon become best friends, embarking on imaginary adventures for hours at a time. When the boy and the rabbit are separated, the toy ventures out on its own to learn about this strange thing "being real". This is a heart-warming classic about the great joys of childhood and the magic of love.

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  • 4.8 (20 ratings)

    The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
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    An eye for an eye. Things are looking pretty bleak for Hank the Cowdog. First he gets sick on poisoned bacon grease. Then he accidentally trips Sally May - and she ends up with a broken ankle. And if that's not bad enough, he gets stuck playing dress-up with Amy and Ashley, Little Alfred's cousins. But when Tuerto the Killer Stud Horse breaks free and charges at the girls, Hank knows it's up to him to protect them. He'll show that one-eyed horse who's boss - even if it means risking his own life!

    Kara says: "Excellent book for young readers"
  • 4.8 (20 ratings)

    Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
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    Lost: one little boy. When Little Alfred runs away from home and winds up in the Dark Unchanted Forest being trailed by a bobcat, Hank the Cowdog knows that it's up to him to save his young master. So, mustering up all the courage that a Head of Ranch Security can come up with, he bravely makes his way into the forest.

    rebecca says: "Poor Hank - up to his usual mess!"
  • 4.8 (20 ratings)

    It's a Dog's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
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    It's all fun and games until somebody ends up in the pound. It's been a busy few days for the Head of Ranch Security, what with routine patrols and not-so-routine combat with headless monsters. When the dust settles, Hank decides to take a break from duty and visit his sister in town.

    Vanessa says: "love these cute stories! great family entertainmen"
  • 4.8 (19 ratings)

    The Case of the Swirling Killer Tornado: Hank the Cowdog

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
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    Ka-boom! Awakened by an attack from an invisible enemy, Hank the Cowdog knows that there's only one thing for him to do - get inside the house and make sure that his family is safe. But when he arrives, Hank learns that the house is in the path of a swirling killer tornado!

    W. says: "The Case of the Swirling Killer Tornado"
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  • 4.8 (19 ratings)

    The Case of the Halloween Ghost

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
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    There's something spooky going on at the ranch! When Halloween arrives, Hank - the self-appointed Head of Ranch Security - has got his hands full of adventure. First there's a problem with the Tricker Trees. Then the ranch is invaded by two skeletons, a witch, and a pirate. And when Hank goes to investigate a strange sound in the cake house, he's sure it can only be one thing...a ghost. Can Hank rid the ranch of this unwanted visitor? Or is he destined to be spooked for good?

    Roberta says: "Fun for the whole family"
  • Rikki Tikki Tavi

    • ABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
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    A young mongoose protects his human family from two murderous cobras. English Nobel laureate Kipling's best story from The Jungle Book collection, "Rikki Tikki Tavi" has been adapted many times to film and television.

    Annette says: "Rikki Tikki Tavi"
  • Charlotte's Web

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By E.B. White
    • Narrated By E.B. White, George Plimpton
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    Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. This 1953 Newbery Honor Book comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.

    Richard says: "Some book"
  • The Gruffalo

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Julia Donaldson
    • Narrated By Hal Hollings
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    A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark woods when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat, but smart enough to know this - so he invents...the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worries. After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo...is there?

    Ann says: "Clever story, fun performance."
  • The One and Only Ivan

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
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    Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

    Ed says: "Very nice story"
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  • 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"
  • The Velveteen Rabbit

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Margery Williams
    • Narrated By James Mio
    Overall
    (22)
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    (17)
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    A little boy receives a toy rabbit for Christmas one year, and he and his plush plaything soon become best friends, embarking on imaginary adventures for hours at a time. When the boy and the rabbit are separated, the toy ventures out on its own to learn about this strange thing "being real". This is a heart-warming classic about the great joys of childhood and the magic of love.

  • Llama, Llama Red Pajama

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Anna Dewdney
    • Narrated By Bryan Kennedy
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    (125)
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    (82)
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    In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn't come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama's need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama's reassuring message.

    Emily says: "Adorable!"
  • Shiloh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • Narrated By Peter MacNicol
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    From Phyllis Reynolds Naylor comes this unabridged recording of her Newbery Award-winning tale of adventure, courage and love, the timeless and moving story of a dog in trouble and the young boy who would save him.

    kswift says: "Captivating!"
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  • Wild Born: Spirit Animals, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts - a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children - and the world - have been changed forever.

    Jade Yeager says: "Not Such a Great Story"
  • Goodnight Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Margaret Wise Brown
    • Narrated By Buffy Allen
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    A little rabbit is lulled to sleep surrounded by all that he knows and loves best in the great green room of his house.

    Allison says: "Enhanced Format"
  • Stick Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Tom Watson
    • Narrated By Andrew Eiden
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    Meet Stick Dog - a new breed of hero! In his first adventure, Stick Dog and his friends embark on an epic quest to steal a hamburger. With hilarious illustrations and pitch-perfect humour, Stick Dog is a must-have for fans of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. Stick Dog and his friends, Mutt, Stripes, Karen and Poo-Poo have caught the scent of hamburgers and what hungry stray could resist that lovely meaty waft?

  • Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Tom Watson
    • Narrated By Andrew Eiden
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    Stick Dog is back in his second hilarious and hugely illustrated adventure. This time he and his pals are hungry for hot dogs but they need a plan… A must-have for fans of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. Everyone's favourite canine cartoon hero, Stick Dog is back! This time he and his friends, Mutt, Stripes, Karen and Poo-Poo are determined to snaffle themselves a delicious snack from the hot dog stand. But they are going to need a plan…

  • How the Leopard Got His Spots

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Phillip J. Mather
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    Kipling’s timeless classic of How the Leopard Got His Spots is skilfully narrated by Phillip J. Mather. Phillip’s mellifluous tones transport the listener, young or old, back to a time when the world map was indeed coloured red!

  • Splat the Cat Makes Dad Glad

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Rob Scotton
    • Narrated By Dan Bittner
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    When Dad's team loses a soccer game, Splat the Cat decides to cheer up his dad by entering them into a father-son three-legged race at the Cat School Game Day. When the race doesn't go the way Splat hopes, will he still succeed in making his dad glad again? Beginning listeners will love this hilarious addition to the Splat series that features the "-ad" sound!

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  • Braxton and Fluff

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Carolyn Nordahl
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    Imagine a skunk doing business in New York City or a rabbit raising a garden in Central Park. What might happen if they should form a very close friendship? When Braxton the skunk and Fluff the rabbit meet, that's exactly what they do. But what happens when Fluff's family disapproves of her new relationship? Find out in Braxton and Fluff.

  • Sam and Rexie

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Cady Klevgaard
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    Sam is a little boy with a huge imagination. His best friend is Rexie the dinosaur. Like many best friends, they do almost everything together. But being a dinosaur can sometimes cause problems for Rexie. Will the two best friends be able to save the day? Find out in Sam and Rexie.

  • Ludmilla Drucilla Gorilla at the Old Wild Horse Ranch

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Coleen Buckmaster
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    In the first of many adventures, Ludmilla puts the wild in 'The Old Wild Horse Ranch' in her first trip to a real barn dance. She had never danced before, but that's not a problem for this girl gorilla! Ludmilla sets out in her favorite cowgirl dress with the intention of dancing with every little cowpoke and cowboy. The dance turns into a hoot when Mr. Tex arrives on the scene, and in a wild turn of events, it is revealed just how the west was really won-by none other than Miss Ludmilla herself!

  • Have You Ever Seen a Rooster Ride a Bicycle?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Rebecca Holt
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    Anything is possible on the farm called What-cha can-do! Farmer Wayne's son Billy has a shiny red bicycle that Rooster wants to ride more than anything. After several failed attempts and criticism from other farm animals, Rooster almost gives up. With a little help and encouragement from his friend pig, Rooster shows everyone that "can't never could do anything!" Join Sheep as he laughs his wool off watching Rooster's many attempts to ride that bicycle.