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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 Winter Pony

    "Not For Sensitive Audiences"

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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.

  • War Horse

    "Enjoyable"

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    John Keating as always, did a fabulous job of narration.

    As an avid horse lover I am always looking for another great horse book. This book is written from the point of view of a horse during WWI and tells of the harsh realities faced by both people and the horses. It doesn't go into so much detail that it wouldn't be safe for children however.

  • Catwings

    "Very Short"

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    I got this book on a whim because I had a $10 credit and I've heard some of her other works are fantastic. I was a bit underwhelmed by this book. Nothing really happened in the book at all. Cats were born with wings, cats flew away, cats started a new life, the end.

    It wasn't bad, but it just didn't bring anything to the table.

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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!"

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    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"
  • 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"
  • Spirit Animals: Hunted, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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    Four children have discovered that they have spirit animals - a rare bond between human and animal that has launched them on a quest to save their world. The team heads to the forests of Eura, where another Great Beast is hidden. At first Conor is excited to return to his old home, but when the four young heroes are betrayed by a familiar face, the hunt for the Great Beast becomes a race for their lives. But the real danger may be lying just ahead....

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Eric Carle
    • Narrated By Mike Ferreri
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    A hungry little caterpillar eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

    Laurie says: "My kids liked it"
  • 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."
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  • Wild Born: Spirit Animals, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
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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"
  • 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.

  • Llama, Llama Red Pajama

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Anna Dewdney
    • Narrated By Bryan Kennedy
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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!"
  • The Tale of Despereaux

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
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    This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

    Kimberly says: "A fabulous family adventure!"
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  • Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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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 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"
  • Auggie the Doggie and Pat the Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (2 mins)
    • By Mike Konsul
    • Narrated By Mike Konsul
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    When Auggie the doggie and Pat the cat strike a deal to help each other out, Auggie holds up his end of the bargain, but Pat goes back on his word after Auggie helps him catch a mouse! Will Pat be rewarded for cheating? Will Auggie be rewarded for his loyalty? Find out in this charming story about hard work, perseverance and loyalty.

  • Anthony's Amazing Nativity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By Bert Ballou
    • Narrated By Ryo Keith Sato
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    Anthony, the donkey foal that carried Jesus into Jerusalem, returns in this re-telling of the classic holiday story. Anthony and his mother hear how Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem and deliver to us the greatest gift given to us. With the help of a special storyteller, Anthony learns the true origin of the Christmas miracle.

  • The Frog Who Played the Violin

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By David Marshall
    • Narrated By Whitney Edwards
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    Finn has a special talent for playing the violin, but his most special talent is what he is about to give to others. From the beginning Finn, the violin-playing frog, always knew who he was and what his talents were. But when all the other frogs try to tease him and discourage him, will Finn compromise his values and dreams? Find out in The Frog Who Played the Violin.

  • The Innkeeper's Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Deborah Bence Boerema
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    How would you feel if you were the only animal in the stable to have missed seeing Baby Jesus? Sad? Jealous? Angry? Unimportant? Thaniel the Spaniel has all these feelings. The Innkeeper's Dog tenderly tells how Thaniel's friends and the innkeeper's son help him feel special and realize all the gifts he has to offer!

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  • Seymour Bluffs, the Towboat Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Phyllis Hand Bechtold
    • Narrated By Ricky Pope
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    Seymour Bluffs, the bald eagle, wants to be a towboat captain, so he rides the MV Macy Mae and learns about life on a towboat. He gets to explore all the different jobs there are to do on a towboat. But when danger arises, will Seymour be able to help? Come find out in Seymour Bluffs, the Towboat Hero.

  • Bone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Annette Drake
    • Narrated By Darryl Hughes Kurylo
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    Eleven-year-old Josey Miller knows two things: it's her fault Mama left, and she will do anything to coax her back. When Mrs. Casey, the new music teacher, starts a band at Bennett Springs Middle School, Josey sees it as her chance to finally belong to something and convince Mama to visit for her concerts. The only problem: there's no money for a clarinet, what with Dad laid off and fighting to keep their farm. But things start looking up when Grandpa Joe gives Josey an old trombone to play, and Mr. McInerny starts boarding his high-dollar Arabian stallion with Dad.

  • Frank and Tank: Foggy Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Sharon Phillips Denslow
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    Frank and Tank are captain and first mate of the tugboat the Stinky Sue. Their exciting adventures at sea are told through simple, declarative sentences with an emphasis on phonics. A very funny Level 1 ICR series about friendship, boats, and community, this is a perfect choice for newly independent listeners ready for a very short story with an exciting plot. Fog rolls in suddenly, and now Captain Frank (an otter) and First Mate Tank (a hippo), onboard their sturdy tug, the Stinky Sue, are lost at sea.

  • Welcome to Dog Beach: The Seagate Summers, Book 1

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    • By Lisa Greenwald
    • Narrated By Kate Reinders
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    Eleven-year-old Remy loves Seagate, the island where her grandmother had a house and where her family spends every summer vacation. But this year’s different. Remy misses her dog, Danish, who recently passed away. The usual Seagate traditions don’t feel the same - and neither does her relationship with her two best friends, Micayla and Bennett. Micayla’s family is moving to Seagate year-round, and she’s spending more time with the year-round kids.