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Jacobus

Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa Member Since 2009

When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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  • "'n TV program in boekvorm werk nie"

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    The following review is in Afrikaans followed by a short English summary.

    Bittermin Afrikaanssprekendes het sonder die TV-reeks 'Wielie Wielie Walie' groot geword. Dit is goeie herinneringe en nostalgie wat my beweeg het om hierdie luisterboek te koop. Ek was ook nuuskierig om te sien of Louise Smit daarin kon slaag om Sarel Seemonster, Karel Kraai en Bennie Boekwurm van die kassie tussen die blaaie van 'n boek te laat lewe kry. Helaas dink ek nie dat sy dit reggekry het nie.

    Eerder as om Wielie Walie vars te bedink, skryf sy maar net 'n televisie-episode vir 'n nuwe geslag kinders. Dit kos om opgevoer te word sou jy dit wou laat werk. Die inhoud is ongelukkig voorspelbaar en die storie is baie los en voel soos 'n losgetorringde bol gare.

    Soos al NB Uitgewers se luisterboeke is die voorlesing van hoogstaande gehalte, maar dit kan nie die boek red nie. Jy moet 'n Wielie Walie bittereinder wees om hierdie luisterboek te waardeer.

    [' Wielie Walie' was an successful Afrikaans TV program a an exceptionally long running children's series. Unfortunately the writer almost blindly duplicate the recipe she used to write the TV program itself. It's content is extremely shallow and disappointing. While the interpretative reading of the audiobook is top notch, the story doesn't do the voice of the interpretative reader justice. You must be a die-heard Wielie Walie fan to enjoy the book, otherwise you will probably be dead bored.]

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    Wielie Wielie Walie

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    Sarel Seemonster, Karel Kraai en die Kouse bly nou almal lekker in die Wielie Walieparkie, naby die Walieberge. Bennie Boekwurm, Bytjie en die Blomme woon ook daar, en Bennie lees nog aanmekaar vir die maatjies stories - hy is 'n slim wurm wat baie boeke in sy boektonnel het. Op 'n mooi dag kry hulle 'n nuwe maatjie - sy naam is Wagga Wagga Kwag en hy kom maak almal se lewe sommer ekstra vrolik.

    Jacobus says: "'n TV program in boekvorm werk nie"
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  • Black Beauty

    "A Treat for Horse Lovers"

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    Considering I've always been a lover of animals and badly wanted to ride horses as a little girl, I'm surprised that I hadn't gotten around to this book much earlier in life. Originally published in 1877, the story follows Black Beauty—so named by one of his owners—from his carefree youth as a colt in a farm while still under his mother's tutelage, and through the better part of his life, as he passes from one owner to the next with conditions often going from bad to worse to unbearable, notably when he is forced to (over)work as a cab horse in London. Black Beauty narrates his story in the first person, and while I enjoyed having the horse's point of view, I was annoyed by the extent of anthropomorphising, with our protagonist seemingly able to understand human speech and reasoning, and have a wide range of all too human feelings too, which might be acceptable for a young reader, but not for this adult.

    Interestingly enough, it seems that Sewell did not originally write the novel for children. The story makes repeated allusions to the mistreatment of animals, and horses in particular, and seemed in parts overly moralistic, though as another reader pointed out to me, it was the first work of fiction advocating the humane treatment of horses. According to wikipedia "[Sewell] said that her purpose in writing the novel was "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses"—an influence she attributed to an essay on animals she read earlier by Horace Bushnell (1802–1876) entitled "Essay on Animals". Her sympathetic portrayal of the plight of working animals led to a vast outpouring of concern for animal welfare". Recommended reading for animal and horse lovers.

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Hazel Corrimal, Australia 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    Having stumbled upon David Tennant's reading of How to Train Your Dragon, our family became firm fans of the audiobooks of the series. This is the best one yet, and that's high praise indeed.
    The story has Cressida Cowell's trademark mix of humour, suspense and action. In fact, this time the suspense is notched right up, thanks to a supposedly haunted beach, a blind witch and ancient stories of kingly betrayal.
    The narration is a joy, with Tennant giving full rein to his remarkable capacity for accents. In addition to the regular characters, he brings to life 11 fiancés and their betrothed, the witch and her son, a fierce warrior girl, a heartbroken dragon and some menacing tribal chiefs (one of whom, deliciously, seems to have been inspired by the Kray twins).
    The kids (8 and 10) want to listen to it over and over in the car, and it's so entertaining they get no argument from me.

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    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer, and the greatest viking hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a hero. Hiccup must battle Berserks, dodge Scarers, complete the Impossible Task and save Fishlegs from being fed to the Beast! And all while being hunted down by an old enemy with a dark secret about the Lost Throne. What's a hero to do?

    Hazel says: "How to Entertain Your Family"

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    A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (






UNABRIDGED) by Cressida Cowell Narrated by David Tennant

    A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons

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    • By Cressida Cowell
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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"
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    The Hundred and One Dalmatians (






UNABRIDGED) by Dodie Smith Narrated by Martin Jarvis

    The Hundred and One Dalmatians

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    • By Dodie Smith
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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 (37 ratings)
    Watch Wolf: Wolves of the Beyond #3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathryn Lasky Narrated by Erik Davies

    Watch Wolf: Wolves of the Beyond #3

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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.

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    The Valentine's Day Robbery: Hank the Cowdog (






UNABRIDGED) by John R. Erickson Narrated by John R. Erickson

    The Valentine's Day Robbery: Hank the Cowdog

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    It's Valentine's Day on the ranch but bachelor-cowboy Slim Chance doesn't know it. Sally May tells him to forget about the cows and "Go to town and buy a nice gift for Miss Viola!" Slim hates to shop, but he goes to town (with the dogs, of course) and buys a nice box of candy for Miss Viola. But on the way to Viola's house, Hank and Drover take an interest in the candy and...will there be a Happy Valentine's Day on the ranch? Slim sings a bachelor's opinion in his "Valentine's Song."

    Hailian says: "Short But Charming"
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    The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse (






UNABRIDGED) by John R. Erickson Narrated by John R. Erickson

    The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse

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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"
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    It's a Dog's Life (






UNABRIDGED) by John R. Erickson Narrated by John R. Erickson

    It's a Dog's Life

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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 (21 ratings)
    Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest (






UNABRIDGED) by John R. Erickson Narrated by John R. Erickson

    Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest

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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.

    Caleb says: "good audiobook"
  • Charlotte's Web (






UNABRIDGED) by E.B. White Narrated by E.B. White, George Plimpton

    Charlotte's Web

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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 One and Only Ivan (






UNABRIDGED) by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao Narrated by Adam Grupper

    The One and Only Ivan

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    • By Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
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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"
  • Black Beauty (






UNABRIDGED) by Anna Sewell Narrated by Simon Vance

    Black Beauty

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    • By Anna Sewell
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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"
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins (






UNABRIDGED) by Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater Narrated by Nick Sullivan

    Mr. Popper's Penguins

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    • By Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
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    The 1938 classic tells the story of Mr. Popper, the small-town housepainter who dreamed of exploring Antarctic regions, and Captain Cook, the redoubtable penguin who turned Mr. Popper's world upside down.

    Melissa says: "A children's classic"
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  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle (






UNABRIDGED) by Beverly Cleary Narrated by B. D. Wong

    The Mouse and the Motorcycle

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    Ralph is not like the other mice at the Mountain View Inn. He is always looking for adventure. It is Ralph's lucky day when a young guest named Keith arrives with a shiny miniature motorcycle. Right away, Ralph knows that the motorcycle is special - and made to be ridden by an adventurous mouse. And once a mouse can ride a motorcycle...almost anything can happen!

    Demetria says: "Sensitive five year old loves it!"
  • The Kissing Hand (






UNABRIDGED) by Audrey Penn Narrated by Heather Koren

    The Kissing Hand

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    • By Audrey Penn
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    Chester Raccoon is afraid to go to school, but his mother shares The Kissing Hand, a family secret that lets him feel her love whenever he needs it.

    laura says: "Just okay"
  • The Tale of Despereaux (






UNABRIDGED) by Kate DiCamillo Narrated by Graeme Malcolm

    The Tale of Despereaux

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    • By Kate DiCamillo
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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!"
  • Wild Born: Spirit Animals, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Brandon Mull Narrated by Nicola Barber

    Wild Born: Spirit Animals, Book 1

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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"
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  • The Yearling (






UNABRIDGED) by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Narrated by Tom Stechschulte

    The Yearling

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    • By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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    Young Jody lives with his ma and pa on a farm in backwoods Florida. Life is hard there: cutting wood, planting fields, hauling water from a distant sinkhole. It is dangerous: wolves and bears roam the night. It’s also lonely for a young boy. One spring day, Jody’s pa kills a deer for meat. When Jody sees her spotted fawn in the brush, he convinces his father they should bring the fawn home. Thus begins a year when deer and boy are never far from each other. But the day will come when Jody must make a terrible choice between his beloved pet and his family’s survival.

    Jon Crawfurd says: "A true classic"
  • Shiloh (






UNABRIDGED) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Narrated by Peter MacNicol

    Shiloh

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    • 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!"
  • Bailey (






UNABRIDGED) by Harry Bliss Narrated by Kirby Heyborne

    Bailey

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    • By Harry Bliss
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
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    Follow Bailey the dog as he gets ready and goes to school. Should he wear the red or blue collar? Both are so fashionable! Will he be late? That squirrel is a distraction! And what about Bailey's homework? Would you believe he ate it? That is what dogs do, after all.

  • Aristotle (






UNABRIDGED) by Dick King-Smith Narrated by Stanley McGeagh

    Aristotle

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    • By Dick King-Smith
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    Aristotle is a bold little cat who is always getting himself into danger. He lives with a good witch called Bella Donna who thinks he'll make a proper witch's cat one day – if he can live long enough. Like all cats, Aristotle has nine lives – and he needs every single one of them.

  • Lekke the Temple Cat: The Colonel (






UNABRIDGED) by DB Stewart Narrated by Ambyr Rose

    Lekke the Temple Cat: The Colonel

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    Part seven of the Lekke story.

  • The Underwater Baseball Game (






UNABRIDGED) by Misty Lynn Wesley Narrated by Lee Patterson

    The Underwater Baseball Game

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    The Underwater Baseball Game takes place in Poseidon's kingdom. Both teams don't realize that the God of the Sea has been watching them play the entire time because he wants to see if they are team players or sore losers. What happens at the end of the game? Who do they meet?

    E. Carlson says: "Better word choice is needed"
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  • Mojo's Trip to the Pet Store (






UNABRIDGED) by Misty L. Wesley Narrated by Ayelet Sror

    Mojo's Trip to the Pet Store

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    • By Misty L. Wesley
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    Mojo and his friends just want to have some fun and explore the forest and enjoy the water park at Lizard's Rock. As it turns out, they have a very big surprise that day.

  • The Story of Bengee a Dog from Austin TX (






UNABRIDGED) by Joe Hickey Narrated by Emily Gittelman

    The Story of Bengee a Dog from Austin TX

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    This is the story of a dog and his life told from the viewpoint of the dog from it's birth, adoption, family life, and it is set in Austin TX. It is safe for all ages and is written for those six years or older, and makes a great bedtime story.

  • Benjamin the Little Brown Bear Who Loved to Spell (






UNABRIDGED) by Paula M. Ezop Narrated by Kat Marlowe

    Benjamin the Little Brown Bear Who Loved to Spell

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    Benjamin is a little brown bear who loves to spell, and Bobear is a big black bear who knows the ways of the forest (berry picking, collecting honey, and fishing). Children will enjoy the adventurous, and fun-filled days that Benjamin and Bobear share together. The story provides opportunities for children to interact with Benjamin, who loves letters, loves to spell, and loves rhyming words.