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A Reader

A Reader Chapel Hill, NC Member Since 2006
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  • "Unforgettable characters!"

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    This was a wonderful reading by Michael Chabon of his novel. In it, he spins not only an imaginative and exciting story but he introduces his readers to several unforgettable characters whose charm, depth, and struggles reach beyond the conclusion of the novel. I will never forget Ethan Feld, his fear of baseball, and the weekly breakfasts he shared with his father of badly made flannel cakes; Jennifer T. Rideout, with her three gigantic, recliner-entrenched grandmothers, her baseball cap with her shiny black ponytail pulled through the hole, and her insistence on being called Jennifer T.; and Taffy the Sasquatch whose forlorn but wise voice first rises from a pile of black fur inside a giant's birdcage and who bemoans the misnomer of "Big Foot" for her species as she points out that her feet are of proportional size for her body. Chabon's descriptions leads us through his story with such clarity that I felt as if I saw for myself the ferishers' tiny, flying buses hurtling across the beach carrying the farisher baseball teams toward the field and Ethan Feld's father's great invention—the Zepalina-as it meandered through the cloudless sky above Summerland. This is book exemplifies a truly North American myth and fantasy drawn from Native American mythology as much as from actual history of the U.S. and baseball and combining them into a world that is both familiar and unfamiliar to our own.

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    Summerland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
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    It's summer, and the Clam Island fairies, or "ferishers," as the North American Fair Folk call themselves, are in grave peril. War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict, a struggle against the Fell Smith and his power of Anti-life. He and his host of demon engineers, kobolds, and warriors have sought to destroy the fairies since time began. When the Clam Island band sends for a champion, they get an 11-year-old boy named Ethan Feld.

    A Reader says: "Unforgettable characters!"
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  • Summerland: A Novel

    "the hero's journey (around the diamond)"

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    the meandering quality of chabon's tale isn't unlike the the long pace of a baseball game, but that's kind of his point. he packs a whole lot of world mythology into the yarn, much of which will be lost on the younger listener, but what fun way to be introduced to coyote, the world tree, apple lawn (avalon) and ragged rock (ragnarok), among so many others. the story sometimes gets a bit too clever for its own good, but chabon always returns to the center of his heroes' quests. and it's true, the author gives a pretty great read.

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  • "Enjoyable for kids and basketball fans"

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    Yes, this was directed at young teenagers, but it has enough of the interesting details for avid college basketball fans. Some of the "inside" descriptions are a nice touch. The names are different than the publisher's summary though.

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    Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
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    Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association's contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It's a basketball junkie's dream come true!

    Sidney says: "Enjoyable for kids and basketball fans"

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    • By Catherine Gilbert Murdock
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
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    Amy says: "I want to be a Dairy Queen!!!"
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    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Paolo Andino
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    John Gates McKibbin says: "Great baseball read"
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    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
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    Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court, but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.

    Braxton says: "This book rocks!"
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    Pinned

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alfred C. Martino
    • Narrated By Mark Shanahan
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    Pinned follows Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane, two high school seniors, as they embark on the most important winter of their lives in a quest for the New Jersey state high school wrestling championship.

    Martin says: "Well done!"
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    Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Feinstein
    • Narrated By John Feinstein
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    Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association's contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It's a basketball junkie's dream come true!

    Sidney says: "Enjoyable for kids and basketball fans"
  • 3.7 (177 ratings)

    Summerland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
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    (58)
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    (57)

    It's summer, and the Clam Island fairies, or "ferishers," as the North American Fair Folk call themselves, are in grave peril. War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict, a struggle against the Fell Smith and his power of Anti-life. He and his host of demon engineers, kobolds, and warriors have sought to destroy the fairies since time began. When the Clam Island band sends for a champion, they get an 11-year-old boy named Ethan Feld.

    A Reader says: "Unforgettable characters!"
  • Summer Ball

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Danny Gerard
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    When you're the smallest kid playing a big man's game, the challenges never stop - especially when your name is Danny Walker. Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now Danny's leaving Middletown for the summer and heading to Right Way basketball camp, where he's out of his element and maybe out of his league.

  • Two-Minute Drill

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Danny Gerard
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    Chris Conlan is the coolest kid in sixth grade - the golden-armed quarterback of the football team, and the boy all the others look up to. Scott Parry is the new kid, the boy with the huge brain, but with feet that trip over themselves daily. These two boys may seem like an odd couple, but each has a secret that draws them together as friends, and proves that the will to succeed is even more important than raw talent.

  • The Big Field

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
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    Hutch has always played shortstop. His idol Derek Jeter, plays the position, and more importantly, so did his father. But when a better shortstop joins the team, Hutch must move to second base. With his father's shadow looming and the championship on the line, Hutch will need to make the adjustment quickly.

  • Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Paolo Andino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Twelve-year-old Michael Arroyo lives in the shadows of Yankee Stadium, home of his heroes, but a place that might as well be on a different continent since he can't afford to see the inside. He also lives in the shadows of his Bronx neighborhood, hiding from the bill collectors and the officials who would separate him from his 17-year-old brother if they knew the two boys were living on their own. Baseball is Michael's only salvation.

    John Gates McKibbin says: "Great baseball read"
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  • Summerland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    It's summer, and the Clam Island fairies, or "ferishers," as the North American Fair Folk call themselves, are in grave peril. War is coming, another battle in an ancient conflict, a struggle against the Fell Smith and his power of Anti-life. He and his host of demon engineers, kobolds, and warriors have sought to destroy the fairies since time began. When the Clam Island band sends for a champion, they get an 11-year-old boy named Ethan Feld.

    A Reader says: "Unforgettable characters!"
  • Travel Team

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mike Lupica
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court, but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.

    Braxton says: "This book rocks!"
  • Peak

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Roland Smith
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
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    (31)
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    (30)

    Peak Marcello is a 14-year-old who loves to climb things. Unfortunately, living in New York City makes his hobby difficult. After a run-in with the law, Peak is presented with two options: endure Juvenile Detention or reconnect with his estranged father, who runs a climbing operation in Thailand. The choice is easy for Peak, but his father has an ulterior motive for their reunion ? he wants his son to risk his life and become the youngest person to ever scale Mount Everest.

    Linmarie says: "excellent for reluctant readers"
  • Swindle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gordon Korman
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
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    (16)

    Popular author Gordon Korman has sold millions of copies of his irreverant books for young readers. In this fast-paced caper, 11-year-old Griffin Bing finds something far more profitable than cobwebs during a haunted house sleepover - a rare Babe Ruth baseball card. But when a swindler scams the card from Griffin for only $125, the resourceful sixth grader and his friends plot their revenge.

    Lynn says: "No at all what I expected"
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  • Let Me Play

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Karen Blumenthal
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
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    Did you know that state universities in Virginia turned away more than 20,00 women in the early 1960s, but not a single man was denied admission? In the 1970s, the University of Georgia men's golf team got all the golf balls they needed, while the women's team was allowed only one per round. Here listeners are treated to the origins of the historic Title IX legislation that, among other things, mandated that equal funds must be available to boys' and girls' activities and interests.

  • Daniel's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Carol Matas
    • Narrated By Daniel Carpenter-Gold
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    How does Daniel survive one of history's worst nightmares? Since the Nazis came to power in 1933, this extended Jewish family has been relentlessly persecuted and finally forced from their home in Frankfurt, Germany to the Jewish ghetto in Poland and on to the death camps.

    Ella says: "Excellent, don't skip this one."
  • Night Olympic Team: Fighting to Keep Drugs Out of the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Caroline Hatton
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
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    A team of scientists works to expose athletes who use banned drugs to win Olympic medals. Here is the true, inside story of the UCLA Olympic Laboratory - the drug-detection team that tests athletes for banned performance-enhancing drugs. The scientists worked long nights to detect a new, never-before-tested performance-enhancing drug called NESP (novel erythropoietic stimulating protein) during the 19th Winter Olympics (2002) in Salt Lake City, Utah. The group's work exposed three NESP users among the winning cross-country skiers.

  • Overcoming Blushing: Feel More Confident About Yourself

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Anne Morrison
    • Narrated By Anne Morrison
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    This audioook is to help you cope with blushing. If you worry about blushing then this audio can help you learn to think and respond differently to blush-inducing situation. Designed to help you think differently about yourself, this audio guides you through a number of different steps and exercises, that teach you techniques and skills to overcome blushing. You will be encouraged to take a step back and consider those times when you used to blush and how you can change that response.

  • Finish Strong Teen Athlete: A Guide for Developing the Champion Within

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Dan Green
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Finish Strong Teen Athlete is Dan Green's follow up to his bestselling book Finish Strong (the auidobook and the mantra the New Orleans Saints used along their journey to become the 2009 Super Bowl Champions). Finish Strong Teen Athlete identifies 16 key principles for developing the champion within, and no matter which sport is played, any teen athlete (male or female) can learn from it.

  • The 12th Falcon: Sports Beats

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Paul Demko
    • Narrated By The Staff at High Noon Books
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Kevin just wants to play soccer, and maybe get Terri to pay attention to him instead of the star quarterback. The star of the rival team has a grudge against him. His father's dreams are weighing on him. And he's not sure what Terri really feels.

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  • On the Line: Sports Beats

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Paul Demko
    • Narrated By The Staff at High Noon Books
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Jazmine goes to summer tennis camp without really wanting to. Sports are just not her thing. Still, she's happy to find her best friend Blanca at the same camp. Even more than that, she discovers she can play pretty well. Now she faces a more important challenge. On the Line is one of five high interest quick listening stories in the Sports Beats series. These fiction stories weave characters' real-life issues around the sports they play: Basketball, baseball, tennis, skiing, and soccer.

  • Breaking Pitch: Sports Beats

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Paul Demko
    • Narrated By The Staff at High Noon Books
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    Micah, the new outfielder on the Bulldogs, makes a critical error that loses a game. Now he's got enemies on the team. If only he were a better player! An unexpected ally helps him find a hidden talent that just might bring the bulldogs closer to victory. Breaking Pitch is one of five high interest quick listening stories in the Sports Beats series. These fiction audiobooks weave characters' real-life issues around the sports they play, including basketball, baseball, tennis, skiing, and soccer.

  • The Final Voyage of the Sea: Alexander Family Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Boren
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Josh Alexander and his friend Jimmy embarked on a scuba diving vacation in the Bahamas, they knew they were in for the adventure of a lifetime. Sailing aboard the Sea Explorer, many amazing sights and exciting times were in store for them. What they couldn't know was that the ocean held not only a beautiful alien world of wonder but the ominous reality of natural forces at work, moving the dive boat towards its dangerous destiny.