They are very captivating to young readers and little ears, my 4 year old to quote "but I didn't finish listening to all the book yet"
The dinosaur story has been my favorite so far.
I certainly wouldn't mind, but my kids can only listen through 2 or so at a time.
I love how engrossed my son is by these books, they really captivate him and keep him engaged. I am truly excited about him being excited by the stories and listening to them, I think this will help him have the same enthusiasm for reading.
After 3 days in bed with the flu plugged into movies I found this series. My almost 5 year old was just as happy to sit and listen to this story as he was to watch Pixar or Disney movies. Thank goodness I discovered it as we are burning through the series and are still sick 5 days later :) There are pirates, knights, ninja's, the Amazon and so much more. The imagination soars and we unplug from the tv. Its a win/win.
My daughter has listened to this series 20 times over and still can't get enough.
She is brave
When Annie said "we have to cross the branch"
Yes, I would. And over and over and over . . .More importantly, my kids will listen to these over and over, although they're most excited to hear a new one. They know this series from having it read to them in print, starting when my older child was not yet 4. They're now 4 and 5-1/2.
Mary Pope Osborne does an adequate job: she definitely doesn't sound like some of the amateur readers I've heard on free audiobooks. She's also, however, not as skilled as may of the professional audio readers.
I haven't been moved by the books, but I've realized over time that my kids have learned from them. I tend to skip over the parts the character Jack reads from his books and my mind stays with the story, but my kids soak it all in. Recently we saw a toucan at a zoo, and my 4 year old started talking about the different levels of the rainforest.
The stories are engaging and the action is quite light hearted.
The dinosaur story is pretty awesome.
I have not read the print version. I cannot answer the question.
Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.
No. It was enjoyable to listen to, as long as one was in touch with one's inner child.
Good for reading to children as the chapters are short and easy to understand.
I bought this to my daugthers, they enjoy the histories, and is easy to read.
If you have children, these are a great way to pass the time on a long drive.
The stories are very captivating and each set of downloads includes around 8 books from the series. Each story builds on the next.
We enjoy Mummies in the morning most. Book 3 I believe.
No. Better to break them up.
Overall I would highly suggest them. The only critique I have is that they are all read by the Author. She does a good job, but just doesn't put enough "life" into each of the characters.
Haven't read the print version
The way it holds the attention of my 5 year old grandson and how he plays out stories like it after listening.
The reader made it easy for the kids to tell characters apart and to follow the action in the stories. She was interested, so even the 3 year old was listening for longer than usual.
Mary Pope Osborne is a fantastic narrator. I really appreciate that!
Also, I'm usually irritated with fiction books that so obviously want to teach kids things - but these really strike a balance. My boys are entranced by the plot lines, and they are having fun learning things ("Mommy, did you KNOW that the moon is HOT during the day!...etc)