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Ann

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ratings
36
REVIEWS
12
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
6
HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Jeff Kinney
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    Jeff Kinney’s tales featuring wise-cracking middle schooler Greg Heffley have reached number-one on the New York Times best-seller list, inspired a major motion picture, and been translated into dozens of languages. Greg has endured countless horrors—girls, bullies, jocks, oblivious parents, wrestling in gym class, even the dreaded Cheese Touch—the past few years. But everything changes in this fifth hilarious adventure.

    Ann says: "Zzzzzzzzzz"
    "Zzzzzzzzzz"
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    I think this series is a pretty funny listen as an adult, but this one was so boring. Kids that are into the series will probably be fine with it, but I personally found it so boring I stopped at 30 minutes and have no desire to finish. Later I read Amazon reviews from hard copy readers expressing that this book is the worst of the entire series. However, a few readers also expressed that Kinney redeems himself with Cabin Fever (and that it's one of the best of the series). I wish I'd read that review first- I would've skipped this altogether.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Mormon

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Joseph Smith, Church of the Latter-day Saints
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (88)

    Here is an audio edition of the sacred text of the Latter-Day Saint movement that followers believe contains the writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 B.C. to A.D. 421. A fascinating listen for religious scholars and denominational adherents alike.

    Jared says: "Very poor production"
    "The performance was so bad I returned it!"
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    The narrator reads the numeric reference to each verse before reading the text which breaks up each chapter so much- it really interrupts the flow. I found it so distracting I decided to return this. At least the old cd version one can still find doesn't do this.

    As for the performance itself, well I was hoping it would be better than the cd version since it's newer. However it's not, it is just as mechanical and flat. It reminded me of a computer. So much for a great portable version I can listen to. I'm going to just have to stick with written text where the Book of Mormon is concerned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4083)
    Performance
    (3446)
    Story
    (3438)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Just kept waiting for it to grip me, it never did."
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    I haven't read a John Grisham in awhile, but my expectation was for this to be a page turner. Well if I was reading pages I would've put it down. Since I was listening to it while I do housework, well I just kept waiting for it to get better until if finally ended and I wondered why I wasted my time. I think one of the problems is the narration style Grisham decided to write in this time- the main character tells the story in past tense which doesn't allow for much suspense to build. By the end I didn't even care about the protagonist anymore or what happened to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sally Lloyd-Jones
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (145)

    In The Jesus Storybook Bible, every story whispers his name. It tells the story beneath all the stories in the Bible.

    Beth says: "A Wonderful Buy!!"
    "Amazing performance, tough book."
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    The sample sold me on this one. I mean the performance was just captivating, and I loved the perspective of this children's Bible- that everything points to his name even making that connection with the old testament stories. However, the Bible is just a tough one, I mean creating a version that will appeal to all the differing Christian religions that use it (I myself am from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints- aka Mormon) is almost impossible.

    What I like about it is that it is a LONG book, meaning it has a lot of stories that other children's Bible's omit, and each story is developed with characters instead of just presenting a bland summary in one paragraph. It is written and read in an absolutly captivating way.

    However, sure enough there are parts of this Bible that are inaccurate in my view and even a bit irreverent, so I did return it. I decided instead to just stick with the paper version. No my boy won't be listening to it as he falls asleep at night as I'd like, but if I"m reading the paper version I can edit as I go. I still think it's a great introduction to Bible stories for kids.

    I do recommend this book for those who are less rigid in their Bible interpretations.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Little Hoot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
    • Narrated By Abby Sher
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But no . . . Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard - but he's hooting mad about it ! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.

    Ann says: "Fun Story for Any Little Bedtime Owl"
    "Fun Story for Any Little Bedtime Owl"
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    "Little Hoot" is a great little bedtime story about an owl who wants to go to bed when his other animal friends do, but instead his parents make him stay up late and play because that's what good little owls do.

    While this recording doesn't have all the bells and whistles that some performances does, Abby Sher has a really fun voice that lends itself well to kid characters.

    We also love Sher's recording of "Little Pea" about the pea who has to eat all his candy dinner before he can have his spinach dessert (in fact if you have to choose one, my kids prefer this one but I think that's just because they like candy so much themselves), and I hope audible does some more of this tongue in cheek series by Rosenthal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Kelsey Grammer
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The mischievous cat returns on a snowy day when there is work to be done.

    Ann says: "Great Performance by Kelsey Grammar Again!"
    "Great Performance by Kelsey Grammar Again!"
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    Kelsey Grammar reading Dr Suess, what's not to like really? Although this isn't at all my favorite top ten Dr Suess books, it's still delivers all my expectations in the Seuss department, and it's fun to have a sequel to a classic. I have to say that the pace at which Grammar reads the story is a little bit on the rapid side, which made it a less than relaxing experience to listen to this book. I think it may have even wound my kids up a bit, so this will not be part of our bedtime/naptime playlist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Pea

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
    • Narrated By Abby Sher
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do?

    Children who have trouble swallowing their veggies will love the way this pea-friendly audiobook serves up a playful story they can relate to.

    Ann says: "I like this book far more than my kids do"
    "I like this book far more than my kids do"
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    THisis a fun little story about a pea who hates having to eat all of his dinner (candy) so he can have some desert (spinach). Abby Sher has a unique voice that's humorously nasal to me and reminds me of a kid. This does not fall into our favorites playlist yet (kids are 3 and 5), but I think that's because the kids didn't quite understand the story concept without actually reading/seeing the physical book. I recommend this book, but I would read it to kids first before just playing the audio version. We listen to audio books when we travel in the car or when I'm dragging them around on our Madsen cargo bike- since our errands take longer when we do them that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat in the Hat

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Kelsey Grammer
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Poor Dick and Sally. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do...until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process!

    Ann says: "Narrated by Kelsey Grammar!"
    "Narrated by Kelsey Grammar!"
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    It's hard to go wrong with Dr. Seuss, especially a classic like this read by Kelsey Grammar. Very enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Very Busy Spider

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Eric Carle
    • Narrated By Mike Ferreri
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (23)

    The horse wants to go for a ride, the cow wants to eat some grass, and the sheep wants to run in the meadow - but where is the very busy spider? You'll have to listen to find out!

    Elana says: "Cute and quick"
    "Great Story, Great Performance!"
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    Eric Carle delivers again, and the narrator delivers an excellent performance as well. This story is great for teaching kids different animals and the sounds they make. The narrator does different character voices AND great animal noises. Although we (kids 3 and 5) have this book at home, kids wouldn't need to be familiar with it to enjoy this audio version.

    I would recommend this to anyone with young children.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gruffalo

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Julia Donaldson
    • Narrated By Hal Hollings
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    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."
    "Clever story, fun performance."
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    This is a clever story about a clever little mouse that my kids (3 and 5) love. I don't think the 3-yeard old would get it (without having seen the book) if she hadn't seen an animated version prior, but she'd probably still stay tuned the entire time because of the performance. The narrator does different voices for all of the animals- super fun!

    I recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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