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.
The beginning was so good- such a page turner- but about three quarters of the way through I found myself bored and not that concerned about what happened to the myriad of characters anymore. The story becomes melodramatic and unbelievable. I also found the brief description of Christ towards the end to be really offensive as I imagine most Christians would (she portrays him as basically an evil sorcerer as a kid- other characters actually call him such- What a strange and unsubstantiated idea).
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
It's hard to go wrong with Dr. Seuss, especially a classic like this read by Kelsey Grammar. Very enjoyable.
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.
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