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Linda

Seattle, WA, United States

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  • 15 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 96 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • Green Eggs and Ham

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Dr. Seuss
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    With his unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss's beloved Beginner Book has cemented it's place as a children's classic. Follow Sam I Am as he tries to convince an acquaintance that green eggs and ham is, indeed, a delectable meal to be savored everywhere and every way.

    Linda says: "My preschooler's absolute FAVORITE audio book!"
    "My preschooler's absolute FAVORITE audio book!"
    Overall

    Our whole family has been delighted by this short little audio book. The music and sound effects are perfect - not too sparse, not over the top - and listening to the narration, you will be convinced there are two different actors reading. We most often listen to children's audio books in the car, so there's something of a captive audience. With some of those books, I feel bad subjecting adults and older children to the rendition. Not this one! Occupants of all ages get a chuckle out of this reading of Green Eggs and Ham. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Race for the Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steven Havill
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    The young Dr. Thomas Parks expects to practice trauma medicine with a distinguished doctor in Port McKinney, Washington. What he does not expect is to be nearly killed within an hour of arriving. The accident changes his life, and with long hours of painful convalescence, Thomas makes a sobering discovery: the physician who has invited Thomas to join his practice is not what he seems.

    Linda says: "Would have been better as a short story"
    "Would have been better as a short story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I REALLY enjoyed the second book in this series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winnie-the-Pooh: A.A. Milne's Pooh Classics, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Peter Dennis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (244)

    Come with us to an Enchanted Place, a forest where Winnie-the-Pooh lived with Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Little Roo. The stories are about Christopher Robin and these good companions having wonderful times getting in and out of trouble. It is all very exciting and, really, quite thrilling no matter how young or old you may be. It is painful to try and imagine what the world would be like without them.

    Richard says: "A man's best friend is a bear called Pooh"
    "Peter Dennis IS Winnie-the-Pooh!"
    Overall

    This is by far the best audio version I've heard of Winnie-the-Pooh. Peter Dennis as narrator gets the characters just right; the music is just enough to add to the delight, without distraction; and the warm tone set by the narrator is incredibly inviting. [The real-life Christopher Robin - AA Milne's son - says Peter Dennis re-creates the characters as his father intended - and as he grew up hearing them.] Public Radio ran this Blackstone Audio version as a series some years ago, and I fell in love with it then. I'm thrilled to now share it with my preschooler. Be aware that the other version offered by Audible (the "dramatized" one) doesn't have any of these characteristics - I found it quite grating, and the characterizations were all wrong. The Peter Dennis version is perfect!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help'

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Diana Dapito
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (487)

    Kathryn Stockett is the best-selling author of The Help, Audible's 2009 pick for Audiobook of the Year. In this interview she tells us about her role in choosing the book's narrator, and reveals what she's working on next.

    John Lane says: "Worth a Quick Listen"
    "This interview inspired me to read the book."
    Overall

    I listened to this interview on a whim. I generally ignore fiction best-sellers, and so had not even considered reading The Help. But I found the interview so intriguing that I then read the book. Incredible! It might be time to reconsider my policy of disregarding best-sellers...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By Judy Schachner
    • Narrated By Judy Schachner
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    El Skippito is back! Avoiding a lecture from Mama Junebug, the kitty boy slips into his closet - and finds himself in ancient Egypt! His doggy pals, Los Chimichangos, want to visit the Under Mundo - the underworld - where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito's brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy's tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he's in for another grand and whirlwind adventure.

    brooke says: "Audible- In Mummy Trouble is Muy Great!"
    "Not recommended"
    Overall

    I don't care for the Skippyjon series at all. The gender and racial sereotyping is atrocious, and the disrespectful way mother and son interact is more than cringe-worthy. I also don't understand who the stories are intended for. This book - Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble - makes all sorts of references that will only make sense to late elementary or middle school readers. Yet the books appear to be preschool picture books. Neither of the books offered by Audible (Mummy Trouble and In the Doghouse) have plots that make sense to my 4-year-old. Lost in Spice is a little bit better in that regard. (Be aware that any of the books are almost impossible to follow if you haven't previously seen the illustrations.) Given the stereotyping, the fake Spanish accents, and the disrespectful language and behavior, I find listening to any of the Skippyjon books quite grating. I do not recommend this series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skippyjon Jones in the Dog-House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Judy Schachner
    • Narrated By Judy Schachner
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    The Siamese kitty boy with the gigantico imagination has returned for another loco adventure. In his room for a time-out, Skippyjon Jones lets his imagination take him to a shack where his Chihuahua friends are yipping and yapping and hiding out from the Bad Bobble-ito, who has taken over their doghouse

    Teri says: "Fun for parents and kids"
    "Be warned. Be VERY warned!"
    Overall

    These are awful, but, from a preschooler’s perspective, very addictive. We purchased a couple of the Skippyjon Jones stories just to try something new, and because the ratings were so high. My 4-year-old liked them immediately. (Actually, he found In the Doghouse pretty slow and the plot very difficult to follow – but loved “Lost in Spice.”) But there are many things about these books that _I_ really dislike. The gender role stereotyping is atrocious – Skippyjon goes on adventure after adventure, while his 3 sisters spend all of their time helping mama in the kitchen. The multiple fake/made-up Spanish words (mixed in with real Spanish words) made me cringe – but worse is the stereotypical portrayal of Mexico, and Mexican culture and people. (“Frito Bandito” type stereotyping.) Skippyjon is not Mexican – but he pretends to be, spending considerable time talking in a fake Spanish accent.

    All of that is certainly reason enough not to get these books. But there is something I dislike even more: the interactions between Skippyjon and his mama. The disrespectful words and tone they (and Skippyjon in particular) use in speaking to each other have no place in a story intended for preschoolers. (Skippyjon screaming at her “You’re not the boss of me!” is the least of it.) Then, Skippyjon willfully engages in one forbidden behavior after another, completely disregarding anything his mother says.

    I wish I’d done a more thorough job of previewing before my son was exposed to Skippyjon Jones. I really hate these books.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rupert Isaacson
    • Narrated By Rupert Isaacson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (120)

    When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

    Linda says: "Magical"
    "An incredible audio book!"
    Overall

    The Horse Boy ranks as one of my 2 all-time favorite Audio Books (The Help being the other). What both of these books have in common is that the audio format ADDS to the experience of the book, rather than taking anything away. Anyone with any experience with Autism or any of the related developmental disorders will recognize the struggles faced by both parents and child. But there is also humor. Any fascinating cross-cultural encounters. And hope. And healing. I laughed and cried multiple times during the reading. The fact that it is the author - and father - who is the narrator makes this audiobook even better.
    (I actually bought this Audiobook after already listening to it borrowed from the library. It is the first audiobook that I've liked so much that I opted to purchase my own copy AFTER listening.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3710)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1210)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Given how much I've enjoyed (and repeatedly re-listened to) last year's gift to members, A Christmas Carol, I was anticipating another thoroughly satisfying listen. But I found this collection far from compelling, with the narration less than stellar. I actually fast-forwarded through Gift of the Magi.

    Maybe serious O. Henry fans will feel differently, but I didn't particularly enjoy these stories. I gave the volume three stars because it was free. Had it been a paid purchase, I would have given it just two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 6 mins)
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a panel with three members of the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Antonin Scalia join in a conversation hosted by the National Constitution Center, The National Archives and the Aspen Institute.

    Marc says: "Don't pass up this listen!"
    "Informative and Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed this recording. It is not really "interviews;" instead, several of the justices sit together on a panel, in front of an audience, and interact with Tim Russert and each other in response to questions and topics proposed by Mr. Russert. I found the interactions between the justices at least as interesting as their actual answers to questions.

    This recording was made in 2005. I suspect it would sound very different - and much less collegial - if an attempt were made to set up a similar panel discussion with the current members of the Court.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with Elmore Leonard

    • ORIGINAL (18 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Beth Anderson
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    In this exclusive interview, best-selling author Elmore Leonard talks with Audible's Beth Anderson about his long and prolific career, his writing process, and what it's like to have an inside track on Hollywood. Leonard has sold most of his books to Hollywood, several of which have been made into movies, including Out of Sight, Jackie Brown, Get Shorty, and its sequel, Be Cool, starring John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Be Cool hits theaters March 4.

    Troy says: "Thank you, Beth."
    "This was a hoot!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this interview. Mr. Leonard's candor was refreshing, and there were several points at which I laughed out loud. I'll listen to it again. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Joanna Cole
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Buckle up for an awesome aquatic adventure with Ms. Frizzle and the class!

    Linda says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Be aware that only the first 15 minutes or so of this audiobook is the actual Magic School Bus story. (And it's not one of the better stories, in my opinion, only so-so.) The remainder - or as much of it as we could stand to listen to - is a long list of ocean "facts," (the first few being things like "buses can't really drive into oceans") all read by the "teacher," as though she were reading student reports. This is BORING, at best, and tedious and irritating, at worst.
    All in all, very disappointing. I'm sorry I bought it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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