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Cyndi

Newbury Park, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Watermelon Patch Mystery: Hank the Cowdog

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
    Overall
    (27)
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    (14)
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    (15)

    When Hank is attacked by a Headless Cowboy, he knows it's going to be a tough day defending the ranch! But when Slim discovers Sally May's watermelon patch has been raided by raccoons, things get serious. Slim, Drover, and Hank are entrusted with the job of a nighttime stakeout to catch the raccoons in the act. Will Hank save the day? Or will busted watermelons prove Hank is a bust as the Head of Ranch Security?

    Cyndi says: "Hank Lover!!!!!"
    "Hank Lover!!!!!"
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    This book kept the family in stitches!!!! The kids loved the songs. Don't miss it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Little Blog on the Prairie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Cathleen Davitt Bell
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Gen's family is more comfortable spending time apart than together. Then Gen's mom signs them up for Camp Frontiera vacation that promises the "thrill" of living like 1890s pioneers. Forced to give up all of her modern possessions, Gen nevertheless manages to email her friends back home about life at "Little Hell on the Prairie", as she's renamed the camp. But it turns out frontier life isn't without its good points, like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing.

    Champlain Mom says: "Absorbing and fun story for range of ages"
    "A Review from an 11 year old prairie lover!"
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    This is one of the best books. It was funny and light-hearted. I could really relate to the main character. My little brother and mum loved the book, as well. I recommend this book to all blog loving, text typing teens!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Callahan Cousins: Home Sweet Home

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Doyle Carey
    • Narrated By Stina Nelsen
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Elizabeth Doyle Carey pens an engaging story of the four Callahan cousins, Neeve, Hillary, Kate, and Phoebe, as they continue their summer vacation with their grandmother on beautiful Gull Island, Ireland. Grandmother Gee honors them with the privilege of taking over the Dorm, a stable that was converted into a guesthouse many years ago and needs redecorating. But before they move in, old family secrets need to be swept out of those closets.

    Cyndi says: "Review from an 11yr old and her brother, 9yrs old"
    "Review from an 11yr old and her brother, 9yrs old"
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    The Callahan stories are really good. Each story has a moral at the end, and a really sensible way of putting it together. The characters are all likeable and the girls always seem to find themselves in some sort of trouble. Start with the first one and listen to them all, you will grow with them! Good for boys and girls!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valentine's Day Robbery: Hank the Cowdog

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    It's Valentine's Day on the ranch but bachelor-cowboy Slim Chance doesn't know it. Sally May tells him to forget about the cows and "Go to town and buy a nice gift for Miss Viola!" Slim hates to shop, but he goes to town (with the dogs, of course) and buys a nice box of candy for Miss Viola. But on the way to Viola's house, Hank and Drover take an interest in the candy and...will there be a Happy Valentine's Day on the ranch? Slim sings a bachelor's opinion in his "Valentine's Song."

    Hailian says: "Short But Charming"
    "Review from the Back of the Car-11yr and 9yr old"
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    Hank is the best! We love listening to these stories. He makes us laugh ourselves silly! This story wasn't the best Hank book. It seemed to start slow, but in true Hank fashion, by the end we were all laughing in the car. Still worth a listen, especially if you are a chocolate lover!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Dinosaur Kidnap

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tessa Krailing
    • Narrated By Brigit Forsyth
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Deep in a hidden cave lies a forgotten egg, just beginning to crack... When Sprog pays a return visit to the cave on the hillside where he once met a dinosaur called Minerva, he hears the strangest noise. It sounds like the scrabbling of tiny claws. Surely such an incredible adventure could never happen twice - or could it?

    Cyndi says: "From a Dinosaur Mad Eight Year Old and His Mum"
    "From a Dinosaur Mad Eight Year Old and His Mum"
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    This is a very enjoyable book. The narrator was perfect for it and had a soothing voice. Perfect for a bedtime story. The book reminded me of a Enid Blyton book, innocent enough, with a strong sense of imagination, but some good climax moments for children. My son didn't want to stop listening. We loved the first book 'A Diniosaur named Minivera' too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shiloh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • Narrated By Peter MacNicol
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (45)

    From Phyllis Reynolds Naylor comes this unabridged recording of her Newbery Award-winning tale of adventure, courage and love, the timeless and moving story of a dog in trouble and the young boy who would save him.

    kswift says: "Captivating!"
    "Epic! ( An eleven yr olds review)"
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    Where does Shiloh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of the best books that I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shiloh?

    I loved how Marty stood up for the love of Shiloh.


    What does Peter MacNicol bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader was really good. He made me believe that he was telling the story about himself. He really suited the character. He made the story to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Best Dog Story Ever!!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dinosaur Called Minerva

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tessa Krailing
    • Narrated By Una Stubbs
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Is it an earthquake? A thunderclap? What can that dreadful roaring be? When Sprog climbs deep into the cave to investigate, he doesn’t expect to find a dinosaur, and certainly not a dinosaur with toothache! How can he persuade the dentist to believe him, and come and take out the dinosaur’s tooth - and not tell anyone else about it?

    Cyndi says: "The Best Dinosaur Story! ( an 8 yr old review)"
    "The Best Dinosaur Story! ( an 8 yr old review)"
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    If you could sum up A Dinosaur Called Minerva in three words, what would they be?

    Cool, Super, Great!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minerva was a wonderful dinosaur. She didn't come across the way you would expect a dinosaur to act. She was polite and full of good character.


    Which character – as performed by Una Stubbs – was your favorite?

    MInerva!!!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I stayed int he car so that I could continue to listen when we got home. It was really good.


    Any additional comments?

    I am waiting for Mom to buy me the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Giraffe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lauren St. John
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Martine's parents are killed in a fire, and she must leave her home in England to live on a wildlife reserve in Africa with a grandmother she never even knew she had. As soon as Martine arrives at the reserve, she hears whisperings of a mythical animal living there, a white giraffe. No one has ever seen the animal, but it leaves footprints behind.

    Cyndi says: "Awesome! ( an Eleven Year Olds Review)"
    "Awesome! ( an Eleven Year Olds Review)"
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    Would you listen to The White Giraffe again? Why?

    It is an exciting story with so many aspects of the african culture spread through it. The first three minutes of the story is very scaryso I would skip that part and I would suggest that you skip it too! The rest of the story is very good.


    What other book might you compare The White Giraffe to and why?

    There isn't another book that I have listened to that compares with this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the giraffe helped the girl escape from the snake.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really felt for the characters. I held my breathe several times during the story. It kept me interested all the way through


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Ways to Fool Your Mother: Songs, Stories, and Other Impossibilities

    • ORIGINAL (38 mins)
    • By Bill Harley
    • Narrated By Bill Harley
    Overall
    (7)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    50 Ways to Fool Your Mother is a musical encyclopedia of kids' experiences, perceptions, and attitudes including the title song's sage advice on escaping a day at school.

    Cyndi says: "Hannahs Review"
    "Hannahs Review"
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    It was so funny. I loved all the songs. He is a great reader. I think everyone will crack up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Leonard Whiting
    • Narrated By Peter Ustinov
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    On an outing to a zoo, a small girl is not surprised when Charlie the chimpanzee starts talking to her. He explains that although the keeper is kind, the animals long to escape to their jungle home.

    Persuaded she can put everything to rights, the little girl lets the animals out of their cages. But when the hippopotamus gets stuck in the door, the problems are only just beginning.

    Cyndi says: "Hannahs review"
    "Hannahs review"
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    This story was an interesting idea but it was lost in its delivery. Too many songs. Annoying little girls voice. But a funny Chimpaneze voice. I couldn't get into it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lucy Hawking
    • Narrated By Hugh Dancy
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    George's best friend, Annie, needs help. Her scientist father, Eric, is working on a space project -- and it's all going wrong. A robot has landed on Mars but is behaving very oddly. And now Annie has discovered something weird on her dad's supercomputer.

    Cyndi says: "Star Struck"
    "Star Struck"
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    This story kept the kids interest however it was full of evolution jargin. It reads as a story with scientific information added at the end of each chapter. This information relied completely on evolution being the only explanation for space and beyond. My kids got impatient with the scientific matter and wanted to move onto the story. There is a heavy science lesson in each chapter.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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