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Thoomas Keeler

Apex, NC USA

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  • 5 reviews
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  • Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rafe Esquith
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Best-selling author Rafe Esquith, the only teacher to receive the National Medal of Arts, has garnered the American Teacher Award and numerous other honors. Still teaching fifth graders in a small, leaky classroom in downtown Los Angeles, Esquith fosters a wholesome climate where character, humility, and diligence matter and support is unconditional. For his mostly poor and Hispanic students, Esquith models two maxims: Be nice and work hard, and There are no shortcuts. And his students thrive!

    Thoomas Keeler says: "Inspiring even if not what it claims to be"
    "Inspiring even if not what it claims to be"
    Overall

    This is a very inspiring account of putting the creation of a classroom community and the building of character first in a way that brings amazing dividends in student growth. The author does not tell you that he is teaching a gifted class of Mexican and Asian immigrants but let's you think that he is dealing with all o the problem that a teacher of inner city youth deals with. Still, I came away with dozens of ideas for my 4th, 5th and 6th classroom by listening to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1793)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (948)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Not to be missed"
    Overall

    This is an incredible narration of an incredibly well-written book. This is a prose that makes you want to read everything that Nabokov ever wrote, which is exactly what I am undertaking to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (290)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Peter says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "Very well done. Excellent narration."
    Overall

    This is a real treat, at least for someone who already has read the book. The reader is superb and quite easy to understand. Some others commented about Irish dialect but I can't remember a single phrase that wasn't crystal clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Universally accepted as Shakespeare's finest play, we peel back the layers of Hamlet to discover how and why it deserves such a place of honour in world literature.

    Jane says: "Great introduction to Hamlet"
    "Very illuminating"
    Overall

    I thought that the commentary might be too simplistic for someone who has read and seen the play many times but I find that the examination of the language has been very enlightening.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • El Seductor de la Patria (Texto Completo)

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Enrique Serna
    • Narrated By Fransisco Rivela
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Enrique Serna, an acclaimed Mexican author, has won such awards as the Mazatlan Prize for Literature for his highly praised El Seductor de la Patria. This exceptional novel explores the inner consciousness of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the infamous Mexican general of the 19th century. With suspense and humor, Serna tells the story of this controversial figure, as well as the story of Mexico during this turbulent time period.

    Luciana says: "Excelente"
    "Great prose - fascinating history"
    Overall

    The narrator is excellent, the prose beautiful and the history something every American should learn more about. The author has a very interesting way of telling Santa Ana's story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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