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Stephanie

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  • Frindle

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Andrew Clements
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (63)

    He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever: the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero.

    Darrin says: "Great family road trip book!"
    "Great experience!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Frindle the most enjoyable?

    The reader's voice was easy to listen to and brought the story to life. The story itself is enjoyable and moves fast.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gathering Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (383)

    Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.

    Stephanie says: "Hard to stop listening!"
    "Hard to stop listening!"
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    My 10 year old and I went right to this one after listening to The Giver. We loved it even more than that one! My daughter read ahead during reading time at school (she checked out the book from the school library) but she would still go back with me to listen to the story so I could keep up. The narrator does a wonderful job of portraying the different voices in the story, which is told from the point of view of children.

    Kira is the main character. She is an adolescent girl who is growing up in a harsh and fairly primitive community. This story seems to be set in a dystopian future, after some undescribed calamity has reduced society to a level of subsistence and survival. She is orphaned, alone, and has a twisted leg. She struggles with how to survive in the community that is dominated by the physically strong. Kira is an artist and has a special gift for weaving. The community leaders recognize this ability and take her in for a unique role. However, Kira's freedom of artistic expression is also taken away. She gradually recognizes that life could be different.

    The author uses humor and foreshadowing to make the story fun and suspenseful. We enjoyed pausing it to talk about what had happened, what we thought of the different characters, and what we thought would happen next. The story ends in a way that leaves much room for thought and interpretation. We immediately went on to download the third book in this series: The Messenger. I can't wait to start listening to it tonight!

    As the parent of a child with dyslexia, I am so happy to have discovered Audible.com. My daughter and I can listen to many interesting and challenging books that are at her intellectual level, which would be very time consuming for her to read in print. We choose books she can check out of her school library and she reads ahead with the printed versions at school. She takes Accelerated Reader tests on the books and earns points just like her classmates, and she is developing a joy of reading that I don't think would be there if she had to struggle through the entire printed book.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2651)
    Performance
    (1877)
    Story
    (1917)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "Awesome story, suspenseful, lots to think about!"
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    My fifth grader and I both loved this story. I couldn't wait until bedtime to listen--we listened in the car on errands, while cooking and folding laundry. Many times we paused it to talk about what we thought would happen next. There is so much to think about and talk about.

    Spoiler alert:

    Essentially, the story is about a dystopian community in the Earth's future. The lives of the people in the community are strictly controlled in every aspect. This makes everyone equal to each other, makes life stress-free, and gives all an important role. The story is told from the point of view of an eleven-year-old boy. When he turns twelve he is given the role of "receiver", or keeper of the community's memories. He gradually realizes what the community has given up in order to create such an ordered, peaceful, and equal society. It becomes too much to bear, and he has to take individual action.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Beautiful Books, Ltd
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The first instalment of a complete cycle of literature concerning the legendary King Arthur. A New Year challenge goes horribly wrong for one noble knight of the Round Table, when the Green Knight rides into Camelot!

    Stephanie says: "Tried to get the kids to listen...they refused"
    "Tried to get the kids to listen...they refused"
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    I downloaded this because the kids in my carpool to high school AP English were reading it as part of their assignments. I thought they would enjoy listening. And I was wrong. They refused to listen. It was a bit dull.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (193)

    This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge.

    R. Adams says: "Jim Dale is a great narrator"
    "Intense"
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    Being familiar with the story helped in listening to the audio version. It's an intense story, packed with details. I listened with my ten year old and I know she had some trouble following it at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte's Web

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By E.B. White
    • Narrated By E.B. White, George Plimpton
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (267)

    Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. This 1953 Newbery Honor Book comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.

    Richard says: "Some book"
    "Read by the author!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Charlotte's Web to be better than the print version?

    I don't think the audio version is better than the print version--but enjoyed listening to the author read the story that is well known to me. It was fun to hear how he imagined the different voices. I think Faith could have been better performed with a female voice.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Report Card

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrew Clements
    • Narrated By Dina Sherman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Fifth grader Nora Rose Rowley is really a genius. It’s true. But don’t tell anyone. Nora always gets average grades so she can forgo the pressure-cooker gifted program or Brainiac Academy. But when Nora gets one hundred percent fed up over testing and the fuss everyone makes about grades, she brings home a terrible report card just to prove a point.Pretty soon her teachers, parents, and the principal are launching a massive effort to find out what’s wrong. Can Nora convince them that tests alone are a stupid way to measure intelligence?

    Stephanie says: "Enjoyable!"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    Would you listen to The Report Card again? Why?

    We would listen to it again. Every book by Andrew Clements is great--fascinating story with a new reader each time to really enhance the narrator's voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The School Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Andrew Clements
    • Narrated By Spencer Kayden
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Twelve-year-old Natalie Nelson has written a powerful school story. It's a short novel called "The Cheater," and her best friend Zoe is certain it should be published. All Natalie has to do is give the manuscript to her mom, an editor at a big publishing house. However, Natalie doesn't want any favors from her mom. Still, Zoe won't drop the idea.

    Nxp says: "Excellent family book to take along for the ride."
    "Loved it!"
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    If you could sum up The School Story in three words, what would they be?

    We Ioved this story and will listen again. Wonderful narration and inspiring story about the power of kids!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23208)
    Performance
    (14540)
    Story
    (14692)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Amazing story and narration"
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    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    The narration really brought the story to life. I have read the book in print, but never imagined the characters as vividly as when I listened to the audio version. We started out listening as a family, then my husband and I listened ahead when the kids fell asleep in the car. We didn't mind going back to hear it again when they were awake!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (66)

    Mary Lennox, a spoiled, ill-tempered, and unhealthy child, comes to live with her reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor after the death of her parents. With the help of a robin, Mary finds the door to a secret garden, neglected and hidden for years. When she decides to restore the garden in secret, the story becomes a charming journey into the places of the heart, where faith restores health, flowers refresh the spirit, and the magic of the garden brings happiness to Mary.

    Pat says: "Cynical old bag loved it"
    "Glad we chose this narrator"
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    Would you listen to The Secret Garden again? Why?

    It was fun to listen to someone else read this book. I have read it many times, but had never heard the correct "yorkshire" pronunciation. The "yorkshire" is important to the book, and my experience of this book was greatly enhanced by hearing it. Reading the book can be difficult (especially for a child) because of the dialect, listening to it made all the difference.

    There were so many narrators to choose from, so my 10 year old and I listened to sample after sample to narrow it down to this version. I know the story well, but the 10 year old had not read it. We could hardly stop listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In this story skinny, cranky, unlovable Mary meets spoiled, sad Collin and through their relationship with each other, and a few down-to-earth friends, heal themselves by turning their attention outward to nature. I love how the children are able to help each other, instinctively figure out what is good and healthy, and keep such a wonderful and important secret safe until they can reveal it to those who are most precious to them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scene in the secret garden when Collin stands up and walks and the gardener Ben cries.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they sang the Doxology I was very moved.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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