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  • The Throne of Fire: Kane Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free, Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister, Sadie, have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians. And now their most threatening enemy yet—the chaos snake Apophis—is rising.

    Craig says: "Rick is masterful with history and incrporation."
    "Listened with my 8 year old"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Throne of Fire?

    We loved the part where Set is trapped in a jar and keeps saying things like,

    Any additional comments?

    I listened to most of this with my son and we had a great time. Sometimes scenes were so funny that we stopped and repeated the lines over and over. He listened to it all. He had read the book first and enjoyed hearing the characters' voices. He laughed, he cried. Overall great book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling

    Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

    Euryleia says: "One of my favorites"
    "A Well-Performed Classic"

    Okay, so it's not really a "classic", I don't care, I read this book 20 years ago (maybe 30?) and I enjoyed it as much time time as the first. Mayhem, dragons, dysfunctional family, dragons, music (as much as can be in a book), dragons.
    When I listen to Anne McCaffrey I don't think about technical difficulties, grammatical errors, plot discrepancies or anything else, I just get lost in another world that has these amazing Dragons.
    This book is darker than many of her others, but I still leave it feeling refreshed and optomistic that you never know what joy lurks around the next corner if you just keep trying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Short Story: The Elephant Vanishes

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By John Chancer

    “The Elephant Vanishes” is a free short story found in the short story collection The Elephant Vanishes: Stories, from Haruki Murakami – Japan's leading contemporary novelist and one of the world’s most important figures in postmodern literature.

    Darwin8u says: "A Good Introduction to Murakami"
    "Sorry, just not for me."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this. Typically I love it when I can read a book where an author spends pages and pages describing something that is mundane, but somehow brings it to life. (Life of Pi comes to mind) Although the use of language was nice, I felt somewhat uncomfortable during this whole reading. Why is this man not speaking with a Japanese accent? What is the point of the story? (turns out, there isn't really one)
    I'm sure some people might enjoy this, but I wasn't one of them.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It seemed weirdly incongruent that the reader did not have a Japanese accent. This seems to me like a quintessentially Japanese book and part of the whole point is that it is from the Japanese perspective. For the reader to speak like me is just disconcerting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

    Bridget Westhoven says: "great family fare"
    "Fun to listen to with my 8 year old"

    My son really enjoys these books, but he doesn't yet recognize many of the words when he tries to read the book for the first time. We enjoyed listening to this book together on a long car trip, I didn't get bored by it and could explain some of the action and what some of the words meant. Once he heard the book he was able to read it from the text. It really gave him reading confidence and taught him a multitude of new words and sentence constructs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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