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Robert

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  • Moby Dick: Classic Children's Stories

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Joss Ackland
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    Herman Melville's original story about Captain Ahab's obsessive search for Moby Dick, the great white whale, is one of the most exciting sea stories ever told.

    The story of the New England whaling captain and his skirmishes and final confrontation with an incredible and frighteningly aggressive white whale has an energy and excitement that thrills the imagination. This exciting abridgement is stirringly told by Joss Ackland.

    Robert says: "Excruciating"
    "Excruciating"
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    Call me ripped off. The abridgement did nothing to make the work more approachable for a nine-year old. I am still apologizing to my daughter for the most painful three minutes of noise to escape from the speakers of my car since The Wiggles. This may scare her away from American literature permanently. I suggest just purchasing the unabridged and saving this edition for time-outs.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rosalyn Schanzer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
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    Award-winning author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer’s book Witches! was named a School Library Journal Best Book and a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best. Witches! recounts, in electrifying detail, the true events of the 17th-century witch trials in Salem Village, Massachusetts. After two girls exhibit strange behavior, the colonial town’s doctor concludes their symptoms are the result of witchcraft. The chilling events of this period remain one of the most disturbing passages of U.S. history.

    Robert says: "Fantastic!"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Fascinating details in a well-organized work read with enthusiasm. This book created a terrific car ride to Salem for the whole family! It set the scene nicely and kept us all riveted. Great explanations and I really liked the epilogue that traced the lives of the survivors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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