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Christina Jioras

Eureka, CA United States

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  • 1 titles in library
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  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (173)

    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    Naomi says: "Delightful! Entertaining! And beautifully written!"
    "Kept my kids quiet for hours!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Land of Stories to be better than the print version?

    Haven't yet had a chance to read the print version, but the audio book was so compelling, we're buying a copy soon.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was well told and not at all "dumbed down" for the kids.


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

    He performs each character differently which makes it much easier for the kids (and grown ups) to keep track of who is speaking. He is a fabulous storyteller.


    Any additional comments?

    We listened to much of this audio book in the car on a long trip. It kept my highly energetic kids (7 and 11) quiet and riveted for nearly 10 hours!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1277)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Even better than the print version!"
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    Performance
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    Would you listen to Drift again? Why?

    Her voice as a reader is so engaged in the material, it makes the material all that much more interesting and compelling.


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

    She rephrases and paraphrases the words of the book in a way that make it even better and more interesting. Her semi-sniggering way of reading brings extra depth to the voice of her writing and makes the subject matter a little more accessible even than the print version (which I read along with her for several chapters while listening to the audio book).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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