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Melise

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  • Coraline

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (573)

    In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

    Melise says: "Scary, but interesting for both adults and kids"
    "Scary, but interesting for both adults and kids"
    Overall

    My family listened to this book on the way back from vacation. The group consisted of my mother (62), myself (42) and my two sons (9 and 11). This story, as is typical of Neil Gaiman, was atmospheric, lyrical and always imaginative. My mother, who can be a talker, didn't interrupt the story even once. But, the story, which is about a girl's parents who are kidnapped by a fairy tale type character and replaced with strange reproductions, is pretty dark, and scary enough that my 9 year old asked if we could turn it off for a while at one point. Of course, the next time we got into the car, he wanted to hear the rest, so although frightening, it is still an involving story. So, if you have a particularly sensitive child, I would be careful with this book, but otherwise, I highly recommend it.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Marvelous World: The Marvelous Effect, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Troy CLE
    • Narrated By Malcolm-Jamal Warner
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This is the best day of Louis Proof's life. The park even has the most amazing race course for radio-controlled cars. Louis starts racing right away. It's a close contest; he's about to activate his nitro boost to take the lead, when....This is the worst day of Louis' life. Without warning or reason, the 13-year-old falls into a coma due to a virus of a mysterious, celestial origin. When he awakens three months later, the world that he once knew and loved is totally out of control.

    Melise says: "Strange book"
    "Strange book"
    Overall

    My sons, who are 9 and 11, really loved this book. The story, about a boy who discovers that he has incredible powers that he must use to save the world from evil, is exactly the kind of story that appeals to kids this age.

    For me, though, I found that the story was strangely written; with a number of places in the story where I thought the story was coming to the final climax, but it just continued on. Also, there was a strange sense of paranoia that permeated the story that I found rather disconcerting; as the story continued, it felt as if the author was beginning to believe in the reality of his fictional scenario, and to really believe that these evil characters were stalking our world.

    I am not sure if I would choose to read/listen to this book again, but I am sure that my kids would love to hear it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Monkey: The Five Ancestors, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeff Stone
    • Narrated By Kiki Barrera
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    At 11-years-old, Malao is the youngest of the Five Ancestors. Master of the monkey fighting style, he's curious and quick, fast and fun-loving. But now, with the destruction of the temple and the deaths of his older brothers and Grandmaster, Malao the fun-loving monkey is forced to face things he'd rather not.

    Melise says: "Good for kids, not so good for adults"
    "Good for kids, not so good for adults"
    Overall

    My sons (9 and 11) loved this entire series. However, I found that the stories were not as exciting, nor as well-written as they could have been. I frequently found that my mind would wander as I was listening to them, and that I would lose the thread of the story just because the language wasn't all that interesting, nor were the twists and turns of the story particularly surprising or exciting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snake: The Five Ancestors, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Stone
    • Narrated By Kiki Barrera
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Twelve-year-old Seh is a snake-style master and a keeper of secrets. Close-lipped and ever-watchful, he has used his highly attuned senses to collect information about his brothers, his temple, and even Grandmaster. Now, with the temple and Grandmaster gone, Seh sheds his orange robe like an old skin, joins a bandit gang, and meets a mysterious woman whose name means Cobra, all the while trying to stay one step ahead of vengeful Ying!

    Melise says: "Good for kids, not so good for adults"
    "Good for kids, not so good for adults"
    Overall

    My sons (9 and 11) loved this entire series. However, I found that the stories were not as exciting, nor as well-written as they could have been. I frequently found that my mind would wander as I was listening to them, and that I would lose the thread of the story just because the language wasn't all that interesting, nor were the twists and turns of the story particularly surprising or exciting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crane: The Five Ancestors, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jeff Stone
    • Narrated By Kiki Barrera
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    For years, Hok has hidden her true identity from her brothers at Cangzhen. Now, at last, she can be herself. And yet, who is she? Calm and thoughtful, Hok is a crane-style kung fu master carefully attuned to others, but she has never spent much time looking inward. After barely surviving the destruction of two warrior-monk strongholds, Hok realizes her old world is gone. She finds her way to the city of Kaifeng and begins a new life.

    Steaven says: "Couldn't put down my iPhone!"
    "Best of the series"
    Overall

    My sons (9 and 11) loved this entire series. I was not as interested in it. I found that the stories were not as exciting, nor as well-written as they could have been. I frequently found that my mind would wander as I was listening to them, and that I would lose the thread of the story just because the language wasn't all that interesting, nor were the twists and turns of the story particularly surprising or exciting. But, with that said, this, the last book in the series, was the best of the whole group. The author did a good job of pulling together plot elements from the earlier four stories, and there was a good amount of excitement and unexpected plot elements.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger: The Five Ancestors, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeff Stone
    • Narrated By Kiki Barrera
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Before he dies, the grandmaster of Cangzhen Temple instructs his five youngest pupils, each a master of a different fighting style, to search out the secrets of their pasts. Only then, he tells them, will they be able to avenge their fallen brothers and retrieve the temple's secret scrolls.

    Deepali says: "Not interesting for adults"
    "Good for kids, not so good for adults"
    Overall

    My sons (9 and 11) loved this book and clamored to hear the rest of the series, which they really loved as well; picking them before other audio books that they could have chosen. However, I found that the stories were not as exciting, nor as well-written as they could have been. I frequently found that my mind would wander as I was listening to them, and that I would lose the thread of the story just because the language wasn't all that interesting, nor were the twists and turns of the story particularly surprising or exciting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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