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Chelle

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  • The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rosemary Sutcliff
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (10)
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    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The long siege is ended. Troy lies in ashes. The black ships of the Greek war-host set sail for home – but for King Odysseus of Ithaca, the return voyage holds hazards far greater than any he faced in the Trojan War. A sequel to Black Ships Before Troy, Rosemary Sutcliff’s retelling of The Odyssey transforms Homer’s complex epic poem into a traveller’s tale with a cast of men, magicians and monsters: the flesh-eating Cyclops, the deadly enchantment of Circe and Odysseus’s battle to regain his wife and long-lost kingdom.

    Emily says: "A great reimagining of Homer's classic tale"
    "Excellent as an Ancient Greece Studies go-along"
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    We're enjoying having both of Sutcliffe's Ancient Greece stories read to us with flare by Robert Glenister as we study Ancient Greece.
    I was feeling disinclined towards reading yet another book about a.Greek gods out aloud to the children, yet I was really wanting to cover at least 2 of Homers epic tales, in a child friendly format - this audio book fits the bill perfectly, and I'm getting to enjoy the story as a listener too.
    Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Girl of the Limberlost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gene Stratton-Porter
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    Elnora Comstock lives with her widowed mother at the edge of Limberlost Swamp. Her mother is harsh and critical of her daughter, but Elnora is a loving girl who befriends all creatures. She is especially drawn to the beautiful moths that flutter through the trees in Limberlost. Although Elnora longs to go to high school, she has no money to pay for tuition and books. When her cruel mother refuses to help, all seems lost, until Elnora learns she can sell the rare insects she collects. Still, her journey through high school and college will be full of challenges - and surprises.

    Chelle says: "A story of forgiveness, restoration and redemption"
    "A story of forgiveness, restoration and redemption"
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    This is one of my favourite Gene Stratton-Porter books from way back and I enjoyed listening to this audio version of it, alongside my then 13 & 11 yr old children as a summer time audio book.

    It pays to note the mother is awful at the beginning of this book (nasty, embittered, and abusive!! ) and then a series of events happen that change her life, her attitude, and the way she treats her daughter, Elnora.

    The Girl of the Limberlost, in my opinion, is one of those timeless stories of forgiveness, restoration, and redemption. If you appreciate the character development, and story line, in such books as: A Little Princess ~ Burnett, Understood Betsy ~ Canfield, Old Fashioned Girl ~ Alcott, then you'll appreciate this book... well, after you get past the awful mother portion!

    There is romance in the book, the wholesome kind that is not sensuality based.

    Christina Moore does a sterling job of bringing this book to "read aloud" life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent woman, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

    Judith says: "Great, but too bad it is abridged"
    "We NEED the fully unabridged version"
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    If you could sum up Venetia in three words, what would they be?

    Abridged versions of Heyer's books are always sadly lacking - the story is missing the charm of the way only Heyer can tell a story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (109)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humourless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving. With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "Can we get it unabridged?"
    "We Need the Unabridged Version!!!"
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Having cut very significant parts of the ending out - the ending was seriously disappointing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are familiar with the Grand Sophy do not purchase this version; hold out for the undabridged telling of this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just William: William's Treasure Trove

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richmal Crompton
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (3)
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    (1)

    It's the beginning of the summer holidays and William and the Outlaws see an endless expanse of gloriously carefree days stretching ahead - but how to fill them? The six classic adventures contained in this unabridged reading are: 'William and the Holiday Centre', 'William's Treasure Trove', 'William and the Cottage', 'William Tackles the Job', 'William and Detective Journalism', and 'William and the Parsons' Guy'.

    Chelle says: "Laugh out loud listening!"
    "Laugh out loud listening!"
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    Perfect listening for summer time car travel. William is a guaranteed laugh generator for our family, and this audio book so skillfully narrated by Martin Jarvis is one of our Willian favourites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rascal: A Dog and His Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Wells
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    Rascal may be the happiest beagle ever to live. He used to live on Voclain's Farm, with its whole jambalaya of dogs, but now he lives with his very own boy, Meely. Together they explore the Louisiana bayou, bunny chasin', coon and squirrel huntin', and crawfishin'. But when Meely gets stuck on a rotting bridge deep in the bayou, it's up to Rascal - with a little help from his old friends at the farm - to save his boy from danger.

    Linda says: "DELIGHTFUL, UNIQUE, FUNNY FOR THE KID IN ALL OF US"
    "A Must Hear!"
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    If you could sum up Rascal: A Dog and His Boy in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant narration make this excellent story a Must Listen To!


    Any additional comments?

    For those that enjoy Twain's Huckleberry Finn character ... this story holds the same charm & wit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just William

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richmal Crompton
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (14)
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    (13)

    Now as famous on radio and audio as they are in print, the adventures of that irrepressible and ageless schoolboy William Brown have been delighting both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained, and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster, for his harassed elders at least. With friends Ginger, Douglas, and Henry (The Outlaws), and the angelic, lisping, thorn-in-his-side Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals.

    Mama C says: "Delightful!"
    "Be Prepared to Laugh - Lots!"
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    Would you listen to Just William again? Why?

    We enjoyed this on holiday, as a family,.
    We had to pause the story a time or two as the adults were in fits of laughter and the story could no longer be heard. ☺
    I think this would be our favourite Just William audio, thanks mostly to the excellent narration by Martin Jarvis - that man is an artist!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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