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Kija

LONG BEACH, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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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
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (1521)
    Story
    (1539)

    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."
    "Throne of Fire doesn't dissapoint!"
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    If you could sum up The Throne of Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, humorous, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sadie Kane is my favorite character because of the way Rick Riordan has given her a great sense of humor as she goes through teen angst, the pains of becoming a magician, and some incredible adventures.


    What does Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They infuse both main characters with a living, breathing personality that is both believable and accessible to the reader/ listener. And every other character comes to life as well!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    ...laugh mostly, cry a couple of times.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this whole series. It's not just a "kids" book. I love the Egpytian mythology facts as Riordan weaves them seamlessly into the story. I love that he has created a REAL muticultural family. Just a great time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2103)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1889)

    In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest.

    Dana says: "Another great adventure from Rick Riordan!"
    "Son of Neptune - Not just a kid's bok"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Son of Neptune in three words, what would they be?

    Percy is back!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Riordan has woven a great tale based on characters we came to love in the first series of Percy Jackson and the Olymypians. Only now he's put a twist on things. He keeps us interested. There's never a dull moment. And as always it's filled humor readers of all ages can appreciate.


    Which character – as performed by Joshua Swanson – was your favorite?

    Ella the harpy!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    As a bookseller, Riordan continues to be a favorite author for kids...and their parents, too! It's actually common to find that parents have read Riordan's books right along with their kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Natalie Goldberg
    • Narrated By Natalie Goldberg
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Over a decade ago, when Writing Down the Bones first appeared, Natalie Goldberg started a revolution in the way we practice writing. Now, for the first time, Goldberg reads her classic work, while offering new commentary about the creative, spiritual, and practical dimensions of writing. This collector's edition also includes an exclusive interview with the author.

    Aisha says: "An excellent edition to any writer's toolbox!"
    "This is a must-read for any writer."
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    Would you listen to Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within again? Why?

    Yes because she has a spiritual approach to writing and has learned to make her writing her meditation. I especially recommend it to anyone with writer's block.


    Would you recommend Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have many meditator friends who would appreciate this integration of buddhist meditation and writing.


    Did Natalie Goldberg do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes because in this special audio edition she's reading it 20 years after writing it and as a bonus, offers her personal updated reflections looking back on her own work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's dense in it's content so it need reflection to "digest" it. And there are writing exercises.


    Any additional comments?

    Natalie has a funny "Jewish Mom" sort of character that makes it all the more enjoyable. The only drawback is the clarity of the recording, but it's not a hindrance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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