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  • Magic Tree House Collection: Books 9-16

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mary Pope Osborne
    • Narrated By Mary Pope Osborne
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (134)

    It's sink or swim for Jack and Annie when Magic Tree House whisks them off to the middle of the ocean. And that's just the beginning....

    rachael says: "Great series of books."
    "Wonderful, as always!"
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    Would you listen to Magic Tree House Collection: Books 9-16 again? Why?

    We've purchased the first 18 books for my children (aged 4 and 5) and plan to continue through the series. Mary Pope Osborne does a great job; the only thing better would be if they were dramatized.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love so many things about this series: That Jack and Annie are kind to one another, the positive messages about reading and the idea that reading can take you places, and the historical accuracy of each book. My kids love them!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
    • Narrated By Stockard Channing
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (168)

    Meet Ramona. She lives on Klickitat Street with her mother, father and big sister, Beezus. She’s not afraid of anything and is always up to something. And that’s just the beginning…. In this audio collection, join Ramona, one of Beverly Cleary’s most beloved characters, on all her wacky adventures!

    Christopher says: "Very entertaining and delightful listen"
    "If I could give it 10 stars, I would!"
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    Would you listen to The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection again? Why?

    We listen to it over and over again -- it's wonderful!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Howie. Stockard Channing's interpretation of his character is spot-on and she does a great job with his voice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many... the one where the girls unite to bury the cat made me cry and the one where Ramona ruins both birthday cakes made me laugh for days.


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

    Definitely. My kids ask for it every time we get in the car.


    Any additional comments?

    Stockard Channing is the absolute perfect person to narrate this! She does an amazing job with every voice: from petulant 4-yr old Ramona to her world-weary father, and every character in between.
    My children are aged six and seven, and I was astonished at how much more empathy I have for their day-to-day experiences after having listened to the entire series. Beverly Cleary has a gift in her ability to make her characters relatable, and every time I find myself losing patience with the kids over something that seems completely inconsequential, I remember poor Ramona. Then I take a deep breath, grin, and put my "listening ears" on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Bastard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1216)

    Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate - and completely irresistible. A beautiful bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules....

    Larry says: "Evesdropping on Wife's Girl Group Book"
    "Terrible"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Christina Lauren again?

    No way! Her characters are incredibly stereotypical, the story line is completely unrealistic, and it reads like a personal fantasy (unsuccessfully) put to paper.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time or your money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pleasures of the Night: Dream Guardians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Shana Savage
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (231)

    There are sensuous pleasures that can only be tasted in the night.... He comes to her in the twilight between sleep and consciousness to fulfill her secret desires. Lyssa Bates has never experienced such ecstasy, brought to her by a man whose deep, soul-penetrating blue eyes hold the promise of tempting intimacies and decadent pleasures. But this stranger, this lover, this immortal seducer is only a dream - a phantom of her nocturnal fantasies - until he appears, inexplicably, at her door in the flesh!

    CAROLYN says: "A PLEASURABLE FANTASY WORLD FOR 2"
    "Shana Savage detracts from the story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Very imaginative. Great descriptive details make the story come alive, and the premise (parallel planes of existence) is unlike anything I've read before. Least interesting: battle descriptions.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Lordy. Anyone who's visited Scotland (or Ireland? Accents were so butchered that I wasn't quite sure where the characters were supposed to be from) or knows anyone of Scottish descent knows that the Scots accent is impossible to decipher. Therefore, I'm glad that a TRULY authentic Scots accent wasn't used, as I'm sure I wouldn't be able to understand a word. :) That being said, Shana Savage's performance (if you can call it that) was a non-stop distraction from the story itself. Not only did she butcher the accents, she also carried them into the lines before and after the dialogue itself. It's really a shame; otherwise a great listen.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Perhaps. Someone call Steven Spielberg. But would it be as good (or meaningful) without the sexual connection being portrayed? Sex is so much a part of what drew them (and kept them) together that I wonder if the characters would be shallow and unconvincing without it. And I don't think the US is yet ready for X-rated movies at the theatres. :)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Here is an award-winning production with an all-star cast, bringing to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time. This is a full dramatisation with specially composed music.

    Jefferson says: "A Great Dramatization with a Perfect Piglet"
    "This tops anything I've purchased!"
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    If you could sum up Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

    You must purchase!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Definitely the narration and sound effects. It adds a dimension that you can't find in books read by only one person. Winnie the Pooh is a favorite of ours, and this version tops our list.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The stellar cast on this recording does a truly amazing job. I couldn't believe what a difference it made (vs. a book read by just one person). The sound effects are wonderful as well; my children are always entirely absorbed in listening when this is on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winnie the Pooh: Pooh Invents a New Game (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Georffrey Palmer, and others
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    A wonderful adaption of Winnie the Pooh, featuring an all star cast including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench. Story 1: In which Rabbit has a busy day. Story 2: In which Pooh invents a new game. Story 3: In which it is shown that Tiggers don't climb trees. Story 4: In which a search is organised. Story 5: In which Piglet does a very grand thing.

    Jefferson says: "A Charming, Savory, Perfect Pooh Dramatization"
    "Performance deserves TEN stars!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The stellar cast on this recording does a truly amazing job. I couldn't believe what a difference it made (vs. a book read by just one person). The sound effects are wonderful as well; my children are always entirely absorbed in listening when this is on.


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

    Oh, Judi Dench. Who knew you could do Winnie the Pooh as well as English royalty?


    Any additional comments?

    My kids are aged 4 and 5 -- they love this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fancy Nancy and the Boy from Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 mins)
    • By Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Paris, France, is the fanciest city in the world. When Ms. Glass tells the class that the new student is from Paris, Nancy cannot believe her luck. Nancy brushes up on her fanciest French words. She is ready to make a new ami. (In French that means friend.) But Robert would rather talk about horses than the Eiffel Tower. Robert may not be as fancy as Nancy, but that doesn't mean they can't have fun!

    Carrie says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
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    What made the experience of listening to Fancy Nancy and the Boy from Paris the most enjoyable?

    Isabel Keating does a wonderful job with the narration; her inflection and pacing is spot on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Tree House: Books 7-8

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Mary Pope Osborne
    • Narrated By Mary Pope Osborne
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    In Sunset of the Sabertooth, Jack and Annie nearly freeze when the Magic Tree House whisks them back into the time of cave people and wooly mammoths. But nothing can stop them from having another wild adventure, not even a sabertooth tiger!

    Carrie says: "Fantastic!"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Tree House to be better than the print version?

    I always think a version in print is better (we like to encourage our children to read), but I do love that we can listen to these books in the car or for "quiet time".


    Any additional comments?

    We've purchased the first 18 books for my children (aged 4 and 5) and plan to continue through the series. Mary Pope Osborne does a great job; the only thing better would be if they were dramatized.

    I love so many things about this series: That Jack and Annie are kind to one another, the positive messages about reading and the idea that reading can take you places, and the historical accuracy of each book. My kids love them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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