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Adele Mandryk

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Stuart Little

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By E.B. White
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    This charming little tale, with a gigantic heart, was written by E.B. White, best-known for the perennial favorite Charlotte's Web.

    Brian says: "Stuart Little is superb!"
    "Timeless story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Stuart Little in three words, what would they be?

    Gentle, compelling, timeless


    What does Julie Harris bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Clearly read at just the right pace to be understood by a child. A gentle read.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent way to introduce a child to the pleasure of audio books. Each chapter stands on its own and captures the attention of the young listener. I enjoyed this book in my youth and found my grandson equally entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Jon Scieszka
    • Narrated By Mike Ferreri
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    Includes these fairly stupid tales: "Chicken Licken", "The Princess and the Bowling Ball", "The Really Ugly Duckling", "The Other Frog Prince", "Little Red Running Shorts", "Jack's Bean Problem", "Giant Story", "Jack's Story", "Cinderumpelstiltskin", "The Tortoise and the Hair", and "The Stinky Cheese Man".

    Kuipers says: "Had me and my kids laughing so hard!"
    "Particularly appealing to 5 year old boys"
    Overall

    My grandson and I, especially him, found this story highly amusing and worthy of much imitation throughout the day. Chicken Little and the Stinky Cheese Man are especially memorable. I fresh retelling of old fairy stories - short and enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gilgamesh: A New English Version

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (229)

    This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

    George says: "A defense of this "translation""
    "A Wonderful, Well Read Story"
    Overall

    This amazing, ancient story was so well read it brought tears to my eyes. I know I couldn't have enjoyed this epic story nearly as much had I read it myself. These ancient stories are meant to be heard not read. The resonance and timber of the readers voice brought this poem alive and was as thrilling today as It most likely was to the first listeners. If you liked Audible's reading of Beowulf then the reading of Gilgamesh will not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1731)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (729)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "The River of Doubt"
    Overall

    Holy Cow! This was one of the most riveting books I have read/listened to in a very long time. I had no idea Theodore Roosevelt had embarked on such an adventure journey and most amazing of all actually survived given the inept almost casual way in which it was planned! I thought the book would be interesting but the detailed description of rainforest ecology, the politics/prejudices of the day, and the exploitation of amazonian indigenous tribes and individuals made this book incredibly educational but most of all painfully embarrassing for the naivete and privilege expressed by the wealthy white men who undertook this journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (148)

    When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.

    Joan says: "Very Disappointing, Terrible Narration"
    "Hard to stop listening"
    Overall

    An unbelievably rich way to approach a horrific period in human history - the German occupation of Poland and the systematic killing of the Jewish citizens of that country. The narrator performed this story in a beautiful, sometimes humourous and always gentle way. I highly recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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