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Sara

I am a middle school reading teacher who loves to show students the wonder and joy of reading.

Saint Paul, MN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mildred D. Taylor
    • Narrated By Lynne Thigpen
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (118)

    Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year, the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she is black, to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride, for no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.

    Cherie says: "Good story"
    "Super Story Should Have Read as a Student"
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    What made the experience of listening to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry the most enjoyable?

    This was such a great story. It was authentic and gave so much insight into what was going on during this time period in the US.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

    When the kids took action against the bus of white students.


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

    She does a wonderful job capturing the sense of the time and each characters personalities.


    If you could take any character from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mama - she had soul, strength and attitude. What a courageous lady.


    Any additional comments?

    I never read this book as a student growing up. I passed it over for years as a teacher but boy am I glad I read. I have already recommended it to students.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Spencer, Samantha Rose
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    You've heard of amazing deals, online discounts, outlet shopping-but has anyone showed you how to shop for free? Meet Kathy Spencer-hot, hip mom of four who can whittle a $267.22 grocery bill down to one penny. One penny.

    Laura says: "Out-of-Date Content"
    "Interesting Book"
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    Would you listen to How to Shop for Free again? Why?

    Yes, there were lots of ideas in this book that I will want to return too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed when the author was talking about shopping in retail stores and how to make a profit doing that.


    Have you listened to any of Hillary Huber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not sure if I have listened to this narrator before or not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing was really moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1212)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1096)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Regina-Audible says: "Everyone deserves a standing ovation at least once"
    "LOVE this BOOK"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wonder to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to this book so I cannot judge but the audio book was fabulous.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    August of course. What a courageous soul. He makes you want to do better for others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love when his classmates come to his rescue in the woods. That was a very powerful moment.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    August the boy who taught others to be humane.


    Any additional comments?

    Super book for girls and boys. My reluctant reader of a nephew (13) read the book and loved it. It has something for everyone and gives you great perspective.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gregor the Overlander: Underland Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (571)

    When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it, until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance.

    Joey says: "Second best book series in print"
    "Fabulous book for kids and adults"
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    Would you listen to Gregor the Overlander again? Why?

    Yes, this was a highly engaging book that I think my middle school struggling readers would enjoy. There is something for both girls and boys.


    What other book might you compare Gregor the Overlander to and why?

    Any book where the main character has to battle evil in order to protect his family and friends.


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

    This narrator does a fabulous job. The characters are read superbly.


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

    It made we purchase the next in the series. I just started that last night on the ride home. I am thinking about using these in class next fall.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read. Wish I would have know about it when in came out. Didn't find out until we read all the Hunger Game series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Reasons Why

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Asher
    • Narrated By Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (593)

    Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are 13 reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

    FanB14 says: "Good Book for Parents & Teens to Share"
    "Way better than I predicted"
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    What did you love best about Thirteen Reasons Why?

    I was worried this would be another teen drama fest but I was wrong. As an educator it made me hyper aware of the power our words have. I think everyone should think about how their actions or lack of action affects others around us.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12751)
    Performance
    (11681)
    Story
    (11747)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Fabulous book"
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    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    I loved this book and I am pretty picky. I teach middle school reading and wanted to preview a few books for my reluctant readers. Wow, I loved this book on its own. I have recommended this book to several students and they are enjoying it also.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Finding joy in the face of disaster.


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

    It made me prouder to work with teenagers.


    Any additional comments?

    Great characters, I would want them as friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12515)
    Performance
    (11327)
    Story
    (11425)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "SUPER"
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    What did you love best about Insurgent?

    This was a superb follow up to Divergent. This book keeps you on the edge of your chair.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trish - she is trying to figure so much out and be true to herself and honor her family.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She did a wonderful job.


    Any additional comments?

    Be careful if you read this while you are driving. You might not mind being stuck in traffic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kimberly Willis Holt
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (21)

    Nothing ever happens in Toby's small Texas town. Nothing much, that is, until this summer, which is full of big changes. It's tough for Toby when his mother leaves home to become a country singer. And Toby takes it hard when his best friend Cal's older brother goes off to fight in Vietnam. But now their sleepy town is about to get an even bigger jolt with the arrival of Zachary Beaver, billed as the fattest boy in the world. Toby is in for a summer unlike any other, a summer sure to change his life.

    A User says: "A Great Listen!!"
    "Super Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of When Zachary Beaver Came to Town to be better than the print version?

    This was a great book. We listened to it and fell in love with the characters, the time period, and relived some of the heart ache of growning-up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zachary Beaver was an interesting guy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call Me Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (473)

    Call Me Irresistible is the book Susan Elizabeth Phillips's readers have long awaited. Ted, better known as "little Teddy," the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from Phillips's first best seller, Fancy Pants, and as "young Teddy," the hunky new college graduate in Lady Be Good, is all grown up now—along with Lucy from First Lady and Meg from What I Did for Love. They're ready to take center stage in a saucy, funny, and highly addictive tale fans will love.

    "unknown" says: "SEP is Back In The Game!! Loved It!"
    "Super Susan Elizabeth Book"
    Overall

    Typically wonderful! I love these books for pure enjoyment. I wish it didn't take her so long to write each book. I would like a new one each month!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Breadwinner

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Deborah Ellis
    • Narrated By Rita Wolf
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital city during the Taliban rule. Parvana's father- a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed- works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.

    Lorna McLaughlin says: "Sad story! Had to get used to the British accent!"
    "Sara's Thoughts"
    Overall

    Great story and well done in the audio version. Liked by adults and children alike.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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