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Holly

Perris, CA, United States

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  • 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"
    "Gritty Wrinkle in Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The saying a that all storied are recycled rings true here. I'm sure if I knew my mythology better, there would be the story of a a child who has to journey to a strange world to rescue their parent.

    That said, it is certainly not a copy and the book is imaginative, gripping, action packed, and even funny. I listened with my 9 yo son, and he immediately asked for the next one. It took him a bit to get into it, but once he did, he finished it in 2 days.

    As an adult, my only complaints are the didactic tone and the obvious leading-to-a-sequel ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth: Percy Jackson, Book 4: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2206)
    Performance
    (1235)
    Story
    (1257)

    Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

    Janine says: "Offensive accents!"
    "Brought in from the car to listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My son enjoyed this book so much that he often brought my phone in so he could continue listening after our drive. He often listened to the book for hours at a time. As in the others of the series, the reader makes some mistakes, speaking in the wrong voice for a character, but the story was enough for my son that it didn't matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3879)
    Performance
    (1988)
    Story
    (2034)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Martha says: "Great Story!"
    "Gripping for my son and I"
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    Story

    My son has loved mythology, but has been hesitant to branch out into forms where the stories were made modern. However, the combination of humor and action in this book changed his mind and wants this entire series. The only complaint we both have is that the reader sometimes "forgets" whose voice he's speaking in and uses the wrong voice for a character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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