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Rhea

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  • Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the Overtakers, a group determined to change Disney forever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was. An after-hours visit to Typhoon Lagoon is a game changer. The Keepers lose one of their most valuable supporters. But there’s work to do....

    Rhea says: "Dissapointing...lost?"
    "Dissapointing...lost?"
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This series has always been a little hard to listen to, because it changes from character to character very often. I had to skip back and re-listen to understand what was going on. I assume in the books there is a gap between paragraphs or something to indicate changing scenes. Maybe future audio versions could have sounds of some kind as indicators.


    What was most disappointing about Ridley Pearson’s story?

    This was the most poorly written book in the series. I felt like it was a failure as a novel. ****POSSIBLE MILD SPOILER ALERT**** I am not always opposed to cliffhangers but the end of this book was ridiculous. There were way too many loose ends. The book posed millions of questions but no answers. All the other installments have left us with some plot resolution, even though we know there's a lot more to be done. This story didn't. It was like he just ended. Like, "Well, time's up better get this to the publisher. I'll just give him what I've got" The story was full of distrust and teenage pigheadedness. The relationships so intricately built between the Keepers in the first four books broke down completely. They stopped being able to communicate. The whole team spirit they built is gone. Overall, it was a failure because there was no character growth. The characters did not evolve or change, they were stagnant. It was really disappointing. Pearson can do so much better. We know that, as evidenced by the first four books. Shame on the editor for not pressing for a re-write.


    What aspect of MacLeod Andrews’s performance would you have changed?

    Some voices seemed off but mostly he did well. Just wish the scene/character changes could be indicated, instead of smooshed together.


    Was Kingdom Keepers V worth the listening time?

    I suppose. There was as much action as ever. But don't expect the characters to develop. They are static.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (865)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    C. MacMillan says: "Great story, but....."
    "Great Story, Riordan does it again!"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Although the narrator was different, he grew on me. It's always weird when they switch up the narrators but Nick Chamian did a pretty good job. The only thing I didn't like was I hated his voice for Niko, it didn't sound like his character at all. He made him sound like a jerky jock. But I enjoyed listening and will re-listen to this title for sure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leo. I love how his character matures and grows up in this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many good ones to choose.


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

    It really made me think. I loved how well developed the characters were and how they evolved throughout the story. ***Possible SPOILER ALERT I was dismayed that after 9 books Riordan inserted a bit of a political agenda. (Pro-gay relationships). I feel this is an issue that doesn't belong in a children's book. Just be aware that a certain character "comes out" so if that is a concern to you, it would be good to have a discussion with your child after they read this book. It's not a central theme, but something some parents might like to be aware of.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful story. Great Conclusion to a fantastic series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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