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  • Sea Monsters and other Delicacies: An Awfully Beastly Business, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Sinden, Matthew Morgan, Guy Macdonald
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When a sea monster arrives at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts, Ulf the werewolf must risk his life to save it. But the evil Baron Marackai is back - and beasts are on the menu! Can Ulf stop the cruel Beast Feast before he ends up as a tasty dessert himself? The future of the RSPCB depends on it....

    Amazon Customer says: "More trouble for the RSPCB!"
    "More trouble for the RSPCB!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about Sea Monsters and other Delicacies?

    The boy ULF is a very loveable character, and the evil Marakai is deliciously sinister.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Marakai's two henchmen are absolutely brought to life by Gerard Doyle.


    Any additional comments?

    This second book in the Beastly Business series is every bit as good as the first. We get to return with some of the great characters from the first book, and share in even more adventures of the RSPCB!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombiekins

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin Bolger
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Experienced language arts teacher Kevin Bolger knows the types of stories kids devour. His popular Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger was called “Don Quixote for nine-year-olds, filtered through Captain Underpants and Monty Python” (Quill and Quire). In Zombiekins, wimpy fourth-grader Stanley Nudelman spends a lot of time hiding from school bully Knuckles Bruzkowski.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very Funny! A Delightful Read!"
    "Very Funny! A Delightful Read!"
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    If you could sum up Zombiekins in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Zombie, Kids


    Any additional comments?

    A very cute depiction of a usually terrifying topic - zombies! But when poor Stanley unknowingly unleashes a zombie doll on his elementary school, it's hilariously spook-tacular the way the students react. Just wait til you hear what happens to the kindergarteners. A fun listen, and not scary at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd and the Frost Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (176)

    In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy. Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle - three creatures with a strange story to tell. Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined, a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it.

    Oskar's Mom says: "My 4 and 6 year old loved! Mom too!!"
    "A Wonderfully Engaging Story!"
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    What did you love best about Odd and the Frost Giants?

    It is a great story with believable characters, and a humorous look at Norse mythology.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odd is a loveable character, and you find yourself rooting for him to succeed.


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

    His voice charcaterizations are spot-on. We thoroughly enjoyed his re-telling.


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

    Even though Odd was crippled, he accomplished great things.


    Any additional comments?

    My 10 year old son and I loved this book. It was a great story, intertwining the lives of a simple boy and the greatest Norse gods. And surpirse! The simple wood-cutters son is the true hero!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Popular Tales from the Norse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By George Webbe Dasent
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    This is George Dasent's classic collection of Scandinavian folklore. This is not about Norse mythology per se; so if you are looking for tales of Odin, Loki, and Freya etc., you will have to look elsewhere. Rather, this is an anthology of folk tales, similar to the Grimm Brothers', or Campbell's Popular Tales of the West Highlands. All of the usual suspects are in place, including giants, trolls, witches, evil step-siblings, magical boons and tasks, and anthropomorphic animals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good Stories, Some Short, Others Very Long"
    "Good Stories, Some Short, Others Very Long"
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    What other book might you compare Popular Tales from the Norse to and why?

    This book reads like a compilation of Aesops Fables...some short, some long, usually with a lesson at the end.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader did an adequate job of changing voices for characters...not the best I've heard, but good.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is simply a compilation of tales or fables, many of them universal, not specific to Norse peoples. But it is a great introduction to Norse culture, if you've never heard it before. My son and I listened to this together. He is twelve and most of the stories were a little too young for him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Henry Mosley decides that he and his pals Riley and Reed need to go on some earth-shaking adventures and make a name for themselves. Henry is the mastermind; Riley’s the researcher who’s prepared for anything. And somehow fearful Reed always ends up with the scariest, craziest assignments.

    Amazon Customer says: "Had us Smiling!"
    "Had us Smiling!"
    Overall

    A mild and humorous story of three friends wanting to make a name for themselves ( and capture the eyes of a few girls along the way) by performing outrageousfeats of daring. Rarely successful, these adventures take the boys to places full of wacky (mis)adventures and some SMELLY situations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Train Your Parents

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Pete Johnson
    • Narrated By Kris Marshall
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Louis is upset to find his parents becoming ultra-competitive, wanting him and his brother to get straight A's at school and join lots of after-school clubs like the other kids. Then Louis meets Maddy, who has trained her parents to ignore her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Cute and clever"
    "Cute and clever"
    Overall

    My nine year old son really enjoyed this book. Louis the Laff moves from his old neighborhood to a new stuffy "upper-crust" neighborhood where he doesn't fit in. Soon his parents are turning into the Stepford Parents, wanting him to become the super achiever that his peers are. Louis has his own ideas about that. And his new friend instructs him how to train his parents...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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