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  • Sarah: Women of Genesis

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Best-selling author Orson Scott Card tells the story of a unique woman, one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful. Sarah takes on vivid reality as a woman desirable to kings, a devoted wife, and a faithful follower of the God of Abraham, chosen to experience an incomparable miracle.

    Tom says: "Entertaining, interesting and though provoking"
    "Not Card's Sci-fi, but good none the less."
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    What made the experience of listening to Sarah: Women of Genesis the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narration and the twists on an Old Testament story I have hear a hundred times. Knowing the outcome didn't hinder the storyline for me. It was interesting to get Card's take on the motives and thoughts of the people in the story.


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

    At times is made my heart hurt to hear the thoughts of people who were so hurt or and others who were so ignorant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous - and unexpected - villain on the High Seas. Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

    Maureen says: "Fun! This is a real adventure"
    "Very Nearly the Best Book of the Year"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Marks the Spot to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. We enjoy audio books because we can enjoy them together as a family.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Marks the Spot?

    Hillary's first sword fight as a pirate. She used all of her pirate training as well as a few tricks picked up at finishing school.


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

    I read to my children with voices, but I could never keep up with all of the passion of Kellgren. Every person was unique, but no one was so over the top that they were annoying. She had great energy that drove the story. I didn't want to stop the van and miss a minutes. I hope she narrates the rest of the series.


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

    When you are finished with finishing school, try piracy.


    Any additional comments?

    We loved this book. It is one of the best listens we have ever had. I thought it was an old plot, 'Girl forgoes high society for adventure." However, this story was very original and had more than enough plot twists to keep even parents engaged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Healy
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don't you? They're the Princes Charming, who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms. But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long.

    Carrie H. says: "Healy & Pinchot team up to make the best Audible!"
    "Worth the Wait"
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    Would you listen to The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle again? Why?

    We will be listening to Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle. This series has been something everyone in our family of seven can agree on. Everyone laughs.

    We have two boys and three girls in the back seats, and with this book everyone was appeased. It was never deemed "Boy-y or Girly."


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle?

    When Briar Rose uses the Sword to win a battle of wills.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Briar Rose. She is such a horrible person, yet Bronson makes her sound so unbelievable sarcastic you can't help but smile.


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

    Storming a Castle?
    You and what army?


    Any additional comments?

    We definitely appreciated more of feminine leads. My girls are excited to be brave like the Princess Ella, Snow White, and Lila. Yet rough and tumble boys are totally engaged as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Candymakers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Wendy Mass
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    ALA Schneider Family Book Award-winning author Wendy Mass offers this tasty treat of a tale sure to appeal to any listener’s sweet tooth. The Candymakers follows 12-year-olds Logan, Philip, Daisy, and Miles as each tries to invent a candy even better than the Oozing Crunchorama. But with these contestants—who can detect chocolate by touch and lift 50 lbs. of taffy as if it weighed no more than a loaf of bread—it’s going to be a close race.

    mary says: "Great story"
    "Slow at first, but then we couldn't stop listening"
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    If you could sum up The Candymakers in three words, what would they be?

    Sugar, Teamwork, and Intrigue


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Candymakers?

    When we discovered someone was a spy.


    Any additional comments?

    We loved that we got to hear the story from everyone's point of view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Earth: Homecoming, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (414)

    High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet, to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats...to protect them, most of all, from themselves.

    Casey says: "Interesting Premise"
    "I loved listening to this book."
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    Would you listen to The Memory of Earth again? Why?

    Yes, Stefan Rudnicki, has an amazing voice and Card has a wonderfully creative story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Oversoul. I like the logic and compassion that the computer has as it watches over humanity.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    My father never read to me as a child, if he had, I would have wanted him to sound just like Stefan! It is almost melodic, but he never makes you sleepy just relaxed enough that the story can take hold of you.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (290)

    Hiccup was a truly extraordinary Viking Hero, Warrior chieftain,awesome sword-fighter and amateur naturalist. He was known throughout Vikingdom as 'the Dragon Whisperer' on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn't always like that.

    Hazel says: "Brilliant car-trip entertainment"
    "Listening to the book beat watching the movie"
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    If you could sum up How to Train Your Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, encouraging, educational?


    What other book might you compare How to Train Your Dragon to and why?

    The Hero's Guild to Saving your Kingdom.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narration was excellent for the greater majority of the story, but it was agreed that Toothless was annoying rather than endearing.


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

    When the manual doesn't help you, it is time to write one of your own.


    Any additional comments?

    It was much better to listen to the book in the car on a road trip than hearing the movie replay three or four times. It had a similar underdog story, so my kids could listen with out being boarded. Yet they knew the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher Healy, Todd Harris
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

    MissSusie66 says: "Warning Gushing Ahead…….."
    "Entertainment for the whole family"
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    What did you love best about The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom?

    Hero's Guild to Saving your Kingdom was a book that my children LOVED, and my husband tolerated well as we travelled. I even caught him smiling and chuckling more often than he would dare to admit. There was plenty of clean humour that keeps parents entertained.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters all had such great personalities.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Our favorite scene was when the princes were imprisoned by the trolls.


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

    The princes are not always so charming.


    Any additional comments?

    We have now nicknamed our children with the names of the princes. I think every family has a Gustav.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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