This was a hit from begining to end. The story was well narrated, clear and easy to follow. My two children, aged 5 and 8, were riveted, and so was I!
I thought this book was excellent, but my children missed the point completely. It was partly the strong American southern accent of the performer, or maybe the humour was just above their heads as one has to read between the lines of what Hank the Dog is saying.
My children and I all enjoyed all the Grk books. They are action packed, and don't shirk danger. And the danger is real, but Grk and his owner get through it with combination of luck and ingenuity. I can recommend for children from about 8 years old, especially boys (although my daughter also loved it!)
My children loved this, but I found it just OK. As we listen in the car while travelling to school, I like to choose books which I can also enjoy.
I think the method of teaching is very good and effective, and is specifically designed to audio. I did have a problem though. I bought the audiobook to teach Polish to my children. Unfortunately this resource, in common with all others I tried, is aimed at the tourist, and an American tourist in particular. Consequently vocabulary focus is such that kids are plain bored: "I am an American. Are you and American?", street addresses, directions, etc. All quite difficult words to pronounce and not useful to children. It would be wonderful if this method could be adapted for younger listeners
I loved the story. In fact my kids are crazy about the series. The reader was excellent. My only gripe is: why is it abridged? The books are not that long in the first place. I have a problem with abridging books in general, but maybe there are some books with lengthy descriptions or long philosophical and introspective passage ("War and Peace" comes to mind) which could lend themselves to abridging. But abridging this series can only detract from the story. This is why I stopped getting these audiobooks, I realized my children would be better off if they just read the books and got the full story.
I think the method of teaching is very good and effective, and is specifically designed to audio. I did have a problem though. I bought the audiobook to teach Polish to my children. Unfortunately this resource, in common with all others I tried, is aimed at the tourist, and an American tourist in particular. Consequently vocabulary focus is such that kids are plain bored: "I am an American. Are you and American?", street addresses, directions, etc. All quite difficult words to pronounce and not useful to children. It would be wonderful if this method could be adapted for younger listeners.
This book is essentially a love story, with an element of time travel: the heroine is enters a magic stonehenge and is transported to a past time, where she marries and falls in love (in that order) with a Scottish warrior. The book is really beautifully written, with magic of wild and untamed Scotland, well developed characters, and intimately expressed love that grows between the two main characters. However, if you find explicit love scenes offensive you may want to stay clear.
I loved this book, a real English countryside detective novel. It is sensitively written and subtle, with events slowly but surely overtaking the main characters. I don't want to give away the story, but if you enjoy Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, or the other detective novels written in the same era, you will love this one. I will definitely explore this author further.
This book was beautifully read. Every character was distinct, and I never felt muddled as to who is speaking. There is a world of difference between performances and this one for me was top shelf - you are able to forget the speaker completely and immerse yourself in the story.
I loved this dramatised version of the book.I especially loved Piglet, who has such a very small voice to match such a very small animal! I also loved Kanga, with her australian accent.
The story is well-read and dramatised, but the chapters repeat themselves, and are not in the right order so you can't follow the story. There is something very wrong and mixed up here, which spoiled the whole experiance for me and my children. Story 3 is the same as story 7, and at least 2 other stories are also repeated and out of order.
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