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Isia

Pretoria, South Africa | Member Since 2011

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  • 16 reviews
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  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hundred and One Dalmatians

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dodie Smith
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Pongo and Missis Pongo are a pair of Dalmatians who live with the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Dearly and their two nannies. Mr. Dearly is a "financial wizard" who has been granted life-long tax exemption and lent a house on the Outer Circle in Regent's Park in return for wiping out the government debt. The dogs consider the humans their pets, but allow the humans to think that they are the owners. Missis gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies.

    Arie says: "A lot of fun"
    "A hit with the kids"
    Overall

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Dinosaur Birds: Hank the Cowdog

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    It's scrap day on the ranch, and Hank is looking forward to a delicious feast of juicy, fatty bacon scraps. But just as Little Alfred is doling out the goods, two very unusual-looking creatures fly overhead, and what was promising to be a glorious day takes a dramatic turn for the worse. Suddenly the scraps have vanished, and the Head of Ranch Security finds himself dealing with an invasion by a couple of ancient dinosaur birds! Can Hank get to the bottom of this latest mystery...before it's too late?

    Isia says: "Hilarious!"
    "Hilarious!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog Called Grk

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joshua Doder
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A racy romp for young readers involving spies, helicopters, and a dramatic dash across a border.

    Isia says: "Action packed"
    "Action packed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Nilly is the new kid in school, but he doesn’t let that or his tiny size slow him down. After all, he has his smart mouth, quick wits, and fearless nature to see him through. Nilly quickly makes two special friends: Lisa, a girl whose own best friend has just moved, and Doctor Proctor, who has (1) a tragic past (including lost love and betrayal) and (2) a talent for inventing things like industrial strength fart powder.

    Dawn says: "GREAT story!"
    "My kids loved it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polish Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Polish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Polish Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more.

    Isia says: "Excellent for an adult trying to learn the languag"
    "Excellent for an adult trying to learn the languag"
    Overall
    Performance
    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Pirate

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cressida Cowell
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (150)

    Hiccup was a Viking hero - dashing, brave and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere. In this riproaring adventure he recounts his early days - when he still had a lot to learn about swordfights, shipwrecks, and homicidal dragons.

    Georgia says: "Another Tennant triumph"
    "Why abridge?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polish Phase 1, Unit 01: Learn to Speak and Understand Polish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (10)

    Polish Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit.

    Isia says: "Excellent resource, but aimed at an adult audience"
    "Excellent resource, but aimed at an adult audience"
    Overall
    Performance
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15871)
    Performance
    (10181)
    Story
    (10062)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Beautiful and magical love story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Franchise Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.

    Isia says: "Beautifully written, engaging story"
    "Beautifully written, engaging story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winnie the Pooh (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Here is an award-winning production with an all-star cast, bringing to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time. This is a full dramatisation with specially composed music.

    Jefferson says: "A Great Dramatization with a Perfect Piglet"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winnie the Pooh: The House at Pooh Corner (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By A. A. Milne
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Jane Horrocks, Geoffrey Palmer, and others
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    An award winning production, with an all star cast including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench. Brings to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time in a full dramatisation with specially composed music.

    Isia says: "This Audiobook is faulty."
    "This Audiobook is faulty."
    Overall

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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